Mash & Grind - The Bruery

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 104
Gots: 112 | FT: 25
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: IKR on 07-06-2013

An English-style classic with rich flavors from time spent aging in Bourbon barrels, plus fresh roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab.
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.12.14

A - Pours a dark brown with an active tan head that bubbles away quickly.

S - Stong coffee grounds, a hint of broubon, not much else under the strong coffee.

T - Super strong coffee grounds, really hard to pick up much else under all the coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.

O - So much coffee, it totally dominates the entire beer. A bit one sided for my liking.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this generous extra in a recent bottom-kicking trade. Large volume 750ML bomber split with my wife, which will probably push her right into a drunken stupor. Can't wait.

The pour gives a hint at the oddity to come, very dark brown mixed with very dark red, lowly carbonated, not quite looking Nose is awash with coffee that, & nothing else, obliterating anything else that might have come to light. No subtlety here.

Mash & Grind nuzzles right up to being indescribable. Tons of coffee follow through on the promise of the nose & does the same overbearing tap dance on the palate: until it begins to warm, nothing else comes through. After a good twenty minutes, there's a lovely dash of bourbon that hits more in the aftertaste than the actual taste, but cuts the obnoxiousness of the coffee. Bare bones caramel or toffee are the only hint of barleywine. Not tough to drink.

A confounding beer that didn't quite reach expectations. Points for originality, but a too-heavy hand on the coffee pummels whatever else might be interesting in the beer to gone status. Coffee, bourbon, would have really liked to see this creative experiment hit the next level. Still a pretty good beer.

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear dark caramel color with half a finger of tan head. Head doesn't last too long, but maintains a thin ring.

S - Fantastic coffee aroma. Nutty and a bit earthy. Mild brown sugar aroma, and very faint ethanol. Can't say I get much of a barrel aroma, other than some mild vanilla, but this smells heavenly.

T - Unlike the aroma, in the taste I get an immediate hit of bourbon flavors, vanilla and a bit of dry oak, before the coffee takes over. The coffee element is wonderful. Minimal bitterness with a full-bodied nutty flavor and some earthiness. I've enjoyed many beers with a strong coffee component (FBS, Peche Mortel, etc.), but this may be my favorite use of coffee in a beer. I think I really need to get down to the Portola coffee lab. The brown sugar element is quite mild in the flavor, and is accompanied by a bit of earthy bitterness that cuts right through any sweetness.

M - If I were tasting this in winter, it might be a bit on the thin side. But, for summer, it is very nice. Never gets too sweet, and finished a bit on the dry/earthy side.

O - Very impressed with this one. May need to get some more. Not sure I get much barleywine character in this, but the coffee element is so fantastic I didn't miss it.

Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Dark tawny and molasses brown. Moderate khaki-colored head. Leaves spots and irregular trails of wispy lacing down the glass. Pretty enough, but nothing spectacular. Looks fairly standard all things considered, though is somewhat sticky for the known ABV and barrel aging.

Excellent, expressive aroma of freshly ground coffee in the aroma. It's got a nice spice and earthy, bitter coffee punch. This reminds me quite a bit of the aroma on BCBCS. The coffee is strikingly familiar. As that beer happens to be one of my favorites, I'm quite impressed so far with the aroma on this one. There's a touch of a roast, chocolate, earthy accompanying character as well, but the incredible coffee character certainly leads the way.

As with the aroma, this reminds me so much of BCBCS. The similar profiles of coffee and barrel are here. Vanilla, oak, even some char and chocolate combine exceptionally well with the coffee. I want to come off as a genius and suggest that the same coffee is used here as in Goose Island's beer, but I won't go that far. Well balanced and drinkable for what's here.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Appropriate, though not particularly rich or decadent. Quite sticky, however.

Fantastic. If BCBCS had a barleywine brother, this would be it. Delicious beer.

Photo of jeonseh
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S - Tons of sweet coffee, cream, vanilla, and brown sugar make up a really a good nose

T - Loads of coffee but its not bitter; it's sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. The sweetness comes through in the end

M - Syrupy thick body with a light astringent from the coffee

O - Really coffee forward beer barleywine that has a good balance between the sweetness and the coffee

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark, muddy brown. Lacing is thick and layered with nice stick and oily, sticky legs. Head, lace and legs are nice... color is suspect.

Nose is cold-press coffee, booze, hazelnut, roast and wood. Rich and aromatic.

Opens coffee beans mixed with molasses, brown sugar and booze. Some nutty bitter and sweetness in the middle. Hints of hazelnut shell, cocoa powder, peat and wood towards the end. Finishes boozy with coffee beans, cocoa powder and coarse brown sugar. Really complex and different.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Mostly smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down prickly and boozy. Finishes messy with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Could be smoother.

Sweetness isn't usually something that Bruery beers lack... but this happens to be one of them. The coffee bitterness goes nicely with the roast, oak and booze but I could use a bit more malt body to balance this one out. Decent but not great.

Photo of Bugs318
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Lightly hazy, mahogany brown with a reddish-tinge. Capped by a nice soapy white head of massive bubbles. Some retention, with whisps of lace, but not substantially so.
S: Lots of coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel all sort of mashed together. Smells kind of like the insides of a truffle with espresso, vanilla, and caramel stuffed inside - with just a trace of something discernible as chocolate.
T: Sweetish up front with caramel, before a coffee middle, and a bourbony, hot finish. The coffee notes, however, taste as if the coffee is pretty stale, unfortunately.
F: Medium-low carbonation, and a bit thicker than medium body. Heat hits the back of the throat and lingers, alongside a bit of coffee.
O: A nice treat, but not something I could see myself returning to often.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body. Ruby red when held up to a candle. Nice off-white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Rich coffee. No acidity. Bourbon. Vanilla. Caramel. But mostly coffee and barrel.

Taste - Bourbon more prominent. Vanilla also. Brown sugar and caramel sweetness. The coffee is less rich, but strong. Blends right into an oaky bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel - So this will sound weird, but it isn't thick and sweet enough. It could use a bit of body.

Overall - A vast improvement over Mash. The coffee is a fantastic addition.

Photo of IKR
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown color with slight red highlights. The beer has a light beige head that slowly faded. Slightly cloudy but a nice looking beer.

Smell: Coffee, brown sugar and perhaps a touch of Bourbon. The coffee is upfront but nicely integrated.

Taste: Coffee, brown sugar, the slightest hint of Bourbon show up initially. Some mild tannic oak notes creep through in the finish. I pick up some mild fruity notes as well but I think the coffee notes may be masking some of the other flavors. The alcohol is very subdued for something 12.5% ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: When the Bruery announced this beer I wondered how it would stack up to Abacus (my English Barley-wine standard). I'm liking this coffee infused version. The barrel doesn't feature as much in this one, but the coffee addition and good taste profile work for me. Looking forward to the regular Mash.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/29/13, consumed on 11/2/13. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Black with a thin layer of off-white head that immediately disappeared.

S - An intense dark roasted coffee aroma with lighter caramel and toffee notes. The barrel qualities take a back seat in the nose but are faintly present in the background.

T - Dark roasted coffee up front that dominates throughout. Lighter charred oak, bourbon, caramel and toffee flavours come through as well, especially as the beer warms towards room temperature. Opposite to Mash, the barrel qualities are very much secondary in Mash & Grind.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper mahogany, hazy, cream colored finger of rocky head, nice lace.

Aroma: coffee, vanilla and bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, toasted almonds, candy sugar, dates.

Taste: toasted coffee, butter toffee, candied raisins, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, figs, and oak.

Mouthfeel: big and rich, chewy, full bodied, filling.

Overall: drinks pretty easy all things considered. The coffee really helps cut down the sweetness of an English Barleywine. It's an exceptional brew.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.35/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle shared by Barry the other night.

This one pours a nice golden brown, with no head or lacing.

Smells really funky, and infected, unfortunately. Green pepper, some coffee, and a sort of rotting vegetable thing that's super unpleasant.

I can sorta see what this beer was supposed to be, but it's really hard to get past the infection here. There's a small amount of coffee flavor, but just tons of rotted green pepper flavor, and some slight buttery diacetyl. It's just unpleasant and hard to drink. There's a slight red-wine like tartness too.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly buttery and syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Hard to drink.

This was incredibly disappointing.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a muddy brown with a finger and a half of dense khaki head that retains well and leaves decent lacing considering the ABV
S: smells of coffee, some chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel and whiskey
T: taste is slightly coffee forward, bourbon barrel with some caramel and vanilla, rich maltyness, some chocolate, oak. swallow is a pretty big blast of bourbon barrel goodness with some more rich caramel malt flavors, chocolate and coffee. slight boozy alcohol on the swallow as well but it's fairly well hidden.
M: this beer is on the heavier side of medium with a smooth mouthfeel and a just barely prickly level of carbonation. the beer has a somewhat drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is pretty intense. the coffee is a very nice addition to the beer, the complexity is awesome and the flavors are top notch. the alcohol does start to get a little too forward after a few drinks. Definitely a sipper as that keeps the alcohol from coming out too much.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of my CBS snifter. 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a very dark brownish caramel color. The head is nice and light tan, and pours with a healthy head. After several minutes there was still good lacing and retention.

S- This almost doesn't even smell like beer. Strong scent of cold pressed coffee with hints of bourbon and heat. There is a definite astringency on the nose from the alcohol.

T- Very smooth, but quickly moves to a delicious coffee flavor that is particularly strong and complex. It transitions to a robust caramel and cream aftertaste, with hints of buttery goodness. There again is a lingering hint of bourbony booze.

M- While the carbonation and body are pretty solid, it could be a little less carbonated and a have a bit more body.

O- This is a coffee lovers dream barleywine. While I certainly think that it could benefit from some time to mellow out, it's still very drinkable. I love coffee and this is one of the most pronounced coffee flavors of any beer I can remember. I wish I had a few more bottles to try, but I will revisit this one in 6-12 months.


Photo of rlee1390
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, clear ruby brown when pouring.

S-Lots of coffee to begin with. Then bourbon as it warms up.

T-Waves of yummy yummy coffee. Mild bourbon, some vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Even a mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and luckily not as watery as the regular.

O-A really good beer. The coffee was a great addition to Mash. The bottle was already a few months old but it didn't seem like the coffee had faded too much.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 5/29/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep tea brown with beautiful garnet highlights and a finger and a half of ecrue head. Decent retention and a bit of head.

Huge coffee aroma up front. Bourbon, caramel and toffee.

Great blend of flavors including strong premium coffee, toffee, boubon, caramel, oaky vanilla, raisins and a nice booze bite. Really freakin tasty.

Oily medium full feel with nice low carbonation. Boozed coffee & toffee/caramel linger in the aftertaste.

I was apprehensive of what coffee would do to a barrel aged English barleywine but this just blew me away. I'm a big fan of coffee beers and this is one of the best ones I've ever had. I really enjoyed the base Mash and the addition of coffee makes it stand out. This is well worth a try.

Photo of the_trystero
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with nice head, some lacing.

Smells like coffee coffee candy, mostly Werther's Original.

Tastes like an excellent cappuccino with a dash of rum, really nice. I haven't tried it for breakfast yet but I think tomorrow I will.

A bit thin, and could use more carbonation. But very nice for the warmer months.

Thankfully the coffee isn't overwhelming , so far this is the best balance of beer and coffee that I've had so far.

edit: after it warms up quite abit more coffee comes through.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typically, I'm not a huge barleywine fan, and yet, this one really hits it out of the park. Great balance of coffee and bourbon, and of course, that nice malty and earthy undertone that I usually pick up in a good barleywine. You can definitely taste the booziness here, but not at all a bad thing. The barrel oak and bourbon provide so many interesting notes as you drink, and as it warms, those flavors play even better with the coffee.

Great on draft or in bottles. Highly recommended.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split again with rudzud.

Light fizzy head, decent lacing, murky dark purple like brown color.

Nose is just pure coffee, fresh roasted espresso beans, just earthy nutty coffee beans, nothing else. Fairly earthy too like soil. I wish the beer was a bit more present here. I do love my coffee, but I want to ahve the beer still exist, otherwise I'll just drink coffee.

Taste starts with fresh coffee grinds, espresso, nutty earthy coffee, at first that's the main attraction. Then gets into hops, earthy spicy hops, fairly bitter but not a ton, then sweet malts, caramel, toffee, candy, light toasty oak barrel, light vanilla and bourbon but not a ton, fairly nutty too. Some booze, sweet masks bring the candy booze warmth. Finish is sweet slight sticky, syrupy, lots more sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, light bourbon and vanilla barrel, more warming booze, some caramel creams and vanilla, nutty, espresso flavours all lingering. A nice flavor profile at least, the coffee makes a big presence, but leaves room for the beer to come through still.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy carb, light warming booze.

Overall interesting but not phenomenal, not as good as the original I think, which had a lot more beer character. I like the coffee addition, but again just wish there was more beer profile balance.

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip. Came out in July, so a couple months old now.

A - Very dark clear ruby red. Off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Tiramisu, coconut, vanilla. Booze is there also.

T - This tiramisu in a glass. Big coffee, toffee, dark chocolate. Bourbon flavors (coconut, vanilla) come in on the finish and compliments. Very complex. Slight booze burn, but doesn't detract.

M - Medium. A little thinner than I was expecting, but gives it the feel of ice coffee. There is a creamy note to it. Carbonation is also medium.

O - Very nicely done. The blending of the coffee with the original beer's toffee and chocolate notes really elevates it. Had the Mash also. This coffee version is definitely better.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cold brewed coffee smell. Not too sweet. Balanced. No one overt flavor rises above another.

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste much better than the original, but the coffee was a little strong for my taste. If you're a huge coffee fan this is for you because it tastes like a really strong cup of joe.

Photo of john0721
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, pours dark brown with an off white head.

The nose is strongly coffee.

The flavor starts strong coffee and brown sugar, some caramel and vanilla kick in.

The coffee in the nose overwhelms everything else. The flavor is more balanced. The coffee and brown sugar dominate the flavor but play well together. More flavors kick in adding to the complexity.

Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque. A beige head forms with good retention and plenty of lace.
S: Toasted malts, vanilla, and barrel aromas. Then an overwhelming coffee grounds. Which takes over, and makes everything bitter and acrid.
T: Again, toasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Light barrel, and over barring coffee grounds. Bitter and acrid coffee takes over in the finish.
M/D: A full body with moderate to high carbonation. A bit higher, and more prickly than the base for some reason. Big warming alcohol, and a slow sipper at that.

The base beer is much more subtle. Everything from the wonderful malts to the barrel work in tandem, but here the coffee overwhelms. It is just bitter, acrid, coffee grounds in the finish.

Photo of dalahodson
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a copper red with a small tan head. The smell is a little strong on the bourbon side with a hint of Carmel malt. The mouth feel is sweet with a slight bitter finish. The favors are Carmel malts dried fruit and pine. There is a bourbon flavor in this brew but it's not overpowering.

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