Mash & Grind - The Bruery
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
4.39/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into Bruery tulip
Thanks beachstrength49 for this!
Pour: Black tea brown with lighter brown highlights at the margins. Slight head about a finger worth receding quickly. Lacing non existent and a small amount of carbonation noticed.
Smell: Super clean coffee notes without being too bitter or dominant. Caramel, brown sugar and an overall sweetness throughout the aroma as soon as you get past the coffee. Toffee, a touch of vanilla and way, way in the back a hint of barrel and bourbon. Coffee add a very unique twist on the smell of what I expect an English Barleywine to be.
Taste: The coffee is most definitely the dominant aspect of Mash & Grind. It is at the front, middle and end of this beer but in a great way. It does not overpower the beer and plays well with the other aspects. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar create this coffee and cookie kind of aspect. Some nutty notes and vanilla peek through as well. I do notice the alcohol and the kiss of bourbon especially in the finish with a chest and throat warming.
Mouthfeel: Here is where I knock this beer a little. It is medium but for the richness of this beer I feel it has fallen short and is too thin. Sticky sweetness almost like a watered down syrup.
Overall: Impressed for sure. English Barleywines are a favorite for me and I was cautioned to believe coffee could be a player in this style. I was afraid it would not work but to my pleasure it has and created a barleywine that is even more complex than it would have been alone. The integration of the coffee creates a depth and complexity that is fantastic.
Thanks again Chris!
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2013 20:42:37 | More by sleuthdog
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