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Mash & Grind - The Bruery

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 98 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 370 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by sleuthdog:
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -17.5%
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 like...beer. 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeonseh
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Mash & Grind from The Bruery
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