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Mash - The Bruery

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 396
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 26.18%
Wants: 44
Gots: 118 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 07-09-2013

An English Barleywine aged in Bourbon barrels, Mash is an intense yet balanced beer with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, ripe pear, dried figs, vanilla, toasted coconut and finishes with oak tannin. This has become an instant favorite around the brewery due to its balance, subtle complexities and overwhelming deliciousness.
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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip/snifter glass. Vintage 2015.

Deep brown and purple, with a plum and raisin like colored body color. Tan creamy head manages a finger, but doesn't really get much bigger than that. Creamy laced top with sheeting action. Huge amounts of fine bubbles cascading along the sides of the glass as well, with some fine just micro sized tan color.

Big aroma on this bouquet even while pouring. Large thick caramel and sticky toffee notes, with a small sweetness. Classic wood aged notes of buttery oak as well. Spicy cinnamon but with a big softer sense, almost into a fruitcake like character. Thick tannic wood, but with a controlled soft chewy grain sense, one that is really picking up some whiskey character particularly in vanilla. Excellent stuff.

Palate brings the goods, with a minor letdown in body. Slightly wet but full flavored mouthfeel, doesn't give the impression of a long barrel aged brew. The flavors do manage to come out wonderfully with a good deal of complexity. Lots of dark fig and sweet browned butter in the mid palate. Finishes with much more fruit complexity, cherry, raspberry and other red fruit mixing with some nice cinnamon. Lots of soft subtle caramel going on here as well and whiskey vanilla tones. Lots of boozy character though, mostly long after the drink is sipped making it seem much larger than it really is.

Wish this had a bit more body and round character but the flavor and complexity is really well done.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml into a Wine Glass..

Let's cut the crap here, when Patrick Rue ages a Malted Beverage in a Barrel...with no infections...usually turns to instant Gold! This brew in a better sense is no exception, (no infections with this release). So let's break it down for the common folk. This brew pours nice deep Burgundy body with a Velvet Edge. Crowned with a slightly off white head of Foam. Looks like a Winner so far!

I'm going in for a smell! First hits the Nostrils with an array of Bourbon and Caramel! It's a rich beer alright! That splash of Bourbon brings in that Toasted Coconut and Vanilla sucker punch! Then skull rapes you with Caramel and Brown Sugar! On the backend there's a toasted nut grain that brings a touch of Hearty Earth. This brew has me on Wow status...just by smelling it!

Da Flava? This first smacks the palate with a bit of Alcohol burn and Malt Sweetness (The Alcohol burn is only minor...but it's there). The secondary flavors are Robust but not as rich as the Aroma is bringing you. Those flavors include Toasted Coconut, Caramel and Toffee getting Sodomized by some Brown Sugar and Figs in the back ground...(Realizing Brown Sugar sounds like a Gay Porno Actor). This finishes a bit weak with a dryness that doesn't suit well with the alcohol bitterness. The feel on this brew is its weakest part, for me anyway. It's light weight with ample Carbonation.

Overall: This brew is Banging. It's what a Barrel Aged Barleywine should be. Great Aromas and Flavors bring an array of complexities from the Grains to it's time in the Bourbon Barrel. I like how this brew wasn't molested with Over-Hopping as some other breweries tend to do to their Barleywines. The set back is its Feel and it's Finish. They're both Weak and a bit Thin for my liking. Yet that's just me being petty. Other than that, this brew is my Juice! 12.5 % is felt but not really an overtone in the beverage. Which makes this an Instant Classic in my Book! This Brew is Recommended!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: 26th anniversary Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Nov. 22, 2014
Consumed: May 30, 2015
Misc.: Born on June 20, 2014 at 3 p.m. PT

Thanks Chris!

Poured a caramel, auburn, murky color with two fingers of khaki, rocky head. Occasional bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled boozy toffee, caramel, plum, figs, dark cherry, bourbon and light unknown hops. (Smell - 4.25)

First thought on the taste was Oh. My. God. Toffee, caramel, plum, sweet bourbon, candied sugar and faint butterscotch. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish, nowhere near 12.4 percent. Just perfect. (Feel - 5.00)

This was just awesome. Would love to try it again. Wow. (Overall - 4.50)

4.45 | 99 | A

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Photo of n2185
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with a finger of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: The nose is full of burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Sweet breads and oak come through as well before a bourbon finish.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, and bourbon dominate here with oak and vanilla following. Hints of dark fruit come through as well before a lightly boozy and slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer is surprisingly lively and drinkable for such a big beer. Much nicer than the syrupy and watery feel of many barleywines.

O: A great beer, overall, and not too bad of a price point. Lots of barrel notes but avoids being overly sweet or boozy.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: medium dark copper. Big frothy white-tan head. messy lacing coats the glass.
smell: caramel, vanilla bourbon, with some cereal grain.
taste: much like the nose but richer. Some dark fruit.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

November 28, 2014

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Very dark brown, looks sudsy and thick, about a centimeter of thin head on top, off-white to tan and slightly pink. Looks very warming.

S – Very sweet, fresh, yeasty dark bread. Tons of toffee, with vanilla, golden raisin, and perhaps dark cherries, similar to what I would expect from a Belgian Quad. No hops that I can find. Bourbon in the finish, blends perfectly.

T – Very similar to the aroma profile. Toffee is huge up front, the brown bread character following closely behind. Vanilla and raisins are mild, other fruits not very apparent. Maybe some English hops, but again barely noticeable. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish, but not at all overpowering.

M – Carbonation is moderate, definitely present. A fairly thick, juicy feel, so the carbonation is necessary to offset that. Some slight alcohol warmth, otherwise sweet, viscous, but in harmony.

O – Man, this is a hell of an English barleywine. The aroma is incredible, the flavors not quite matching up. I would love to cellar this and revisit in a couple years as it mellows and evolves.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 20th 2014 bottle opened Nov 29th 2015

A - Deep bread crust brown body. Light khaki head pours a finger high with nice retention and low lace.

S - Caramel, prune, cocoa powder, butterscotch, toasted marshmallows, bourbon, brown sugar, and vanilla.

T - Really nice flavor profile. Toasty bread crust, toffee, warm boozy bourbon, vanilla, smooth oak, toasted marshmallows, pecans, and caramel.

M - Smooth medium frame with a sharp boozy edge.

O - A nice "Americanized" (boozed up) take on an English barleywine.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 5/24/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a barely translucent tawny chestnut with almost two full fingers of off-white head. The foam settles to a nice frothy cap and laces well.

Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak and a little sweet fruit.

Taste follows the nose with the bourbon consistently present. Toffee, woodsy vanilla, caramel, pear, slight char, brown sugar, raisin, faint coconut, bicuit, molasses and a healthy dose of booze. Quite sweet and lots of alcohol but it's really enjoyable.

Syrupy and fairly heavy with moderate carbonation. Nice boozy sweet finish with plenty of toffee and bourbon.

Mash might be neither my favorite English barleywine nor my favorite from The Bruery but it's really freakin good. A boozy sweet treat that it worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Pours a dark mohagany with over an inch of frothy tan head. Big whiff of Bourbon in the nose with some woody barrel notes, vanilla, pear, caramel and toasted coconut. The taste is the Bourbon at first but it's followed up by lots of pear and coconut flavor. Vanilla and caramel as well but with more pear and coconut again at the end. Bourbon finish. Lots of alcohol warmth. Somewhat sweet. Lots of carbonation with a slightly dry mouthfeel. This one has some different flavors you don't usually get in Barleywines and it works really well here. Overal, pricey (of course) but fantastic.

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Photo of markgugs
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

nearly 2 years old, this was exceptionally smooth, full of barrel character and gorgeously blended caramel, toffee, brown sugar notes, and not overly sweet. Excellent beer

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fine one finger light khaki head with good retention and heavy lacing. Aroma of dark stone fruit, bourbon, vanilla and light oak. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, dark fresh and dried stone fruit, bourbon and oak, finishing with a light oak tannin astringency. Excellent lightly creamy mouth feel. A classic looking and tasting barrel aged barleywine, definitely of of the English style. The oak tannins give a pleasant bitterness in the finish that substitutes for hopping and is more appropriate for this style. Long vanilla aftertaste. Perhaps a little lighter on fruit flavors and heavier on oak, but beautifully made and a pleasure to drink. Alcohol warming, but well covered. Surprised I haven't had this before as I try all barleywines. Perhaps the name "Mash" from a brewery that does a lot of sours made me just miss it on the shelf.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice thick caramel hazelnut with sticky lacing and a frothy creamy head.

S: Aroma of sweet malt, caramel crystal, english hops and molasses. A nice sweet bourbon aroma present along with oak.

T: Sweet caramel malt and bourbon up front mixing with biscuit, earthy hops and oak. This is a cooling bourbon old ale, not hot at all and nice brown sugar and toffee flavors. Dark cherry and plum flavors off the bat as well. Comes together nicely and is well rounded.

M: Medium bodied, dry and lightly carbonated. Just right for the style IMO.

O: Overall this is a well put together English barleywine which is one of my more preferred styles. It doesnt have the overwhelming hops of some of the stronger barleywines out there and can be sipped lightly while enjoying the malt complexities. I think they could even kick this up a notch in abv with how this finished so dry. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another Bruery split with rudzud.

Nice thick creamy off-white head hits 1 finger then fades at a med pace with lots of wispy lacing, super dark murky cola brown color.

Nose is tons of bourbon and barrel, nice bourbon sweetness, then tons of vanilla barrel, toasty oak, hint of coconut, cereal grains, sweet caramel malts, light toffee and molasses, hint of nutty fruit, light earthy herbal grassy hops, mild warming booze, hint nutty and dark fruit.

Taste sweet candy malts, toffee and caramel, butterscotch light, light toasty malts, hint grainy, lots of caramel and light toffee. Mostly bourbon though, nice sweet candy bourbon, toasted vanilla oak, hint coconut oak too, Hint of warming booze, warmth. Then light spicy hops, little earthy, chewy, light candy syrup and toffee. Finish is semi sweet, little syrupy, candy, caramel, some earthy spicy hop, tons more bourbon lingering, more oak too.

Mouth is full bod, thick, lighter but decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall quite nice. Good malt character, although could have used a bit more complexity, nice hop character for an English barleywine, booze is hidden well, nice bourbon barrel characters, all around decent beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Deep brown, almost black in colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head that receded to a thin rind around the edges of the glass.

S - Intense barrel aromas dominate the nose with bourbon, vanilla and charred oak notes present. some sticky toffee and caramel notes are also present from the base beer.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet bourbon, vanilla and charred oak from the barrel are well integrated with toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar flavours from the base beer.

M - Full bodies. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +6%

A: Pours a near opaque dark brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A big malty aroma up front and center. Baked bread, light chocolate, toasted malts. The barrel aroma is there, but subtle. A nice oak aroma that intermingles with the great malty character.
T: Again, a big malty aroma with a subtle barrel character. The barrel is in the background all the way, but still apparent. Baked bread, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts that are really warm and welcoming.
M/D: A full body with light to moderate carbonation. Not under carbonated at all, and so smooth and velvety. There is plenty of warming alcohol, but really enjoyable and a great sipper.

A spot on English Barleywine with a subtle barrel character. Really warm and comforting. Well done and highly recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a small tulip glass a menacing looking murky burnt orange infused brown with a thick creamy light beige head atop that clings to the glass like glue.Mild bourbon infused with brown sugar in the nose,the vanilla tinged bourbon isn't to overbearing,you can tell it's a malt bomb though no doubt.A full creamy feel is just spot on,fantastic.Bourbon and toasted oak on the palate,just really fresh.The caramel and vanilla stand out more as I drink more and as it warms,a warming sipper.Underrated in my humble opinion,this is a fantastic English style barley wine.

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Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros and Duffy.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice mahogany hue with a thin half finger tan head that leaves thin lacing and light halo.

S - Aromas of huge bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet malts, light earthy hop.

T - Taste is super bourbon, heavy caramel malts, vanilla, booze, toffee light syrup.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, boozy.

O - Overall this was a booze bomb, bourbon goodness.

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Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into both a snifter and tulip.

Nice looking pour, a deep amber. Small head, some lacing. Fairly strong bourbon smell. Also picking up malt, dates, caramel, some cherries and a touch of licorice. Taste is of bourbon,vanilla, oak, malt, some fig, raisins, caramel and a touch of coconut. It's a little boozy, but the flavors are well balanced. Good body and aftertaste.

Very enjoyable, a typically solid barrel aged beer from The Bruery. Nice, too, that it's an English style, where the bourbon barrel and the hops aren't fighting for attention/supremacy. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Jonada
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 750 ml bottle poured into a large snifter

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber-ish red/brown color with 2 fingers of a light tan, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing. Body is almost opaque.

Smell: Dark fruit, burnt sugar, caramel, butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla and some oak.

Taste: Follows the aroma closely. Sweet dark fruits, toffee and caramel with some oaky bourbon and vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Booze is hidden well.

Overall: Really nice barrel aged barleywine. Hits all the points a barrel aged barleywine is supposed to hit. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of BWood
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good ba barleywine. I'm more of a fan of BCBBA. But this one is still good. As it warms the bourbon comes through more. I would suggest letting it sit a bit before drinking

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Photo of hman43
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: High malty and sweet. It smells of caramel, bread, and dark fruits.

Appearance: It is fairly clear as it warms, brown with ruby hues and an off white tanish head.

Flavor: It has citrus fruit flavors, molasses, caramel, bread with an aggressive hop bitterness.

Mouthful: There is a fair amount of alcohol warming that is a little more pronounced for my taste. It is full bodied.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 09/08/13 notes. Got this in the RS this year and opened side by side with Mash & Grind. 750ml bottle poured into a taster glass.

a - Pours a deep reddish mahogany brown color with one to two inches of off wheat head and high carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits, light bourbon, oak, toasted malts, bread, light coconut, light alcohol, and vanilla. Nice nose, loads of caramel.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, sweet fruity malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, toasted malts, coconut, and alcohol. More bourbon as it warms up, and more dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of alcohol heat but not too bad for 12.5 ABV.

o - Overall a nice bourbon barrel aged barleywine. The bourbon isn't overpowering, but it is there, and there is a ton of caramel throughout it. More bourbon as it warms up, and some sweet fruits in the taste. Good, but I liked M&G a lot more, so glad I bought 2 of that.

I also did as the Bruery suggested and mixed this with M&G...fun, but I think 100% M&G is still the best.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 5/24/13

A: Deep ruby reddish brown. It's actually not that cloudy. Holding up to the light, seems somewhat clear in appearance. Layer of light tan head. Some sticky lacing. More carbonation initially than I was expecting.

S: Vanilla. Toffee. Caramel. Oak. Light booze. Sweet malts. Dark fruits, prunes and raisin.

T: Not as aggressive as I thought it was gonna be. On the tip of the tongue, pulling toffee and caramel. Sweetness from the malts. Not a lot of oak tannic character. Finish is fairly long. Lingering toffee and dark fruit.

M: Full bodied beer. Fairly chewy. Thinner than I guess I was expecting

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and considerable lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having additional hints of coconuts and toffee. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No stickiness is noticeable.
O: The beer does a remarkable job at hiding the alcohol from the taste—the only hints I get that this is a strong beer are from the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.5.14
Bottled on 05/24/13

A - Pours a medium cola brown with a pleasant mixed tan head that fades away slowly.

S - Caramel, malt, brown sugar, some alchol heat.

T - Caramel and toffee, sweet. Hot in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Sweet and nice, a touch of heat in the back end, but I enjoyed it.

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