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Mash - The Bruery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 347
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 46
Gots: 96 | FT: 23
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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 BucannonXC5
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.58 overall rating is accurate.

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 - 3.88)

Smelled boozy toffee, caramel, plum, figs, dark cherry, bourbon and light unknown hops. (Smell - 4.38)

First thought on the taste was Oh. My. God. Toffee, caramel, plum, sweet bourbon, candied sugar and faint butterscotch. (Taste - 4.63)

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 - 4.63)

4.58 | 100 | A+ (1,087 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (171 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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. (831 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 5/24/13
Tulip

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 (624 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger and a half of dense off white head that fades to a small pool and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of caramel, leather, a little dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon barrel
T: taste is fairly barrel forward with some whiskey notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, a little dark fruit, some nice right maltyness. swallow is a little boozy with more bourbon barrel notes, caramel, slight coconut, and dark fruit. slightly chocolatey at times as well.
M: lighter than you'd expect in the mouth as this one sits right about medium on the palate with soft carbonation that's just slightly prickly with a drying finish from the alcohol.
O: Overall, I feel that Mash & Grind is a better beer. It has more complexity and while the base is really good it doesn't seem to quite be able to stand up on its own and for the price it should. The complexity of this beer is good and the flavors are rock solid though. This beer is definitely one to sip throughout an evening. (1,016 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a dark mahogany brown with a finger of khaki head about a finger strong. The cap fades back leaving patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma contains a mixture of fruity/floral hops with raison, molasses and toffee malt sweetness all blending together quite nicely. Some dark fruity alcohol sweetness is also present.

The taste includes notes of fruity/floral hops and alcohol upfront. Some toasty grain like molasses, raisins, toffee and dark sugary sweetness almost like candy sugar all
come into play with follow-up sips. It is quite boozy as it warms up but not outlandish for a beer of 12.5% strength.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very nice barleywine with solid balance between malt, alcohol and hops. Admittedly, I drank this entire bottle myself and only while pouring the last glass did I read that this was aged in bourbon barrels. By no means is the barrel aging obvious. (974 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with the guys last night. Served alongside Mash and Grind.

The beer is light brown with a touch of crimson. Small beige head that settles around 1/8 inch. The aroma brings bourbon, malt, toffee, caramels, burnt sugar, oak. Nice flavor, following the aroma. A bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but really, the alcohol is well hidden for the most part. A really nice brew to sip and savor. Solid. (410 characters)

Photo of dbc5
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout Snifter

A: Pours dark brown with some amber hues around the edges of the glass. A surprising 1.5 finger khaki head rises, then slowly recedes. A creamy froth is left atop the glass with a fair amount of lacing for a big barleywine. This is a nice looking beer.

S: Smell is big on brown sugar and molasses up front, which are some of my favorite flavors in an English Barleywine. Some alcohol is perceptible, although this doesn't come across as a bourbon bomb from the nose. The barrel is definitely there though. Getting more caramel and toffee aromas as it warms. The aroma profile is what I am looking for in my English Barleywines.

T: Burnt caramel upfront and some brown sugar sweetness, though this isn't as sweet on the palate as the nose suggested. There is a slightly harsh alcohol presence that is somewhat distracting. This doesn't come across as a bourbon alcohol but instead a byproduct of fermentation. I think some additional time in the bottle will do this well. Definitely getting some oak contribution.

M: I would probably classify this as medium mouthfeel. I prefer my barleywines to be a bit thicker. Carbonation is moderate.

O: This is a decent barleywine, but I think it needs a bit of time for the alcohol to mellow. The nose left me wanting a bit more from this beer. (1,354 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Some light lace down the glass, but this definitely appears light. Not the syrupy mass I was expecting given the ABV.

S: Right away, I can pick up some good barrel notes, but they're not overpowering in any way. Caramel, burnt brown sugar, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla and fig. Very nice.

T: Very sweet upfront, with notes of caramel, date,molasses, raisin, burnt marshmallow, and bourbon. Finish brings some light oak and a touch of dryness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is very light, which was a little off-putting for me. Other than that, this is really nice. (634 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown with a thin off-white lacing. No real head on this one.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, fruity Belgian yeast. Definite alcohol presence in the nose, but it doesn't detract much if at all.

Taste: First impression is...confusing. Big blast of fruity yeast clashing with sweet caramel, some bourbon, and a lot of alcohol. Luckily after a few sips it calmed down quite a bit and settled into a much more drinkable blend of bourbon and caramel malt with the yeast taking more of a back seat. Still that first taste threw me off a bit, and ultimately the flavor doesn't keep the same balance as is present in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Quite full-bodied, medium to low carbonation.

Overall: The first sip threw me for a loop, but after that it settled down into a great beer. (871 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Practically black in the glass, more of a deep clear ruby when pouring. A one finger off white head.

S-Good deal of bourbon. Very malty. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, roasted notes and oak.

T-Starts with bourbon, malt, some chocolate and vanilla. Not much bitterness, but what you'd expect from an English Barleywine.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, flat finish and a tad watery.

O-A good BA Barleywine. But nowhere near Abacus and the like. (447 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter/scribe594/ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, wood, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the slight metallic aroma I am getting is odd. (659 characters)

Photo of rand
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 750 mL bottle to snifter

A: Cola-brown in color but completely opaque, a small wispy head never fully recedes.

S: Booze and toffee and oak anchor the bouquet, accompanied by unusual notes of grape and berries. Quite the mashup.

T: The usual BBA barleywine notes at first, but there are unusual fruit notes all over the place. I suspect it's esters from a yeast not typically used in barelywines. Apple juice, grape, maybe ripe banana and pear. Oak and booze keep things from getting too sweet, but it still closes with a long sweet finish.

M: Thin mouthfeel for the ABV and style.

An interesting and ambitious brew with a lot going on, but the fruity, ester-y aspect aren't aligned enough with the base flavors for this to be knock-you-on-your-ass delicious. (782 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Medium-brown color with red highlights when held up to the light.Moderate light beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Brown sugar, toffee, and mild bourbon. Nice aroma but not much of it.

Taste: Brown sugar, toffee, and mild Bourbon notes. Some hints of oak and hops creep through in the finish. The alcohol is mild for something 12.5% ABV. Has a slightly bitter finish.

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

Overall: Good beer that I feel a little age may do it good. (544 characters)

Photo of popery
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a deep rosy brown with a tan head. The liquid is quite clear with no apparent sediment. There’s a lot of nice bouncing around in the aroma. I’m getting toffee, molasses, vanilla, mild citrus, coconut, caramel and dates. It’s maybe a bit too sweet and simple, without quite as much depth and chewiness as you might want, but it’s not too hot and there’s a lot of very pleasant interplay of malt and bourbon. The taste starts big and sweet with coconut, vanilla and toffee/butterscotch/caramel, and then has a spicy, woody middle and lingering oaky finish. A little bit of booze at the end. Mouthfeel is medium full. Could be a bit chewier. It’s a solid barrel-aged barleywine, but it just doesn’t have the darker, richer notes of the top of the style. (776 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate lacing. Lots of dense, yet fast moving, straw foamy head. Brew is VERY dark for a BWine.

Super sugary aroma, Toasty caramel. Kinda bland and generic.

Ho-hum. Flavors are kinda weird and forced. Vanilla is strange. Nothing really stands above the vanilla... Caramel, leathery, rustic, (ever-so-slightly) metallic, white grape-y... Nice strong carbonation, funky forced sweetness with mild rubbery after taste.

Eh. there's just something not hitting me right. It's a good beer, just not a memorable one. I won't seek again @ $20. Aroma is just flat-out too much and unmelded. Too English of an English. (615 characters)

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