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Mash - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 48 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 07-09-2013)
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1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

waltonc, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

chippo33, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Bottle, thanks to Abraham.

Pouring a clear mahogany with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose opens with a big burst of toffee and floral notes, along with a pronounced bourbon note and a particularly strong oak character. The base beer seems strangely underwhelming, with a rather dull cereal/Cheerio malt character, some fruit (pear?), toasted coconut and burnt toast. On paper, that sounds like an interesting blend - and it is - but this is just rather disjointed.

The palate opens with a blend of bourbon and sweetness and washes that up with some oak. As disjointed as the nose was, the palate's worse. A pleasant enough barrel character is present, with vanilla, coconut and overbearing oak. Toffee, burnt caramel and a moderate fruitiness are present on the mid-palate. I can't understate how disappointing the finish is. Boozy, tannic and disappointingly watery, there is very little redeeming about this aspect.. The wateriness alone makes me dump the entire damn thing. There's some lingering floral and coconut present. Medium in body with a slick carbonation, this is rather disappointing.

DefenCorps, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

jegross2, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Bourbon and brown sugar. Smells like a sugar bomb. Vanilla.

Taste - Bourbon and booze. Brown sugar. Caramel malts. More sugar. Boozy and sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Boozy. Medium carbonation. Sluggish.

Overall - Yet another Bourbon brown sugar bomb from the Bruery. This one is tiring, though.

Alieniloquium, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this one and M&G from claaark13. Cheers for the b-wine theme dude!

From a bottle into a snifter
2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium, fluffy, crackly, off-white head with good retention. Clear burgundy brown in color with lower amounts of carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. A ring and a half wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Nice color, but head is definitely sub par.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla with toffee and butterscotch on the nose. Bold and barrel forward, but not out of wack. Caramel and light red fruits as well. Enticing.

TASTE: Nice oak, vanilla, coconut and bourbon up front with some toffee and butterscotch sweetness through the middle into the swallow. Big finish of barrel, oak, red fruit sweetness and coconut with some butterscotch as well. Bourbon barrel and alcohol underneath, but well measured. Tasty. Too bad the feel is a little bubbly, as that huts the experience a bit.

PALATE: Thinner body and lighter on the palate. Slightly higher levels of carbonation, a touch prickly, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of a burn and some heat lingers. Too light and not creamy enough, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This is an enjoyable, well-balanced barleywine. The barrel is nice and the base beer holds its own underneath. Unfortunately the feel is too light and prickly for the style, which hurts the experience overall, but besides that issue, this is a quality beer worth checking out. Cheers claaark13.

Jeffo, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

GRG1313, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Rhettroactive, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

IrishColonial, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

domtronzero, Sep 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

duceswild, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ubufan2112, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

siege06nd, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

kscaldef, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Matt_Ortiz, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

gueuzegossage, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Rau71, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

billab914, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

sliks96, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

topdown, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

chugalug06, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Gonzoillini, Aug 21, 2013
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Mash from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.