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Mash | The Bruery

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MashMash
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Spring

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

im not sure anyone in the game makes super strong and barrel aged beer as well as the bruery does. all of them are outstanding it seems, and they just keep coming. this looks real dark, rusty brown maybe in the light, but its deep for a barleywine. not much head aside from some bubbling around the rim of the glass. nice to try this on tap too! smells like bourbon, literally like whiskey. not a ton of beer elements to be honest, i get booze, honey, vanilla, maybe some date, and the caramelized grain sweetness, which is as intense as the booze. the whiskey is dialed back a tad in the flavor, which is more developed and round than it smelled like it would be. toffee and raisin, prune and almond, vanilla bean and graham cracker. its delicious and complex, but there is a hot fusel alcohol heat to it that i think shucks its mellowness a bit. more and more as it warms too. there is a ton of wood in here too, i mean, its as wood driven as it is anything else, incredibly rich in that regard, regal, sturdy, earthy, delectable. overall an impressive beer to say the least, but one glass was enough for me. i bet this ages like a champ! maybe ill track a bottle down before they all disappear here in colorado...

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Rifugium
3.02/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light brown pour, with a thin layer of white bubbles on top. In the aroma, wood, toasted cereal grains, caramel, rusty metal. A lot of barrel in the taste, almost too much, very woody, grainy malts, stale bready sugars. Body was light-medium. Just not what I'm interested in for the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/7/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, apple, fig, date, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, apple, fig, date, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, apple, fig, date, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero booziness. Overall this is an absolutely insane English barelywine syle. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mike at the Barleywine tasting.
Copper color, off white head. Big caramel and toffee with big fruit notes. Big boozy alcohol notes are a bit distracting. Great sipper but needs some time to mellow imho.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 LiquidAmber
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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 corby112
2.24/5  rDev -45%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with deep mahogany edges and a three finger frothy beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way down.

The barrel presence is surprisingly tame and bland in the nose with delicately charred oak, toasted coconut and faint spirit. Shocking considering the Bruery usually pounds you over the head with alcohol in their BA beers. There's mostly just dry toothpick like character here followed by leathery and sweet malt notes. Earthy with some caramel sweetness and a touch of vinous dark fruit. Disappointing.

Unfortunately, there isn't much improvement in the flavor of this beer. Surprisingly thin and watered down with a harsh burnt oak flavor dominating the palate. Very dry and bitter and again, the barrel characteristics aren't all that interesting. Dry toothpick and burnt wood with bland spirit/generic alcohol flavor. After the palate adjusts to the initial shock of overpowering wood, the muted sweet and leathery malt notes come forward a bit. Leathery malt with tobacco and liquid smoke countered by caramel, dark bread, toffee and vinous dark fruit. Hints of fig, raisin and plum coming in on the back end. After the initial heat/bourbon flavor the high ABV is pretty well masked but the overall flavor is harsh and one dimensional. Not really feeling this one. Another over priced disappointment from the Bruery.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-2015. warmed to 45F at start.

A: Beautiful chili powder red coloring with a dense sense of carbonation within. Nice solid foam tan capping 2 fingers strong is resilient in nature. Big chunks of meaty lace adore the vessel leaving a big amount of coverage on the glass.

S: Aroma of sweet light fruit, pear drop yeastiness with apple-plum hints are mixed with a deep caramel malt character. Spicy molasses and raisiny notes with caramel apple glaze and a soft bourbon attribute. Initially good strength, leaves with an average rate of stay.

T: Bourbon tinted caramel apple glaze flavor with a warming spiciness of alcohol laced dark fruit, sultranes, figs and some semi-dry cherries. Post swallow some light mentionable notes of chili powder, peppery-pine warmth, peat with some scotchy alcohol warmth. Pear apple yeastiness, and vanilla rounds out a very good complexity for flavor that was smooth and equally detectable.

M: Good vibes of carbonation, great syrupy consistency. Rich complexity and maltiness, spicy, with a good sense of bourbon alcohol.

O: A solid 4.25+ flavored beer, very good per style, (english), with such a smooth and silky drinkability factor you will have to sample for yourself.

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Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Mark last night, thanks dude.

This pours a dark slightly murky brown color with, no head or lacing.

Smells like rich caramel, toffee, bourbon, leather, tobacco, and some very slight hops.

Though this is an English barleywine, I definitely get a bit of bitterness on the finish here that seems like it's hops, but it could just a bitter aspect of the malt, as I do get tobacco and leather from this, as well as more sweet elements like bourbon, oak, caramel, and toffee. I get some fig, too, and a little bit of vanilla. A really good flavor to this one.

There's really not that much heat on this one, which is nice. It's got a sweet and rich mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation for 12.5% ABV BA Barleywine, which is low but supportive.

A really nice beer from The Bruery, a super drinkable but complex offering here.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru brownish body with one finger head and minimal lace. Strong aromas of booze and wood along with notes of vanilla, figs, possible raisins or plums (dark fruits). The barrel aspect lends a smoothness to beer that makes it pass tongue with ease; medium-bodied beer with well-hidden ABV, vanilla sweetness along with notes of toffee/caramel malts and dark fruit flavors (mostly come across as figs and raisins). This beer just clicked for me b/c the sweetness hit my sweet tooth but just the right amount of dark fruits to prevent it from being too sweet and the high ABV is hidden but still gives a kick; I can't say this beer is an incredible and/or complex beer but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of markgugs
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says 2015 Edition.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the flass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Rich bourbon nose with some woody tones and toasted malt.

T- Sweet bourbon-y vanilla character at first which turns to an oaky, boozy finish. Very drinkable for the ABV. I don't usually get the coconut notes from BBA beers but this one actually has some. There's also caramel, fig and a bit of raisin.

M- The only part of the beer that's non-optimal. Hardly creamy at all with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Good flavor and balance, but the higher level of carbonation and lack of creamy feel keep this beer from being exceptional.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Mash from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.