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Mash - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

232 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 40
Gots: 74 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: notchucknorris on 07-09-2013)
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

spycow, Nov 09, 2014
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

zestar, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Texasfan549, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

GRG1313, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

kylehay2004, Dec 19, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

SocalKicks, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

largadeer, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

nickfl, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

jlindros, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

XmnwildX12, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

oline73, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

drabmuh, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mendvicdog, Oct 21, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

InspectorBob, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

imperialking, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

duceswild, Oct 21, 2013
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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.

stakem, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mdaschaf, Nov 17, 2014
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Mash from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.