1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mash - The Bruery

Not Rated.
MashMash

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

231 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 231
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

CoolEthan, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of VernonBaxter
4/5  rDev +0.8%

VernonBaxter, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

nickfl, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

kylehay2004, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

ThickNStout, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

CLCardinal84, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

kscaldef, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Jiatlas
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jiatlas, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of socalbrewlvr
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

socalbrewlvr, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of TATURBO
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

TATURBO, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +0.8%

egrace84, Nov 22, 2013
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.

rlee1390, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of topdown
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

topdown, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of JesseLara
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JesseLara, Nov 03, 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
Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Holland, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jarrgal, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of cbeer88
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

cbeer88, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +0.8%

mendvicdog, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

duceswild, Oct 21, 2013
Mash from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.