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Mash - The Bruery

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 391
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 25.74%
Wants: 44
Gots: 116 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 391
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -1%
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 ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 5/24/13

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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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 alpinebryant
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1%
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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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 rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 IKR
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of dbc5
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Mash from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.