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Mash - The Bruery

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MashMash

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BA SCORE
89
very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 39
Gots: 55 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

dcloeren, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Buck_Jones, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

gillagorilla, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Zaximus, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Auror, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Pando, Feb 23, 2014
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

BMart, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

bsuedekum, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

POTABLE83, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jbaker67, Jan 18, 2014
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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

hbchrisg, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

CoolEthan, Dec 20, 2013
Mash from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.