Mash & Coconut
The Bruery

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #20
Ranked #1,132
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
The Bruery
California, United States
Mash & CoconutMash & Coconut
Notes: This is our bourbon barrel-aged imperial brown ale, Mash, stretching to new levels. Mash & Coconut features nearly 400lbs. of toasted coconut per batch, which ratchets up the complex, native coconut character and complements the oaky and vanilla notes that are imparted to the beer as part of its extensive maturation in bourbon barrels.
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2017 Edition.
Clear, deep amber colored body. Two fingers of off white head quickly dissipate, leaving an active surface of bubbles. Leaves behind a few scattered rings and spots of lacing.
Aroma of oak, vanilla, and malt, with a whiff of coconut. Lots of bourbon barrel in the nose.
Taste is very barrel rich, with oak and vanilla sliding off the tongue. Left behind is the essence of coconut. A little sweet with toffee and caramel malt flavors. The aftertaste is the leftover bourbon barrel, touched with coconut.
Mouth feel is slick and a little thin. The beer does not coat the mouth and stay around too long.
Very pleasant barrel aged brown ale with some complexity.

Aug 15, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review 1433

Today is a great day! I managed my personal goals with a win I am celebrating. This beer has been hibernating in my cellar since 2016. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two-fingered head. The light tan foamy head dissipated quickly. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 34, dark oil brown with mahogany hues. I was hoping for a firmer and longer-lasting head on this beer.

The initial aromas in the beer are coconut, roasted malts, burnt sugar, and earthiness. Nosing further in the glass, I smell bourbon, alcohol, molasses, raisins, oranges, wood, chocolate, leather, a hint of smoke, and malty sweetness.

The flavors in the beer are coconut, roasted malts, bready, burnt sugar, figs, earthiness, wood, chocolate, leather, a touch of smoke, raisins, oranges, fruity esters, phenols, and malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and medium finish.

This barleywine is not cloyingly sweet and has a lot of character. Other barleywine that I have consumed was had a heavier malt body. I am torn here with this beer, I wanted that heavier malt body complex, yet I want the flavors of this beer. The coconut is there and does play well with other ingredients.. I did enjoy this beer.

Jun 04, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a deep copper color with an off-white head. Carbonation was visible amid the darkness of the pour.

Smell - The nose has a definite toasted coconut and chocolate presence that worked well with the base beer.

Taste - The coconut worked well with the base beer. The sweetness of the coconut worked with the dry aspects of the barley to create a natural coconut taste that was not overly sweet. There was also a fairly strong chocolate presence, but not hint of the bourbon aging. The sweet turns turn dry in the finish which probably prevents the profile from being cloying.

Mouthfeel - The beer demonstrated staying power with a full body, that allowed the coconut and chocolate to cling to the sides of the mouth.

Overall - I love coconut beers. This worked well.

Apr 26, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2017, poured into a tulip

A- Brown with ruby red highlights and a two finger off white head.

S- Dark fruit, toffee, bourbon, coconut, some vanilla, oak.

T- Dark fruits, toffee, coconut, bourbon, vanillas, cherries.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A tasty barelywine, coconut works well with the base beer and bourbon barrel.

Mar 23, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper brown pour with a finger of fizzy white head. Looks great as the light hits the glass.

S: Rich and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, coconut, toasted grains and candy sugar.

T.F: Just like it smells. Malty, rich, and sweet up front. Baked raisin and dark fruit... brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Some earthy hops, vanilla, and oak. Toasted coconut comes in at the finish and in the aftertaste. Sticky on the tongue and medium to thick bodied. Low-ish carbonation... warming, and gets more complex as it comes up to room temp.

O: An outstanding winter dessert and a 'slow sipper' kind of brew. Flavorful and everything as advertised with the mix of the English Barleywine and coconut.

Feb 05, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer topped by a dense and rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of brown sugar, coconut, and bourbon barrels with a little dark fruit
T: Taste is brown sugar, coconut, caramel, vanilla, and oak with some nice dark fruit undertones. The coconut is somewhat prominent but still allows the other flavors to come though at times. On the swallow there's more coconut, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla with some lingering coconut and oak
M: This beer has a fairly full body that is fairly silky and slightly creamy. Carbonation is light but adequate for the style while the beer has a slightly drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. This beer is very enjoyable to sip and savor. Flavors are balanced well and the alcohol is well hidden. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

Jan 03, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, residual sugar and strong coconut notes. Taste is also a mix of strong coconut notes with some woody bourbon notes and some coconut notes with quite a bit of residual sugar notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Intense but enjoyable when shared with friends.

Dec 23, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a blond/brown color with a nice off white head. Smell ,had wood and vanilla slight coconut. Taste had sweet caramel and toffe with a bitter dry roasted coconut taste mouthfeel was overly sweet with a dry bitter finish,not much coconut or barrel a major disappointment both in taste and money spent.

Nov 30, 2019
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lucius10 from California

3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Salty, sweet, light white wine aromatics on this one. The taste follows with heat from BA and mild coconut notes on the finish. Slightly boozy and bitter...

Sep 24, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: Rip Current 8-oz. beer glass
From: The Bruery in Placentia, Calif.
Price: $17.50 (averaged out the four bottles I purchased for $70)
Purchased: N/A; Received on June 2, 2019
Consumed: Aug. 23, 2019
Reviewed as: English Barleywine
Misc.: Bottled on March 27, 2017 at 12:32 p.m. PT

Got this as part of the quarterly packages I purchased from The Bruery only because I forgot to cancel my previous quarter membership. And then The Bruery would not take the beer back because of terms and conditions (maybe because they couldn’t get rid of the beer?). Anyway, this one went down as, “This is our bourbon barrel-aged imperial brown ale, Mash, stretching to new levels. Mash & Coconut features nearly 400lbs. of toasted coconut per batch, which ratchets up the complex, native coconut character and complements the oaky and vanilla notes that are imparted to the beer as part of its extensive maturation in bourbon barrels.” Gave regular Mash a 4.45 back on May 30, 2015, and had a few on Untappd (Mash & Vanilla - 3.75, Mash & French Toast - 4.25, Mash & Grind - 4.50). Knowing my love of coconut in stouts, I expect this one to be at least a 4.35.

Poured a slightly dark reddish, brownish semi-clear color with three fingers of khaki-tan frothy head. Outstanding spotty-to-foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled toasted coconut, caramel, buttered toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, oaky barrel, chocolate syrup, dark fruit, fig, raisin, date and brown bread. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but close. Got toasted coconut, vanilla, oaky barrel, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, date, fig, brown bread and light milk chocolate. Not tasting 13 pct. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Another tremendous barrel-aged stout from The Bruery. Excellent. (Overall - 4.25)

4.38 | 97 | A

Sep 20, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with minimal head and lacing.
N: Barrel notes, coconut and vanilla.
T: Big barrel hit with nice toasted coconut, ABV is present but nice.
M: Medium with decent ABV feel.
O: A nicely done beer, smooth and full flavored.

Sep 14, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2017 vintage aged to just two years and poured abruptly into a rastal teku glass.

L: A dark translucent brown, blood red when held to the light. A quickly fading tan one-finger head that sizzles from the carbonation.

S: The coconut is as strong on the nose as the bourbon which is nice, otherwise the smell is also a strong vanilla sweetness and some roasted malts.

T: Underwhelming. Coconut, vanilla, sugar, carbonation, and inferior bourbon (not sure who's barrel they used) meld to one note that is balanced except too sweet and just not tasty or complex enough to rise to the level of other all stars.

F: Medium body (too thin) and a biting carbonation.

O: Not at the level of other BA Barleywines I've enjoyed. The coconut was well obtained but not enough to complicate an overall thin and simple flavor profile and an over the top sweetness. I aged the brew due to the boozy ratings and that seemed to work and bring the coconut to the front, but I still would not repeat.

Jul 11, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like coconut. A bit of a metallic smell. Still drinkable but not worth the $23 a bottle. Not so bad but. It unbelievable. A stout brown but drinkable.

Jun 02, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head, no retention, semi clear ruby colour

Nose loads of sweet caramel and bourbon, good toasted coconut, sweet toffee, reddish toasty malt and candy, bourbon juice and vanilla barrel

Taste sweet caramel candy, toffee and idle brown sugar, big bourbon again, mild alcohol character, mild toasted coconut, nutty nougat caramel candy, a little fruity, barrel brings little vanilla with the bourbon juice, mild bitter hop, little sticky finish but not too sweet, nice soft complex aged malt effect too with fruity port like notes

Mouth is thicker chewy rich bod, light warming alcohol, decent carb

Overall very nice, great barleywine, good bourbon barrel, alcohol hidden well, very tasty, although wish the coconut was a bit more prevalent on the taste but that could be age

Mar 23, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. it pours murky brown color. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy. The nose is bourbon, rich roasted malts, & slight coconut. Im tasting some bourbon, coconut, slight fig, slight caramel, & rich roasted malts, & some booze but the 13% is not overwhelming my palate. The flavors are also melded well together, this is dessert in a glass folks. Furthermore, this is a Barleywine that I can recommend with some Fig Newman's cookies although the price is steep. I have not had many Barleywines but this is definitely one of the best that I have had. This seems like a beer that would come together better after aged for 3-5 years. Mine is 1 & half years old. I would imaging that a fresher bottle would taste more boozy. It's a sweet & rich beer but it's highly drinkable. I'm having trouble trying to sip & savor this without rushing down my gullet. Cheers World Class! A

Mar 03, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, tannish, reddish, thinning colors on the edges. Roasty and full of coconut and vanilla flavors. Plenty of barrel presence. Super smooth while still very boozy.

Nov 24, 2018
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Sigmund from Norway

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 13%. Reddish brown colour, large off-white head. Aroma of toasted coconut, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses and fusel alcohols Warming mouth- and throatfeel. The flavour is sweet and malty, but still not quite as sweet as I feared. Toasted coconut, bourbon, oak and vanilla again, moderate hops.

Nov 18, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pretty cool of grapevine to be blowing these out, something like 75% off the very high original sticker price. i am always thankful for the good deals to be had in here, ill have to get back in and pick up a couple more of these, this is a great bottle of beer, enjoyed by all. they call it an imperial brown on the label, which i believe is apart from the other mash beers, which called themselves barleywine, but i could remember that wrong. either way, its much more a barleywine than a brown to me, although i suppose there is a little chocolate malt thing going on in the shiny bronze colored brew, not nearly as thick and dense as a lot of these high gravity bruery beers are, and holding a nice head too, a bit less intimidating than others for sure. aroma is awesome, booze and sweet toasted coconut with a little almond and maple in behind it. the flavor matches, a ton of bourbon too, and vanilla, almost desserty even without actual vanilla in here, the whiskey is stronger than the barrel, but that works here. the coconut is forward but not forced, natural but also quite sweet, and while i was glad to be sharing this bottle around the after dinner table, i could easily drink a few glasses of this one if left to my own devices. not quite as complex as some of these get, but i like the clarity of the coconut here. subtle dry cocoa, maple, and molasses, but its not all the heavy. a little booze warmth to it, plenty of leftover sugar, and an almost tropical vibe from the coconut. really cool beer, this is a rad series. i really want to try the coffee one!!!

Oct 29, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber colour with beige head. Aroma has sweet toffee, caramel, bourbon and dried fruits. Taste is sweet and sugary with coconut, butterscotch and burnt sugar bitterness on the finish. Medium body with syrupy feel, medium carbonation. Complex, elegant, tasty.

Jul 25, 2018
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SaxmanRick from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Doing my last 2017 Mash & Coconut from The Bruery (which I got for $3.99 clearance instead of well over $20). I just love this beer. Called an imperial brown ale, it tastes more like a BA English barleywine with incredible toffee/caramel flavors, full malt bill with some hints of spicy or rye..and, of course, toasted coconut. No flavors dominate and the blend is joyous (it is the holidays). There is a bit of sweetness (like caramel), but this is not a sweet beer at all. A toast to the creators of this greatly appreciated beer.

L - 4.5, S - 4.5 (welcoming/luscious), T - 4.75 (simply delicious, like the finest chocolates or class), F - 4.75 (wodoyuwant? this is creamy without trying, just genuine...can I say luscious again?)...overall, I am mourning the loss of my last bottle and that I had to drink it by myself...but, I'll get over it.

Jul 25, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was an inch of foamy / fizzy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big aroma of coconut, malt, bourbon, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (not overly present), lots of bourbon (and the accompanying barrel), a bit of vanilla, lots of coconut, some caramel, and a tinge of chocolate. This is one aggressive, powerful flavor. The bourbon almost threatens to overpower everything, but it becomes balanced after awhile. Forceful, unique, and tasty.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't a beer for everybody, it's still well made. Worth a look.

Jul 16, 2018
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Dan411 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 vintage
Look: Walnut brown, almost barleywine like in color. Small, tightly packed, creamy head that has staying power. Glass lacing and clinging ribbons of alcohol on the swirl. Nicely carbonated with active streaming bubbles.

Smell: Sweet coconut and booze blasts out of the cap on the opening. The nose is rich, creamy coconut, caramel, milk chocolate, and some non-descript dark fruits peeking through. No expected nuttiness for a "imperial brown."

Taste: A considerable amount of initial sweetness, follows with coconut flesh, caramel, milk chocolate, and butterscotch. Expected nuttiness for a brown ale is oddly missing. Some roast and nutty malt would help balance the booze and sweetness. Booze up front, but none in the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium thin mouth feel, with a slick, oily finish. Warming in the chest after the first sip or two, that lingers some.

Overall: The brown ale characteristics are all but missing, save the color of course. Some nuttiness and some toasty-roasty would work so well with the sweetness of the coconut and malt base.

Jun 15, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew was poured from a tall, thick bottle. The color is a deep and hazy brown hue. It has a gristy, malt and grain scent. The taste has warmth, some deep and rich fruit, and lots of malt. Bitter and sharp. It is a solid and serious beer.

May 13, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, Brewdog, Bristol - Pours darkish brown with a small white off head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - caramel, vanilla , coconut. Taste - Bourbon, oak, vanilla, light coconut, sweetish, caramel overtones, light dry bitter finish. Lovely well balanced coconut brew.

Apr 15, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark cola brown color with a thin tan cap that leaves modest lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel, bourbon and feint coconut. The flavor follows the nose wonderfully and feels smooth. Wonderful beer that I'd buy again if money were no object.

Apr 07, 2018
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 302 ratings