Mash & Coconut
The Bruery

Mash & CoconutMash & Coconut
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Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #18
ABV:
13%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,084
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
295
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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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

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Photo of larryi86
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of gatornation
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.

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Photo of lucius10
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...

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Photo of BucannonXC5
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

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
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.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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

2016
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

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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of mschrei
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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!!!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
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 coffees...world 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.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of Dan411
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that isn't far from black. It has a finger of khaki head, with modest retention. Aroma is coconut, with toasted, bread, and caramel malts. Coconut is huge. Flavor profile is loads of coconut throughout the flavor profile. Laying underneath is toasted, biscuit, bread, and caramel malts. There is a little bit of butter, and molasses that add a touch of sweetness. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a semi-fizzy, velvety feel. Overall, coconut cannot be stated enough. Coconut in the aroma, coconut in the flavor, coconut in every crack and cranny. It's a hearty, and filling beer otherwise with a wonderful balance that leans slightly sweet.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of stortore
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 9/29/17.

Pours a dark amber, semi-opaque, with a quarter inch head and spotty, soapy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, malt, coconut, figs, dates, light cherries and tobacco. The taste is a little more malt forward, then bourbon, caramel, coconut, figs, oak, some raisins and dates, a slight bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol. Smooth for the ABV, a great medium body, well carbonated.

Great aroma, bourbon forward overall, the coconut comes through well. A solid addition to the series. Well worth a purchase, even at a higher price point.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 295 ratings