Mash & Vanilla
The Bruery

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #37
Ranked #2,336
4.2 | pDev: 6.43%
The Bruery
California, United States
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty terrific beer, doesn't have the overly boozy taste and smell of some barley wines - vanilla is just right and not overpowering. Very Sweet but delicious. Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is going to be difficult, a share bottle for rudzud and I that we were really exited to try, and was next in our queue. 2016

Pours an off-white smaller fizzy head with lower retention, bit of lacing, nice long legs, dark mahogany brown color with very little light, and some yeast chunks at the bottom

Nose is basically what I was hoping it would be, plenty of vanilla but a nice sweet vanilla and some vanilla barrel as well, with sweet candy notes, caramel, toffee, a light bourbon whiskey like character, some dark fruits like fig and date, brown sugar, soft aged malt

Taste brings more of the same, vanilla out front again, sweet vanilla extract and barrel vanilla notes, a little buttery oak, with light whiskey and sweet bourbon, into dark fruits with more fig and candied date, maybe even a hint of cherry, sweet candy as well, molasses and caramel at first, into brown sugar and toffee, smooth caramel vanilla candy chews, as well as a little soft after malt with hint of sherry wine, light smooth alcohol turning to a little peppery alcohol late, light bitterness at first, but kicks into med gear late, with a med dry semi sweet finish, a bit more perfumey alcohol as well, and lots of the sweet flavors

Mouth is fuller bod, rich almost chewy, med foamy carb, light warming almost tingly alcohol

Overall very nice beer, I think rudzud would have loved it but wished there was more vanilla, given the age I think it stood out well, and had a nice aged character

Aug 16, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 16oz can*

This beer poured a dark brown to amber color; typical barleywine look. This also had a white-tan colored head which was about a finger thick, but it didn't last very long at all. I'm not sure when this was canned but I'm sure the age and the style had to do with the head, or lack thereof.

The aroma was noticeably barrel-forward as I got a burning aroma of bourbon, oak, and a tiny bit of vanilla in the front. These aromas then mellowed out to notes of caramel and toffee which were in balance with the vanilla. Despite this, I didn't find that there was a good balance overall on the aroma between the barrel character and the malty/vanilla aromas. Since I don't know when this was canned, the age could have caused these aromas to fade.

Despite the lack of balance in the aroma, I thought that there was a nice balance between the barrel, caramel, and vanilla on the front of the palate. The caramel and vanilla notes eventually faded in the middle, where I primarily just got notes of just straight up bourbon. It was only in the end where the notes of buttery toffee and a bit of raisins appeared which were complimented with a bourbon aftertaste.

I found that this beer had a medium body and a low carbonation to it. This is definitely a big and boozy beer and it doesn't try to hide that from you. The bourbon aftertaste is definitely there but it isn't very lingering or over-bearing, and you definitely feel a comforting warmth from the bourbon in your throat and chest which is always a plus for me. That's why I would say that this is definitely meant to be sipped on and enjoyed over time. I thought that the flavors shined through more as the barleywine warmed up in my glass.

I definitely enjoyed sipping on this an appreciating all of its barrel, malt, and vanilla characters. Though balance was a bit lacking on the nose, the taste really made up for it. I would definitely drink this again if offered or given to me, but I'm not sure I would spend money to buy this again as it was on more of the pricier side of beers. Regardless, this was still very good and complex.

May 29, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

$ 24.09 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 1.51/oz). Received 5/5/20 from Craft Shack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 5/17/20.
Stamped on bottom of can “PKG 10/29/19”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees (as suggested on the label) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 62 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Deep amber (SRM 15), murky.
Body – Brown (SRM 20), murky. Effervescent. When held to direct light, a ruby shade appears where the light penetrates, but only after the temperature reaches 59 degrees.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, fizzy/high density with many medium rocks, short retention, diminishing to a 1.5 mm regular crown constantly renewed by the aggressive effervescence and no cap.
Lacing – None, much as expected.
Aroma – 4.25 – Predominately sweet roasted malt with a hint of brown sugar and some bourbon on the back end, no hops, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with a roasted malty sweetness short of cloying mixed with distinct caramel followed by vanilla, no hops, no yeast. No alcohol (13.7 % ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma, but an instant gentle gastric warming occurs, which initially was harsh but on subsequent swallows mellowed. There is a hint of diacetyl but no dimethylsulfide. It ends with less-than-overpowering bourbon.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, silky, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5. A bit thin but the excellent aroma and taste make this mellow example of the English barley wine superior to most others. I could sip this until “QWERTY” appeared on my forehead. Price point is a bit high but for an occasional splurge, well worth it. The label is simple but gives little information.

May 17, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 smelled of vanilla. It was not overly potent of even perfume-like. It had just the right balance.

Taste - My first impression was how smooth the beer was. Vanilla was the ability to smooth out a "lumpy" beer. Though the base beer is sweet, vanilla adds a new dimension that creates balances. With the vanilla comes the barely notes, with the bourbon largely hidden. The vanilla lingers in the aftertaste, but does not overpower.

Mouthfeel - The beer was smooth with vanilla but had a good concentration of viscosity and light carbonation.

Overall - I was not expected much from a vanilla barleywine, but I enjoyed this one.

Apr 26, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2016, poured into a tulip

A- A clear deep ruby red with a two finger off white head

S- Cherries, figs, stone fruits, bourbon, oak, some vanilla, earthy, touch of leather.

T- Bourbon, cherries, stone fruits, some vanilla, charred oak, some earthiness, touch of leather.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice barrel aged barelywine, not too boozy and easy to drink.

Mar 16, 2020
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evanwoertz from California

4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

vanilla is strong but not too much. it’s a strong flavor, very well balanced, and perhaps the best in a beer. as a barleywine, it suffers a little because of the vanilla but still a fantastic barrel aged beer.

Dec 09, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2016 Edition.
Muddy, amber brown colored body. Off white head settles back to a small island and a ring. Leaves behind some small spots of lacing.
Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, and sweet brown sugar.
Taste of bourbon soaked brown sugar, with vanilla and coconut, and oak. At the end the taste dries out and expresses more oak and dried fruit. Overall the beer tastes like a cooked apple that has been soaked in bourbon and coated with caramel and toffee. The vanilla amplifies the coconut flavor.
Thin to medium mouth feel, with a smooth texture. There is an alcohol burn on the tongue. Decent carbonation.
The beer ranges from sweet and smooth to a non-sweet dryness. There are many flavor aspects from the vanilla addition to the oak bourbon barrel aging.

Sep 29, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Vintage
Pours a dark amber with ample white head. Aroma is vanilla and caramel. Taste is sweet, tangy, brown sugar, molasses, barrel char. Significantly boozy, after aging for 3 years... Good carbonation, medium bodied. Overall an OK BA Barleywine.

750ml bottle, 2016 vintage
4 rating

May 19, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to tulip glass. 2016 Bottle aged almost 3 years. Happy Mothers Day and Go Sixers (Game 7 vs. Raptors).

LOOK: deep dark brown (90%), medium beige head, good retention.

AROMA: bourbon and vanilla dance around like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Super aromatic.

TASTE: Brown sugar, bourbon, oak. Slight hints of leather and tobacco. Sweet upfront with a bitter and very oaky finish.

FEEL: Medium to full body, excellent carbonation for the style (and age to boot).

This is a very good barleywine in my opinion. Maybe the age is helping this project high in my comparisons, but the quality of the taste and mouthfeel suggest a younger beer despite being 3 years old. Probably my favorite Bruery beer yet (will check #'s to confirm).....yup, Melange #3 comes the closest, but this edges it out.


May 13, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chill hazed, ruddy brown with a short finger of of rapidly diminishing, foamy, light tan head that recedes to a tiny collar ring leaving a few thin islands of surface cap and no lace. Aroma is malty, dark bread, brown sugar, caramel, dried fig and raisin; vanilla, coconut and a little dankness with notes of bourbon and alcohol. Taste is a caramelized malty sweetness, burnt brown sugar, vanilla and boozy bourbon whiskey, toasted coconut, lightly buttered and toasted pumpernickel with dried apples, earth & floral late in the sip. The butter (while thin) and apple are more noticeable in the finish. Briefly dry at the beginning of the sip it rapidly gravitates to a sweet slightly bitter tug of war until the drying aftertaste where the sweetness disappears. Present in both the alcohol is more intense in the mouth than in the nose. Aftertaste is spicy, woody, roast, burnt brown sugar and bitter with alchol spice. Mouthfeel is on the high side of medium bodied with very low carbonation, warming, more sticky than syrupy it is creamy-slick but produces a little graininess on the tongue. The vanilla was much less than expected but this was my fault as the bottle was cellared for a year. The Bruery's recommendation of drinking fresh in terms of the vanilla it's obviously true. Nevertheless a very fine barleywine.

Dec 19, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On fire. Not like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow fire, but more like Nina Agdal walking down the cat walk. So, “Mash & Vanilla,” lets think about that. Mash - Raul is thinkin’ like all that bourbon stuff. Then Vanilla - well, Raul ain’t no dumb dumb, he’s thinking Madagascar. Mix em together? Raul says, “Yes.” Raul says, “Yes well and good!”

I’m out.

Oct 26, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy / fizzy, off white head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big, bracing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, malt, caramel, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a good shot of bourbon (and its barrel), a decent amount of malt, some light dark fruit notes (raisins), lots of vanilla, and some caramel as well. Like the aroma, the flavor is a big, complex, powerful force. It's a little on the boozy side, but the vanilla and caramel cut into it nicely. Delicious.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an excellent barleywine. Definitely drinkable.

Sep 15, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers of tan head.
Smells of sweet vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, some dark fruits coming through as well. Bourbon heat present as well.
Taste is vanilla and marshmallow up front followed with the toffee and caramel. Dark fruits come through, raisin primarily. Bourbon is definitely there but not as hot as the nose implied. Lingering vanilla and tobacco notes.
Medium bodied, good carb level amplified by the bourbon.
Overall a tasty one that seems to pack a punch.

Jun 25, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle
A- garnet and chocolate, murky
S- vanilla, whiskey, cake. Not what I expected but smells unbelievably good. I could sniff this glass all night
T- cola, cherry, vanilla. Bitter malty dry finish with whiskey notes
M- some carbonation, dryness. Good body but not sticky or overpowering.
O- totally enchanted by the nose on this, really enjoying the other attributes. Thia bottle is a treat. Thanks to the other ba'ers who posted good reviews of the 2016 bottles and influenced me to spring on this one.

Jan 06, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like vanilla and nougat and toasted coconut, with some leathery oak and chocolate.
T: It tasted like it smelled. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Great chewy body.
D: This was a great brew with delicious, bold, and well integrated scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth although it was a bit hot, so it was better to sip. It could age well. Fresh is still great. Recommended.

Dec 30, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is shiny shimmering dark copper-garnet with a bubbly, creamy tan blanket.

Smell is caramel corn, salt water taffy, hot bourbon and nutty roast.

Taste is cotton candy with Jack and Coke bringing the heat, over a thin body with tight carbonation and a dry finish.

Carnival beer! I mean seriously, this triggers all kinds of youthful memories, walking through a carnival or street fair. It's just not what I was expecting for the style and description. And as usual with the Bruery, it's way too fucking hot!

Dec 11, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, caramel and bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma with bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel. The finish has light lingering alcohol heat.

M -Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - The vanilla adds another layer of flavor to the original base beer. Fun slow sipper.

Nov 19, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TONS of vanilla in this beer. The bourbon barrel aging adds layers of complexity - oak, caramel, and more vanilla - and for being 13.3% ABV it is very smooth.

Oct 24, 2017
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BWood from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brown kind of clearish. Nice 1 inch head.

S: not very vanilla smell. Some Carmel. Bourbon.

T: follows the nose. Bourbon is there and the vanilla. Marshmallow. The base barleywine kicks in too.

F: thin. Smooth but thin. Wish it was a little thicker.

O: solid brew and very nice to have the vanilla with the barleywine. Good job.

Jul 18, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2016 edition, looks like it says bottled on 7/13/16. Served in a wine glass (as recommended on the label, either that or in a tulip), the beer pours dark brown with about an inch light tan head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and some dark fruit (raisins). For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel, molasses and dark bready flavors. I think this is a mostly sweet tasting barleywine, but luckily the sweetness isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a good brew, glad I picked this one up! Definitely worth a try. $20.99 a bottle.

Jul 15, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has good retention after the pour and leaves a bit of lacing behind

S- creamy vanilla and marshmallow creme aromas up front, followed by melted caramel, oaky bourbon & raisins, hint of cocoa

T- sweet caramel up front laced with flavors of vanilla bean, vanilla cream and marshmallow cream. Mid-palate gives some fruity notes of raisin & fig. The finish gives some bourbon barrel notes, that brings out light notes of coconut and compliments the vanilla, some alcohol on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that leads into a warming finish that is quite boozy

O- vanilla is a great addition to the base beer and seems to enhance the barrel notes. This one drinks really hot, even given the ABV. I expected a year to mellow it out a bit, but that wasn't the case

Jul 03, 2017
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TrojanRB from Texas

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle poured 6/2/17 into a Bruery tulip

Smells of roasted marshmallow, caramel, sweet bourbon, vanilla.

Taste is burnt sugar, toasted oak, boozy bourbon notes, kind of acrid. Quite a bit different from the nose, surprisingly

Relatively thin tasting for the ABV, but still silky

The nose is fantastic, but the taste is a bit of a letdown

Jun 03, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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

Rattle N Hum West.

A- Baby snifter pour from draft with deep brown body and a foamy cap. Good retention and a small blanket sticks around dropping sheets of lace.

S- Vanilla and Barleywine with big caramel and toasted malts. Raisin. Whiskey. Mostly the beans and grains. Slight bit of cocoa.

T- Sweet but not cloying or overly caramel sticky. Plenty of malts dominating. Toast, nuts, caramel, spiced raisin dark fruits, fresh oak wood, a touch of whiskey and a seriously insane vanilla presence. Dessert vanilla beer. Touch of roast. Mostly the Vanilla the malts and hint of barrel.

MF- Silky and smooth medium to thick body. Some decent alcohol heat in the finish. Oily for sure with medium high carbonation.

Latest Bruery massive beers have only gotten more and more dangerous. Like hardly sweet, low booze taste and insanely easy to drink. Vanilla big malts but low sweets considering ABV and a nice barrel kiss. Too much vanilla?

Jun 02, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 12/25/16.

Pours a dark amber, mostly opaque, with a half inch head and some spotty lacing. Terrific aroma- bourbon, vanilla, dates, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, some malt and yeast, oak, a little bready. The malt steps forward a little more in the taste, then bourbon, vanilla, dates, figs, caramel, oak, raisins, a light bitterness. Smooth, a solid, full body, well carbonated.

The vanilla is an excellent addition, even though it masks some of typical characteristics of a Barleywine. Not as much of the dark fruits thing going on here. Overall, it's every bit as good as the base beer, but I kind of consider this as a different beer, as opposed to a being a "with" beer. Well worth a purchase, but it does come with a pretty high price point. Pretty big mark up for the pleasure of having the vanilla.

May 30, 2017
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