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Mash & Vanilla | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 281 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
Photo of NorthSideSean
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of TrojanRB
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to Bruery tulip and allowed to warm over an hour. Pours a dark golden amber, with good carbonation. Smell is sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and candy. Amazing. Taste follows the nose. The Mash is very evident here, with great barleywine flavors coming through. Really tastes like a Werther's with some bourbon...just my style. Nice and sweet, but not so much that it is off-putting. Mouthfeel is great but, as others have noted, is a bit thin compared to other Bruery beers. That said, I don't think it's that thin compared to other barleywines. Overall, this is highly recommended!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More locally purchased Bruery! Breweries have to stop coming to MN. This is getting expensive, & exhausting, & liver-endangering. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Nice red tag on top, much better than wax, peels right off & a few moments later there are two glasses of liquid that would make a garnet dealer proud in our glasses. Smells rich: vanilla, malts for nine days, plums plus cherries, booze. Not bad.

Mash & Vanilla or Booze & Oak? Good Night’s Sleep & Drunk? Alcohol & Poor Judgment? Stairs & Stumbles? The name combos are endless. This is a classic barleywine that has been mercilessly water boarded with bourbon, oak, & plum wine. Big booziness & oak mid-palate, along with a lighter touch of scorched caramel, vanilla, & brown sugar. Bourbon is numbingly strong. Swiggable.

Under booth review, this tastes just like something my grandma would have whipped up in the still in the back 40 if, you know, she drank, or there was a still. She’d have made some mean crabapple wine. Excellent beer…if this were only 5% & my judgment not impaired, it might be a B. We’ll never know.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

This pours a thick looking murky brown with very little head or lacing.

Smells like vanilla beans, sweet caramel, silky bourbon, drying bourbon, and toffee.

The vanilla infusion here really works with the base beer. There seems to be vanilla from the barrel anyway, plus the addition makes this a 6.5/10 on the vanilla bomb scale. There's the classic sweet barleywine base, with the oak providing only a slight bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

The vanilla beans definitely improved the base beer here.

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Photo of bl00
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitze
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucnifter
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have always appreciated Mash, with my principal complaint being the Belgian yeast fermentation instead of British style yeast. This version may have been a situation where they took some overoaked barrels of Mash and added a bunch of vanilla to them in the hopes of masking the intense oak overtones. Don't get me wrong, it's still a fantastic beer, but I can be overly critical of barleywines as they are some of my favorites.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mix_Master_Mike
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap (hero pour), revisit of bottle in May, 2017):
Pours an amber brown, with no remaining head after warming. Swirls bring little bubbles to the glass wall and a thin quickly fading ring.
Bottle: pours a clear amber brown, with a foamy/creamy light reddish-beige head. A truly thick rim stays atop the surface until I start sipping, when a nice portion of it sticks to the glass.

Nose shows the barrel aging and vanilla up front, mellow and nice but does overshadow the barleywine a bit. A tart raisin, prune, and bourbon date bread are also noticed.
Bottle: vanilla raisin bread that's been soaked in bourbon whiskey. As on tap, the barrel aspects are the most noticeable, with a light amber bitterness peeking out after the first burst.

Taste is similar to nose, but relies more on the vanilla and bourbon. Alcohol tingles palate more than carbonation, and is stronger than expected from the nose. Taste a little more earthy to maybe woodsy in the back than the dark fruit from the nose.
Bottle: This has been in the fridge for a little while - maybe three months. Maybe that helped as the vanilla and bourbon I mention being replied upon up front aren't so powerful. The woody bitter amber ale actually comes near the front of the beer, gaining a slight edge on the also present vanilla and bourbon, The latter provide a sweetness that is countered by the other. A high sweet note continues to play as the barley wine shows itself. The ending brings back the whiskey to end the taste with a little heat. Prickly tingle opens the feel, then the medium full base beer quells that before that whiskey heat comes back.

I generally enjoy BBA barleywines, and this is no different. Stays within bounds on all aspects, but could show a little more of the base beer in the taste.
Bottle: I got to pour this beer, so could see that it was better looking than originally rated. The base beer came out a tad bit more - though I am guessing its very limited aging did have a slight effect there. Composite rating from 4.07 to 4.18, due to the increase in look and flipping of taste and feel.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery tasting room on 08/07/16.

Pours hazy copper brown. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle hop bitterness and some boozy heat. Thick and sweet.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDarcy
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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