Mash & French Toast
The Bruery

Mash & French ToastMash & French Toast
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Barleywine - English
Ranked #40
Ranked #3,034
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
The Bruery
California, United States
Mash & French ToastMash & French Toast
Notes: This is our bourbon barrel-aged barleywine ale, Mash, joining forces with even stickier, malt-forward forces from our barrel warehouse to create the gooey-sweet profile you'd expect from a french toast-like creation. It rouses the senses with hints of caramel and rich maple character, summoning spices and warm vanilla notes.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one that was supposed to be a split with rudzud

Pours med frothy off white head with fair retention, little lacing, not much for legs, semi clear dark auburn to maroon color

Nose brings sweet candy and heavy malt, brown sugar, some caramel but quite a bit of maple syrup, big raw oak, toasted almost cedar like oak, hint of bourbon, light cinnamon and spice, nutmeg, little vanilla, some perfumey alcohol, raw cedar and oak dominating as it warms

Taste brings more sweetness, heavy syrup and maple, hot almost fusel alcohol, a bit of bitterness with cinnamon and nutmeg spice, vanilla, caramel and apple fruit, some generic baking spices as well, more oak and almost cedar flavor that gets strong and nagging, flash of bourbon, sticky sweet finish, some bitterness, nagging cinnamon and nutmeg spice as well as the oak

Mouth is med to fuller bod, syrupy, med foamy carb, hot mild fusel alcohol

Overall this was a mess, and nothing like French toast, very disappointed

Oct 25, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boy that really sucks when you're almost 1000 words into a review and all of Chrome crashes your tabs. Had this at the Firestone Walker Fest Pre Party 2017.

Anyways, it pours brown, with a lighter beige head 1/4". Aroma checks all the boxes that the commercial tug job about the adjuncts was getting at. Its all here. And its in amazingly great proportions. The cinnamon, the maple, the powdered sugar even, but don't forget its all wrapped in a bourbon blanket.

Taste just keeps being awesome. All those things, all in the right proportions, virtually no bitterness. Do I give a shit it doesn't taste like 'beer' as most think? Nah. Hides the alcohol as good as any beer, ever. Was kind of an experience like the first time I had CBS, just man when the maple and bourbon tandem in such a near perfect way. I think this beer was responsible for my major hangover the next day. You could crush it all by yourself, but really, you shouldn't. But I love this beer, I'll always buy at least one bottle when its made again.

Jul 15, 2020
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The cinnamon is pretty strong on the nose and on the palette, but the maple syrup and bourbony vanilla come through as well. There is a baked breadiness that comes really strong in the taste and aroma once your palette gets used to the cinnamon and is looking for something else. The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with a little bit of syrupiness that seems especially appropriate for the style. While I think th cinnamon is a bit overpowering, I still think that as a dessert brew it’s probably exactly what you’re looking for.

May 29, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | 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 was a bouquet of cinnamon and barleywine sweetness.

Taste - My initial impression was the cinnamon and maple sweetness. Even after 3 years in my cellar, the cinnamon was still a bit hot. However, it was not so hot that it burned my esophagus. The barleywine backbone lended a sense of balance to the profile. The bourbon notes are but may be the source of the light vanilla notes. The beer had a dry bready finish.

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

Overall - Cinnamon is hard to balance in a beer. I believe this was well done.

Apr 26, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color, just a bit of light creeping through, with a one-finger off-white head that reduces to a ring

S- Wow, the nose smells just like maple syrup soaked pancakes, with compliments of vanilla, brown breads, cinnamon & nutmeg. Undertones of stewed figs, raisins, leather, toffee, bourbon & wood

T- sweet and malty up front with a big hit of sticky sweet maple syrup, immediately followed by spiced notes of cinnamon & nutmeg, as well as brown bread, caramel & vanilla. As it nears the finish, the barrel notes come through, adding a hint of bourbon and woody oak. It closes out with flavors of dark fruits, maple, cinnamon and bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a warming, almost chewy finish

O- an outstanding variant of Mash, the maple comes through like I've rarely seen in other beers, and the other spices and barrel treatment make for a delicious sipper

Nov 28, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 Edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a dense and rocky two finger light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla with a hint of bourbon barrels, along with some caramel and maple sweetness
T: Taste is sweet maple and vanilla up front with cinnamon and nutmeg, hints of oak, caramel, and a touch of dark fruits as well with just a little toasted malt. On the swallow there's more cinnamon and nutmeg with maple, caramel, vanilla, and oak with some lingering sweetness.
M: This beer has a body which is on the heavier side of medium and a slightly syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is an awesome beer. The flavors and complexity are fantastic but the beer does tend to lean on the sweet side which may make it cloying and tough to drink for some people. Well worth a try if you like beers that color outside of the lines.

Nov 10, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Deep mahogany red body color, a very dark brown. A classic English body barleywine appearance. Head is a very light khaki almost white/yellowish tinged and very fine. Manages an easy two fingers with a bit of bubbly snapping out of the bottle. A good pencil thin collar is always presented with a little bit of a nice top as well.

The aroma is not dissapointing in the descriptive part. Realy impressive maple syrup and sugar tones, it's practically crispy smelling like they are straight up crystals. Nice bit of warmth almost a fruity plum like quality coming off this in the nose. Some light vanilla, but the maple dominates primarily and is extremely impressive.

Palate is impressive and surprising. Light bodied but hints just a hair of oaky tones with light mixing malt and fruity quality. There is the round mouthfeel of barrel aging here, but it's a bit softer and lighter when contributing to the flavors. Warm bodied, with that crispy sugar flavor, but with a soft maple that's more hinting on warmth than it is on sugar. Good controlled boozy heat on this, noticeable but tolerable. Light waffery and crispy toffee notes of caramel mixing in with soft sugars of vanilla, and even some dark fruit prune to plum character. The maple seems to have more of a woody than sugary quality which is a real nice flavor.

Very nice light bodied aged brew, I was anticipating much more aggressive flavors but there is a lot of subtley here and nuances. It's not like a sledgehammer, or overly sweet which I really appreciate.

Sep 15, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Treebute for this 2017 750ML bottle, as I continue to look for the limits of my kidneys. Split with my wife.

The pour is dark red & since it’s been a while, I don’t pull out in time, & spill a little into the glass. The nose is like a battleship fired its nutmeg photon torpedoes into my nose. Wooow. Vanilla & maple brings sweetness plus a bready maltiness.

Mash & French Toast is fastball-Astudillo aggressive. Mash & Nutmeg Christmas Cookies? Nutmeg is on this like Ben Shapiro…well, he’s an idiot. Lots of nutmeg, Underneath is a sweetness that I’d I.D. as vanilla rather than maple, cinnamon (thanks for the restraint),bready malt, with a back-o-the-throat bourbon. Alcohol is present but tame. Smooth. Very smooth. Disappearing faster than it ought.

I can sense the greatness in this beer struggling to get out, but ultimately buried by a spade of nutmeg. Still a good, solid brew.

Apr 10, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 mash plus French toast. Poured into proper glassware. Thanks to @2beerdogs for both.
Pours a chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Just about a finger of light tan head. Spotty lacing down the glass. The nose is decadent. Pecans, maple, cinnamon are the most prominent for me. And maybe it’s because I’m thinking of French toast but I get the white part of an egg too. It’s not a bad thing.
Starts out with with dates, strong cinnamon, maple and boozy heat. More of that white egg part. What is that called? Mellow but present bourbon and more maple goodness.
Medium bodied but expected more richness. This is very well executed beer that tastes like French toast without being too sweet.

Aug 06, 2018
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brewaddict from California

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/2/17 from notes

L - Pours a light caramel color with a fizzy off white head
S - I get caramel, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, and alcohol
T - Boy this beer hit's it on the head. I get tons of maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dare I say some eggyness. There are caramel/maple sweetness on the finish.
F - Medium body. A bit of a dry finish.
O - I don't really like mash because I find it too spicy. But I think that's what up's the nutmeg and cinnamon spice flavors. This is a whole different experience and it's pretty awesome.

Sep 30, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a murky dark red mahogany body with a one finger khaki head.

S - Decadent maple syrup and cinnamon with a dash of nutmeg. Amazing, but the bourbon barrels are almost nonexistent. It's like a christmas pancake. The nose to me is just fantastic!

T - Instead of straight maple syrup, the cinnamon and nutmeg really add dept to the maple syrup. Almost a Christmas vibe here. The bourbon barrels really take a backseat here. But still, there's a good amount of barrel character from the obvious bourbon, vanilla and oak.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth.

O - French Toast for sure! It's not overly sweet, but has all the right adjuncts.

May 29, 2017
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rand from California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a giant Bruery snifter

Dark-brown with a red-hue, the brew pours with almost no head, seemingly pulled down by its own weight and viscosity.

Big, bold, desert-like bouquet. Rum-raisin jumps out front, with the added holiday spices in tow. Big a sugary aspects; besides the obvious maple, distinct notes of vanilla bean and caramel are easily parsed. Ample alcohol volatiles usher in the bouquet.

As decadent on the palate as maple syrup spearheads the flavors. Slightly more balanced here with oaky astringency offsetting some of the sugary aspects, which could otherwise border on treacly. As chewy a beer as they come, which drives home the flavor profile and seems to find its way into the tiniest crevice of your palate. Finishes long, very long, sweet and lingering.

Brew gets points for actually tasting like its title - I'm not a huge fan of French toast but can appreciate how it emulates the real thing and could enjoy this in small doses. If there's a weekness it's that it can be a little overwhelming and not the most drinkable, but hey, it's a Bruery beer

May 12, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White and silver striped foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 12/14/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep cherrywood with two fluffy fingers of ecrue head. The froth sizzles away to a thin layer and broad collar but no lace finds purchase on the glass.

Smells of maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, caramel and cooked toffee.

The spice notes are huge and immediately assert themselves in the flavor. Nutmeg, cinnamon, dried fruit skins, cooked sugar, maple, wet vanilla-kissed oak, bourbon, toffee, toast and a hearty kick of alcohol.

Full body with gentle carbonation. The spices remain dominant, to detrimental effect, in the finish. For my tastes, the nutmeg in particular plays too much of a leading role.

I've been a fan of Mash since it's first appearance several years ago. The Bruery has since upped the ante with numerous delectable variants but Mash and French Toast is a bit of a miss for me. The weight of the nutmeg addition on my palate makes this come across like a pumpkin beer and lamentably detracts from the maple, cinnamon and toffee that should have made this a real gem.

May 08, 2017
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most literal transformation of a beer title into an actual beer that I've ever had. It does taste like French Toast. Damn! Really good super unique beer. Sweet. Spices. Breakfast. All there. Yum!

Apr 09, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/14/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy dark ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes raisin, fig, plum, date, apricot, coconut, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, maple/spices, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes raisin, fig, plum, date, apricot, coconut, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/cinnamon bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light dark fruit/coconut, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple/spices, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from bitter/spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly silky/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mild warmth with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane spiced English barelywine! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple/spices, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfectly balanced between malt, spice, and barrel flavors. Tastes exactly like french toast as advertised. The spices mask a lot of the fruity yeast character of the base beer, but there is still a solid amount there. An insanely delicious offering, and probably my favorite of the Mash series so far; but the regular and vanilla were pretty much equally exceptional in different ways.

Mar 25, 2017
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very strange stuff. This absolutely DOES taste like french toast! A bit boozy and very old ale like (perhaps more than barleywine) but finishes and smells and overall embraces maple syrup. Not sweet but comes off as very sweet. Strange stuff.

Feb 19, 2017
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BWood from California

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: murky red/Brown with decent head. Slight lace. Small ring retention.

S: good nose that captures all the added flavors of the beer.

T: the ale up front but smoothes in to the cinnamon and syrup.

F: nice shock at first then super smooth. Better as it warms.

O: I think this beer did exactly what it was supposed to do. Hit the French toast flavors on the head. Which to me seems like a pretty difficult thing to do. As a huge fan of the bruery I am once again satisfied.

Feb 14, 2017
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floyd_pugman from California

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful dark amber color; excellent carbonation. Nose -- holy cow, that’s french toast alright: egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup on top. If you didn’t know it was beer, based on the nose alone you might classify it as egg nog. Palate: oh lord. As strong as the nose is, it’s nothing compared to the palate. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple flavors are huge and dominating, with vanilla asserting itself on the finish as the initial flavors subside. Trying to remember if I’ve ever had a beer that was as over-the-top as this. Interesting, but you had better like french toast on steroids. Otherwise, hard to get through much of it. Feels like it should be paired with food, but then again, it would have to be french toast.

Feb 11, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to tulip. Dark brown with good amount of head. Nose is incredible. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and maple syrup. Bourbon blends perfectly with this. Taste nicely follows the nose. Cinnamon is strong - to me probably the strongest taste coming through. Bourbon is subtle, and the alcohol is not overpowering (scary for such a powerful beer!), but there is a lingering bitterness on the back end.. Tastes like an amazing breakfast with maple syrup! Mouthfeel is indeed gooey and thick. Amazing beer.

Feb 04, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter appears a clear dark mahogany color with ruby clarity and a khaki head a finger strong that fades leaving stringy lace.

The aroma contains maple, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon and earthy to almost herbal nutmeg-like spice. This smells wonderful and is not over-done.

The taste is cinnamon spice, nutmeg, oak, bourbon, maple, caramel, vanilla and slight herbal bitterness. A blend of spicing that plays wonderfully with the barrel character.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Far and away this is my favorite in the mash series to date and might be the overall best Bruery beer I have had in quite a long time. Exceptional.

Feb 01, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with a bit of white lacing

Wow...smells & tastes just like French toast. The syrup is there...the underlying sweeetness of the batter is there...the charred sugar is there. Even some cinnamon and vanilla notes.

Amazing idea and extremely well crafted. I'm surprised....thought this would be syrupy and sweet, but they've kept it well balanced and very drinkable.

Jan 28, 2017
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Furlinator from California

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery tasting room on 01/18/17.
As advertised: maple, cinnamon and vanilla aromas and flavors. A liquid french toast breakfast. No sign of the 13.4 ABV. Fire.

Jan 19, 2017
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Lucnifter from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This genuinely smells and tastes like french toast. I went in concerned it was going to be a sickeningly sweet mess of conflicting flavors, but they made a bit of magic here.

Jan 16, 2017
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