Mash & Grind | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style classic with rich flavors from time spent aging in Bourbon barrels, plus fresh roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab.

Added by IKR on 07-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
470
Reviews:
55
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
109
For Trade:
26
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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt caramel with a bubbly tan ring--if not for which it would look like straight bourbon.

Smell has a sharp acidic or spicy coffee almost hinting at pepper, with musty bourbon oak, rich caramel and hot prune.

Taste is more smooth and rich than expected, with caramel, tingly bourbon, and oak. Heat begins to rise, and then a hint of cola and raisin come in.

This is a sticky, medium bodied delight with a dry finish. A little weird to drink in the blazing sunlight on the patio, but I ain't mad at it.

2014 vintage

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Photo of elemenohpee1
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of g00ey
2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. This was a 2013 vintage bottle, consumed on 10/30/16. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Quite hazy to turbid, and ruddy rich coffee brown. Forms a thin tan head that fades quickly, as does the initial blush of visible carbonation.

S: Coffee and bourbon up front. Toffee and caramel, oak and vanilla. Fainter dark fruits and raisins. Sweet molasses and brown sugars are only partially balanced by the dry tannins. Overall it comes across as sweet and boozy, but not cloying or singeing off nose hair. Nice, and I'm glad to see the coffee aroma has held up well through the years.

T: Coffee, bourbon and oak. While still a big flavor, the coffee isn't quite as strong as the nose suggested. Then some toasted caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Sticky brown sugar, and just mild booze-soaked raisins. Toasted malt sweetness. More coffee and caramel sweetness in the hang with mild bourbon flavors.

M: Average body for style, though the low carbonation sensation makes it seem a little thinner. The alcohol is extraordinarily well-hidden. This doesn't taste anything like 12.5%.

O: Really enjoyable. Very well-balanced coffee/bourbon/oak flavors, and the alcohol is scarily hidden. Maybe not the best barrel-aged barleywine I’ve ever had, but one that I wouldn’t hesitate to drink again.

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4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ystazi
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopkrid
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rand
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle to snifter. 2014 batch, opened the day of this post

Dark-brown in appearance, more like a porter than a barleywine. Wispy head recedes quickly, leaving scant lacing.

Nose is roasty coffee and distinct boozy bourbon, accented by caramel and earthy grains.

Flavor profile is overwhelmed by booze and coffee. Some notes of vanilla and carob try to sneak through, but swatted back by boozy, bitter aspects. Finishes long and boozy hot, sticky lingering residuals between sips.

Too much coffee in this one to be enjoyable. From the reviews I was hoping some of the coffee notes would have better integrated, but this is kind of a coffee-bomb.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBender
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoshBrews
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cvm4
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

L - Pours an opaque brown body with a dark tan one finger head. Good lacing and retention.

S - Coffee and bourbon intermingle up front. Behind that, getting some oak, vanilla and toffee.

T - Still some big coffee notes that's followed up by bourbon, vanilla, oak and toffee. Every flavor is well integrated.

F - Full bodied and medium carbonation. Has a dry finish. Not sweet either, which really lets the flavors pop.

O - Mash is already a very solid beer, add coffee and it only gets better.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anatole
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbbransc
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mash & Grind from The Bruery
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