Mash | The Bruery

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MashMash
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English Barleywine aged in Bourbon barrels, Mash is an intense yet balanced beer with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, ripe pear, dried figs, vanilla, toasted coconut and finishes with oak tannin. This has become an instant favorite around the brewery due to its balance, subtle complexities and overwhelming deliciousness.

Added by notchucknorris on 07-09-2013

BEER STATS
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#2,818
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
574
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
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5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark ruby. One-finger tan head. Decent retention.

S - Intense biscuit and caramel, bit of fig and raisin, slight oak.

T - The big hit up-front is, surprisingly, a crunchy, wee heavy-esque graininess. The biscuit notes from the nose run incredibly deep, quickly trailed by the classic barleywine caramel and dried fruit. These flavors interweave beautifully, all the while the barrel imparts a subtle toasted oak and vanilla character (with very little booze). The flavors ebb and flow, until the caramel steps up-front in the finish, with the intense malt and barrel swimming in the background.

M - This was the biggest surprise of all. For it's intense aroma and flavor, alcohol content, and tenure in bourbon barrels, the body is not gigantic and cloying. It is, however, full, robust, and mouth-coating. Perfect.

O - I honestly cannot think of a way in which this could be any better. The breadth and depth of flavors is astounding, and everything is exactly where it needs to be. Absolutely worth the high price point.

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4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Edition. I sat on this for FIVE years before finally cracking it. Bottle says age a maximum of 2 years. I figured I'd push the envelope. Couldn't wait any longer.

A caramel color pours from the bottle forming a dark raisin body with a creamy, stable caramel-beige head of 1 finger.

The aromas were evident as soon as I cracked the bottle. Rich, sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

This is utter perfection. Carefully aged in the dark, no infection, just beautiful. Flavors of hot caramel, boozy vanilla, bourbon, oak, reticent but present grape, tons of alcohol heat, and a finish of oak barrel and brown sugar.

The heat hits the tummy and warms up the entire abdomen. Perfect. Sappy, rich, caramelly. Nice mild carbonation.

Aging this 5 years has done it wonders. Back before Beer Advocate, I fell into a couple of these bottles as one of my first introductions to the style. It was fantastic as well, but not as great as this. Definitely age it.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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A - pretty impressive brown clear body, head surprisingly sticks forever at 12.5%, I guess it's deserving of its name!
S - big caramel, toffee, vanilla, light milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, wholesome zucchini bread
T - big caramel, caramel, and more caramel, toffee, like a heath bar in beer form, vanilla, just absolutely a Bba English barleywine that's perfectly done in all respects
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered for all intensive purposes, although it's a 12.5% barleywine so some may disagree, aftertaste is vanilla, caramel, cream, bourbon
O - great barleywine. Honestly I stood there for a second between this and Sucaba to start my Friday off, and I'm not dissapointed in my decision at all..great beer! This is definitely underrated at 90.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quite different than expected. Bourbon forward. Somewhat tart without any of the typical sweetness expected in this style. Actually refreshing and easy drinking. Will seek out again.

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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, proper carbonation and barm that settles into a fine lacing. Classic aromas, rich caramel, smooth coconut, a little wood underneath. Taste lacks a little depth, but what is there is well-done and almost unassailable. Warm malt caramel, toasted nut, very faint hop bitterness - a tad boozey, maybe too much tannin at the end, but otherwise a very respectable concotion.

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4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great white head. Infected. Total let down. Not happy at all. Was really looking forward to this. I will try again if I see it but I won't look for it.
2nd bottle thanks chickman. Pours nice white head. Head hangs to sides of snifter. Aroma is sting and has tones of malt, caramel, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Taste follows the nose with raisins, dark fruits,oak and bourbon. Excellent, very well made. Look forward to more from them.

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Mash from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 574 ratings