Mash | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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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Photo of thebeers
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clearish amber-brown color with a half-finger of light tan head. It has good effervescence, and leaves thin sheets of lacing.

Bourbon, vanilla and some enticing earthy hops are up front in the nose. A little caramel and coconut. A hint of cider and raisin. All relatively restrained.

The taste is mild for a barleywine. A little wood and dull, earthy hop bitterness stand out the most. There's some strong vanilla as well, and to a lesser extent, a touch of cherry and bourbon sweetness and burnt caramel. Raisins and hop bitterness linger in the aftertaste, with occasional flashes of alcohol.

It's on the thin side of medium bodied with just a hint of chewiness and pretty strong carbonation.

It has all the right flavors. Maybe not the in-your-face pow of many BBA brews these days, but still mighty tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Are they still calling this a barleywine or is it now an imperial brown ale? I can't keep up with the marketing changes sometimes. Pours a chestnut brown color, decent clarity given its color, thin beige head on the top 1/3". Aroma hits those maris otter and brown malt notes along with some mild bourbon and oak notes. Fairly restrained for a barrel aged barleywine, but in an appreciable way.

Taste is a smooth bourbon and wood concoction, smooth mellow toffee like malts throughout. Hides the alcohol very well, just enough brown sugar lite like sweetness to not be sugary but allow the beer to proceed without a bitter sense lingering around. Definitely English in execution, this one doesn't hit you with a bunch of hop bitterness the whole time (or any of the time really). Light notes of caramel and coconut continue to bang away on the mouth feel. Tiny bit of vanilla in the wood.

One of the most balanced and best barleywines out there. Underrated. Would share with Dr. Carroll :)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery "MASH"
1 Pint 9.4 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "2015 EDITION"

Look: A hazy mahogany brown body rests gently beneath a short head of tan. Better than average head retention and lacing.
Smell: Malty with notes of soft caramel, bread, vanilla, Bourbon, oak, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Taste: Richly malty with plenty of golden caramel, medium caramel, toffee, soft brown sugar, toasty bread, coconut, oak, Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa powder, apple, and raisin. Sweetish with a moderate bitterness. Very limited background hop flavor. The alcohol is present but never steps forward although it helps to dry the finish.
Feel: Full bodied, oily mouthfeel with a moderate, soft and smooth fine-bubbled carbonation.
Overall: A malt lovers beer that's livened by Bourbon barrel aging. Very nicely balanced and rounded. Superb!

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Photo of Bajdog
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bl00
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xyz_entropy
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2014 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Hunahpu’s Day tulip glass.

A: Very hazy to murky rich leathery brown. Forms a thin tan head with low retention. Only a very few bubbles of visible carbonation. Some “floaters” in here as well (I’m assuming yeast sediment).

S: Bourbon, toffee, and vanilla. Caramel and oak. Mild dark fruits and some brown sugar.

T: Toffee and bourbon with the vanilla and caramelized malts. Vanilla and brown sugar. The bourbon seems well-integrated. It finishes with sweet toffee and mild residual bourbon heat.

M: Sticky mouthfeel with a full body. The alcohol presence seems restrained for style. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Really tasty, especially as it warms some out of the refrigerator. The bourbon is nicely balanced with the sweetness. I would guess this would be in the top ten to fifteen barrel-aged barleywines I’ve had, though not in the top five.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a one finger off white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits.

T - The taste is heavy bourbon, vanilla, caramel, plums, raisins and oak. The finish has a lingering alcohol burn.

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

O - This is a big boozy BBA Barleywine. This flavors are rich with the bourbon being the star of the show.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-Line

750 ml
2015 Edition

Poured into a goblet a translucent brownish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/quick creamy tan head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some (cherries, figs, dates, raisins), nice touch of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, oaky. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, nice touch of (cherries, dates, figs, raisins), very nice touch of bourbon, some nice vanilla, coconut, nice oakyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, a very nice complex brew, a very nice sipper. Overall, a very tasty brew. Glad I got a chance to buy some.

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Photo of elemenohpee1
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
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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Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try one with a couple years of age on it, as I'm a big fan of big English barleywines....

Unfortunately my 2015 bottle was infected. Gross sourness, harsh flavors, drain pour. It was hard to discern what the beer would've been apart from the infection. Should've left it unrated, but writing this as warning re: 2015 bottling dates.

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Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoreyC
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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