Mash | 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: 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
Ratings:
557
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
171
For Trade:
27
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Ratings: 557 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoreyC
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber crimson color with good clarity when held up to a light. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dark fruits, raisins, and nice warm alcohol.

Taste: Nice mixture of above aromas. Silky, creamy, light bitterness, somewhat chewy notes, and nice subtle warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, warm alcohol, light bitterness, balanced, and light chewy notes.

Overall: 2015 bottle has aged well and brought out good flavors. I'll look forward to more aged versions of this beer.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kidzord
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Translucent amber with a thick eggshell head. Mild activity. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Molasses, warm vanilla, crisp green apple, sharp overripe pear, honey covered dates, caramelized raisins, boozy vanilla bourbon, dried figs, and rich deep oak.

Feel: Big bodied. Sticky sweet. Dominates the palate. Moderate booze with a prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: Wow. This is a big, deep, and complex brew. Waves of flavor envelop the palate with each new note crashing on the palate and giving way to a new note. Yet by the finish all the notes meld to make one beauty of a barleywine. Special not to the rich oak. Outstanding

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Photo of griffey123
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with well over a finger of head. The nose has distinct notes of bourbon. The flavor lacks the malty sweetness that is indicative of this style. There is a residual sweetness upfront that likely comes from the bourbon but the finish is quite dry - perhaps too dry for the style.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of chefbigjon
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split the bomber, it pours cloudy copper brown color with a foamy 1 finger beige colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving really nice spotty lacing.

Smells of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, piney hops, maple syrup, sweet malt, orange peel, graham cracker and all things malty. Really nice to inhale.

Tastes of toffee, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, sweet malt, toffee, vanilla, oaky notes, dark fruits and maple syrup. Really damn smooth and complex, the malts are rich and bring out a tremendous amount of barrel aged favors. True to the English barleywine style there seemed to be great balance between malt and hops, but they were both pushed to the side so the bourbon barrels could be the star of the show.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Mash from The Bruery
4.1 out of 5 based on 557 ratings.
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