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:
561
Reviews:
78
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
170
For Trade:
28
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1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of corby112
2.24/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with deep mahogany edges and a three finger frothy beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way down.

The barrel presence is surprisingly tame and bland in the nose with delicately charred oak, toasted coconut and faint spirit. Shocking considering the Bruery usually pounds you over the head with alcohol in their BA beers. There's mostly just dry toothpick like character here followed by leathery and sweet malt notes. Earthy with some caramel sweetness and a touch of vinous dark fruit. Disappointing.

Unfortunately, there isn't much improvement in the flavor of this beer. Surprisingly thin and watered down with a harsh burnt oak flavor dominating the palate. Very dry and bitter and again, the barrel characteristics aren't all that interesting. Dry toothpick and burnt wood with bland spirit/generic alcohol flavor. After the palate adjusts to the initial shock of overpowering wood, the muted sweet and leathery malt notes come forward a bit. Leathery malt with tobacco and liquid smoke countered by caramel, dark bread, toffee and vinous dark fruit. Hints of fig, raisin and plum coming in on the back end. After the initial heat/bourbon flavor the high ABV is pretty well masked but the overall flavor is harsh and one dimensional. Not really feeling this one. Another over priced disappointment from the Bruery.

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Photo of Armando_Perez
2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ari32
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Rifugium
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light brown pour, with a thin layer of white bubbles on top. In the aroma, wood, toasted cereal grains, caramel, rusty metal. A lot of barrel in the taste, almost too much, very woody, grainy malts, stale bready sugars. Body was light-medium. Just not what I'm interested in for the style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Bottle, thanks to Abraham.

Pouring a clear mahogany with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose opens with a big burst of toffee and floral notes, along with a pronounced bourbon note and a particularly strong oak character. The base beer seems strangely underwhelming, with a rather dull cereal/Cheerio malt character, some fruit (pear?), toasted coconut and burnt toast. On paper, that sounds like an interesting blend - and it is - but this is just rather disjointed.

The palate opens with a blend of bourbon and sweetness and washes that up with some oak. As disjointed as the nose was, the palate's worse. A pleasant enough barrel character is present, with vanilla, coconut and overbearing oak. Toffee, burnt caramel and a moderate fruitiness are present on the mid-palate. I can't understate how disappointing the finish is. Boozy, tannic and disappointingly watery, there is very little redeeming about this aspect.. The wateriness alone makes me dump the entire damn thing. There's some lingering floral and coconut present. Medium in body with a slick carbonation, this is rather disappointing.

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Photo of jegross2
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Bourbon and brown sugar. Smells like a sugar bomb. Vanilla.

Taste - Bourbon and booze. Brown sugar. Caramel malts. More sugar. Boozy and sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Boozy. Medium carbonation. Sluggish.

Overall - Yet another Bourbon brown sugar bomb from the Bruery. This one is tiring, though.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2015-12-05
750ml bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Previous beer was Tweak, so I'm primed for high alcohol, but the style will be a change of pace. B #224 8/7/15 is stamped on the should of the bottle (but it's really frickin' hard to see and find). 2015 edition is on the label.

Pours murky grayish-amber with a medium sized pretty head and moderate amount of fine carbonation. Smell is surprisingly fruity and bright -- I get pears. And alcohol, of course. But not a lot else.

Taste is very woody/oaky, some of that pear flavor (but somewhat muted). Surprisingly sweet and mild. Maybe the most boring Bruery beer I've had. Not bad, just not very interesting.

Mouthfeel is heavy but not too sticky. Overall, not bad, but won't seek it out again.

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3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Preluderl
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I love the Bruery and, in theory, this one is right up my alley but it just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this one and M&G from claaark13. Cheers for the b-wine theme dude!

From a bottle into a snifter
2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium, fluffy, crackly, off-white head with good retention. Clear burgundy brown in color with lower amounts of carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. A ring and a half wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Nice color, but head is definitely sub par.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla with toffee and butterscotch on the nose. Bold and barrel forward, but not out of wack. Caramel and light red fruits as well. Enticing.

TASTE: Nice oak, vanilla, coconut and bourbon up front with some toffee and butterscotch sweetness through the middle into the swallow. Big finish of barrel, oak, red fruit sweetness and coconut with some butterscotch as well. Bourbon barrel and alcohol underneath, but well measured. Tasty. Too bad the feel is a little bubbly, as that huts the experience a bit.

PALATE: Thinner body and lighter on the palate. Slightly higher levels of carbonation, a touch prickly, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of a burn and some heat lingers. Too light and not creamy enough, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This is an enjoyable, well-balanced barleywine. The barrel is nice and the base beer holds its own underneath. Unfortunately the feel is too light and prickly for the style, which hurts the experience overall, but besides that issue, this is a quality beer worth checking out. Cheers claaark13.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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