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Mash | The Bruery

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MashMash
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4.07/5
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569 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,704
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
569
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of skaboom420
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the docket: 750 mL bottle of Mash by The Bruery bottled: 8/7/15

Poured into: logoed River Horse stemmed snifter

S: A rich dark, syrupy brown-hued body fills out the glass, capped by a quickly rising and receding bone colored head. The bottom of the beer at the base of my glass gives off a honey-gold spot. Lacing is minimal, but the head lingers as a small, perforated ring and a wispy, soapy film on the surface. Carbonation is hard to detect, as the opacity prevents me from seeing any bubbles. I’ll meet up with them in the mouthfeel section, I’m sure.

A: Dear Mash aroma, I love you, let me count the ways… a seductive blend of vanilla, caramel, and treacle greet the senses. Not far behind is a subtle brown bread and raisin. Lastly, a kiss of booze, gentle and belying the 12.5% abv of this malt-driven beauty.

T: I’ll continue to gush about this beer. Much of the aroma carries through to the taste. It’s all there, working together to romance the tongue and the taste buds. Rich creamy vanilla and caramel open the door, the molasses and raisin/fruitcake shows you to your table, and the barrel aging takes your order. I’ll have what I’m having. The time spent in the bourbon barrel is evident, but not overpowering. Very often I’ve found that brewers get carried away with the barrel, and lose the beer. Famille Rue got it just right. It’s decadent, sweet, and woody. Like well-aged spirits, it takes a long time for the burn of the alcohol to develop, nearly seconds later after the initial sip and its journey down the back of your throat. As it warms up, yup, it’s boozier, but it won’t stop me.

F: Finely nuanced carbonation. It provides just enough lift to keep this high-gravity brew from forcing itself on you. Medium + weight, both oily and smooth at the same time. The finish is gentle, but does add some tannic dryness from the barrel, and a gentle bitterness from the hops to keep the sweetness in check.

O: A finely-tuned bourbon barrel-aged English Barleywine. Easy to drink despite its alcohol content. I’ll go out on a limb and say Mash has great potential for aging, perhaps bringing in dark chocolate and port notes as the hops fade away. I had my Mash at roughly 8 months, imagine what a two or three year relationship with your beer cellar might yield. Well worth the price paid.

S: 3.75 A: 4.5 T: 4.75 F: 4.25 O: 4.5

Suggested food pairing: Heavily-blued cheese, hearty beef stew, Crème brûlée, fruit cake (for the few that actually eat it and don’t simply re-gift it as a frozen brick, year after year in family Christmas exchanges), and most definitively as a cocktail beer (on its own).

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Photo of hermit990
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phishhead420
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of SpaethJam
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mash pours good and looks good. The smell goes along with nutty sweetness, some oak and a yummy bourbon nose. Buttery taste, unctuous on the tongue. But then the bourbon flavor disappears, the incredibly thin body destroys the joy and Mash becomes almost a chore to drink.

Enjoyable for a couple of sips, then it gets boring. Needs a bigger body and more barrel presence. Brooklyn's Hand&Seal is a much better option in the barrel-aged barleywine category.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Mark last night, thanks dude.

This pours a dark slightly murky brown color with, no head or lacing.

Smells like rich caramel, toffee, bourbon, leather, tobacco, and some very slight hops.

Though this is an English barleywine, I definitely get a bit of bitterness on the finish here that seems like it's hops, but it could just a bitter aspect of the malt, as I do get tobacco and leather from this, as well as more sweet elements like bourbon, oak, caramel, and toffee. I get some fig, too, and a little bit of vanilla. A really good flavor to this one.

There's really not that much heat on this one, which is nice. It's got a sweet and rich mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation for 12.5% ABV BA Barleywine, which is low but supportive.

A really nice beer from The Bruery, a super drinkable but complex offering here.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DIM
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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The aroma is dominated by barrel characteristics. Boozy vanilla, coconut, and plenty of vaguely tobacco-y wood. I did find some figgy-date fruit and toffee peaking through. A bit too much raw alcohol maybe.

This is a great beer up front. It is lightly sweet and boozy and strikes a nice balance between barrel and barleywine. Rich bourbon blankets sweet, dried fruits, vanilla, and toffee. The finish is a letdown though, too much tingly wood and flowery heat.

This is pretty good overall, but it isn't worth the money.

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NCCIndy
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mash from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 569 ratings
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