Mash | The Bruery

MashMash
BA SCORE
90.2%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 562 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:
#2,631
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
562
Liked:
507
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
8.35%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
170
Trade:
28
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 562 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Holopirek
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Av10
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/7/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, apple, fig, date, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, apple, fig, date, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, apple, fig, date, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero booziness. Overall this is an absolutely insane English barelywine syle. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of jscheuf
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwkdmk
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamranders
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HirsuteHopslover
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

im not sure anyone in the game makes super strong and barrel aged beer as well as the bruery does. all of them are outstanding it seems, and they just keep coming. this looks real dark, rusty brown maybe in the light, but its deep for a barleywine. not much head aside from some bubbling around the rim of the glass. nice to try this on tap too! smells like bourbon, literally like whiskey. not a ton of beer elements to be honest, i get booze, honey, vanilla, maybe some date, and the caramelized grain sweetness, which is as intense as the booze. the whiskey is dialed back a tad in the flavor, which is more developed and round than it smelled like it would be. toffee and raisin, prune and almond, vanilla bean and graham cracker. its delicious and complex, but there is a hot fusel alcohol heat to it that i think shucks its mellowness a bit. more and more as it warms too. there is a ton of wood in here too, i mean, its as wood driven as it is anything else, incredibly rich in that regard, regal, sturdy, earthy, delectable. overall an impressive beer to say the least, but one glass was enough for me. i bet this ages like a champ! maybe ill track a bottle down before they all disappear here in colorado...

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-2015. warmed to 45F at start.

A: Beautiful chili powder red coloring with a dense sense of carbonation within. Nice solid foam tan capping 2 fingers strong is resilient in nature. Big chunks of meaty lace adore the vessel leaving a big amount of coverage on the glass.

S: Aroma of sweet light fruit, pear drop yeastiness with apple-plum hints are mixed with a deep caramel malt character. Spicy molasses and raisiny notes with caramel apple glaze and a soft bourbon attribute. Initially good strength, leaves with an average rate of stay.

T: Bourbon tinted caramel apple glaze flavor with a warming spiciness of alcohol laced dark fruit, sultranes, figs and some semi-dry cherries. Post swallow some light mentionable notes of chili powder, peppery-pine warmth, peat with some scotchy alcohol warmth. Pear apple yeastiness, and vanilla rounds out a very good complexity for flavor that was smooth and equally detectable.

M: Good vibes of carbonation, great syrupy consistency. Rich complexity and maltiness, spicy, with a good sense of bourbon alcohol.

O: A solid 4.25+ flavored beer, very good per style, (english), with such a smooth and silky drinkability factor you will have to sample for yourself.

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

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

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

Photo of LloydDobler
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 12oz snifter.
Btl date 8/7/15

This was side-by-side with a BCBBW '15 after I poured out one with the same time stamp.

Pours a gloomy rust color with a heavy, tan foam topping. A tiny bit of floating , previous sediment dances around the glass. Nose is toffee and sweet, dark fruit. Sugared raisins and feint caramel are the dominant taste. Thinner feel, but still nice. Not as much barrel characteristic as I expected. Could have grabbed the Hand&Seal instead, but I think I made the right choice.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of One100grand
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BDCannon
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at The Bruery.

Amber and brown body. Minimal head. Light foamy head and pools of lace over the body. 4.25

Hard to detect much aroma from this but there is a raisin and sticky caramel deal. Very faint for whatever reason. 3.5

Raisin and caramel and tobacco and even some dark chocolate on the finish. Light grape sucker flavor. 4

A bit thin-bodied for my tastes. Effervescent feel on top of that doesn't quite suit my expectations for an English barleywine. Could be thicker and stick to the tongue a bit more. 3.5

I loved the coconut variant of this but this isn't quite up to snuff. Good not great.

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

Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mash from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90.2% out of 100 with 562 ratings
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