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 dliska88
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of rydev24
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shoegueuze
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass right from the bottle.

Appearance: Looks alone this brew looks like a beast, deep mahogany color with medium bubbles. Off-white head with a slightly orange tint rises to maybe half a finger's length. Drops nice and steady, almost no lacing.

Smell: Light toffee scent, you know if you ever caramelize sugar this has that feel. The whiskey notes are a bit heavy but dissipate quick through the nostrils.

Taste: The brew is a little all over the place, sweet whiskey and light vanilla. Toffee and did I mention the whiskey, it's strong my friend and the alcohol is absolutely evident.

Mouth: Ultra stick, let it warm a bit and you will notice it's like maple syrup. Sweet finish, carbonation is medium at best but the just hugging your cheeks.

Overall: Great brew, I have had a quite better English barleywine but this one definitely in the top five category, hard to compare to Arctic Devil, King Henry, and Lervig's Brewer Reserve Barleywine...but still delivers. I don't like to mention other beers ever in a review but you need to understand the devil I am dealing with. Personally as pricey as it is I am happy I bought two..no regrets. Salud!

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

Photo of Sparty55
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyrushire
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoshBrews
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrKarl
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DangerDawg
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Khaack
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdrianC31
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says 2015 Edition.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the flass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Rich bourbon nose with some woody tones and toasted malt.

T- Sweet bourbon-y vanilla character at first which turns to an oaky, boozy finish. Very drinkable for the ABV. I don't usually get the coconut notes from BBA beers but this one actually has some. There's also caramel, fig and a bit of raisin.

M- The only part of the beer that's non-optimal. Hardly creamy at all with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Good flavor and balance, but the higher level of carbonation and lack of creamy feel keep this beer from being exceptional.

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

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

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

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

Photo of sludgegnome
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In an improvised snifter the beer was ruby red in color with a small tan head.
Aroma of biscuit and caramel, burnt sugar. Oak.
Caramel and toffee taste. Biscuit. Vanilla. A hint of alcohol.
The flavors married well. Not a lot of evidence of the 12.5% ABV.
A beautiful beer!

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Photo of stompilator
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark ruby. One-finger tan head. Decent retention.

S - Intense biscuit and caramel, bit of fig and raisin, slight oak.

T - The big hit up-front is, surprisingly, a crunchy, wee heavy-esque graininess. The biscuit notes from the nose run incredibly deep, quickly trailed by the classic barleywine caramel and dried fruit. These flavors interweave beautifully, all the while the barrel imparts a subtle toasted oak and vanilla character (with very little booze). The flavors ebb and flow, until the caramel steps up-front in the finish, with the intense malt and barrel swimming in the background.

M - This was the biggest surprise of all. For it's intense aroma and flavor, alcohol content, and tenure in bourbon barrels, the body is not gigantic and cloying. It is, however, full, robust, and mouth-coating. Perfect.

O - I honestly cannot think of a way in which this could be any better. The breadth and depth of flavors is astounding, and everything is exactly where it needs to be. Absolutely worth the high price point.

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Photo of KHunter0622
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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