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:
558
Reviews:
77
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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50
Gots:
171
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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

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mike at the Barleywine tasting.
Copper color, off white head. Big caramel and toffee with big fruit notes. Big boozy alcohol notes are a bit distracting. Great sipper but needs some time to mellow imho.

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Photo of Klourie
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ljc973
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TruePerception
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Bruery's Mash, Bourbon barrel aged barleywine. 12.5% ABV.

A: A very clear reddish-sienna in the glass. Almost two fingers of slightly tan, foamy head. Slightly honeyish yellow in the dimple. A constant stream of bubbles rises straight up from the dimple. Light lacing, and decent sheeting.

S: Nutty and caramel up front. An edge of baking spice and piquance. Some slight earthiness, almost akin to mushrooms. Toffee. Not particularly complex, but there is an interesting combination of aromas, and they're all nice.

T/MF: More nuttiness (hazelnut, maybe?), and the caramels have darkened to a dark, char-laced toffee. More earthy/mushroom, joined by a complementing fig flavor. A wash of sweet, barrels caramels as it hits the back of the mouth and tongue. Leaves just a slight bitter char behind. A bit of molasses/tree sap hiding in the background.

Not as big of a beer as I'd hoped, but quite nice.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of stwok21
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2015 vintage in a Bruery Tulip

L - Pours a deep burgundy with a cream colored head
S - I get oak and alcohol which give it a peppery smell. A little toffee sweetness
T - The same oak and alcohol flavor with a faint bitter sweet finish
F - a little dry and some heat at the end. Pours syrupy, but it's still medium bodied
O - Not the typical sweetness that you find in a barely wine. But, if you like oak, this one's for you.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Foamy sand colored head with tight bubbles atop a dark brown opaque body.

S: Very deep caramel aromas.

T: Outstanding balance- Rich caramel notes up front followed by a little bite from the alcohol which is cleared away by vanilla barrel flavors. Finishes very crisp.

M: Surprisingly dry beer, mouthfeel isn't super sticky, which I personally like.

O: Overall a really delicious balanced barleywine. Slightly hot, and without some sweetness to balance the alcohol and the bitterness it can feel a little harsh, but I still think it's very very good.

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Photo of skaboom420
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JMS1512
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mash from The Bruery
4.1 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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