Mash | The Bruery

MashMash
BA SCORE
4.07/5
567 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:
#2,644
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
567
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
170
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 567 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of sludgegnome
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +22.9%
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 +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ljc973
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of impending
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TruePerception
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewaddict
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +8.4%
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 +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

Mash from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 567 ratings
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