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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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We take Mash, and then add Portola Coffee Labís Lucio Delgado (Columbia) at a rate of 1 lbs. per 10 gallons. This has contributed an intense coffee aroma and some additional body, with flavors of raspberry jam, tart pineapple and maple brown sugar. Why did we release two versions of this beer, one with coffee, one without? Mash & Grind is certainly delicious on its own, but we deliberately sought a strong coffee aroma and flavor so you could try your own blending, if you like. Try adding "Mash & Grind" to "Mash" (or the other way around) until you find your ideal blend. Of course opening two bottles of high ABV beer is recommended when among friends.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JorisPPattyn (8570) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
Almost no head; dark brown, reddish hightlighted beer. Pure cold coffee nose, beer remaining hidden for some time. Cold coffee, sharpened with alcohol. Sharp, hot, astringent. For an utter coffee abstainer as me, unpalatable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6050) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of coffee and brown sugar. The flavor is more coffee beer than barleywine, with a lot of coffee coming through up front. However, you can also taste the base beer with some toffee, caramel , oak and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I havenít looked at my old rating and havenít had regular Mash in a while, but I seem to like this one better than the base beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1940) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Aroma is a good amount of coffee and sweetness. Taste is more barleywine. Sweet caramel. Surprisingly light for a Bruery beer at 13.8%.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1060) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2015 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. 2015 vintage. This one is very similar to the 2013, but itís thicker, more viscous. The coffee is much more prevalent when itís fresh. Lots of brown sugar in the flavor, and a good hop as well. Way better than with age. Original rating: 7 4 8 4 15 2013 vintage. The pour is a medium brown with a lighter tan/off white head that seems rather fizzy. It falls down to a tiny ring rather quickly and leaves no lace. The aroma is dominated by coffee. In fact, thatís all I smell. There might be a hint of caramel on the back end, but thatís it. All coffee. The flavor is big coffee. There is a lot more happening here. Good toffee and some light dark fruits are solid around the coffee backbone. There is a solid booze presence on the back as well. The mouth feel is a bit light, and the carbonation doesnít really do a whole lot for it because itís light as well. The aftertaste is lingeringly coffee and bitter with a touch of booze. Not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (423) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is coffee, some hops, malt presence. Appearance itís brownish red, poured fizzy, very light brown head. Taste is coffee, dark fruit, malt. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but good carbonation and boozy. Overall, itís pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SmoketreeBrewr (18) - Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Aroma is fresh brewed coffee, coffee and caramel dominates the flavor and finishes with chocolate. A great follow up to Mash.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2015
750ml. Pleasant coffee aroma. Smooth caramel bourbon notes. Coffee really works well here. Very drinkable for the ABV. Sugary, but still drinks clean. Brown sugar, coffee, bourbon. The bourbon is mild and restrained. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (669) - - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle.Muddy maroon -- a melted burnt umber crayon. Half a finger of dense, Nesquik-colored head fizzles away slowly. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose. Vanilla, lots of toffee and spicy light roast coffee as well. Smooth. Coffee is more pronounced in the flavor. Tangy toffee settles into the sides of the tongue. Soft oak, a hint of green apple, a touch of vanilla. Smooth blend -- the coffee and vanilla make an interesting pair. Quite a bit of boozy warmth. Moderate prickles of carbonation in a medium body. Despite the alcohol content, itís fairly light on the tongue. Not too bitter. Much better than Mash, the coffee adds quite a bit to this brew and the blend is smoother. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2015
750 ml bottle. Date of 10/27/2014. Dark Amber color with bubbly head. Aroma is big on coffee with mild level bourbon with a mild amount of oak. The flavor is bourbon forward without the alcohol or massive warming after the sip. The main base is toffee and caramel. I wish I would have tried just the Mash base first but I am always hesitant to let any coffee brews sit so I decide to open this now. I got to say just enough coffee-bourbon - toffee balance. I really enjoyed sipping. Much more manageable when the brew is under 13%!!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
Canít believe how much less I like this one than the original. Iím a bit of a coffee snob, so stale, bitter dried out coffee was all I could really get out of this. Almost overwhelmed the excellent base beer.


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