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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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We take Mash, and then add Portola Coffee Lab’s 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12454) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with orange glints and a beige head. Aroma is rather chocolate with coffee and bourbon. Full bodied. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, chocolate, treacle. Not getting oak. But the description didn’t include barrel! Great stuff in any event. Lots of chocolate in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/18/15] Draught at The Bruery in Placentia. Dark amber-brown. Great aroma of coffee, bourbon, malt, vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor, boozy, with malt, bourbon, vanilla, some fruitiness and wood. Medium-bodied, quite boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at Tasting, Seattle. Deep rosy brown, tan foam. We all agree there is a green, fresh cut pepper aroma, but I think it is some funny play of the bourbon and coffee. Lots of coffee on aroma. Creamy sweet, cold brew coffee, condensed milk. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2071) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
March 6, 2015 - bottle shared by Brandon. Brown pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was coffee, bourbon and caramel. Taste was surprisingly coffee dominant with the BA barley wine being very much in the background. Seems to be just a tad too much coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Dark brown with a thick tan head and a fruity aroma. There is an intense dark molasses flavor with a sticky long finish. Lots of coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Deep Amber-brown with off-white head. Coffe meets syrup sweet aroma. Excellently balanced barley wine meets coffee flavor, sweet but not too much. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1844) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. Color is murky brown white head. Big coffee toffee aroma. Taste is thick sweet brown sugar, toffee, coffee and some hop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6447) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Backlogged rating, Bottle Share: Great coffee and roast tones countered by bready and chocolate maltiness. Some citric and jammy fruit undertones along with a touch of molasses. For the ABV it was pretty drinkable however pretty sticky for a coffee imbued brew. Nice to try once, likely would not seek it out again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Tasted on 2/4/15 from a capped 750mL bottle, thanks to Kyle for sharing. Pours hazy deep auburn with a thick beige head that leaves thick, uneven lace. The nose is really dominated by coffee with some nice maple and bourbon. The flavor is more bourbon and maple than on the nose, fairly sweet, but the coffee is the real focus with nice bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long maple and coffee bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (3173) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
En fût sur place: Café glacé sur une charpente de caramélisation étoffée. Le corps est élégamment allégé par une fine carbonatation qui nous amène vers une longue amertume torréfiée. La tendance des bières au café va finir par s’essouffler mais j’aime encore profiter de la vague.


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