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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 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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2089) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Hazy Carmel color pour on tap at the Bruery taproom. Slight off white head. Massive coffee nose - wow! Maybe a hint of toasted marshmallow in the nose too, but dominated by coffee. Less coffee in the taste. Bourbon, some bitterness from the coffee? Really like the nose on this but not a fan of the taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (778) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Draft at the bruery. Pours a deep nut brown with a thin creamy light tan head. Aroma is a solid cup of coffee, with a touch of molasses, light bourbon and vanilla. Flavor loses a bit of the coffee and turns more into a smooth molasses vanilla boozy goodness. Medium creamy body. Definitely better than the regular in my opinion. But a totally different beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3076) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
16 dec 2014, tap at The Bruery. Amber. Nose is big mocha coffee. Med/full body and mildly fizzy. Coffee, mocha, sugary alcohol, creme brûlée. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2256) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of fresh ground coffee beans... Flavor is coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, and smoke... Coffee bitterness on finish... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4544) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with some head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and coffee aromas. Similar sweet flavors, with a bit of warmth, but not overbearing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10486) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose and taste of coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel toffee. Full body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2488) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Aroma: Heavy Bourbon, Dark Coffee, Chocolate Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Burnt Coffee, Bourbon, Mild Bready Malts Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Boozy

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
deekyn (1335) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
A- pours a murky diarrhea brown (seriously) with a half hearted light tan head. Appearance is a turn off from the get go. No lacing. S- cheap, weak coffee and grains come through immediately. Oak, plastics and hops are there and donít ultimately help this brew. Barelywine characteristics are so weak. Tootsie rolls seem prominent but so phony - like an added "flavoring." Not a lot of decadence. M- medium tacky body that drys out the mouth. T- follows suit with the aromas. Plastic toffee and coffee blanket the tongue. Stale, day old coffee that one might find at a bad truck stop or the reception area of a Jiffy Lube. Sour wood. Some grains and hops but so muddled. Everything runs together here. Bitter towards the end with some vegetal quality. A mild alcohol burn will appeal to the 12 percenters out there but that is all. O- sorry to rag on this beer so much but sheesh, what were they thinking?Hopefully I just got a bad bottle. Nothing about this beer stands out. A very average beer from an otherwise good brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (3276) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out a muddy mahogany. Nose is sweet malts spice toffee and pit fruit. Taste is as the nose with coffee toffee caramel pit fruit and hops.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6761) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Iím gonna go ahead and guess Portola Coffee Labs makes some kick ass coffee. Wonderful blast of fresh coffee, bourbon, oak and malt. The coffee cuts right through the barrel sweetness from the "base" Mash, tempering both the sweetness and the alcohol. Ridiculously smooth, deeeeelicious, and just awesome in every way. Before yesterday I didnít know this existed and today itís my new favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries."


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