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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5030) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours a clear brown with small beige head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong coffee bean and roast. Medium mouthfeel with rich coffee flavor and light roast nuttiness. Very good, really enjoyed this.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: Some kind of boozy sugary barrel aged dark ale overwhelmed by used coffee filter flavors. Meh.
How: Bottle shared at post HF FoFA 2013 party.
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Intense nose of used coffee filter along with some caramel and earthy stuff. Not the type of inviting roasted coffee beans I like to get from a coffee forward beer. In mouth the beer has a disappointingly not-so-full body for a beer of this size along with a medium carbonation. Taste is brutal. A dominant old black coffee flavor, hot booze, sugary caramel, a good amount of roast, some vanilla soaked bourbon oak. With all the roast and coffee this beer felt more like an Imperial Stout than the Barley Wine it claims to be. But whatever this was, it wasn’t my style of beer at all, drinking a full bottle must be a chore. I think whoever go to the authorities and show their Bruery Reserve Society Membership should be granted a handicapped parking pass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (939) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. pours a deep dark blackish color. Huge coffe aroma up front, followed by more coffe and some chocolate. Lots of boost, coffe, chocolate, roast, alcohol and more coffe. In the flavor. Big coffe bomb overall but tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (823) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle share thanks to homer321! Pours a dark brown with small head. Aroma is all coffee. Taste is strong coffee. Nice coffee bomb.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bootle. Nose full of chocolate and light coffee. Deep brown to black color. Minimal white head. Decent lacing. Taste is deep chocolate, not quite bitter with some light coffee. Really fantabulous. Pretty well balanced. Slight booze as it warms but overall a treat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle split at the Night of Garbage, big thanks to Kenny, dear dear Kenny who didn’t seem to understand the rules, either that or the worst beers in his stash are pretty decent, 20/12/13 up a shit load of stairs ! Hazed dark amber with a good sized light beige head that thins to a covering and edgework. Nose is roast coffee, toffee fudge, light boozedom, sugars, roasty notes. Taste comprises earthy cocoa, coffee present bit not as rich as in the aroma, muscavado sugars, coconut shavings, caramel fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure. Nice coffee’d up BW - this beer had no right to be here on this celebration of cack!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4434) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
750ml bottle in a tasting glass. Pours hazy, ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, caramel and toffee malts plus hints of bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the coffee and the strong malt profile. Smooth texture. A good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17099) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
20th December 2013
The (not so) shit beer tasting at Leightons stratospheric flat. Hazy deep red - amber beer. Big pale cream coloured head. Coconut nose. Palate is airy and light. Airy malt, little cream, light dried fruits, spice, earthy coffee. Light coconut and light fruity bourbon. The coffee really is not adding anything to the base beer here, in fact it is an unneccessary distraction. But overall still solid and very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Another winner from the Bruery. Aroma is oddly bitter with coffee, dirty grass, and malty chocolate. Pours muddy brown with ugly wisps of blonde. Taste is super sweet with cappuccino, brown sugar, oak, and white chocolate. Just tasty and sweeter as it finishes. The coffee is all there but it doesn’t feel dark or heavy. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8312) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle at the Night of Garbage, thanks to Kenny. It pours cloudy red-brown with a small yellow-white head. The nose is wood, coffee, toast, marmite, cocoa, chocolate powder, mustiness, earth and umami notes. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, toffee, toast, coffee, roasty, some acidity, earth, toffee and dark chocolate bounty. Full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Not sure the coffee improves the beer really. Quite big and ballsy, but tasty enough.


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