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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
I was impressed by this. It really needs time to open up but the coffee in the nose works really well and it’s not as sweet or thick and fatty as I expect from a Bruery Barley Wine. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (6982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
750ml bottle, thanks to FlandersNed! Shared with local ratebeerians. 2013 bottle. Half hazy brown / red color. Thin off-white grayish head. Spread and dots of lace. Amazing huge coffee roast, fresh ground nose. Very nice vanilla. Aromas work awesomely with each other. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, minimal sweet, nice dryness. Awesome coffee barley wine. Delicious vanilla and coffee aroma, and a nice big bitterness, nearly no sweetness. Awesome stuff. So good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by dudeabide- thanks again, Nate! Pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of nice fresh roasted coffee, oak, caramel, bourbon, toasted sugar, and earth. The flavor is mostly the same but doesn’t work on quite the same level. Definitely some warmth to this one. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy, warming mouthfeel. Nice barrel-aged coffee barley wine.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
sampled at the young guns dinner at the kitchen in denver. pours a light brown with a tan head. coffee aroma and taste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle at Matt’s with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Over roasted folgers coffee, green peppers, toffee, earthy, somewhat bready, and caramelly aroma. Taste is huge coffee, peppers, cocoa, brown sugar, roasty, and caramel. Watery mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The coffee is way overdone. Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, slight oak, big coffee, hints of earth, big coffee, touch of dark cocoa, hints of dark slight funky coffee. Tatse was weird funky earth, slight funky grounds, hints of folgers grounds, hints of earth, finishing fairly bitter, dry, very coffee grounds. No thanks.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9479) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle @ Matt’s house from our Reserve Society membership. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a thin light brown head. Really heavy Foldgers coffee, caramel, light bourbon, a touch fruity aroma. A bit goopy sweet, burnt coffee, caramel, toffee, bourbon flavor. Get buzzed quick.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7961) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Dark brown pour, coffee and caramel, lower hop levels, it is a decent brew but nothing amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear burnt orange body with a small cream head. Aroma of coffee, wood, bourbon, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of toffee, bourbon, coffee, golden raisins, maple, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, and raisins.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3245) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a darker ruby with a beige head of foam. Big coffee and wet wood. Pretty nice coffee presence. Some vanilla and roast come through. Thick and viscous. Very good coffee beer.


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