JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark caramel pour. Some coffee and sugar in the aroma. good brown sugar, roasted coffee flavor a bit too much going on but solid beer. Would drink again but probably would not buy with so many other great Bruery beers out there.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle: Deep dark caramel, brownish, dirty, thin frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. Amazingly strong coffee nose. Very fresh, slight roasted malts. No way could you think of the aroma as being a Barley Wine. Strong roastiness, lots of coffee, but after that there is a bunch of heavy rich caramel biscuitiness that is an English Barley Wine. This is a crazy bastardization of a beer. Strong coffee, very strong coffee, but smooth, with a big English Barley wine character not to be matched. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. This is a very unique and different brew. Very coffee oriented, but also strong maltiness. This is unlike any other coffee beer. This is first and foremost a big ass English Barley Wine that is infused with a strong coffee aspect. I don’t thing too many could get away with such a great balance, but this one works. Heaps and heaps of coffee, yet not bitter, sweet, malty, strong, and clean, very robust, roasty, and simply different! Smooth, rich, roasty, lots of coffee, without being overly bitter, damn, who wouldn’t love this shit. Not so much of a Barley Wine as a Coffee Beer (whatever the fuck that is), but this certainly is that. Yeah, this is a COFFEE BEER. Nobody can define what the fuck that is... but let me tell you, in the land of a bazillion different beers, nobody has done this over here (Seattle). Props to Bruery and this creation. BIG BALLS for such a big Coffee beer, on the back of an English Barley Wine. It F*cking works, a-ight!
wchesser (1121) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy deep toffee brown. Nose is terrific light roast coffee. Taste is green and light roast coffee, brown sugar, some general bourbon moodiness. Perception of sweetness, but nice interplay with cold press like coffee bitterness. Well done. Like Dayman, but it BB barley wine form. Good with both steak and gorgonzola quesadillas and chocolate cake on first snow day of the year.
BlowOffTube (442) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is tasty. Pours a dark brown and light cream colored head. Big coffee, toffee, brown sugar, and oak aroma. Somewhat medium to thin body and a little sticky. Strong coffee up front with a hint of bourbon that doesn’t overpower. More toffee, caramel, brown sugar notes. Really want more of this.
SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My knees crack like you give out smiles .. . Pours a deep brown .. Shiny .. Great foam .. . Rich toffee, molasses, and caramel coffee with an extra espresso shot .. . Nothing but deliciousness .. . . You call it a beard. I call it a face forest..
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
That Portola coffee is fantastic to the point where it is almost too much of a good thing. A ground coffee smell that really lingers into the taste as well. The rare barrel beer where the barrel doesn’t leap out first. Excellent.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 09/11/2013. Pours deep mahogany, light off-white head fades to the surface, soapy ring of lacing. Aroma is thick coffee, hazelnut cream vanilla and golden caramel, chicory, spicy bourbon. Taste is sweet creamy caramel toffee, vanilla coffee, mild underlying roast, lingering sweet bourbon. Thick body, yet a bit watery for this style and compared to Mash. The nose is really nice, but taste and body can’t keep up- but, all in all decent.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks! Poured a light brown color with a small off-white head, as with the regular Mash. Aroma was nice lightly sweetened malts, toffee throughout this one, caramel notes - though all are overpowered by the coffee in here. I like coffee, and this reminds me a lot of a really fresh cup of coffee. Initial reaction makes me think this is better than Mash, but upon further inspection over that evening, the complexity of the base beer is a little lost here. Still good, but not nearly as good.
Huhzubendah (2420) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with the guys last night. Served alongside Mash.
The beer is darker than the standard version, with a quarter inch or so of beige head. Big coffee scents, rich roasted malt, espresso, coffee beans, vanilla, oak, toffee. Smells great. Huge coffee presence, but still balanced. Robust and bold. Alcohol content well disguised. A great beer to sip and savor. I think this is an improvement over the standard Mash, offering more depth of flavor.