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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3129) - 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 (7902) - Minneapolis, 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 (9727) - 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 (8604) - 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 (12096) - 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 (3420) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (866) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2013
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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1339) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
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.


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