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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2013
750 ml bottle to taster (shared by brew3crew). Looks good for the style; a dark amberish brown with light beige head and lively carbonation. Smells solid; BIG coffee with notes of malt and a bit of tartness. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4271) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brown color, with a tannish head. Very sweet similar to Mash, caramel malt, light dried dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon, and mostly covered by huge coffee flavor. The coffee really takes over the beer. Quite boozy. Not my favorite.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (4234) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
This one poured a murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of coffee, lots of green peppers and cramel. Falvor was booze, green pepper and cofee. Very stale and unappealing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3804) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3372) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2857) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (2542) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2431) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2389) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Side by side with regular mash. vanilla in mash is totally gone. appearance is the same (golden, copper) I get cold pressed coffee on the nose and in taste, almost old acidic coffee taste which is a really big bummer. Diluted Mash & grind with a bit of Mash and that helped immensely.


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