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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle @ home from trade.. Thanks go out to Daniel L…. :) it pours dark brown with a medium bobbling tan head… coffee beans, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, fruity, espresso, nuts, bourbon, oak, warming alcohol ….. very nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1659) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernbourbon (1265) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle. Pour is clear brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and light espresso notes. A hint of bitter chocolate and herbs as well. Flavor is caramel malt, herbal coffee notes, and light bitter coffee. Very green and vegetal. Hides alcohol well. Strange flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1233) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1190) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Murky mahogany & dingy brown pour with a beige head that transforms to a thin ring in just moments. Aroma is mostly made of roasted, slightly astringent coffee beans, somewhat acrid in nature. Light oak & booze underneath, with even lighter notes of caramel & buttery toffee. But the cold diner-esque coffee vibe is the dominant aroma. Taste is the same way, overrun by coffee, lightly sweet & backed with a bit of caramel & toffee that peaks through from the base barleywine. I get some notes of anise, cocoa, & oak occasionally, but again, it seems the coffee addition has obliterated the base beer. Lightly astringent & sharp in the finish. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my jam, either. Expected greatness, turns out it was merely decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from RS. Aroma and flavor of sweet bourbon, medium and bright roast, and caramel. This ain't Rare, but it held a finger to it. Really liked this beer. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1013) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1012) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (950) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olr1984 (921) - 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


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