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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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We take Mash, and then add Portola Coffee Labís 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (1610) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Iím gonna go ahead and guess Portola Coffee Labs makes some kick ass coffee. Wonderful blast of fresh coffee, bourbon, oak and malt. The coffee cuts right through the barrel sweetness from the "base" Mash, tempering both the sweetness and the alcohol. Ridiculously smooth, deeeeelicious, and just awesome in every way. Before yesterday I didnít know this existed and today itís my new favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Pours a dark brown with tan colored head. Aromas of coffee and sugars. Flavors of roasted coffee and a sweet back bone make this one great beer. I found myself going back to this even with Mash was available. I tried the mixing as recommended but continued drinking this one by its self.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (6369) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Brown pour with a small khaki head. Rich coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Spice, some bourbon, and more coffee. Coffee dominates the flavor. Caramel sweetness, a but of chocolate, spice, bourbon, and nice vanilla. Hints of dark fruit as it warms.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2522) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2980) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (734) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 10, 2014
750 ml bottle. Aroma is very nice and fairly coffee forward. Nice background make note of caramel, toffee and toasted bread with a hint of chocolate. Hints of alcohol. Coffee ads a nice fruitiness and hints of nuts. Pours a murky brown with some burnt amber notes and a somewhat thin, tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges. No lacing and alcohol sheets instead of legs. Flavor is moderately coffee forward with some nice fruity and nut notes. Moderate caramel and toffee with a nice light sweetness. Faint toasted bread and chocolate. Light bourbon notes that become more prevalent as it warms with faint oak. Alcohol also becomes more noticeable as it warms. Hints of dark fruit. Finish is coffee, caramel and toasted bread with some bourbon - the breakfast of champions. Medium light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Not as silky as its regular version. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, this may be my favorite Bruery beer of 2013. The coffee works really well with the base beer and the sweet malt character. Bourbon compliments nicely. Difficult to tell the base was Mash as the coffee really changes the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Cracked Mash and Mash & Grind simultaneously. The updates on these from The Bruery suggested mixing the two to find you own perfect blend. I liked the Mash by itself. Thereís caramel, vanilla, coconut, oak, and fig flavors. But it did seem like there was a missing ingredient. I tried the Mash & Grind by itself after that and it was pretty much the same with good coffee in it. I like a good black cup of coffee and coffee in my beer, but I didnít think the coffee was the missing ingredient I was looking for in the Mash. I think I was looking for some more dark fruits... Anyway, I did a bunch of mixing with it, and I think my perfect blend was about 2/3 Mash and 1/3 Mash & Grind. Was definitely a fun way to taste some beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
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 doesnít leap out first. Excellent.

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