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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1369) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Pours thick and dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is incredible with chocolate, coffee, toffee, and sweet fruity malts. Flavor brings the coffee with some tea notes, smooth bourbon spice from the barrel, and a sweet malty ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5700) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Reddish brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee vanilla, caramel, maple, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste of vanilla beans, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol in the finish.

   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 (2382) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7312) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (501) - 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 doesnít overpower. More toffee, caramel, brown sugar notes. Really want more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - 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 donít 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 wouldnít 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1872) - 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 itís not as sweet or thick and fatty as I expect from a Bruery Barley Wine. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6619) - 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.

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