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RATINGS: 63   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5826) - .....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..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (472) - 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.

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!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1391) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3588) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2049) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9115) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Brown pour, light tan head. Big beer with huge coffee and toffee flavors up front, vanilla has faded in this one from the coffee. Very light roasty tones, brown sugar. Very tasty but even better with a splash of Mash.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (621) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
pours dark copper, very little head. Bourbon up front on the nose, but that gives way fast to the coffee. And it’s a beautiful aromatic combo. The coffee is present on the palate, but in a balanced way. Bourbon characters similar to mash, but the coffee adds an amazing additional flavor, along with adding more drink ability. Truly great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1168) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6517) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by dudeabide- thanks again, Nate! Pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of nice fresh roasted coffee, oak, caramel, bourbon, toasted sugar, and earth. The flavor is mostly the same but doesn’t work on quite the same level. Definitely some warmth to this one. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy, warming mouthfeel. Nice barrel-aged coffee barley wine.


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