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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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An English Barleywine aged in Bourbon barrels, Mash is an intense yet balanced beer with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, ripe pear, dried figs, vanilla, toasted coconut and finishes with oak tannin. This has become an instant favorite around the brewery due to its balance, subtle complexities and overwhelming deliciousness.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (175) - - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Bubbly. Lots of foam springs up as the dark burgundy liquid flows -- about one inch of tan fluff. Fairly clear, scarlet with sunlight. Tons of ethanol in the nose, like sniffing bourbon. Caramel, maple, vanilla bean, burnt sugar. Fairly sweet. Nice oak. Smooth blend in the flavor. Again, bourbon-heavy, tons of oak, vanilla and alcohol. Moderate earthy bitterness. Heat lingers on sides of the tongue. A little lacking complexity. Maybe some dark cherry sweetness. Carbonation Is low and dies quickly. At the end of the glass, itís almost flat. Sticky, sugary medium. Bigger alcohol flavor than feel. Almost more like drinking bourbon than beer. Decent, smooth, bourbon heavy but not intense. Iíll probably enjoy the coffee version more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1562) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
The beer is a deep rosy brown with a tan head. The liquid is quite clear with no apparent sediment. Thereís a lot of nice bouncing around in the aroma. Iím getting toffee, molasses, vanilla, mild citrus, coconut, caramel and dates. Itís maybe a bit too sweet and simple, without quite as much depth and chewiness as you might want, but itís not too hot and thereís a lot of very pleasant interplay of malt and bourbon. The taste starts big and sweet with coconut, vanilla and toffee/butterscotch/caramel, and then has a spicy, woody middle and lingering oaky finish. A little bit of booze at the end. Mouthfeel is medium full. Could be a bit chewier. Itís a solid barrel-aged barleywine, but it just doesnít have the darker, richer notes of the top of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4782) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Another mess of a Bruery beer. Itís a good thing they only subject their reserve society to this stuff. Too big. Bitter finish, thick syrupy pour. Not my thing. Bottle shared at tasting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle at Brony Tasting, DC. Clean brown. Soapy foam. Big sweet, under fermented malt aroma. Peppery sweet, ruddy malt. Eh, alright.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle I brought to the DC Tasting. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, light whiskey. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14465) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle at Brony Bottle Share. Hazy amber brown. Aroma of boozy butterscotch. Taste is similar.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5343) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
OH MY GAWD RESERVE SOCIETY EXCLOOOSIVE!! Bottle at Travlrís. hazy amber with a small head. Nose of caramel, toffee donut. Light coffee accents. Strong grain. Taste is so sweet. Malt juice. Caramel. Full body, active carb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4249) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Pours unclear dark amber . Smell is grainy, sweet, intense . Taste is bitter, sweet, thick grains . Intense , bit boozy . Some fruits . Caramelly . Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (702) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear nut brown light red highlights, thin light tan head. Aroma is big malts, light boozy character, British yeast and malt character. Flavor has a nice sweet caramel malts, boozy background, light bourbon and vanilla. Medium body with a lingering big British boozy character. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, brownish amber hue, a modest layer of tan head foam that reduced to bubbles and a thin ring, with a little syrup, and spotty lacing on the glass. The nose was toasted & malty, with dark caramel sweetness, dried fruit, and a combo of age, earthiness, and barrel hints. Rich and full bodied, with decent carbonation, hop bitterness was noticeable but low, alcohol was boozy, bourbony, and warming, and a bit of tartness & tang showed up for the finish. Very sipable & satisfying!


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