radagast83 (8339) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks! Poured a light brown color with a small off-white head, as with the regular Mash. Aroma was nice lightly sweetened malts, toffee throughout this one, caramel notes - though all are overpowered by the coffee in here. I like coffee, and this reminds me a lot of a really fresh cup of coffee. Initial reaction makes me think this is better than Mash, but upon further inspection over that evening, the complexity of the base beer is a little lost here. Still good, but not nearly as good. BuckeyeBoy (8301) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out a muddy mahogany. Nose is sweet malts spice toffee and pit fruit. Taste is as the nose with coffee toffee caramel pit fruit and hops. JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Bottle from the Hoarders membership, sampled on 9/3/17. Pours hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel and coffee. Malt, vanilla, and coffee flavor with a bourbon finish. AirForceHops (7702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2015
750 ml bottle. Date of 10/27/2014. Dark Amber color with bubbly head. Aroma is big on coffee with mild level bourbon with a mild amount of oak. The flavor is bourbon forward without the alcohol or massive warming after the sip. The main base is toffee and caramel. I wish I would have tried just the Mash base first but I am always hesitant to let any coffee brews sit so I decide to open this now. I got to say just enough coffee-bourbon - toffee balance. I really enjoyed sipping. Much more manageable when the brew is under 13%!!! GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2015
750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 2014 edition at 13.7% ABV. Dark brown with two fingers of light tan head. Aromas of caramel, coffee, bourbon, toasty notes, light oak. Tastes of caramel, sweet roasty coffee, bourbon, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry finish. No alcohol on the finish. Pretty well masked alcohol for 13.7%. Seems like there might be a hint of infection but hard to say, not enough to detract though.
VastActiv (7493) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Tap at Bruery, Placentia. Colour is clear dark orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Coffee, dryness, dry fruits, raisins and malts. Dry barley wine. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with some head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and coffee aromas. Similar sweet flavors, with a bit of warmth, but not overbearing. JStax (7132) - 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. 5000 (6862) - 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! egajdzis (6693) - 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.