slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
I’m 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 didn’t know this existed and today it’s my new favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries."
Marheb (5717) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
En fût sur place: Café glacé sur une charpente de caramélisation étoffée. Le corps est élégamment allégé par une fine carbonatation qui nous amène vers une longue amertume torréfiée. La tendance des bières au café va finir par s’essouffler mais j’aime encore profiter de la vague. vincentvega72 (726) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
Sublieme barley-wine die écht balanceert op de grens met een stout. Dik vol in de mond met lange warme afdronk. Verraderlijk bier want alcohol bijna niet waarneembaar. Subliem. psydtamales (43) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 27, 2017
By far my favorite Mash variant. Also consistently one of my favorite BA coffee beers. Even with time on it the coffee is still present. I’ve had it at the Bruery multiple times & it’s never disappointed. Falls short of something like Ground State for being thinner, but both are world class. Portola coffee always delivers & this is no exception. Especially South American coffee. 77ships (9638) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2016
Thank you! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ HopisHop B.U.M.B. 2016. Dark brown amber, little tanned head. Nose is nicely boozy, warming brown sugar, spirit, oak, sugar, herbal, good cough syrup, molasses. Taste really improved as it got warmer, more sugar, more sweetness, rich bourbon upfront, sugar, faint varnish boozy, vanilla sugar & fragipan, faint pine, sugar, didn’t get the coffee but a very nice, very big Barley wine. Body is bourbon, very thick, sugar, frangipane. This is the good stuff for the fans.
plytton27 (7) - - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
I love coffee beers. This one is unique, but excellent as well. A good beer to have when you want to grub out. kcorum10 (347) - 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. DrSilverworm (9671) - 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. koleminer20 (3470) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2015 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. 2015 vintage. This one is very similar to the 2013, but it’s thicker, more viscous. The coffee is much more prevalent when it’s fresh. Lots of brown sugar in the flavor, and a good hop as well. Way better than with age.
Original rating: 7 4 8 4 15
2013 vintage. The pour is a medium brown with a lighter tan/off white head that seems rather fizzy. It falls down to a tiny ring rather quickly and leaves no lace. The aroma is dominated by coffee. In fact, that’s all I smell. There might be a hint of caramel on the back end, but that’s it. All coffee. The flavor is big coffee. There is a lot more happening here. Good toffee and some light dark fruits are solid around the coffee backbone. There is a solid booze presence on the back as well. The mouth feel is a bit light, and the carbonation doesn’t really do a whole lot for it because it’s light as well. The aftertaste is lingeringly coffee and bitter with a touch of booze. Not bad. MarcoDL (4845) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of coffee, cream, malt, vanilla and caramel. Rich flavor of raisin, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, ripe fruit and cream. Fantastic.