Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2016
One of these Bruery beers which is only available through their hoarders’ society, a coffee-flavored barley wine. At B.U.M.B. in Antwerp. Lightly lacing, pale beige, moussy, thin rim of a head over a clear, amberish copper bronze beer. Rich and perfumey bouquet of rum-soaked raisins, cognac, candi sugar, maple syrup, honey liqueur, vanilla, wodka, glue, faint hint of coffee, marmelade, orange peel. Clean fruitiness in the mouth, quite intense, candied fig and marmelade, underlying basic sourish touch, soft carbo with very vinous, oily mouthfeel, very smooth but thick, caramelly malt sweetness with a light toasted hint in the end blending well with a vague bitterish and delicate coffee hint, spicy hops as well, lots of warming but non-astringent, brandy-like alcohol. Very rich, almost overwhelming barley wine, typical high AVB Bruery, delicious and doubtlessly with an interesting ageing potential. brokensail (16436) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Brown pour with a small khaki head. Rich coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Spice, some bourbon, and more coffee. Coffee dominates the flavor. Caramel sweetness, a but of chocolate, spice, bourbon, and nice vanilla. Hints of dark fruit as it warms. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from RS. Aroma and flavor of sweet bourbon, medium and bright roast, and caramel. This ain't Rare, but it held a finger to it. Really liked this beer. Very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Shared with the guys last night. Served alongside Mash.
The beer is darker than the standard version, with a quarter inch or so of beige head. Big coffee scents, rich roasted malt, espresso, coffee beans, vanilla, oak, toffee. Smells great. Huge coffee presence, but still balanced. Robust and bold. Alcohol content well disguised. A great beer to sip and savor. I think this is an improvement over the standard Mash, offering more depth of flavor. JStax (6357) - 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.
ineedbeer (2148) - 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. Damico (3147) - 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. egajdzis (6501) - 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. 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. There’s 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 didn’t 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! 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 doesn’t leap out first. Excellent.