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 (2383) - 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. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....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.. BlowOffTube (515) - 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. 5000 (6900) - 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!
HonusWagner (2250) - 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. djd07 (16298) - 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. KingCecil (2087) - 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! baraciisch (3440) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of fresh ground coffee beans... Flavor is coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, and smoke... Coffee bitterness on finish... Great beer
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Draft at the bruery. Pours a deep nut brown with a thin creamy light tan head. Aroma is a solid cup of coffee, with a touch of molasses, light bourbon and vanilla. Flavor loses a bit of the coffee and turns more into a smooth molasses vanilla boozy goodness. Medium creamy body. Definitely better than the regular in my opinion. But a totally different beer.