strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, nearly auburn pour. Thin off white head. Incredible nose. Rich molasses, cask, fruit, caramel and a dash of alcohol heat. Really delicious barley wine. Nice sherry notes up front, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, booze, light oak and buried fruit. Medium to full bodied. Slick. In my opinion, the most sophisticated of the Motherís brews. Terrific.
bytemesis (3979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear burnt umber, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, vanilla, Sherry. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, oak, sherry, caramelized sugars. Touch of acidity. Medium body. A bit hot. Interesting.
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Boozy with loads of caramel and dark fruits. Good barleywine.
jeremyh70 (832) - Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy garnet tinged dark copper with a light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar and some fruit. Taste is similar and sweet with toffee and brown sugar. Also toasted malt, sherry fruitiness and some booziness. Finishes with some malty sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. Not sure how old the bottle was but the flavors were smooth and well integrated. Enjoyable.
vyvvy (4470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG14 Grand Tasting - Pours reddish / orange / borwn with an off-white head. The aroma has caramel, candy, wood and ripe berries. It has a full rich body with a low amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet malt that has a syrupy aspect. The finish has caramel and richness. A big tasting barleywine. Nice.
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Bottle. RGSG St. Louis. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of alcohol, sherry, cake malt, bready and caramel toffee. Medium body.
Ferris (6594) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Carame , oak and a buttery creaminess. Clear copper with a thin white head. Creamy caramel and a bit of vinous wood. Mellow and soft.
crossovert (8497) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. PRetty par for the course type barleywine, sweet caramel notes.
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via STL trade. Pours a hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, leaves, cookies, apples, vanilla, and toast. Some bourbon warmth, but very, very subtle. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel. Really big brown sugar and toffee character. The barley wine works very well here and benefits from the subtle barrel aging.
deyholla (7477) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Bob for this bottle! Pours a hazy amber brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of sweet grains and red wine with a bit of caramel underlying. Flavor has a interesting combination of dry red wine, sweet grains and toffee that seem a touch muddled.
EtTuCthulhu (1238) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Bottle #493. The appearance fuses a chestnutty orange color with a minimal off-white head. The aroma is a nice mixture of booze, raisins, caramel malts, and cherries, and the flavor is just as indulgent due to the heavy sweetness, touch of sourness, and mild level of umami. Furthermore, the palate is extremely complementary to the taste as a result of the oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and sweet yet boozy finish.