Foggy Notion - Mother's Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a bottle into a pint shaker.
It's a beautiful old penny copper, just the slightest amount of haze. Head is average, and the thin skiff of foam that remains stubbornly refuses to leave.
Nice aroma! The nose is a vinous array of fruits and grains, with a bit of plum and grape making an appearance. Smells sweet and rich.
They say "not quite English, and not quite American", and that's an apt description. It starts out very "Englishy", with a big, sweet grain blast. The plum and grape from the nose make an appearance, as does a leather-type flavor that's far more appealing than "leather" makes it sound. It ends with a toffee sweetness. It *is* sweet throughout, but just the right amount of hopping prevents it being cloying, as the bitterness jumps in at the last minute to balance that big burst of sugary graininess. That's the "American" aspect. At "only" 44 IBUs, that candy-like sweetness lingers at the end, but in a controlled way that leaves you wanting more. Nicely balanced. Definitely not American in, say, a "Bigfoot" way, but certainly not as English as a J.W. Lees, either. Splits the difference nicely.
Mouthfeel? This is a barleywine. You expect a big, full mouthfeel, and this doesn't disappoint. It's thick and rich, without ever being chewy or hard to drink. Everything about this says "BIG", but nothing screams "too big". That's a tough act to pull off. Nicely done.
Great "tweener" barleywine, half way 'tween English and American. Not a session ale, kids, so don't go in thinking of a beer you're going to sit there and drink all day. It's a great celebration of the fruit of the barley plant. I could see this pairing nicely with some bold cheeses, or even a steak if you don't mind feeling a buzz halfway through your meal. Another worthwhile beer from Mother's.
02-23-2014 21:20:11 | More by jokelahoma
Foggy Notion from Mother's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.