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MotherAnimal | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Vienna malt, a plethora of caramel malts, and a touch of chocolate malt. Conditioned on locally roasted coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans. Inspired by and brewed with the one and only Hayden McCall.

Added by Knapp85 on 01-21-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured out as a deep amber color with a bit of haze to it. The head was cream colored and thick looking. The retention was decent as well as some moderate lacing on the glass as well. The smell of the beer is sweet. The aromas of the vanilla and coffee pop pretty well here with some subtle notes of chocolate in there as well. The taste was a little off on the first sip. Wasn't sure if I liked it much right away. As I drank it the flavors balanced a little more and it was much easier to drink. The sweetness of the beer is pretty high, the vanilla adds most of it I think in my opinion. The coffee adds a touch of bitterness but not quite enough. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little on the thinner side which I was hoping that it would be a much heavier beer coming out at almost 12%. Overall the beer should be treated more as a dessert or nightcap type of beer for the level of sweetness it has. It's worth trying but I didn't feel the need to fill any growlers of it before I left.

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3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of creamy off white head. The smell is weird. It is sweet with a slight tart note. I'm getting some coffee as well, but I'm not a fan of the smell. The taste is much better than the smell. I'm getting the coffee with a touch of dark fruit. The beer is a bit nutty, so it reminds me of an amped up coffee brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Tired Hands

Hazy mahogany pour, capped with a small beige head that sank to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, caramel, roasted coffee, light vanilla essence, and a subtle indistinct fruit presence. I actually got coffee grounds right up front in the taste, a tea-like astringency, caramel and vanilla sweetness were more secondary factors, but definitely present. Speaking in a constructive criticism sort of way, this really had none of the rich, full flavors I like in my barleywines, and in my opinion, the coffee was definitely a major, major flaw in the taste department. Additionally, the mouthfeel was very weak and light for the style, strange considering the higher ABV, which was relatively well-hidden as far as heat goes. Overall, not undrinkable, but not great, and I'm pretty glad I only got a small pour (and had someone to share it with).

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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Tired Hands. Pours a murky amber/brownish color with a finger or so of rich slightly off-white head. Creamy edges with sticky lace that hangs down the sides. The aroma and taste were both pretty similar, with a lush of combination of toffe, cocoa, acrid roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of green hops (more so in the taste). The feel is fuller but is extremely smooth for 11-12%. Almost to a ridiculous degree. This is very sweet in spots (strengthened by the alcohol I'm sure) but the hops and coffee helped bring it down as well. The coffee was actually probably the most interesting aspect of this for me. I enjoyed this for the most part but 8oz was plenty during this sitting. I could see this getting a little taxing on the palate if I had gone for more.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper brown with a one finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down part of the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, fresh toffee, vanilla, and tons of fresh brewed coffee. The booze creeps in as it warms in the glass, becoming rather apparent toward the end of the glass.

T - Very similar to the nose in that the caramel, toffee, vanilla, try and offset the coffee. I am just not really sure this is a BW. I guess its close enough but it's not what I would expect out of the style...

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, smooth feel make it go down easy, whatever it is.

O - A pretty nice beer overall, just not sold on it being a BW. I like it but I wouldn't get it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served from a less than two-hour old growler into a tulip.

A: Murky, ruby/brownish colored body with a small off-white head. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention. It just looks sort of... blah.

S: Old coffee beans, not necessarily stale, but not fresh. Vanilla, toffee, caramelized sugar and a big sweet malty base.

T: Fairly malty and sweet up-front. Vanilla and coffee struggle a bit with each other, with the coffee certainly winning. I'd much prefer this to be the opposite; big vanilla with coffee undertones. That said, I enjoy it.

M: A bit thin and watery for such a big Barleywine. Although, this drinks really easy. No detection of the 11.5% ABV.

I'm a bit torn on this one. It really doesn't taste or drink like any Barleywine I've had. The flavors aren't bad, they're just not really honed in. A decent attempt, but no where near as good as most of their other stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber color, minimal head. Firm notes of sweet, dark caramel, noticeable vanilla, tootsie roll like chocolate with medium roast coffee. Taste mirrors scent, quite sweet, fruity. Medium bodied, heft could be turned up, long lingering sweetness. Good combination of flavors, could be undone by sweetness and body after more than one.

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3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub

The body sits a ruddy mahogany with a thin, creamy off-white cap. A little bit of lace reveals the sip marks.

Really sweet nose. Loads of caramel and toffee aromas with vanilla, brown sugar, and just a faint hint of coffee.

Flavors are a little all over the place. Caramel and toffee throughout with vanilla, brown sugar, stone fruit, coffee and cocoa seem to pop up here and there. There's really no confluence of flavors. This doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't have a direction.

Residual sugar and all of the caramel malt gives this a sticky feel. Low carbonation. Medium to full body.

This is an odd American take on a Barleywine. It's real sweet and a little all over the place.

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3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

on tap at the brewpub

Slightly hazed ruddy, reddish color with a beige head sitting on top. Fades into a few patches of lacing with a collar of film.

Plenty of coffee and sweet vanilla aromas with caramel and bready malts. Alcoholic presence and a spike of hops.

Hoppy and sweet up front, followed by a wave of vanilla bean. Coffee beans with roasted malts, caramel and bread crust. Brown sugar and boozy warmth. Finishes a little hot and sweet with piny hops.

Lighter medium body, softer carbonation, definitely thin for the style. I was pretty psyched for this one, but it was definitely a bit too sweet and watery for my tastes. I'm curious to see how the barrel aged versions turn out.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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2/5  rDev -43%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4oz taster pour
1/24/13 at Ardmore, PA brewpub

A: Burnt amber color. Murky. Can't see through it. Faint layer of head. Some sticky lacing bits.

S: Mostly toffee. Not as much coffee and vanilla as I was expecting. Smells overly sweet.

T: Sort of disappointed in this one. It's good some nice smells and flavors going on, but misses the mark with certain aspects.

M: Large medium. Carbonation is a little low.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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MotherAnimal from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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