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Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 121
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shaw on 10-12-2003

32.1 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.0% by volume
Bitterness: 31 IBU
Color: 54 SRM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very unique brew. Pours to a deep mahogany brown body. Head is biscuity khaki in color. The nose is very odd but attractive. The first thought that comes to mind is a fresh opened box of cheese-it crackers. I know this sounds off putting but it is very inviting and really makes you anticipate the first sip. The flavor is big and bold with tons of cracker like toasted grain tones. The hops that are usually so prevalent in a Barley wine ale play only as a balancer here. Rich and spicy on the palate and it reminds me a bit of a old ale. I had this beer on my wants list for a long time. It was a real pleasure to enjoy this spectacular brew.

Photo of richj1970
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Bottle dated 11/29/2013.

A: Deep mahogany brown with crimson undertones. Two finger dense tan head that settled to a thin ring leaving virtually no lacing.

S: Raisins, plum, caramel, cherries, brandy.

T: Raisins, dates, caramel and toffee. Nice combination of fruit and malt sweetness.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation. Sweet finish.

O: Very nice barleywine. Maybe one day I will get a chance to try MOAS, but this was a solid brew.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark. Brownish small head. Small bubbles. Cola colored.
S: prunes? Molasses.
T: same as aroma. Prunes, molasses. Sweet. Alcohol. Low on the hops.
M: thick. Low carbonation. Big body.
O: great. Big. Barleywine. Solid. Strong. It's a sipper. Will buy again.

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The word for the mouthfeel is "unctuous." The word for the overall flavor is "cloying." The red-brown color is attractive in the tall glass. The off-white foam makes a nice splash with each small pour. A little tingle in the mouth, though the carbonation seems to drown in the sweet alcohol. Aroma of liquor fumes propelled by grainy heat.

I just think, how can a beer be this sweet? It's just a malt candy bar with an Everclear center. Melts in your brain, not in your mouth. Mine is on fire. Burnt sugar melds with barrel aged rum plus butterscotch dissolving in the tangy sweetness. It doesn't seem possible to get more malt flavor in a glass. This isn't a beer, it's a malt liqueur.

There may not be enough deprivation in our lives to properly enjoy this properly. Imagine the old sods slogging down the muddy lane to the drafty pub who would have thanked God for this one while the smell of damp woolens wafted from the smoky fireplace. From the 22 oz bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.