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Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Stormwatcher's WinterfestStormwatcher's Winterfest

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 115
Gots: 37 | 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:
32.1 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.0% by volume
Bitterness: 31 IBU
Color: 54 SRM

(Beer added by: Shaw on 10-12-2003)
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Reviews by jdense:
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jdense

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Bottle shared with colleague 12.20.11 into wine tumbers.

One finger brown head, quick dissipation with absolutely no lacing over dark brown body with small trails of small bubbles visible rising up near sides of glass. Nose is really sweet, some caramel malt, and floral and woody hops. Taste mirrors the nose's sweetness, cloying, soy sauce, turbinado, woody hop character. Mouthfeel medium, sticky, good effervescence. Not my cup of, err, tea, the sweetness overwhelmed any nuances this beer might have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:29:50 | More by jdense
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jellikit

Washington

4.16/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 02:40:49 | More by jellikit
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mactrail

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 07:00:01 | More by mactrail
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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DaveRinn

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-21-2014 04:26:35 | More by DaveRinn
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11/29/13 Bottling poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a dark amber color with a minimal amount of a reddish brown head. The head very quickly dissipated, leaving little behind.
S - Smells very malty with hints of dried fruits and a slight bourbon smell.
T - Rich malty flavor with a long rich middle and a slight tang on the finish. There is a slightly off aspect to the flavor that is hard to place
M - Very thick and mouth coating with minimal carbonation.
O - I am a big fan of English style barley wines. This one could have used a little more integration of the flavors. It was good to try but will not be repeated.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 21:23:06 | More by kdahnke123
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vkv822

Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz : Teku
2010 vintage.

Pours a very dark brown with a yellowy, toffee colored head.

Has a rich aroma of dark fruits and leather. There are notes of boozy, dark fruit, leather, slight caramel malts with a nice warming alcohol finish.

Medium body, with mild, foamy carbonation.

An extremely well done English Barleywine. It's been a long time sense I've visited this one and it definitely motivates me to pick up a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 06:37:54 | More by vkv822
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macpapi

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a bottle of this beauty up while visiting the Northwest recently. Actually didn't have in stock at the Pelican, but I found it at a bottle shop in Seattle. Lucky me!!

Pelican Stormwatcher's Winterfest pours a dark brown color with reddish tints. Has a light brownish head.

Aroma is bold and full. Very malty pull with deep hints of booze--brandy, I think, but will leave that up the liquor aroma experts. Also there are strong whiffs of caramel, toffee, and a bit of dark cherry. Very full and inviting.

Taste is deep, dark, and boozy. Lots of malt, dark fruit flavors, and plenty of alcohol bite. Also noted flavor of both caramel and toffee, making this a strong-flavored yet pretty sweet beer.

Full flavor with plenty of bite. Carbonation is moderate. But this beer has quite a presence on the tongue. It does not sneak up on you!!

Overall this is a bold and extremely flavorful sipper. Meant to be enjoyed at a slow pace and in moderation. This is one hell of a beer!!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:43:46 | More by macpapi
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/17/2012. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane English Barleywine. All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:38:29 | More by superspak
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Illinois

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 Stormwatcher's Winterfest
Enjoyed Dec 2013
Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a think tan head

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, booze and malt

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of flavor! Caramel and toffee are most dominant, the booze is definitely present but I enjoy it here

M: Slightly thick, nice carb

O: Extremely enjoyable. Never had this fresh before but this beer is pretty fantastic with 4 years on it

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12-13-2013 05:11:00 | More by anteater
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Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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