Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by mfavoino:
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
2011 bottle shared four ways on 3/1/13.
A: Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Just a slight rim of head around the glass.
S: Rich caramel malts, dark fruit, toffee. Very rich indeed.
T: Huge toffee and caramel marts from the moment it hit the palate. Subtle dark fruit sweetness adds to the richness. Definitely get the same richness that I remember from MOAS.
M: A heavy, somewhat syrupy barleywine. A sipper for sure.
O: An incredible rich barleywine that impressed. It was interesting to have this to after MOAS, which definitely adds another component with the barrel.
03-05-2013 04:16:58 | More by mfavoino
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4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Acquired via online purchase
(Aged for 1 year)
Dark brown and dark amber in color with very little visible carbonation. This is darker than most barleywines and leaves very little, almost zero, stick down the glass. Still, a pretty color.
Good amounts of dark fruit character in the aroma--lots of fig and chocolate-covered raisins. There's some sweetness, caramel and toffee, along with some bread and alcohol.
A delicious barleywine. The amount of dark fruit character present in this beer is quite astounding and surprising, along with some moderate chocolate notes, bread, and booze. Complete. While clearly a big, high-ABV, this is incredibly drinkable.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
One of my absolutely favorite (non barrel-aged) barleywines.
09-22-2012 05:06:43 | More by ehammond1
3.35/5 rDev -19.5%
Sampled at the 2003 Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, OR. A dark reddish cider color, hardly-there head. Lots of malts but hops are there from the beginning. Supposedly this beer employed 2 kinds of unusual hopping techniques: mash hopping and first wort hopping. This creates a subtle yet indelible hop flavor that is there from the very beginning. Some smokiness, and a smooth non-carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is pretty good but in the end it's a bit flat and cloying.
12-08-2003 05:32:38 | More by Thrasher
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Pours a cloudy (stormy?) dark brown with an amber/ruby hue, lots of bubbles swirling up to the light tan head that retains incredibly well, considering the high ABV.
The aroma, or, should I say THE AROMA, is exactly what I want in a barleywine. Big bold maltiness, hyper-graham cracker, ultra-juicy plum, lots of caramel/toffee, big vanilla, and curiously, a kind of peaty edge that I'd expect in a hi-test Scotch Ale.
Flavor offers as much depth as the aroma, with a chocolatey sweetness peeking through. Dark fruit notes are smacked around by a soothing alcohol warmth, tons of toffee and vanilla extract. The alcohol is felt but doesn't overstay its welcome...an achievement at 13+ %. If I have only one criticism, it's a tiny one: flavor tilts slightly toward some badass Scotch Ale as much as it does a barleywine. Maybe that's because this isn't an overhopped/ultra-hopped barleywine. Big as it is, the hops are kept in the background. Very interesting.
The mouth is big, thick and chewy...slightly sticky too. This was already a sipper, but the bigness and thickness of the body make it even more so. Never thought I'd say it, but this could've probably been an even better beer if the mouth were a little less like pure melted chocolate.
On par with most of the Pelican beers I've tried (most of them on tap at the brewpub), and that means it's a superb bit of craftsmanship. It's survived a year in the bottle quite well. Could use even more aging, no doubt. So I'm sipping this on a brisk, sunny, beautiful autumn afternoon, with nothing but fall's colors around...and I'm wishing I were standing on the beach in a mighty wind watching a storm off the pacific coast in Pacific City. It happens. Wish I could find this beer without travelling cross-country to get it.
11-04-2007 20:08:27 | More by Metalmonk
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
Thank you for bringing to our barleywine night, Derek. 2006 is entered on the label. Big off-white head with a cheese appearance and bubbles. Some lace seen. The smell is sour and barleywine. The taste is considerably on the sour side, it is intentional. Primarily it tastes like an average barleywine.Somewhat disapointing for a barleywine with some ageing. Mt. Hood hops. 31 IBU.
11-07-2008 04:31:39 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
2010 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Spirit Sippers snifter.
Very dark carmine body with faint crimson highlights and a lasting earth yellow collar and surface slick. Rich sandy lacing and fast running legs.
Immense yet subtle aromatics suffused with dark fruit, leather, tobacco, toffee, brown sugar, leaves, loam, and light (English?) hops. Deep multi-layered malty skeleton.
Intense black bread, char, plums, prunes, apricots, figs, demerara rum, clove, violets, and more. Hefty alcohol kick and mild bitterness offset the roasty astringency and sweetness. Bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, and plenty of toast in the finish. Remarkable depth.
Medium-full bodied, slick, and faintly oily with mild carbonation.
One of the best domestic examples of the style...happy to sample this first before cracking one of barrel aged versions. Perfectly suited for the environment it was produced in...takes me right back to the Oregon coast.
10-03-2011 02:40:33 | More by augustgarage
3.95/5 rDev -5%
22oz bomber, split
appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - dark muddy garnet, cream mocha head
smell: rich and decadent - heavy english malt, leather, tobacco, brown sugar and dark fruit
taste: a prototypical english barleywine - syrupy caramel malt, caramelized brown sugar, pipe tobacco, fresh leather, booze, toffee, some earth english hops in the finish
mouthfeel: rich and sweet, full-bodied with a flat finish
overall: an english barleywine for the sipping - worth a try if you stumble across it
05-14-2012 17:55:33 | More by dirtylou
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
(A) Really dark. Ruby when held up to the light. No head. Slightly carbed and produces head when stirred up.
(S) Very sweet. Plum. Fig. Booze. Medium and light malts. Some dark cherry.
(T) Sweet. Plums and dark fruits hit up front. Some hops after the middle of the taste. Somewhat bitter but not as much booze and I would have thought.
(M) Oily but dry. Medium body. Ends dry.
(O) Very nicely done barleywine. I can definitely see this being a great base for Mother of All Storms....which I want to try.
08-18-2011 01:26:10 | More by cjacobsen
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle of the 2008 vintage (or "maltage" seems more appropriate - wine sucks).
Pours a somewhat cloudy reddish-amber-brown color with a small light tan head sitting on top.
The aroma is excellent, with big-time caramel and toffee malt evident, along with a considerable dark fruit presence, toasty biscuit, and some oak despite the non-bal aging of this beer.
The flavor is very complex and well-done. It has the same oakiness as Perfect Storm, albeit to a lesser extent. Seems this beer has inherent oakiness in it even without being -bal aged. The malts are very toffeeish, not too sweet, with fig, prune, and date notes.
Medium-full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel despite mild tannins.
Great barleywine overall. Had this side-by-side with Perfect Storm '09 and it was tough to pick a winner.
10-22-2010 16:27:39 | More by nickd717
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
22 oz. bottle poured into a Swamp Head snifter. 2011 bottle courtesy of a very generous Hopsbreath.
Appearance - Deep garnet body with barely any bubbles. No lacing and just a couple of wisps of life atop the beer. Tough to produce a quality looking barleywine at 13.5%.
Smell - Wonderful aroma. Caramel, raisins, plums. Huge dark fruit presence. There's quite a bit of alcohol burn in it also. Great complex aroma.
Taste - Maybe not as good, but still delicious. More caramel and toffee than the nose. The fruits are a bit lost. Boozy in the finish with an earthy hop bitterness. I think it's hops. Tough to tell.
Mouthfeel - It isn't the booze that makes this a bit sluggish to drink, it's the bitter finish. Very earthy and grassy in the end and it seems a bit out of place. That isn't to say it isn't boozy. It certainly has a bite, but not a 13.5% bite.
Overall - A really nice barleywine in terms of flavor. Just the finish that makes it a bit harsh. I've been waiting to drink this before I tried MoAS. If a bit of barreling can chip away at that finish, I would be most pleased.
03-06-2012 03:01:15 | More by Alieniloquium
4.16/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-22-2014 02:40:49 | More by jellikit
2.93/5 rDev -29.6%
Snagged up a 2009 release at The BeerMongers...
- Rich dark black... thin bubbly mocha head... dissipated quickly to a few stray islands.... thin ring.... viscous...
- Smells of molasses, honey.... sweet sugars... light grain and citrus hops.... like a sweet syrup.
- Flavor is much the same... like molasses and honey fermented with some water and a bit of grain and roasty barley... citrus and bitter pine hops and more syrup. I am shocked at the huge 'A' level reviews... this isn't a barleywine at all... and its a syrupy mess of a beer. Overly sweet....
- Sticky and thick... heavy bodied... sticky..
- Overall it's heavy. Super sweet... sticky... and a mess. It's really not that good... and I'd take a real barleywine over this molasses and honey mess any day. I honestly can't see and taste what people are thinking here with this brew..
07-18-2010 05:08:12 | More by Docer
3.96/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: Deep ruby red poured a fingers worth of a burnt sugar colored head. Big sticky alcohol legs. Tight lacing.
Smell: Cherries, dates, figs, caramel toffee sweetness, little bit of booze, raisins at the end.
Taste: Toffee sweetness with a kind of bready grain flavor. Dark fruits lie underneath. Booze here is acting as a flavor component. Dark fruits become more dominant as the beer warms. It's definitely sweet but there's an off sweet flavor that comes at the end of the tongue that's hard to identify. Raspberries, sour cherries. You can taste the toasted barley, where the sweet runs into an almost sour bitter character.
Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Very little carbonation.
Overall: The parts of this beer that I liked, I really liked, but the oddly sour/bitter flavor was off putting. The beer is also much thinner than I would have liked, especially for the style.
01-23-2013 07:07:09 | More by Brandywine
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
We opened '08 and '09 side by side with an '09 Perfect Storm a while back... reviewed from pretty good paper notes. Thanks Jeremy and Sammy.
Deep amber with a yellow head that drops leaving good sheets of lacing... nose shows quite a bit of raisin and lesser caramel... toasty elements seem to help dry it out a bit.
Flavor is nice and rich... fruity esters make me think dried cherries and prunes... a bit boozy... sorta spicy.. tobacco shows with warmth.. pretty chewy body with small bubble carbonation.
I think we all agreed the '08 was better but only by a bit... not sure on the aging potential with most English style BW's ... but I believe this one has some legs.
Thanks again buddies.
10-14-2010 05:54:36 | More by JohnGalt1
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown amber, almost black, no head and light carbonation. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt, faint dark fruits. Fortunately, the flavor is richer, sweet, caramel and toasted malt, dark fruits. Finishes somewhat dry and quickly, with a bit of a hops kick. Medium body with some creaminess. The high ABV makes it a bit hot. A satisfactory Engilsh barleywine, but the lack of carbonation detracts from the drinking experience. Other reviews seem to have good carbonation, so I'll try this again.
02-12-2012 04:40:00 | More by LiquidAmber
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
2011. Big thanks to MrKennedy for opening. Reviewed from notes.
Deep, rich burgundy with a rapidly dissipating saffron head that reforms nicely on swirling.
Baked toffee, brandy snap, molasses, treacle and caramelised figs.
Follows the nose but there's even less in the sweetness department which was minimal to begin with. Burnt toffee, scorched molasses, prunes, rum 'n' raisin. Unrelenting.
Quite aggressive, almost scratchy carbonation that slices through the big body but seems out of place for the style, which needs something more silky and carressing.
Awesome in its stature alone. Somewhat one-dimensional owing to the minimal sweeteness. Never thought I'd be wishing for a Barleywine to be sweeter.
11-26-2013 23:45:11 | More by spicelab
Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.