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Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 116
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Travisnin, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Impfan
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

Absolutely tremendous berry profile...blackberry, blueberry, marionberry , boysenberry, and lingonberry. There’s also some fig, raisin, rhubarb, and a reasonably hefty helping of very floral hops to dry out the finish. The body is slightly syrupy, but not overly so. I like this even more than Mother of all Storms.

Impfan, Sep 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

DaveRinn, Apr 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Hoppy_McMalt, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04,05,08,09 vertical at the brewery.
"the only way you can taste the perfect storm is to get the vertical of all these and then the perfect storm," says the bartender. "oh, how much is that?" "10 bucks." i respond by smashing everything in the vicinity and leaving angrily.
what a beautiful dessert. like a flight of ports after an excellent meal, and yeah, what an excellent meal, those guys do it right.
04 - oxidation leads to beautiful dates and raisins, heavy on the dates. caramel and the honey is still there in flavor but the sweetness is mostly gone.
05 - more dark fruits but a little less prevalent, tobacco, daytime stripper sweat, and a touch of sweetness. a little caramel and chocolate.
08 - the things that gods would do to drink this. its a good thing they don't know about pelican yet. dark fruits - always the same, dark fruits - still bringing a little heat. didn't remember that this was so strong until this one. alcohol almost nonexistent in the 04 and 05. a little toasty as well.
09 - much fresher, a bit boozy, vanilla, caramel, hops still pushing their cones through.

all of these were individually excellent and it was amazing luck to be able to have this on tap. not what i was expecting from such a small town brewery.

olympuszymurgus, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of matthewalee
4.7/5  rDev +13%

2008 version. Poured into a Deschutes Tulip glass...onward

A - Really nice brown, mahogany pour. sticks to the glass.

S - A bunch of candy and toffee. Awesome deep tones with little alcohol.

T - Taste is a dark fig/fruit up front, followed by almost bananas and brown sugar...delicious!!

M - FULL....stays with you until the next drink. This beer is amazing right now and really doesn't come off as a 13% barleywine.

D - Best Barleywine I have had hands down. (thanks Evan) Pelican is no joke and they know what they are delivering to those that seek out their beers...GREAT job!!! (from one of the few lucky bastards in Indiana who actually may get to try this beer!!!) Have a Perfect Storm waiting....also 2008

matthewalee, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of ricke49
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

A fine English Barleywine. Flavor is complex, finishing with a distinct hop bite, combined with alcohol warmth...essentially a perfect balance between the two. If you are looking for a well-crafted domestic example of this style, this is a recommended starting point. Mouthfeel is ideal with a very satisfying body and oily slickness. A great young brew (this was the 2009 vintage from a 22 oz. bomber).

Similar to Anchor Old Foghorn, but slightly richer.

ricke49, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of pixieskid
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Finally getting around to trying this beer, picked up a couple of bottles this summer while visiting Pacific City. 2010 vintage.

Pours rich dark brown, with a thin creamy tan head, dissipating semi-quickly.

Nose; dark ripe fruits, some roastiness, and a bit of chocolate.
Taste; raisins, plums, dates, and a surprising milk chocolate note amidst all the rich malts. Finishes with a somewhat challky medicinal note and herbal hop presence.

Overall; a really solid barleywine with a killer mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden but the finish is slightly off-putting.
Having had MoAS this summer, I'm not sure which I prefer because I found the bourbon note in MoAS to overpower the majority of the base beer but I don't recall it having the medicinal finish that Stormwatcher's does.

pixieskid, Jan 02, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

2006 Vintage, nice silk-screened 22oz bottle.

Lots of molasses malt aroma and floral hops. A little bit of spicy hop aroma and lots of fruity esters and a hint of bread yeast. Toffee notes and some chocolate. Very complex and pleasing.

Deep red colored but with very little head. A little bit on first pour but that's gone almost immediately leaving just the smallest rim around the rim of the glass. Nice clarity for something this dark.

First sip is big and powerful. Lots of butterscotch/toffee flavor (but not diacetyl, more of a treacle malt effect.) Some fruity wine esters. Initial hop bitterness is pretty high but it balances out with big doses of malt in the finish and aftertaste. I get honey characters and prunes and raisins in the ester profile. Again very complex and big. There is a little bit of alcohol flavor that is kind of overbearing which is the only thing keeping me from a 5.

Big bodied with smooth but on the light end of carbonation level. But the carb level is perfectly appropriate for the style. A little more alcohol warming than I would like but it is a barley wine so some alcohol is expected.

Really nice complex and huge barley wine. Drinkable but in the long savoring way that a great barley wine should be. Very highly recommended, need to get more!

czechsaaz, Jun 19, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

WOW!, caught me a little offguard there on my first sip thinking it was just another winter type ale that turned into a barleywine ale. This 2006 bottle pours a cloudy dark brown that you can tell has some viscosity to it that carries a thin head. Smell is rich in malt, honey liqueur, dark fruits and alchohol. Taste is what is expected from a barleywine big and bold with a good alchohol bite, with a thick and rich mouthfeel. Now that my palate is in tune to what I am really tasting and letting it warm a bit, I can get the true style of this beer and really appreciate it's warming effect.

Bookseeb, Dec 30, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 Vintage. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark mahogany color with reddish highlights. Produced some nice (and surprisingly) tan froth with additional surprising retention despite its hefty ABV.

(S)- A wonderfully rich aroma of toasted almond and walnut with raisin, burnt caramel, dates (currants?), and brown sugar.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A wonderfully sweet and rich raisin, brown sugar, caramel, dates (currants again?). Subtle bits of vanilla lingers as it warms.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but it fits this perfectly. Rich and sweet with a solid ABV integration considering this is 13%. Was expecting this to be much thicker, but is surprisingly a tad thinner which helps this out alot I think.

(D)- What a great Barleywine. Rich and sweet without being too cloying, thick, or boozy. Really a great profile for the style. I can definitely see how this becomes Mother of All Storms; possibly the greatest Barleywine I have ever had!

sweemzander, Jun 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

pathman, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

WertMaker, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

brpendergast85, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz bottle, 2006. Poured into a snifter, Stormwatcher's Winterfest is a beautiful, seriously dark garnet with slight chill haze. There is a tight khaki collar with light surface skim. While it leaves barely any lace, a gentle swirl coats the sides of the snifter with foam, sliding down the sides with cognac-like viscosity.

The smell is rich but not overwhelming caramel malt, lots of dark fruit, cognac, semi-sweet and a little nutty. Maybe more plum brandy then cognac actually, but I haven't had that as recently...

The taste is rich yet restrained. Not as sweet as the nose, but not an uber-bitter barleywine that takes years to calm down either. Complex without smacking you over the head, the taste follows the nose, and also has a touch of smoke, leather. The finish is boozy but surprisingly clean. This is one masterfully made barleywine, so well balanced. You know it's big, but +13% ABV? I've tasted 8 percenters with more heat!

This mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy, yet equally luscious and creamy.

Well this was one excellent Barleywine, so it's very drinkable, relatively to being a big rich +13% beer. The smoothest big beer I've every head. After the first half of the bottle, I had smell and taste as 4s, but bumped them both up a 1/2 a point as it warmed. I'm sure they'll both be 5's after some quality cellar time. I really like the fact that I just saw this at my local beer spot and it's the 2006 vintage - I'm assuming Pelican aged this for a while themselves before releasing it, probably 8+ months old. Makes the $12.99 price tag a little easier to swallow!

A fine choice for my 200th review, I'm really glad I have another one of these in the stash, I bet it'll keep maturing for years. We'll see just how patient I can actually be!

ccrida, Jul 03, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

PZBREW, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BillHilly, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

pzymali, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of alcstradamus
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a nice ruby/brown with a small head

Aroma is light, but still has a nice caramel and nutty character

The flavor is absolutely incredible. Rich maltiness, mostly caramel and raisin. Lots of subtle flavors that blend together into a perfect melange of flavor.

The body is on the full side of medium and carbonation is perfectly low.

Overall this is one of the best barleywines I've drank, it is no surprise that this holds up so well to barrel aging and morphs into the perfect storm.

alcstradamus, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

22oz. bottle purchased for $12.99 on 7-15-7 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

I thought about saving this one for awhile but decided to try it and see how many I might want now that I know there's plenty on the shelf.

Pours a very dark burgundy/mahogany color with an adequate roasted marshmallow head that recedes steadily while leaving zero lacing. And yes, this glass is beer clean. The yulesmith I just drank out of one of it's kin left a nice thick layer. Anyway, the aroma is malty. Kinda bready and nutty at the same time. The taste reveals more depth. I get hints of caramel, alcohol, butterscotch, various nuts, fig and other flavors I'm unable to identify. Upon warming, the alcohol really comes out. First sip was at proper serving temp, but the alcohol was almost non-existent. I wondered if this was really as big as advertised. But now I know. It definitely is. I initially criticized the mouthfeel for a lack of carbonation, but soon became aware of the thick syrupy body that I love so much with these huge barley wines. This is well-crafted and all the components seem to be enjoying a nice harmony. I can't knock it. It got better with each sip until I realized I now need to go purchase a few more before the shelf is empty. Considering its strength, this brew is off the charts as far as drinkability is concerned. This beer should be spectacular for years.

jakon, Aug 03, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

2007 Vintage. Thanks snojerk321.

Poured into a tulip. The beer is really dark brown, with a ruby hue near the bottom of the glass when held to the light. The light toffee head is creamy with nice retention.

The aroma is extremely rich toffee, a little nutty, with a slightly toasted character and a hint of caramel. A little alcohol is noticeable. Notes of sugary dried and dark fruits are present: plums and figs.

The flavor is sweet, sugary, and lightly toasted. Rich toffee is dominant and delicious. Other flavors are of candied sugar and dried dark fruits. A little alcohol is noticeable, but I wouldn't have estimated it as high as 13.3% because it's hidden well behind the richness of the beer. Bitterness is at a low level. The sweet and complex finish reveals warming alcohol.

The beer is full bodied with low-medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a quality English Barleywine.

HopHead84, Jun 09, 2009
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Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.