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Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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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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Photo of Smurf2055
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Docer
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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..

Photo of MADhombrewer
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ramnuts for this. '08 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

A- Muddy brownish red. Pours like oil. Very thick. No head what-so-ever. 3

Smell- Lots and lots of sweet caramel. Alcohol in the background.
3

Taste- Incredibly sweet. Lots of caramel malt flavors. Tons of alcohol still after more than 3 years. There is an alcohol burn that goes right to your nose. There is am earthy edginess to it as well. Maybe that is the hops? I don't know. 3

Mouthfeel- Very sticky thick. The mouthfeel stays on your lips long after the sip is down your throat. 3

Overall- Very boozy. Very sweet. Even after this long it is too much for me. Still too hot and syrupy. 3

Photo of Thrasher
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mjohnson17
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage.

A: Dark caramel, tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Huge alcohol aroma & plenty of floral from the hallertau mittelfruh hops; cotton candy, dark caramel, brown sugar & a little spice.

T: Even after 2 years, the alcohol is very forward. Sherry, brown sugar, toffee and floral hops. I usually love these hops, but in my opinion, they're not quite right for a barley wine.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish. Carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D: I still find the alcohol quite harsh.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep murky brownish color with almost no pop or carbonation. A small tannish ring appears and then dies leaving a still concoction

S: Big caramel, toffee and dark fruits.

T: Initial heat upfront with caramel and toffee soaked figs, raisins, prunes. The finish is a big mess.

M: Full bodied, no carbonation leaves this beer sweet, sticky, syrupy and way to much. This beer just coats the mouth with to much sugar and syrup. It was borderline obnoxious.

O: $14 for this beer? I was dooped.

Photo of womencantsail
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a hazed amber color with a small layer of off-white foam.

S: Caramel and toffee along with a heavy dose of brown sugar to start off the nose. There's a touch of cardboard to it along with some booze and piney hops. Quite sweet with a little bit of overripe fruit to it.

T: Sweet and sticky with lots of caramel and brown sugar, perhaps a touch of molasses. There is a bit of toffee and more overripe fruit character. Definitely a touch of booze, but not as much as the aroma. Very little bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation.

O: Nowhere near as good as Perfect Storm, but not many barleywines are.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of end 0))).

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage.

A: Dark, opaque brown with slight purple and reddish highlights. Small head that dissipates quickly, but remains a ring around the glass. Lacing is nonexistent. Decent carbonation up the center of the glass.

S: Raisins, plums, cherries, figs. Wood, vanilla, and a little tobacco.

T: Very sweet. When first tasted, slightly on the colder side, the dark fruits dominated the initial flavor, with the wood, vanilla, and tobacco following after. The finish had a strong alcohol hotness to it. Later, as it warmed, the alcohol moved to the first taste, blending well with the sweetness in such a way that it was cleverly masked. The wood, vanilla, and tobacco remained second. However, the initial sips were of strong cherry cough syrup, and so were the last few.

M: Very viscous and full-bodied, but not sticky. Medium carbonation.

D: Honestly, if they all tasted like this, I wouldn't have another one. I couldn't. They're just too sweet. But the other reviews here seem to center on the 2006 vintage, which tells me something: I had this too young. I regret that.

As it stands, this tastes like a clone of the Old Stock '08 that I had on tap at Toronado. In fact, the tastes are so similar that I'm wondering if I somehow received the wrong thing (at the Toronado) by mistake. This Stormwatcher tastes much more like an old ale than a barleywine, anyway.

I'd have this again, if I aged it a few years. And I'd split it with a friend.

Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of CaptainQ
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Tasted 23 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep chestnut brown, one finger of medium-tan head. Decent retention and okay lacing.

Smell is super malty and sugary. Molasses, plums, and figs.

Taste is very deep, rich, and sweet. A little too syrupy for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is fine - sticky and syrupy, but enough carbonation to keep it from being sludgy.

A good malty barleywine, though the sweetness is high enough that it's on the downslope (less would be better, more would definitely be worse).

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of julielynndubee
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mactrail
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

Photo of koopa
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bottle shared recently by beenity at the Copper Mine thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel to brown with a 1 finger khaki crown with minimal retention or lace.

Smell: Slightly burnt roast malt, caramel malt, a hint of soy, stale floral hops, brown sugar, and a dash of soap.

Taste: Same as the nose but with some alcohol presence and detectable tannins.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice mouthfeel but I'm not really digging the flavor.

Photo of kdahnke123
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of seeswo
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Having recently had East End Gratitude, this beer is in for a difficult challenge. It pours a very dark brown color and smells almost as good - again, that characteristic toffee, caramel flavor, coupled with a bit of booze. Pelican's offering brings that flavor, but in a bit more muddled fashion. There is also some slightly unpleasant booziness (slight!). I am enjoying it and would probably like it more if I didn't just have the knockout of the style in Gratitude.

Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bomber into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Tony for sharing this one.

A: Clear, dark reddish-brown body; only a few tan bubbles. Decent legs. Average appearance for a big Barleywine.

S: Raisins dominate, with candied sweetness really accentuating the dark fruitiness. No real hoppiness, but a bit of bitter-ish chocolate and alcohol. Enjoyable.

T: Raisins, toffee, chocolate, and booze. Very sweet, quite hot, and entirely tasty.

M: A little sticky, a lot carbonated.

O: This is a solid beer, but I think it might have been better if it weren't quite so huge in the alcohol dept. The gigantic sweetness and booze really kept it from being the least bit drinkable, and unlike MoaS it doesn't have the redeeming quality of having its booziness masked by the welcome presence of whiskey. A slight letdown.

Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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