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Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
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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
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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 AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage shared by Alex.

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of off-white head that left some decent lace and stick on the sides of my plastic cup. Booo, plastic.

S - Smells somewhat sweet, with some brown sugar and toffee and a little bit of resin to balance it out. Some decent earth tones.

T - I actually liked this one better than the Arctic Devil we drank. Toffee, brown sugar, mild dark fruit, slight bit of booze, a little bit of bitterness on the end. Very smooth, not too sweet.

M - Medium bodied, little sticky, solid carbonation.

O - A good beer, I suspect the age has smoothed it out a little bit as this was very good and easy to drink.

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! 2007 vintage into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a ruby reddish color, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - Toasted malts, nice caramel and dark fruity sweetness, smooth booze. The age has really smooth the 13% out...the sweetness is complex and the caramel notes are excellent.

T - Burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, toasted malts, smooth booze. The sweetness and booze has aged wonderfully and really mellowed out.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

O - Really nice with the age on this one. The booze is super smooth and the sweetness is not overdone. This is the reason why MoaS is such a great beer...the age adds another dimension.

Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 cjacobsen
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I can’t drink this bottle without longing for some “Mother of All Storms”. My understanding is that this is the base beer and I have to say this is great as well. Picked this up on my last trip to the Northwest. I’ve been waiting for the right time. This is it...

Pours with a thin head that settles rather quickly. No lacing.. A tiny ring of bubbles remains around the edge. Deep ruby color with plenty of dark amber tones.

Light booze, deep sweet malt and tons of chewy caramel. A slight toasted nut quality.

Mmm, mmm. Chewy caramel mixed with a dark toasted malt flavor. More nuts. Like the dark roasted peanuts. Just a hint. Doesn’t really taste like peanuts. But a bit of the aftertaste from the dark roasted ones. Just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness and booze.. Not hot at all. Warming and wondeful.

Silky smooth, warming as noted above. Very thick body

Man this is a nice beer and one that grow on me as I work through the glass.

Another great job by Pelican Pub. Awesome work folks!!

Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Edition; once again thanks to HimerMan for offering this rarity for trade.
Pours a deep amber-red color, really dark ruby red. Small 1 finger cream head which dissipates quite rapidly.
Aromas of bready and toasted, almost roasted maltiness, with a boat ton of toffee and caramels. The bottle says there should be some floral highlights from the hops, but after 4 years I am not getting any here. Slight cocoa and alcohol emerges slightly as it warms to room temperature.
The tastes begin with full-bodied, malty, bready flavors that lead to a smooth, soft and warming finish. It has a toasted malt sweetness balanced by a mild, subtle floral/earthy bitterness in the finish, which was lacking in the aroma but emerges here. As it warms you get the same alcohol and cocoa flavors you got in the nose.
The mouthfeel is big, rich and full with medium to medium-low carbonation which is perfect for the style. There is an alcohol bite on the finish here (which I actually enjoy) that helps to dry out and balance the sweet toffee and caramel flavors and stops it from being cloying.
Overall a top top notch English style barleywine. I had really really high expectations for this based on this being the backbone for their Barrel-Aged Mother of All Storms, so I was mildly disappointed by the outcome. It was very very good don't get me wrong, but for a 4 year old barleywine their is still some alcohol heat which is surprising (but I guess it is 13% ABV) and although the flavor profile is very good, it's not mind-blowing or complex (really just caramel and toffee with no supporting dark fruitiness). Maybe it is deteriorating as well... Unfortunately, I am going to compare this and all Barleywines going forward to the Arctic Devil that I had a couple weeks back. I can see how this will be a good canvas for the MaoS that I have yet to sample (but I have a couple cellaring).

Photo of GregSVT
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a very small brown head that fades very quickly to a ring leaving no lacing on the glass. I poured it pretty rough and expected a bit more head than what I got.

S: The nose is really great. Huge aromas of brown sugar, dark ripe fruits like figs, licorice, and roasted malt.

T: The taste is full of licorice, figs and other dark fruits as well as black molasses and some hops on the finish. Pretty sweet but some of the darker/bitter flavors keep it from being cloying.

M: The feel is thick and oily with a slight carbonation. The finish is pretty big on this one.

O: Very flavorful and aromatic barleywine. The ABV is one of the highest I've ever had for something that isn't barrel aged.

I've wanted to try this since having it's big brother Mother of all Storms. It's definitely a bit more harsh on the palate than MoaS but still good.

Photo of sweemzander
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of chumba526
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2009 vintage
Appears dark brown with a full-bodied dark tan head.

It smells of semi-sweet bread like, and chocolate flavored malts, dark fruit and toffee.

It tastes much like it smells. There is a nice strong chocolate flavor to the beer. I also get a strong dark fruit flavor and a bit of a toffee flavor. The sweetness of the beer is quite subdued. There is a mild hoppy bitter finish to the beer.

There is a smooth low carbonation to the beer.

Overall a smooth very drinkable nicely balanced Barleywine.

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. Served in a Great Northern Brewers Club tulip.

A - Half-finger of tan foam that quicky settles to a thick collar and a few patches of bubbles. Hazed ruby-brown body that has a nice glow to it.

S - Big chocolate notes, along with toffee, dark fruits, tobacco, leather, and minimal alcohol. Surprisingly low sweetness for the style.

T - Smooth, with extremely well-hidden booze. Heavy on chocolate, tobacco, and light toffee. Very distinct and immediately identifiable flavor profile - far less sweet than typical barleywines. Very mellow at this stage.

M - Carbonation is surprisingly zesty for the style. Medium-full body, some warmth, fairly clean finish. Not what really want from this style.

D - It's a sipper, but a good one. Looking forward to cracking my 2007 bottle sometime with the wife (as this is her favorite style). Worth seeking out if you love The Perfect Storm.

Photo of matthewalee
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dragonWhale
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle to kick off the 32nd Annual Drink the Shit out of My Cellar before Moving to the East Coast..
Definitely one of those 9 in the morning beers..

Sexy ruby with low low carb. Raisins, caramel, toffee, earthen pots, and alcohol wisp into the air. Big maltiness, big sexiness, and I'm gonna steal from the review below me, but the alcohol kick is certainly reminiscent of a high quality smooth rum. It's damn good, viscous, chewy. This is how life begins. With moments like these.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2009.

Pours hazy dark amber with barely a trace of carbonation. A few whisps on the surface to start followed by a placid surface and zero lacing.

Aromatics lead off with chewy malt, toffee, dried figs, and fresh tobacco. Loads of caramel and dripping with malt. No hops to speak of, but a hint of booze.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy edge and tacky mouthfeel. The low carbonation keeps the body on the heavy side for style.

Rich, toffee-laced malt drizzeled with a caramel reduction starts the palate. Dark raisins, rum, and more juicy malt follows through. Sweetish and extremely malt-forward.

Finishes with lingering caramel, sweet malt and a building warmth and booziness.

Tasty beer, but I don't think it will hold up in the cellar as well as it's big brother "The Perfect Storm". The malt is on the edge of oxidation and there are zero hops throughout the bottle to help it along.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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 nickd717
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

4/4/4/4.5/4

Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle as an AWESOME extra courtesy of a great BA - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a treacherously dark black cherry, opaque without exposure to direct light, though doing that does allow a few tendrils of luminescence in around the edges of the cervoise. The head on top of this beer is equally dark, relatively, a one finger mass of seething foam that has fairly poor retention, a not-unexpected effect of the 13.3% abv. The fast fade does reveal a huge amount of fast, pinpoint carbonation surging forth from the depths of this brew, rising up the sides and to the surface of the beer and - pop! - popping on the surface. Lacing on the sides of the glass is non-existent, again I suppose due to the ridiculously high abv% - its almost like any semblance of foam that does pop up with agitation or successive sips is trying as hard as possible to return to the body of this beer, racing down the sides of the glass back in to the depths. Attractively hued and forgivable, process-wise, due to the high abv%.

Aroma: Glassy and steely, with that "well-attenuated barleywine" smell that's vaguely malty and moderately astringent and bitter. The hoppiness is pungent here, particularly as it warms (though this, unfortunately, is where the alcohol begins to come through more strongly as well) - tropical fruits, papaya, grapefruits - though it mingles well with dark toffee, faint cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses and the other hop notes ... mint, tobacco, faint thyme.

Taste: I was pondering out loud why this beer comes across as "hotter" than, say, the Perfect Storm, which theoretically should be this beer plus a bunch of whiskey. Thinking too much on the subject, I'm going to move forward on the assumption that when my tongue tastes whiskey or bourbon and the accompanying heat, my reaction is "hm, this tastes like whiskey and bourbon, and these things are supposed to be alcoholic and hot," whereas when I taste, say, a non-bal beer, the alcohol spiciness stands out a lot more, in contrast, as I don't associate, say, barleywine flavors (always) with heat. This is a long roundabout way of saying this beer has plenty of alcohol heat, unsurprising with only a year or so of age and a 13.3% abv bill, but prominent and slightly detracting nonetheless.

The rest of this beer is classic dark/light barleywine. It's dark in the sense that it's a heavily caramelized, glassy tasting barleywine - dark toffee, dry molasses and caramel notes, faint suggestions of toast, brown sugar. It's equal parts dry and sweet, hitting that nice balanced sweet spot that itself strikes the perfect balance with what's a pretty darn hefty bittering hop bill. It's light in the sense that the hop flavors here are on the higher end of the spectrum, as are the malty fruit notes - tropical fruits, citrus, cherries, peaches, as well as a ton of leafy tobacco notes. The end result is a biting, tongue-thrashing barleywine with a great deal of complexity ... and enough heat that I'd recommend laying this one down for at least another two years before cracking it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily, but with enough fine, subtle embedded carbonation to provide a good amount of lift. It's not syrupy or sticky, as the body itself is relatively dry ... but don't let this one sit for too long.

Drinkability: This is no Perfect Storm, in name or in flavor. I think part of that's in my head, what with the increased harshness/bitterness from the alcohol, but also from the lack of balance that the barrel aging contributes. Regardless, I'm still pretty impressed by this beer - it's a well-made barleywine, with tons of complexity and flavor, with tons of dark leafy hop notes and dark, steely malts, and with tons of sweeter, fruitier, lighter notes. This one has the potential to be beautiful with a year or two of age on it - if you got it, sit on it, and if you got two, sit on one and send me the other. Cheers!

Photo of djbreezy
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle served at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR

appearance - pours a rich and dark amber/red, sticky lacing, good retention

smell - caramel, sugar, floral

taste - caramel and vanilla, sugar, floral hops, big sweet malt, some alcohol burn in the finish, would age well

mouthfeel - sufficient carbonation, big body, smooth

drinkability - this one is flavorful but meant to be sipped, too much and it fatigues very quickly

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bomber poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A looks like cola until held to the light where it has a ruby red glow, I don't expect much head from a big ass beer and I got none somehow there's a few patches of lace

S molasses with some prune/raisin there's a small amount of chocolate and some booze

T this is a big beer without doubt there's a fair amount of booze with some burnt sugar and candied cherry to go along with what I smell

M silky with lingering flavors but still very hot

D I like the smell and taste of this beer but the booze burn takes a little from it, don't get me wrong I enjoyed this brew but it's a good thing it was split between a few glasses

I didn't know the alc% when we drank it and I'm not surprised it's listed at 13.3%, another bottle shared by presario at hoser's British Open Sunday tasting

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 brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with a tan cap that drops to a ringlet but leaves a dancing pattern of lace

Smell: Rich aroma of caramel, dark fruit (fig, date), leather and nuts

Taste: Opens with a caramel and dark fruit flavor, that adds a pithy and earthy hop element by mid-palate; nuts and toffee smoothness after the swallow, with a bit of booze on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Really drinking nicely now, with great balance between the elements

Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage, split on a rainy Sunday and paired with a Cowgirl Creamery 'Red Hawk' cheese. Poured to a small snifter, cooled for only about 20 minutes in the fridge after spending the last few months in the increasingly mild cellar.

Nice silk-screened label; design has changed with the last release to be more inline with other Pelican offerings.

A: Deep mahogany with rusty-ruby highlights, quite clear. After a brief fizzle of light tan for a head, any trace of a crown is all but gone within seconds - a pencil-fine line rings the glass. Held to light, the tiniest streams of carbonation ever reveal themselves...

S: Lots of spiced candy, something like red apple skins, minty hops. Strong and tingly in the nose, a good dose of alcohol even with well over a year of aging.

T: Rich burnt toffee, chewy fudge, 'drunken cherry' fruitiness, a present (but fading) spruce/spice hoppiness. A vague sort of meatiness, like brown sugar glaze or marinated jerky ~ cigars and leather in a liquid form. A little green/cut grass and herbs in the finish, something like wild honey, too. Melodic and extremely tasty.

M: Velvety smooth, creamy and coating, sultry and gently carbonated. The slightest sticky maltiness pasted on the lips, a fair warmth glowing on the cheeks and languishing on the back of the tongue. Medium body, borderline full. But for the creeping heat, this is perfect.

D: Sure, the alcohol heat is evident ~ Bah, so what...it's a straight-up delicious barleywine that requires plenty of time to sip and someone to enjoy it with. Could stand a little more time in the cellar to fully calm down; still, it's damn fine right now.

Photo of ricke49
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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