Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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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
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.
09-07-2013 21:22:34 | More by Impfan
4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
22oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Pours a deep dark mahogany w/ a 1-finger tan head.
Aroma is rich and complex with dark stone fruits, rum-soaked figs and dates, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is sticky and rich with all the tastes mentioned under aroma above. Sweet and gooey, caramelly. A real dessert beer.
Mouthfeel is thick and coating, chewy.
Overall probably one of the best, most intense non-barrel-aged English barleywines I've had yet, and it gives some of those a run for their money as well. Outstanding.
07-29-2013 03:31:59 | More by draheim
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a dark amber and mahogany color capped with light brown foam. Aroma is a mix of molasses, black cherry, raisins and tobacco. The flavor starts with a hefty dose of brown sugar, toffee and cherry liqueur followed by some date, plum and grape juice notes. There is some chocolate, fig and currant in the background as well. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with soft carbonation and more malt and booze in the finish. Overall, a sweet and potent English-style barleywine with a unique blend of dark fruit and malt flavors. Want more of this especially on a cold winter day!
07-22-2013 16:39:53 | More by CuriousMonk
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
07-09-2013 19:00:09 | More by barleywinefiend
3.89/5 rDev -6.5%
The label boasts of “deep amber-red color, massive toasted malt, toffee and caramel aroma, and full bodied malty flavor” with “floral hops.”
Appearance- Pours with a lot of carbonation that creates a lot of dark beige head that dissipates very quickly. It's a very dark maroon but appears as a glowing garnet to ruby color when it is held to the light. There is no lacing left and this beer appears as if it might be a bit thin.
Nose- Very typical barleywine nose. There are lots of caramel, vanilla, toffee, and oak with hints of chocolate and raisins. There is healthy amount of malt and bread in the aroma also. If the taste matches up with the nose, this should be a tasty beer.
Taste- I first notice the maltiness and breadiness of this beer with oak and bitter wood arising as the alcohol leaves a slight burn on my tongue. This, perhaps, is a little too malty for me but brown sugar and burnt raisins help balance that out. Cherries and other red fruit helps cut this but it is a little malty for me. I wonder if this would mellow with age. Lots of bitter bitter chocolate as well. Not as complex as lot of barleywines but it is well integrated even at a young age.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with little carbonation. I would like this to be heftier given the robust nature of the flavor profile.
Drinkability- Fairly easy going for a 13% alcohol content. At 12 to 13 dollars, this is more in the range of a nice bottle of wine. The maltiness dissuades me from drinking this too quickly.
Overall- I have had much better barleywines in my lifetime but this one isn't bad. It doesn't try to achieve too much and remains a solidly good beer. I would give it a B+.
06-15-2013 02:48:06 | More by artoolemomo
3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
2009 Vintage shared by brewandbbq, thanks for the opportunity Jeff?
Pours a deep amber brown with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of brown sugar and toffee with a hint of smoke and chocolate. Light earthy herbal aroma rounds out the nose nicely. The flavor is sweet with sugary malts hints of cherry and toffee with some light earth and smoke. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Hard to believe this is 13% but maybe the barrel aged stouts before this numbed my palette a bit. Nice English style barleywine that I'd like to revisit one day.
03-09-2013 01:24:30 | More by johnnnniee
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
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
Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.