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Stormwatcher's Winterfest - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Stormwatcher's WinterfestStormwatcher's Winterfest

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 120
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:
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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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 22oz bottle, dated 2011.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown color. Very dark. No head. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Raisins. Hints of butterscotch. A little alcohol. Sweet.

Taste: Raisins again but not as dominant as in the smell. More caramel and subtle bits of vanilla. Sweet throughout with a surprisingly lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied. Warming alcohol feeling after the finish. Decent carbonation. Somewhat smooth, but not really. Not heavy though.

Overall: I'm actually pleasantly surprised by the slight bitterness in the finish, and I welcome it. Most of the times barleywines are too sweet for my taste, but this one was good. I enjoyed it. Wish it looked more appealing though.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, and some slight hop aromas. Taste is the same with a medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but I prefer Mother Of All Storms over this one.

Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into Portsmouth tulip. Thanks goes to a few guys from MA who drove out to OR and then down to CA to hand deliver me this bottle.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a very thin head of light brown foam that quickly faded into a bubbly collar. A few spots of soapy lacing were left down the glass.
S: Tons of dark red fruits fill my nose including sweet red grape juice, raisins and figs, and lightly bitter cranberries. I get notes of toffee, caramel, and hop resin as well with maybe just a hint of vanilla and tobacco.
T: Roasted malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and leather come through nicely. The dark fruits and grape juice come in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of tobacco and hop resin. I get a bit of booze but this beer isn’t hot at all. Flavors are very rich and dominating though, and this beer is definitely a sipper.
M: Thick and heavy mouthfeel, greasy, with a bit of warming alcohol. For being 13% this is a very drinkable beer. The body is full and dense, and the carbonation is tight and pretty tingly.
O: I had no problem selfishly finishing this whole bottle. A great sipper on a rainy day, and a great barleywine and beer all-around. Thanks again SneezyAchew.

EDIT: 2007 vintage consumed Jan 2013. Definitely tasting its age. Very drinkable but past its prime.

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.

Photo of piclee
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of koopa
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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 woosterbill
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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 pzymali
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pixieskid
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WertMaker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ajs4bd
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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 Travisnin
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of harrymel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of oregone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.