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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
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 115
Gots: 37 | 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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ajs4bd

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-22-2011 21:20:01 | More by ajs4bd
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jdense

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:29:50 | More by jdense
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-18-2011 01:16:53 | More by Travisnin
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-16-2011 15:03:09 | More by ChrisPro
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-26-2011 23:45:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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harrymel

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-18-2011 06:21:45 | More by harrymel
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oregone

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2011 05:44:49 | More by oregone
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 21:36:55 | More by Exiled
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 21:18:53 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 18:21:24 | More by Sean9689
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augustgarage

California

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 02:40:33 | More by augustgarage
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womencantsail

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 14:52:40 | More by womencantsail
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:26:10 | More by cjacobsen
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 22:38:29 | More by Reagan1984
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claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 11:28:00 | More by claspada
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GregSVT

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:29:46 | More by GregSVT
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 04:15:42 | More by sweemzander
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chumba526

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 20:48:02 | More by chumba526
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 07:59:18 | More by MasterSki
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matthewalee

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +13%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:06:23 | More by matthewalee
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dragonWhale

New York

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 18:09:07 | More by dragonWhale
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 22:30:51 | More by brewandbbq
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:22:20 | More by alcstradamus
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seeswo

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:46:03 | More by seeswo
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nickd717

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 16:27:39 | More by nickd717
Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.