Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by Jeffo:
3.7/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Got a 2011 vintage from Stupac a while back. Cheers man! That one was pretty awful and I scored it a 2.65. It was just too hot, thin bodied and abrasive. Definitely a chore. A little while later I had a taste of a 2012 and that was a whole new experience. Big thanks to ScottO for sending me a 2012 to enjoy myself.
From a bomber into a snifter
Aged in bourbon barrels
APPEARANCE: Same as the 2011. This one pours a one finger, very loose and fizzy, tan colored head that fizzes away immediately. Only a slight ring is left after the quick disappearing act. A transparent rosewood red/brown in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Quite dark for the style. A faint ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Body is fine, but the fizzy head was pretty unattractive.
SMELL: Toffee, raisins, grapes, brown sugar with some nice bourbon, oak, touches of vanilla and caramel on the nose. Some alcohol and coconut from the bourbon barrels. Pretty complex and inviting, and much better balanced than the 2011.
TASTE: Really nice. The fourteen percent ABV is noticeable, but it doesn't get in the way. Toffee, dark fruits, like raisins, dates and grapes, and some brown sugar up front before oak and bourbon at the swallow. More dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and coconut linger linger with a bit of caramel sweetness as well. Bold and interesting flavor with enough boozy alcohol underneath. Much better crafted than the 2011 version, which was just an alcohol bomb.
PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, a prickly perhaps, goes down okay with a burn at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. A burn and some heat linger, but not outlandish. Could be a bit creamier and less prickly as well.
OVERALL: This was infinitely better than the 2011 I had a while back. Much less alcohol and burn, which allows the interesting flavor profile to come though. Perhaps some more time in the cellar will allow it to mellow out a bit more and take some of the heat out of the equation. That and a less prickly feel would make this one a real winner. Thanks again ScottO. Was a pleasure.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 19:18:33 | More by Jeffo
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4.19/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color, with 1/2" of light khaki colored head. pretty nice retention time, and ultimately reduced down to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. minimal lacing.
Smell: Rich, sticky toffee, vanilla, hints of wood, medium amount of oxidation, which does not retract too much, and is reasonable considering this is 4 years old.
Taste: Toffee, caramel, sherry, wood, vanilla, and hints of oxidation, although not as prevalent as the nose. Sweet, but not too much so especially for this style.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation, sticky with residual sugars. Again, good. Overall, this probably would have been better a year ago, but still has retained much of its quality. A bit oxidized, but does not affect the beer too much overall. I have a 2011 that I will open very soon and hope it has faded a bit less than this.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 05:10:31 | More by zhanson88
4.48/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A-dark orange brown color with a smallish light tan head and a little lacing
S-toffee, raisins, bourbon, oak, vanilla, little caramel
T-raisins, figs, toffee, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon
F-medium body with light to medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, and a little boozy
O-one of the benchmarks for the style, a great sipper which will mellow nicely over time
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 15:56:13 | More by MDDMD
4.74/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Here it is. We cut the foil and pop the top on a bomber of their 2012 stock, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It pours thick and syrupy, settling the color of the brown bottle it came in. A brief finger’s height of a head is produced, but this fades quickly into the ether. No real haze or sediment is appreciated. The aroma screams toffee and bourbon at the top of its lungs. Otherwise, the nose is titillated by notes of raw honey, dark and juicy plum and black cherry flesh, huge buttery diacetyls, thick curtains of slick oakiness, deeply roasted chocolate, caramel, and dank amber grain, vanilla bean, malted milk balls, spicy ethanol burn, and a smoldering cedar character. The flavor…oh, the flavor!! It is incredibly sweet, but absolutely perfectly balanced. Malts come in the form of heavy chocolate, caramel, and amber grain, and roasty barley, with intrinsic sweetness of the bourbon and oak, pound cake, dense plastic phenols, ceramic, warming butters and toffees, slick and metallic coolness of vanilla bean, chalks, vinous white grape skins, and the baked, flakey crispiness of fresh croissants. The body is thick and chewy, with lighter carbonation to match. Slurp and sip are big, giving the old mustache, despite lower creamage or frothage. The mouth is coated a foot deep, dripping into only mild astringency after a few minutes. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains at a snail’s pace the entire night.
Overall, this is the mother of all mothers of beer, and the anticipation and excitement levels were obviously through the roof. Contrasting against some of these whales that may taste the same as its top-tiered brethren stylistically, this is a sure standout for barleywines. As soon as you open the bottle, the aromas hit the room from corner to corner, enticing you with every breath. The flavoring is extremely pure and full, with absolutely nothing offensive about it. There is almost no aftertaste, due in part to the thick coating of sugar left around the mouth, but more so due to the fact that the blend is so utterly perfected. If you’ve had Westy 12 you’ll know what we mean when we say that this should be the basic prototype for the style. There are no bells or whistles you’re not expecting, but rather you are presented with something so pure and unabashed. We keep using the word “pure”, but there really isn’t any other way to put it. This is one of the most palpably slow drinkers in recent memory. You don’t want to guzzle or pound because the flavoring is so amazing, but rather you want to finesse this one, and perhaps take it out for a nice seafood dinner, by candlelight, followed by a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Oh, yes. You want this experience to last forever.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 21:27:05 | More by TheBrewo
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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