Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.63/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Here we are, my white whale, laid before me by generous first-mate fvernon. Infinite thanks to you, my friend. Split into tulips to share on this evening of my birthday.
Pours a deep brown, burgundy color that captures 99% of the light that enters the glass. About a half inch of khaki-colored head develops following a moderately aggressive pour. Retention is minimal - unsurprising for a 14% brew - but there is a good amount of lacing to remind you of its existence.
The aroma is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, a bit of chocolate, a hint of ubiquitous "dark fruit" (e.g. date, raisin, maybe some plum), and some other muddled, earthen, malted barley. Still, not a single scent dominates the nose, rather a balanced bouquet of delicate aromas greets the eager patron.
It tastes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee up front, with oak, bourbon, and a some nuttiness following suit. A vague hint of once citrusy hops fades into some richer date, raisin, and plum flavors. The slightest hint of ethanol is detectable if one actively searches for it.
The mouthfeel is tremendous, bringing enough carbonation to cut through the heavily-bodied beer and create a lively sensation on the tongue. Though it readily coats the mouth, the finish is clean, neither overly dry nor residually sticky. The consistency is thick enough to slow the drinking rate to a comfortable evening sip, but thin enough to keep those sips spaced only briefly apart.
So this is it, my personal white whale finally slain. After years of navigating the high seas of the craft beer world, the great beast lies dormant in my belly. It possesses everything I hoped it would: balanced flavors, ample bourbon, readily noticeable vanilla, and all that English Barleywine goodness that I crave. Ultimately, this is one of the best I've had, and while the ethanol is still slightly pronounced in this most recent batch, I'm hopeful that it would have mellowed with a bit more time.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2013 01:34:23 | More by eclipse54
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4.19/5 rDev -6.1%
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
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.