Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by julian:
4.35/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage. Really excited to try this. Thanks Jordan for the in person hook up! Cheers brother!
A: Medium viscosity, deep dark color with minimal head. An aggressive pour kicked up a nice light tan colored head and when held up to the light you can see this thing is damn near clear and would be if it weren't for it's dark color. It's not brown however, but more of a deep dark ruby or garnet. Really stunning. Head is disappears after a few minutes leaving a perfectly still surface. No lacing. Not surprising for a barrel aged beer and better than other examples I've had.
S: Lots of malt character here. Very complex. Lots of sweet malt in the form of caramel and toffee mixed with some sherry like vinous notes. Slight alcohol on the nose but for something so high gravity it's extremely well masked. Bourbon is very subtle also but clearly playing it's part. Some dark fruits essence here, perhaps some prunes and fig. Hop bitterness is undetectable.
T&M: Taste follows the nose (love it when that happens). Sweet malt character, some toasted caramel, dark fruits, sherry like vinous notes, followed by some throat warming booziness. Mouthfeel is big and luscious. Carbonation is medium. Some slight harsh alcohols on the finish, but I think that would clear up over time. This is a relatively new bottle.
O: One pretty damn good barleywine and relatively local to me too (even though it was a bitch to get a hold of!). Great barrel aging on this one, it's not over the top but you know it's there which in my book is the mark of a great barrel aged beer. Color is really nice and wish I had seen it in daylight. The dark crystal clear garnet hues look amazing! The aroma and taste share many similarities and this is deceptively drinkable. You will not be disappointed! Is it worth the price? To try for the first time: yes. To buy a case of? I'm not sure...you be the judge of that :)
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2011 05:10:10 | More by julian
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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
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