Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by kels:
4.5/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to the generosity of unclejedi for sharing this one. It wasn't even on my radar at the time, and I am so happy I got a chance to try it.
Pours the color of amber - not the reddish brown "amber" of many beers I've described, but the golden color of hardened sap. The viscosity of the beer is apparent in the appearance, with layers forming between the alcohol and syrupy liquid. The clarity is good, and a very thin skim of white head swirls atop.
Delicious aromas from this beer. Lots of warm, spicy notes come through and are balanced by a sweet, buttery toffee smell. Dark, chewy fruit like sweet/tart raisins comes through all the rest. Alcohol is present, but not negatively.
The taste echoes the buttery, smooth toffee from the nose. It is nutty and creamy and not too sweet. A cinnamony spiciness accompanies dark, syrupy-sweet fruitiness like raisins and prunes. The alcohol is not nearly as mellow as in the nose. Its sharpness is nearly medicinal. The rest of the flavors do a good job of keeping it from ruining the taste.
Feel is as thick and viscous as anticipated. The syrupy liquid coats the entire palate and enjoyably prolongs the taste. The heat of the alcohol is warming through the chest, and the beer goes down very smoothly despite the heat of the alcohol.
Moderate drinkability at best, as with most of this style. It definitely has the potential for masquerading as a highly-drinkable beer due to the excellent flavors and smooth drink. Gotta be careful with this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2009 07:41:03 | More by kels
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -17%
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
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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