1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,442 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,461
Gots: 535 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
First Release - November 2008 'The Perfect Storm'
2007 Stormwatcher's Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels.

Second Release - October 2009 'The Perfect Storm'
2008 Stormwatcher's Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels.

***NOTE - Third Release - November 2010 The name was changed to 'Mother of All Storms' for trademark reasons.***

Fourth Release - November 2011

31.7 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
Bitterness: 40 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mother Of All Storms Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,442 | Reviews: 400 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Svejk
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were watching tv, and she suggested that it was a good occasion for me to "open one of your expensive bottles of beer". Since she's a hophead, I was a little hesitant to open a $20 bottle of The Perfect Storm that we had picked up on our last vacation, but she assured me that I could open whatever I wanted and she'd do her part.

I poured her a small sample in my 2008 GABF glass, and put the rest into my pint glass. That was probably a mistake because this beer deserves your best glass.

My first impression was that I was surprised how well it was carbonated. There was a good hiss when I popped the cap, but then even a few minutes after pouring the beer, there seemed to be a lot of bubbles coming off the beer long after the head had receded.

For the most part, this is a dark beer and there is very little to notice about the color. Every once in a while, however, you'll get a glimpse of a very dark red, sort of a garnet color that lets you know that there is a clarity to the beer that isn't apparent at first glance.

The smell makes you think that this will be a very sweet, if not cloying experience. You definitely get the smell of bourbon, as well as the sweet smells of malty chocolate and vanilla. I suppose the good carbonation makes these smells seem more robust than they otherwise would without so much CO2.

My first sip was not the experience that I expected. It was a lot drier than the smell would make me think. That first sip made me re-think this beer. If it had been an overly sweet, syrupy mess, I would have thought that the smell was a perfect representation of the beer I would be drinking. Instead, this beer is very well attenuated, and the bourbon, malty chocolate and vanilla flavors are present in a much more subdued and delicious experience.

There is another thing about this beer that is worth mentioning. It has a velvety smoothness about it that could easily be masked by the harshness of its alcohol level. The brewer has done a magnificent job of balancing the sweetness with the dryness to give a beer experience that is definitely worth repeating.

This is one of those few beers that I have had that make me question if the other beers I have really loved were really that good. I can see why Pelican has decided to charge $20 per bomber. It is still a great deal, even at that price.

Svejk, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +12.4%

BigE90, May 30, 2012
Photo of Prospero
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Prospero, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Magbas
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Magbas, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +12.4%

seanthornton152, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +12.4%

mhenson42, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of MADPolo
5/5  rDev +12.4%

MADPolo, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mcbeerbrew
5/5  rDev +12.4%

mcbeerbrew, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photekut, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Desaparecido, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +12.4%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of 1noa
5/5  rDev +12.4%

1noa, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of raymo55
5/5  rDev +12.4%

raymo55, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of itsthepleats
5/5  rDev +12.4%

itsthepleats, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of sorvats
5/5  rDev +12.4%

sorvats, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of jason_nwx
5/5  rDev +12.4%

jason_nwx, May 14, 2013
Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +12.4%

dtx00, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of waddellc2
5/5  rDev +12.4%

waddellc2, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Tiger33
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Tiger33, Jul 08, 2013
5/5  rDev +12.4%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of RandyKemka
5/5  rDev +12.4%

RandyKemka, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of jlb502
5/5  rDev +12.4%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of gregshead
5/5  rDev +12.4%

gregshead, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of enelson
5/5  rDev +12.4%

enelson, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +12.4%

CEDAMA, Nov 04, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.