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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
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1,219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1219
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%


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)
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jvillefan

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep ruby red with almost no head.

S: Deep caramel malts are in the front of this beer followed by a rich bourbon aroma.

T: Rich caramel malts are primary flavor. The smoothness of the oak and bourbon cut through this very nicely.

M: Sharpness comes from the alcohol and subtle carbonation. It is nice a viscous and fills the mouth well.

O: One of but no the best Barleywine. I like King Henry, 2010 Bourbon BA Old Guardian, and Abacus more, but this is one of the elite barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 05:22:15 | More by jvillefan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
13.5% ABV, 2012 vintage. Bottled 110512

Thanks to KAlvarez for doing the legwork on this one!

A - Perfectly clear ruby mahogany in color with a fast-forming tan head, it's thick but there's almost no retention, due to the high alcohol level, and no lacing left on the glass. Give this beer a swirl and you'll see legs slowly dribble down, though.

S - Rich molasses and toasted pumpernickel bread arise with a rich and smooth warm alcohol bourbon barrel aroma that adds light oak and vanilla. This is aged to perfection without being hot. A plethora of fruity notes enter as well; raisin, fig newton, and chocolate covered dark cherry.

T - Maltiness overwhelms with a punch of sweet caramel and dry toasted bread following behind. Notes of milk chocolate emerge with grace as the attention shifts towards the smooth barrel-aging. Oak and vanilla pull from the aroma to flavor easily and are flanked by warming bourbon while the beer finishes with the aroma's fruity notes.

M - Gentle carbonation caresses the tongue, keeping the beer from syrupiness because it's one full bodied barleywine. Smooth on the palate, the feel is robust and sweet but nicely balanced by alcohol heat and dryness on the finish as this beer lingers for quite a while, slowly turning lightly bitter and gritty.

O - Mother of all Storms is a quintessential barrel-aged barleywine, showcasing exceptional malt flavor and layers of complexity with bready notes, chocolate nuances, and bourbon wamth. Sip gingerly, soaking in the uniqueness and depth of this one-of-a-kind beer, and share with others, for it's a heavy hitter begging to be split and savored.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:56:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
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dbc5

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duchesse De Bourgogne stemware.

A: Dark brown pour which allows some light to shine through when held to the light. Half finger, cream head despite a moderate - aggressive pour. Head quickly dissipates, leaving a tiny ring around the edge of the glass.

S: HUGE oak presence, followed by bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar sweetness, and caramel. Really surprised by the amount of oak I am picking up in the nose, almost overpowering.

T: Upfront flavors of booze and bourbon. The oak barrel is apparent here as well. The booze gives way to caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and something like burnt sugar on the back end.

M: Moderate carbonation. This isn't a thin beer by any means, but I was expecting something a bit thicker based on the abv and my experiences with several other recent barrel aged barleywines.

O: I will be honest, I enjoyed this beer but I was slightly underwhelmed by it. Do not read that as this not being a good beer, it absolutely is. I also realize that my excessive expectations are not the fault of the beer, but I feel like this was just a step below some of the other top barrel aged barleywines (e.g., King Henry, BB Monster 29), for my palate at least.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:10:13 | More by dbc5
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a deep rich brown with a tint of mahogany in my oversized DFH snifter. Nearly a finger of somewhat vibrant cream brown/yellowish head (the yellow tint was new to me). The head disappeared within 2 minutes leaving only a thin outer ring and virtually no lacing that hangs onto the glass for more than a few seconds.

S - Lots of oaky alcohol burn, sweet caramel, dark fruits (prune/date) and vanilla. Brown sugar/molasses and bourbon are obvious as well.

T - Ohhhh my, Initially it's super oaky/vanilla/bourbony and the dark fruits (cherry and dates are killer), burnt molasses kicks in shortly after and all the flavor sticks around through the flavor with the addition nice alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied and incredibly smooth, minimal carbonation.

O - Fantastic, the mouth feel of this could not be any better, complex and the flavors are damn near perfectly blended with one another. Will definitely hang on to a few of these for a nice dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 23:24:51 | More by MacQ32
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009, waxed when i got it.

poured a deep copper and mahogany. light cream head.

alcohol and some caramel, harsh and rough.

very harsh, somewhat boozy. flavors were near dead and just no where in general. mainly harsh alcohol with a barleywine backbone. this aged terribly.

again, harsh. lots of bite, very moderate carbonation.

do not age this... it was bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:18:44 | More by hooliganlife
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Brandywine

Washington

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark garnet with barely a finger's worth of a brown head that dissipates almost immediately. Massive alcohol legs and big lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla oak, brown sugar, dark fruit, rum soaked figs or dates. Carmelized sugars.

Taste: Bourbon, oakiness, burnt sugar, sour cherries. Ton of barrel character going on here. Bourbon and caramel fill the end of the tongue. The toasted malt plays off the sweetness nicely, along with the surprising sour-like character at the tip of the tongue. Rich bourbon throughout that distinctly tastes like older bourbon (rather than young, fresh bourbon).

Mouthfeel: Full with just enough carbonation.

Overall: The subtle bitterness at the end of the tongue detracts from the overall flavor. Otherwise a very enjoyable, dark fruit forward barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 08:21:02 | More by Brandywine
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Hamburgers

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Pours dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is so amazingly strong you can smell it as you pour. Bourbon, molasses,raisons, leather, bourbon, bourbon barrel, bourbon and more bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, caramel, dried fruit, chocolate with just a slight amount of booze. Heavy without being oily. Light/medium carbonation with lingering finish. An absolute perfect barrel aged barley wine that will only improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 09:49:40 | More by Hamburgers
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Edition poured from a bomber into a Westvleteren Goblet. Bottled 2.5 months ago.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black with a very small dark tan head (less than a finger). Pours relatively thick, but looks quite appetizing.

Smell: Chocolate and bourbon meet the nose first, with a kick. Some caramel, vanilla and figs/raisins as well. The aroma finishes with some alcohol. Quite an interesting smelling beer.

Taste: Pretty complex tasting beer: bourbon up front, along with possibly a toffee-like flavor. Definitely some chocolate in there, along with a bit of vanilla. This one packs a ton of flavor into each sip, awesomely complex.

Mouth-feel: Perfect amount of carbonation for a beer of this depth and complexion. Fairly thick but not quite as thick as the nose suggests. A very well balanced beer for what it is.

Overall: This beer exceeded my high expectations and is an excellent version of a BA Barleywine. So many flavors, and they balance very well together. Definitely a beer to sip and enjoy as it opens up over time. I highly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:43:53 | More by Resuin
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - 2010 vintage poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Sparse light tan head that fades quickly leaving behind a small tan colored collar. Faint trace of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Caramel up front, earthy, macadamia nuts, boozy and warm, toffee with a touch of coffee and roasted malts.

T - Tons of caramel and toffee. burnt roastiness, a bit of a weird burnt caramel sweetness that is a bit offputting. Boozy with some bourbon, butterscotch.

M - Rather full bodied. Bittersweet, malty with a lite warmth and alcohol tingle. Medium/low carbonation.

O - Overall, nice barleywine, balanced and complex, sweet brown sugar and caramel, toffee with touches of molasses. Not sure I'd put this up as one of my overall favorites in the style, but it is definitely a solid beer and one I'm glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 18:12:24 | More by portia99
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ajramirez1

Washington

4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Mother of all Storms.

Color is a rich dark brown color. Smell is amazing. Cracking this blitch Fiesta Bowl Ore vs K St. Winter season perfect time. Poured beast in a snifter.

Beer is down right dirty. Very great taste initially cold then better with warmth. I have this ranked no1 in Barleywines as of right now. Fairly new to Barleywines but ive had highly ranked ones and this is tops. Was going to give it a perfect score but no. Thats for PtY, PtE, Westy12. With time, this may be perfect.

Musy try, chalked off another top50 beer...

A-

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 02:46:52 | More by ajramirez1
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to islandboi8204, served in a HF stem.

Pour: Super dark brown body, but not quite black. A very small tan head forms and disappears quickly, leaving only a rim along the glass.

Smell: Big sticky toffe up front, followed by some dark, chocolate covered figs and raisins. A light roastiness. Some boozy caramel bourbon comes through on the finish.

Taste: Follows the nose, but with a big roastiness at first, that quickly morphs into chewy chocolate covered figs and raisins. Heavy, super sticky bourbon toffee and caramel dominates the majority of the palate. A thick sweet booze finishes.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, but relatively well balanced. Booze and sweetness can get cloying, but only serve to make this a lon time sipper, which is enjoyable with me.

Overall: A really decadent beer. Probably best for sharing, which is the way I will go the next time I have a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:15:23 | More by cfrances33
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bstave

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into Redwood Curtain snifter. 2012 edition.

Appearance- dark with hues of red in the light. Tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Light carbonation.

Smell- smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a bit of toffee. Getting a big bourbon note as expected.

Taste- wow! This is the most complex beer I have had to date. Picking up on all of the nose plus some dark fruit, cherries, and big brown sugar. Alcohol is warming but not too apparent for a beer of this magnitude.

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy body. Low carbonation, but just right for this style.nice warming alcohol but not too hot. Just right for the style.

Overall- impressed is an understatement. This blew me away! This was my white whale and was finally able to secure a bottle. Glad to enjoy this very special beer and highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:55:36 | More by bstave
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark russet brown with only a thin light tan head that dissipated to a ring around the glass. There appears to be active carbonation, but the bubbles don't stick around. Classic English barleywine aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit with nice bourbon and oak notes. Flavor follows with caramel malt, brown sugar, bourbon, dark dried fruit, a hint of cherry and chocolate. Finishes somewhat dry with oak and light hops. Medium bodied. Alcohol is covered but still hot and warming. A really nice English barleywine that was worth waiting for. Will lay a few bottles away for ageing, I think this will score even higher when the alcohol mellows and the flavors balance out over time.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 06:33:11 | More by LiquidAmber
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter/taster. Awesome little glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish notes. Khaki head retains nicely and settles to an island of foam and naught else.

Smell - Lots of bourbon goodness. Oak and vanilla. Deep brown sugar and caramel. Everything you'd like in a BA barleywine. Maybe some hops come through as well.

Taste - Everything the nose belies, with an intense boozy and strange aftertaste. Bourbon up front, but it doesn't linger. Lots of caramel and dark brown sugar. Hop bite in the back with an intense nutty/oaky flavor. It's kind of unpleasant and I don't get it out of other BA barleywines.

Mouthfeel - It's quite boozy and that aftertaste is harsh. Not really sure what it is.

Overall - I have had different vintages of this beer from 2010 to 2012 and all of them have had the same off-putting aftertaste. It's not awful, but it could be so much better. Not sure if it's a nutty malt or an oaky flavor, but it keeps this from being the perfect BA barleywine. That said, it's still incredible.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:58:09 | More by Alieniloquium
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 13,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2012 Vintage

Thanks a million to Lurchingbeast for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Mother of all Storms appears very dark brown (almost black) in the glass, with a back light revealing beautiful deep crimson highlights and red edges that fad into a beautiful golden amber. A rough pour yields a good sized cookie dough coloured head that fizzes away quite quickly and leaves almost no lacing. A light swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose is almost all bourbon with big vanilla notes alongside sweet caramel, butter scotch and oak. As the beer begins to warm, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, dark treacle a myriad of dark fruits (raisins, dates, black cherries, plums and red grapes), toasted grains and some chocolate become apparent. There is a trace of the 13,5%, but it is far from bothersome.

Taste: As promised by the nose, this is an absolutely delicious barley wine. Flavour notes include: Brown sugar, sweet caramel, dark toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, butter scotch, cherries, raisins, stewed plums, some chocolate, a faint roasted note, a little liquorice and some dark treacle. Unlike the nose, there is not trace of the 13,5% and this makes Moas dangerously drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Initially quite over carbonated for my tastes (medium-high level), but thankfully the carbonation settles down quite quickly. the body is medium-full and fairly chewy.

Overall: Mother of all storms is a fantastic barrel aged barleywine and one I hope to have again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 21:05:24 | More by Thehuntmaster
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TheBeerTruck

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured into a snifter:

Appearance: - not much head, but a great oil rubbed bronze color.

Smell: Nice scents of figs, rich malt, bourbon, wood, but all over powered a little by a woody raisin bran aroma.

Taste: Diverse! Some many flavors! Bourbon, malt, oak, vanilla, barley, dried candied dry cherries, but damn that raisin bran!

Mouthfeel: For 14% - nice bite, but smoothness that makes it hard to feel that abv. It also reflects far more carbonation than its appearance does.

Overall: This is my first time have MOAS and I wish I had never read any reviews on previous years. It's hard to think this one compares.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 05:18:42 | More by TheBeerTruck
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB snifter glass.

A: Very dark, looks essentially an opaque black. Minimal carbonation, and forms a ring of tan foam for a head.

S: Bourbon, sweet roasted malt, some oak and wood.

T: Follows the nose. Sticky-sweet tarry malt, dark fruit and velvety chocolate & vanilla flavors blend with bourbon & wood. Wood dryness at the end.

M: Sticky thick body, low carbonation, alcohol noticeable but doesn't take over the whole drinking experience.

O: Very, very good beer. Well-put-together, and the bourbon and oak don't overwhelm the other flavors. I'm very impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:30:06 | More by macrosmatic
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vic21234

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 2012 Vintage, bottled on 11/5/12. I was lucky enough to get a case of this shipped from the Pelican Pub.

A- Pours a very dark red/ maroon with a small amount of a khaki colored head that quickly fades. Some light comes through but overall it's the darkest barleywine I have seen.

S- Aromas of oak and bourbon are most apparent to me. As it warms some vanilla seems to come through as well.

T- Starts off smooth with oak and bourbon notes like the smell. Drinks hot but is an easier sipper as it warms. I get notes of vanilla and toffee, as well as some bready malts and raisin/ dark fruits. This one drinks very nice.

M- Medium to heavy body, low on the carbonation, a nice sipper that drinks hot but smooth.

A nice beer for sure. This and Sucaba are up there as my favorite English Barley Wines I have had. Luckily I have several more bottles of this to age and see how it mellows out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:04:43 | More by vic21234
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. The pour reveals about a finger of head which is light brown in color with a lot of red in it. Body is pretty dark and is also very deep maroon/red. The foam falls quickly to a trace. Aroma is big and sweet. The in-your-face bourbon, raisin, vanilla, and molasses fill your nose quickly. There is a bunch of alcohol burn as well. One sip reveals a lot more bitter chocolate, and dark fruit. Not expecting that. A bunch of molasses and some alcohol. Mouth is quite good with nice carbonation and a very full body. A little syrupy.

I had this right after trying Bligh's and they are completely different. This is not nearly as sweet and has chocolate and bitter/dark fruits. Maybe some time really helps this beer out, but right now I don't think it is the league of exceptional English Barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:37:53 | More by RuckusDu
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At last, a barleywine I prefer even over Olde Curmudgeon!
2012 Bottling
Incredibly complex nose and flavor of caramel, toffee, bourbon (lots of it), sherry, cognac, vanilla, oak, raisins, honey, kumquats, orange zest, persimmons, plums, peaches, strawberries, prunes, dates, figs, cherries, pecan pralines, rhubarb, toasted coconut, leather, tobacco, and a hint of smokiness.

The body is syrupy, but playfully so, not sticky or cloying. This beauty has legs like Angelina, and the mouth becomes delightfully coated as the sipping continues. The finish is one of the longest I've ever experienced, and the woodiness and the alcohol prevent this one from becoming too sweet (as a gentleman before me pointed out).

It's been quite a few years since I was an ardent fan of the barleywine style, but this one absolutely blew me away, even fresh. I can only imagine what a few years of aging might achieve.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 21:26:11 | More by Impfan
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station. Split 2 ways. Snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Dark brackish brown with tints of red. No head after an aggressive pour.

N: Malt, licorice, caramel, and toffee. Brown sugar. Has an inviting nose. Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and oak are present, subtly. Biscuity sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Very sweet. Loads of brown sugar, toffee, and licorice. The bourbon goodness of the nose is very muted. There is some oak, but it’s very light. Does become cloying. Wish this matched the nose.

M: Thick and sticky. Coats the palate.

O: Glad this is distributed, because I definitely don’t need more than one and it would've bee a long drive to Pacific City to be nonplussed. Needs a ton more bourbon, otherwise it doesn’t justify the cost increase over the Stormwatcher's Winterfest or even the Wee Heavy. *Sigh* 2009 seems so long ago, though this is better than the 2011/2010 vintages when they were fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 16:00:31 | More by writerLJBerg
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notchucknorris

California

4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin light brown head.

S: Rich bourbon aroma, but it's not completely overpowering. Lots of toffee, raisin, brown sugar, toasted coconut, oak and dark fruit. Very complex and very intriguing.

T: Opens with some burnt raisin skin and bourbon. Then leads into some great flavors of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, toasted oak and a dry and warming finish with a touch of booze. Fantastic young, but I definitely can't wait to try an older bottle really soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 21:09:07 | More by notchucknorris
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 -The Perfect Storm
A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation.

S: Nose is bourbon, booze and vanilla.

T: Taste is off because I thought it was poorly carbonated. I did find notes of bourbon, toasted grains, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and booze. This beer was all over the place. Not a subtle barleywine and I have had many barrel aged bwines which were capabale of pulling flavors together much better.

M: Mouthfeel is hot and bourbon but mainly because I did not find much on mouthfeel to help balance it out. There is a sherry like quality to it

O: I struggled and wanted to give it an A but no dice
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2011-Mother of All Storms ampled 1/8/2012 and 12/1/2012

A: Poured a medium brown with a nice tan cap and some bubbles

S: I get a unique cotton candy nose on this with toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and booze

T: Immediate atringency with brown sugar and toffee, a little bit of residual sugar, bourbon midway with some pungent heat. I managed to pick up some light leather, vanilla and cocoa

M: Medium body but I still feel this beer was carbonated a bit high for the style, seemed a bit thin on the back end, perhaps due to the heat. Booze and a syrupy sweetness on the back end and an odd twang to boot I can best describe as liquid dirt.

O: Originally I gave this a cut above average. I c have changed my mind. After afting the first runs, vintages and fresh I still believe this beer is thin, hot and off balanced. The tannins on this beer just a killer for me. In no way is this a true to style English Bwine and I feel by taste, experience and BJCP standards this is a poor showing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:39:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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arizcards

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 3 bottles of the 2011 vintage from Matttyce's purchase in the Arizona Cardinals parking lot on 12-11-11. Enjoyed the 1st bottle with my bro celebrating the Cards victory over the Niners that night...drank very hot. Matt - i appreciate all your efforts getting that case!

Beer poured a reddish brown with a small tan head.

Nose is bourbon that is still going pretty good after all these months.

Taste is a nice balance between the bourbon and the malt sweetness. Vanilla notes linger in the back. Hops are barely noticeable. Alcohol appropriately warming but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth.

Overall this brew is doing quite well after a year of mellowing out in my wine cooler. Bourbon heat is just right compared to a year ago. Definitely would recommend the splurge if you have the cash!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:27:17 | More by arizcards
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cosmicevan for this one!

Pours like a black cup of coffee... minimal ruby-black clarity. A single finger of creamy tan head fizzles down to a nice lasting collar, oily drapes of thick lace.

Beautiful scotchy caramel and smooth bourbon, ripe raisin, some grape soda, molasses, brown sugar, pancakes, more sweet bourbon... really an incredible smelling beer.

Soft bourbon character, rum raisin, vanilla, some licorice, still pretty damn hot but nothing you have to struggle with... toffee, some biscuit malts, a little bit of fruit... nice.

Fantastic beer worthy of a spot on the top 100. Thanks Evan!

Serving type: bottle

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.