Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
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Gots: 591 | FT: 71
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

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
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Photo of kojevergas
3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold-foil-ed over standard pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a trade and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given Duff27's recommendation and its current 99 rating. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 2012 vintage (Bottled 11/05/12. Reviewed as a barrel-aged barleywine because it's identified as such on the label.

Served cold – straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of rich shiny khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Head retention is poor - about 15 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich dark amber. Understated and classy. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Bourbon character is plentiful, but there's no distinct vanilla/oak character. Nice amber malts, bready/breadcrust-evoking malts, and rich malty character. Not too sweet nor too bitter.

No hop character or yeast character is detectable.

Unfortunately, the bourbon overwhelms the base beer.

A pleasant aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Great bourbon-evocative notes - plenty of vanilla and oak, but not real authentic vanilla bean or toasty oak barrel. Amber malts. Bready malts. Some bread crust. Caramel. Maybe some sherry wine. A hint of marshmallow. A hint of graham cracker.

Has lots of subtlety. Nice complexity, nuance, and intricacy.

Good depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

It's real well balanced. Has a nice pleasant boozy warmth that I really dig. I don't get any spice.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated. Good body, thickness, and presence on the palate. Has a decent softness to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the barrel aging and ABV, but still a sipper. Rich and decadent. I really like it. I'd definitely get it again. Really good stuff. I'll have to seek out more Pelican brews. Many thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. Age I think has done it well. Dead-on for a barleywine. The barrel notes complement the base beer nicely; there's some development of flavour there.

High B+

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml 2012 bomber poured into tulip 17/12/13, thanks OakedCanuck for the long time want

A reddish brown that I can just barely see through when I hold it to the light, fast falling three fingers of noisy tan foam leaves no lace but that's to be expected at this strength, some wide legs and a few streams of tiny bubbles going up the side make it look like a slow boiling pot of oil

S lots of brown sugar, some anise, wood, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel, some booze and I get some sawdust of all things, some sugar coated raisins burnt marshmallow, and spiced rum

T more boozy bourbon, lots of toffee, some fruity notes, a little coco, leather, plenty of booze and wood, everything I smells still there but with some welcome additions

M not as thick as expected but quite syrupy and sticky, lots of heat and a little tannin, has enough bubbles to give it some life but it stops short of creamy

O booze is noticeable throughout but that's my only complaint, everything else is working well for this one but I wouldn't put it as high as it is on the top 250 list

I'd love to revisit this one a few years down the road, shes a big ass boozy sipper and If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for ages. Its a great beer don't me wrong I just don't think its built to be drank fresh, and by fresh I mean a little over a year old.

Photo of spicelab
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012. Thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Brooding blood-mahogany with an airy saffron head that falls summarily to zip.

Nicely fortified notes of rum 'n' raisin, prunes, caramel, liquorice, sour cherry, cola and mild plastic.

Barrel rises to the fore in the flavours, which are impressively rich. Sticky date pudding, muscatels, toffee apple, muscovado sugar.

Full and syrupy, but in keeping with the ABV. Similarly there's decent booze heat but it's welcome.

Immense barleywine that is easier to drink than the 2011 Stormwatchers that preceded it on the evening, but also lacks a bit of complexity. Would be interested to see whether it opens up with 5+ years of age.

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

This was a serious white whale for me. I love the Pelican brews, but never tracked this down. I was surprised to find it a nice little bottleshop, a bit south of the brewery in the summer.

A: Dark chestnut brown, pours with a thin tan head, no retention, no lace/leg. Not surprising for a brew of this weight.

S: Pleasant alcohol aroma (like a sherry), raisins, maraschino cherry, treacle, field berry, light spicing reminiscent of a Christmas cake.

T: Piny resin is up front; raisin, field berry and maraschino cherry through the middle (along with some light rum & spiced Christmas cake); roasted nut and dark toffee in the finish.

M: Full body is a bit syrupy with a drying alcohol finish.

O: Some may consider the malt, hop & alcohol balance a 'perfect storm'... and it is indeed impressive for a brew of this strength. Personally, I could do with a bit less alcohol and residual sweetness, and some more American hops! Though perhaps I was just expecting a more hop-forward brew like most of their lineup. This is seriously good (and improves as it warms).

Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, shared with friends at our Barleywine tasting, 2011 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, touches of garnet red when struck by the light with just the slightest touch of head that vanishes immediately yielding no lace but a faint film around the rim of the glass. The aroma is wonderful, lots of rich dark grain, the barrel is perfectly integrated, lots of toffee, bourbon and oak with some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, pitted fruit and a bit of fig with just a light roasty char at the back end. The flavors follow nicely, bourbon and toffee jump out, soft chewy oak and vanilla can be found behind it, brown sugar, fig, molasses and caramel finish it up nicely and sweetly to counter the more earthy and roasty start. The body is nice, lively carbonation, rich and smooth, coats the mouth exceedingly well with a soft and creamy finish that warms ever so slightly.

Verdict: An incredible Barrel Aged Barleywine from Pelican Pub and certainly one of my all time favorite barrel aged beers. A masterclass in complexity and balance, not too sweet, not too roasty, not too boozy, everything in harmony. This beer is aging superbly well and is worthy of any and all accolades.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Gobinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2012 bottle

Consumed 11/8/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - some dark, dark copper and hints of dark red around the edges - impressive amount of clarity considering the color - pours with a moderate size, light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a little lacing

Smell: Holy mother of storms, this is intense - big, big chocolate with a nice range of malts - tons of roasty, dark malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, and biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar - some big, intriguing bourbon notes, wood, and vanilla - some dark fruits, and some alcohol

Taste: Big, boozy, beastly, and awesome - big, burly malts - caramel, cooked sugar, molasses, and toffee - to contrast the sweet notes, some roasty and burnt malts - so much depth - some bitterness - bourbon mixes quite well, rounds out the flavor - some wood and vanilla - hints of dark fruits - rich, decadent, with some booze

Mouthfeel: Big, full body, very smooth, low carbonation

Overall: This will rock you like a hurricane

This beer has some hype. And it lives up to it. This is a great, great English Barleywine. This is only a year old, and I imagine more aging will only make it more awesome. This is great.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beachstrength49 for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish purplish brown. Slight haze. Head is light tan with a loose structure and minimal retention. Drops to a tiny collar. No lacing and no cap. Barrel influence is obvious.

Smell: Raisins, plums, figs, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and more. Booze with some seriously cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Sweet with raw sugar. The base bourbon is a nice compliment to the burly malt body. Some toasted nuts with some cocoa and dark cherry. Mega fruity. Slight peppery note from the alcohol. Warming pushes some of the bourbon down and IPS the coconut and dark fruit.

Taste: Syrupy booze. A ton of dark fruit. Plums, raisins, figs, dark cherry. A solid punch of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Layers of coconut with a sweeter almost macaroon thrown in there. A touch of toasted malt with some roasted elements as well. Bourbon adds a nice layer of own and boozy sweetness. Cooked and caramelized for ages. Some raw sugar and a ton of toffee. Deeply complex with some alcohol on the back. Boozy, but not 14% by any means. Warming smooths everything out and let's the dark fruit push up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy medium pushing full body. Minimal carbonation. Lingering sticky sweetness.

Overall: That's a wicked big storm!

This is one hell of a bourbon barrel barleywine. Layers of malt sweetness completely enhanced by the bourbon barrel. A ton of complexity. Well worth the fight to track down.

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Having this with couple years on it compared to the '09 Vintage, the fresher bottle was better.

A big barrel character up front with rich toffee and caramel sweetness throughout. A balanced beer with oak tannins and drying on the back. The 14% is decently hidden behind this.

Photo of patm1986
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No carb,
less barb,
nor too sweet,
or discrete.

Nose that grows,
and goes and goes:
Sherry, butterscotch, oak,
Prunes, macaroons, and smoke.

Smooth as silk.
Pleasant, sweet ilk.
Mellowed current, un-fold!
Bright and bold, all told.

Lasting, lengthy, lush.
Sank with nary a hush.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 4/25/12

2010 Vintage

With much appreciation to PDXHops for giving me a bottle
Split with MbpBugeye

A) Medium brown pour. In the glass the beer has a gorgeous deep ruby hue (especially when held to the light). The beer fostered about 1/4th inch head but it dissipated quickly leaving only a ring of retention and a few lily pads. No lace.

S) The aroma is dense with notes of raisins, molasses, prune, caramel, bread, butter toffee and tobacco. Overtones of wood with a sturdy booze note across the board. The barrel characteristics emerge as it warms taking a more prominent roll. There is faint vanilla as well.

T) The taste is comparably deep. Deep, and rather sugary (which I reckon is appropriate in this case). Hints of chocolate, molasses and caramel. On the back end, the sugars are a bit toasty too. Dark fruit notes. The barrel has blended in very well - the oak actually pulls a higher card than the whiskey. Vanilla creeps in as it warms.

M) Full, slick body with some granular undercurrents. Moderately low carbonation that mellows a bit, but always maintains a bite. Some heat on the finish.

O) This is the kind of beer you want to drink and not write about. I screwed that up big time.

Photo of jeff1973
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. 2012 vintage, so 10 mos old at this point. Thanks Nuwanda for the trade!

A - Very dark ruby red (like a dark merlot), clear. Light tan head, dissipates quickly, no lacing.

S - Big toffee, vanilla, coconut, a little booze (in a good sense), dark fruits, chocolate. A lot going on and very fragrant.

T - Toffee, piloncillo, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, dried cherries, blueberries, figs, dates. Extremely flavorful. Alcohol is there but blends nicely with the flavors. Is sweet, but finishes fairly dry.

M - A little watery (like Sucaba), medium w/ a sticky undercurrent. Carbonation is medium low.

O - Great beer! The lack of mouthfeel is more than made up with the smell and taste. Very similar to Sucaba, but more intense in taste and more dark chocolate flavor, which I like.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage courtesy of MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Huge brown sugary caramel malty aroma with lots of deep dark fruits and bits of vanilla. coconut and wood. Sweet sugary malt flavor with a solid hit of alcohol. Dark fruits caramel prunes wood and vanilla are all there in the flavor. Hints of bourbon oak and oak tannin round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I've had this before and remember enjoying it a bit more. Its a nice barleywine, but I feel the alcohol is a bit too present and may need a bit of time to mellow out.

Photo of weonfire
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 Version consumed on 7/26/13

A - Dark Brown- almost a deep purple, khaki colored head which dissipates rather quickly leaving a small amount around the rim

S - Complex fruits: Cherry, fig, coconut, toffe, carmel, bourbon

T - Toffee, carmel, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, beautiful bourbon

M - Thick, full body, very good carbonation, descent froth

O - Outstanding. Love the dark fruits with coconut. Complex flavors keep you guessing. Levels on levels on levels. Does warm the tummy quite a bit. But at 14 ABV - concealed very well. Unlike 'King Henry' this is NOT a extremely overly thick syrup. Thickness is excellent. I do think it could be more frothy. Thus far: #1 Sucaba. #2. Mother of All Storms. #3 Straight jacket.

Photo of tarheels86
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

651mL 2011 ed thanks to dreadnaught33. Pours a clear, deep amber with yellowish/golden foam. Weak formation and retention. Nose is golden raisin, rum, brown sugar, tomato, Twizzlers. Taste is paper, cardboard, harsh acid, butyric/stomach bile. Palate has paper, oil, peppercorn. 8/4/6/3/14=3.5

Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2012
Lost Abbey

A: Pours a deep brownish amber color. Thin layer of off white, light tan head. Not a ton of head. Sticky lacing. Alcohol feet for sure.

S: Booze. Sticky toffee pudding. Caramel. Toffee. Some slight roast.

T: Vanilla. Caramel. Toffee. Booze. The heat is there, but it's not overly hot. At that ABV, it's expected.

M: Medium leading to full. Coats the mouth.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into tulip glass

Limited tan/khaki colored bubbles that don't even make a thin head across the surface. Deep burgundy colored body with yellowish/tan outlines in the glass. Good coating of the glass. Smell is inviting with some bourbon on the nose and dark fruitiness. The taste is deep. Ripe/overripe fruits creating a candy/brown sugar sweetness that enhances the oak and minor vanilla. Very, very smooth with a slick mouthfeel that is full bodied without too much heat. Great beer. Comparable to the best BA barleywines I've tasted. The key is having the body to stand up to the flavor and round out the drinking experience and this beer delivers that.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like snifter glass. Vintage 2012, big thanks to the DC Bottle share for this one.

A gorgeous body color, comes out of the bottle glistening dark walnut brown and shiny, and hits with a dark walnut body with some very obvious red hues. There is a faint remaining head but falls quickly to a small tan collar. Looks like a real deep brandy and I love this red hue to it.

Bouque jumps with berry fruit. Brown spices, almost clove like. Lots of charcoal and tight smelling oak, with a little bit of sticky caramel to match with it as well. VEry impressive.

First sip on the palate is incredibly sharp. THe berry like nose continues with a strong fruit and sharp bitter with an incredible dryness. It feels and tastes almost like a sherry. Caramel starts to really wash over the tongue on multiple sips with a nice dry coating. Large amounts of boozy warmth in the stomach, but not in the palate luckily. Oily but with a good sense of viscosity and not horribly thick.

A great barrel aged barleywine, real enjoyable.

Photo of sommersb
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 06-18-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 11-06-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Dark brown beer that is nearly opaque, capped by a small head of tan that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S: Aromas are rich, powerful and complex, with elements of toffee, molasses, wood/oak, dark fruit sweetness, bourbon alcohol and some tobacco. Reminds me of the smell of boiling wort on brewing day.

T: Flavors are big and bold, with sweet caramels and molasses up front in this malt bomb. Bitterness is low but the warming of alcohol is pretty pronounced. I also taste vanilla and dark fruits like raisin.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, like a motor oil, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has dark fruits like figs, plus molasses, for a sweet and malty aftertaste.

O: This is a real "wow" beer; a strong and potent sipper. If you're not turned off by sweet and malty brews I'd recommend you seek this one out!

Thanks to my cousin Brian for this one!

Photo of artoolemomo
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Very light head (about a finger and a half to a finger in a 12 oz. Glass) and basically no head retention. This would be worrisome in other styles but acceptable in this one. Tan/light mocha but could be wrong, it went away so quickly. The body is a deep chestnut brown that shows ruby notes when held to the light.

Nose- There was a greenish note that I noticed early one (especially from the bottle itself). A greenish note (not of fruit but of trees, maybe plants) that worked with a certain sourness (think coffee). Toffee, vanilla, butter, and caramel alongside heavy roasted notes of malt and bread. Very sweet- brown sugar and molasses. But the coconut. The coconut on the nose in the glass is dominating. It's intoxicating. It mixes with burnt toffee and is quite a compelling aroma.

Taste- Burnt toffee, coconut, and caramel come out first. There is some bitterness lingering around the edges that need to be sussed out. Some heat but with such a high alcohol content, it is very welcome. This is ever so complex- figs, raisins, light hints of chocolate, oak, and even tobacco at the end. Vanilla as well. While this may be based upon Stormwatcher's, this is much better. Notes of leather as well. This is amazing in its complexity and integration. It is still very boozy. It makes me interested in trying the 2011 that is at bottles. Right now, it is straddling the line between a 4.5 and a 4.75 but I think it is closer to a 4.75. It's only real failure is in appearance. Brown sugar and molasses. Bourbon notes as well. This is what a barleywine should be.

Mouthfeel- This is heavy bodied and it should be. The carbonation is minimal and this is no problem. Syrupy but smooth.

Drinkability- Extremely dangerous. It will destroy your pocketbook and liver. You have been warned. Buy immediately upon sight.

Overall- A/A+. A thoroughly enjoyable beer. It was definitely worth 25 bucks. I would purchase again. Will be ticked as a 4.75 but slightly lower than that.

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark mahogany with no head or lacing--so still

S: Plenty of bourbon up front; a bit hot; some wood and lots of molasses

T: Wow, that's a bourbon, oak, and molasses bomb; so boozy but it comes together to make a really tasty beer

F: A touch thin but sticky and creamy enough on the finish for it to work

O: A nice bourbon-centric beer; I think this could use a bit of age to mellow things out a bit but it's still pretty tasty fresh

Photo of eclipse54
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

Pours brown with a little bit of red letting in some light. Bright beige creamy head.

Lots of toffee and vanilla in the nose. Brown sugar, perhaps a bit of fig and bourbon.

Big maltiness in the flavor. Brown sugar and toffee mixed with a lot of vanilla. Bourbon has died down a lot. Still present and heats up at the end, but this is a malt bomb.

Full bodied and sticky. Low, but present carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

Probably waited a bit too long on this one. Still pretty good, but I'd prefer more heat and less sweetness. Will be drinking any future ones closer to fresh.

Photo of dcloeren
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes...

Poured a deep brown with mahogany edges, 1 finger of cinnamon colored head lingered for a quick minute and slowly succumbed to the weight of the beer.

Nice aromas of toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon and vanilla. Smells awesome.

Toffee dominates my palate right off the bat with an amazing bourbon burn following it. Great caramel malt carrying the weight throughout with some vanilla rounding it off on the back end.

Medium to full in body with a perfect amount of carbonation. I really love the carbonation on this beer! It gives it an amazing mouthfeel. I also love the smooth burn from the bourbon on the finish of this beer. Top notch!

This is an amazing barleywine. Amazing flavor and mouthfeel! This is a must have and it is definitely a world class BBBW.

Photo of standardcherry
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle

A: Pours a dark brown/red color with very little head. Almost looks like wine when the head dissipates.
S: Smells so strong, I could smell it across the room when I opened the bottle! Huge caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak and brown sugar/molasses aromas. Smells amazing.
T: Just like the smell, this has a ton of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Raisins and figs are in there too, but brown sugar dominates. There's a slight hint of dulce de leche and chocolate hidden in there. Big sweetness in the beginning but it fades towards the finish as you get the blast of oak and bourbon. A nice bit of burn at the end as well.
M: Very balanced for 14%. Nice and thick bodied with low carbonation. Incredibly smooth and velvety.
O: One of the best barleywines I've had, up there with Leon and King Henry. I will need to revisit Sucaba soon to see where that one stands.

Photo of zipper8650
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good Beer Sunday
2012 in snifter
High hopes for this one....
A - poured down the middle, starts as a nice amber color, head is a thin golden/brown that dissipates quick. full glass is a nice dark brown with ruby highlights
S - could smell this one since the second I started pouring it, big bourbon smell in the air. Stick you nose in it and you a thick/sweet/molasses and bourbon smell with some vanilla. Thick and sweet best describes this smell for me
T - I am SO impressed how this beer finished off! Its got that great bourbon and barley wine start but the heat from the booze finishes and dies so smoothly. Brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, its all really well balanced
M - heavy and syrupy
O - exceeded my hopes, i really enjoy this one, its a huge thick sweet boozy beer that is perfectly balanced for me. I went in to this one in the headset that maybe we don't need to bourbon the hell out of everything but the way it works on this one restores the faith that Doom destroyed. Definitely going to keep up with the releases on this one
Skol

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,664 ratings.