Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,495 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,462
Gots: 551 | FT: 58
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear brown reddish color with no head except for a small ring of white foam. Nose is a bit hot, slight bit of hops as well.

Taste is really well balanced, a bit sweet and hoppy. The Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a crisp choppy finish.

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to sweemzander for opening this bottle at our last tasting. 2010 release.

A: Almond brown with dark red edges. About one finger of beige head. Small amount of lace left behind. No cap.

S: Smooth buttery toffee and caramel are the opening act. Mild tart fruit, vanilla, oak and smooth bourbon follow. Malt and hops are sort of an after thought. Smells terrific.

T: The flavor is just as smooth as the nose. Toffee and caramel rolled in slightly bitter hops. Dark fruit, brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, wet wood and bourbon. Hardly any heat.

M: Creamy smooth medium body. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D: This is my second time enjoying this beer. The wait between tastings was almost a year. I really hope I don't have to wait that long to try it again.

Photo of savagepm
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of facesnorth
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Brabander
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of pisano
3.25/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage shared at a tasting, much thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading this. Had right before King Henry, an English Barleywine showdown!

Pours dark reddish-brown, mostly translucent. Tan head quickly turns to a ring, understandable for the beer.

Nice scent, lots of dark fruit (cherries, red grapes), bourbon, caramel. Lots of goodness without being too bourbon heavy.

Taste is actually an improvement over the smell. Big dark fruits, flavorful+mellow bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, decent hop presence, a bit of vanilla and alcohol. Standout balance with a perfect amount of bourbon vs. barleywine.

Nicely hidden ABV, carbonation is a bit high, maybe a bit thin, but not bad.

Great beer, but not mind-blowing for me. Really nice level of bourbon presence, lets the barleywine really shine through.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

large capped bottle, poured into a snifter. Thanks alcstradamus for this one. From notes.

It created one of those rare "wow" moments, as I casually grabbed the glass and started walking, only to stop short, turn around, sit down and start paying attention.
Reddish brown in color, nice thick tan head, good retention and lacing.
the aroma suggests the malt assault that is coming, as expected for a british style barleywine; toffee and butterscotch, sweet, dark fruits, some oak and vanilla, brandy.
On the palate this is incredibly rich, velvety with a very longlasting afterflavor. Sweetish but never too much. Malts abound, balanced somewhat by a nice booziness that is never too hot. vanilla, brandy, dark fruits, lots of toffee and butterscotch.
A very impressive barleywine, british style as I prefer, need to get myself more of this. An excellent sipper.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz into a snifter

A: Pours a clear mahogany color with a finger of off white head that quickly receded to a very thin ring. Minimal carbonation.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs and raisins and caramel behind with some well integrated bourbon in the background. Not overly sweet though.

T: Similar to aroma, but more toffee and bourbon. I still get a good amount of dark fruit, but well balanced with the toffee and bourbon. Also has a good amount of bitterness to balance perfectly.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low, creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is very well balanced between toffee and dark fruit sweetness and hop bitterness. The bourbon is very well integrated. Probably my favorite Barleywine, definitely more balanced than most of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very reddish brown. Not very dark. A decent amount of head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing. Smells very bourbon heavy. Tastes strongly of bourbon with lots of malt presence. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Too potent to be that drinkable. Vry overwhelming but also quite good! Needs some age before it will settle into it's prime

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz. Snifter.
Tanks to TATURBO for this one!

A- Pours a dark copper, nearly brown. 1 finger cola head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

S- amazing blend of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and some leather for good measure.

T- sweet toffee and caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and I get some sort of tobacco or earthy characteristic as well.

M- full bodied but not real syrupy. Abv is noticeable but not too hot, and it leaves you with a slightly dry mouth but you still beg for more.

O- amazing, amazing beer. Haven't had King Henry since fobab so really can't compare, so I am going to say this is the best Barleywine I have ever had!

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, opened 01/2012. From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured a deep brown with a thin film of eggshell head. Big aroma with bourbon, vanilla, sugar cookie, and caramel.

Moderate-to-high carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. On the sweeter side with lots of toffee up front, but there's a nice balance with notes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and boozy warmth. The finish seemed a little "off" with a vague chalky quality or something else that I couldn't pin down.

This was really tasty and I'm glad I got to try it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.