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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,460
Gots: 547 | 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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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - NO head! But at sub 14%, it's to be expected... Very low carbonation. Super dark, not like your typical B-Wine. Very nice clarity. Slightly flat, just enough carbonation.

S - YUM! Malty, sugary, and caramel-y. Lots of heat too! Some raisin or plum along with slight spiced vanilla. Wicked rum kick! Pretty smooth for what it feels and tastes like...

T/M - Perfect carbonation and low heat taste for the age and ABV. all things considered, a perfect mouthfeel. Light bodied with tons of great in depth flavor. Super grape and rum. Lots of nice spice and vanilla.

O - Just a bit all over the board. a little time would fix this, wonderfully. I would love to try this beer again with some age on it 2-4 years would be amazing!!! This beer did not let me down one bit. Super glad I finally got to try this one. Thanks to an awesome trader Dsgolovin, thanks David!

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the southsound gathering.

A Pours a nice brown color.

S Very sweet with a sugary note that reminiscent of cotton candy. Odd but it worked.

T Again quite sweet almost sugary with some bourbon and vanilla present.

M pretty full body with some good carbonation.

Overall I was kind of dissapointed, it is a good barleywine but nothing about it stuck out except for that odd cotton candy thing. That being said its still a good barleywine worth seeking out.

Photo of zeejay27
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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

2011 bottle

A: Deep dark mahogany. Half a finger of head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing just a thick syrup.

S: Bourbon is nicely evident, but not overpowering. The smells that come in around the bourbon are burnt sugar, vanilla, wood, leather. Alcoholic bite is strong.

T: Starts strong with sweet burnt caramel and toffee. There's a light sweetness hiding somewhere in there. This is followed by the sharpness of the bourbon with figs and a few dark fruits like dried cherries. Aftertaste is the burnt sugar bitterness. Warming, but not overly so. Holy shit this thing is like a kick of sweet bourbon right in the kisser.

M: Perhaps the thickest and fullest body I've had yet. Like caramel velvet. My lips were sticky from the beer that passed through and dried.

O: This beer comes kicking out of the stables, no holds are barred. It's right there, gigantic and in your face. The caramel and bourbon is unapologetic and it works. Beautiful executed.

Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of whallgren
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of claaark13
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks James for this extra, I've wanted to try this for some time. 2011 vintage poured slightly chilled into a Founders snifter.

A - Dar ruby in color, nice head turns into a little bit more than lacing. Looks very nice, follows the style well. Sticks a little to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet malts, oak, caramel and toffee. Smells VERY nice.

T - Caramel, toffee, oak and a slight amount of heat towards the end. Toffee lingers in the finish. The flavor changes quite a bit through each taste, it is quite complex.

M - Medium body with medium corbonation. Makes it more drinkable than if it were thicker, but to each his own.

O - This is a great beer. I think the freshness is what kept the score down a little bit. I imagine that some time would do a lot of nice things.

Photo of jmpizzo
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Dunkelhund
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[I followed the reports of this release from the "Black Friday Hullaballoo" up to the arrival at one of my favorite bottle shops, and then got a bottle for the Holiday GiftGiving - we opened it up tonight: ]

It pours a deep, rich chocolate-toned color that mahogany only dreams of attaining, but with little time for developing a substantial head... the smells wafting off the top of this invite you in like an unseen siren at the heart of the storm.

The Adjectives: Smooth. Rich. Boozy. Complex. Bourbon. Oak. Overtones of Vanilla Caramelized upon the back of a Great, Dark Malted Beast. (That's the best I can tell you... there is a great deal of complexity here, though it is all subtly woven together.)

Excellent Stuff. (enjoy slowly [edit])

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

Served on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark black with some mahogany tints, letting no light through. Small bubbles cling to the sides. A small tan head sits on top.

S: Sweet caramel candies and dark fruits come through at first. It's aroma is very inviting. A touch of alcohol finishes it out.

T: Very similar to the taste with dark fruits and a caramel sweetness as the backbone. I could sip on this all day.

M: Medium bodied and adequately carbonated to allow the sweet flavors to migrate on the palate. A slight alcohol warming finishes it off.

O: This was really a treat to try on tap. Highly recommend. Close to perfection.

Photo of hurfer
3/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage split with Dave and Casey...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours cherry wood with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at decent pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a good dose of oak/vanilla. Very inviting scent...

T - Lots of malt up front. Caramel, toffee, and some figs followed by oak and vanilla. Finishes on smooth Bourbon note. Delicious...

M - Super smooth. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink ...

O - One of the best, if not the best, Barleywine I have had a chance to enjoy. Definitely a world class brew that i'm looking foward to trying again...


Photo of ChrisPro
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had multiple times, but reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished #4 of 6 for me.

A - Medium reddish brown with no head.

S - Maple, cherry and fig with vanilla

T - Very sweet up front, with a bit of bitterness to balance, then a strange, somewhat unenjoyable yeasty finish. I don't remember this from previous bottles, so it sort of threw me off. After a bit of oxygen exposure, I notesed a little tart/sour aftertaste, as well as a touch of soy

M - Sharper carbonation, medium body, a bit of heat and a buttery tartness on cheaks.

O - Pretty good, lots going on, but I worry that this beer is just starting to turn. It's also a bit boozier thatn I would've expected.

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

2009 The Perfect Storm. I can't remember how I acquired this one. There's a good chance that I bought it at 'auction'. The plan all along being to consider it during a Christmas celebration...this one just happens to be the BEST CHRISTMAS I'VE EVER HAD!!

Poured a somewhat lifeless hazy mahogany darkness that really intrigues me. My expectations are already abandoned. No collar, no visible indication of texture, but the DARKNESS is scoring points at the moment.

The smell is aggressive and quite unique. First a blast of vanilla bourbon followed by a staunch toffee caramel character. Expressive roasted malty notes. Very Nice.

The roasted toffee flavor is true to the nose. The mouth texture is very heavy and creamy SMOOTH and compliments the taste really nicely. The aftertaste lingers much longer than anticipated and REALLY adds a lot to the overall experience.

SCORE!!! Very well done!!! Once my most appreciated style of beer, this barleywine is taking me back to the complex characteristics that I admire most in memorable ales. I highly recommend it. Actually...now that I think about it...this is ONE OF THE BEST beers that i've considered in 2011.

Photo of Stigs
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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