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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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99
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1,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1,482
Gots: 574 | FT: 64
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Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
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 siege06nd
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a CBS snifter...

A: Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a quarter finger of cream colored head. Traces of lacing down the sides of the glass. I particularly love the dark colors of this brew and the sunburst effect around the edges.

S: Super complex nose with dark fruit, raisin, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak char, tobacco, leather, cherry, brown sugar. Thick, rich bourbon barrel notes provide some outstanding character here. It doesn't just hit all of the right notes, it absolutely destroys them. Perfect bouquet.

T: The initial flavors are chocolate and vanilla. As it washes across the mid, the caramel, raisin, and oak notes weigh in. It all comes together with ripe dark fruit, dark tobacco, and a nice little alcohol burn on the back end. I love very bit of this.

M: The mouthfeel and balance on this are top notch. It's amazing how much complexity Pelican has packed into this beer while keeping everything supremely balanced and smooth. Only deficiency is that carbonation seems a little bit high for the style. However, this one is silky smooth and decadent in all the right ways.

O: The absolute standard for the English Barleywine style. A spectacular beer from start to finish, worthy of every accolade it has received. Thank you, Pelican, for this creation.

Photo of piclee
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SalukiAlum
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

2011 Release.

Pours a gorgeous rich mahogany color with some gorgeous ruby hints. Nice thin head with a tan to light tan color that is medium dense and recedes to a nice ring around the glass. Gorgeous beer.

Delicious aroma. Strong molasses notes and caramel but most importantly tons of Bourbon. Nice vanilla undertones as well as some nice woody spice. Nice dark fruits including raisin and prunes. Very nice slight chocolate notes are also perceived in the nose.

Wow. This brew is amazing. It is so complex, big and flavorful. Starts off with some nice dark malt notes. Grainy and bready and then followed quickly by intense big and bold sweetness. Caramel and toffee with some nice Bourbon sweetness. VEry dark fruit notes are present. The middle has some nice intense boozy sweetness and more molasses and toffee notes with a nice heat in the back end of the brew. Having had King Henry not too long ago I can safely say that these two are very close in awesomeness. MoAS seems to be a bit more balanced and full bodied. Smooth as hell and very drinkable the ABV isn't too big of a hurdle which is a bit scary. Mouthfeel is awesome. Silky smooth and oily.

Very good brew. Amazing actually nice dark fruit notes with toffee and tons of Bourbon and sweetness that isn't too intense. This is a great brew.

Photo of output01x
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beerhan for this awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and gold foil-lined bottle (2011 Vintage) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger reddish brown head that completely dissipates in less than a minute. The body is a dark brown similar in color to the bottle it was poured from. Traces of bright crimson shine through when this beer is held to light. As the beer is consumed, a thin foam ring forms that leaves strings of lacing that quickly fall back down to the body.

The nose is dark, rich, and boozy. Strong aromas of bourbon-like alcohol impact the nostrils with each whiff. Once you get past the booze, aromas of oak, vanilla, and dark fruits do well to round out and complicate the news.

Like the nose, this beer starts out dark, sweet, and full of alcohol. Flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits all present themselves. As the beer is held in the mouth, alcohol stings the sides of the tongue. Upon swallowing, a warming alcohol envelops the entire tongue and is quickly greeted by flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, raisins, and black currant. As these flavors taper off, an alcohol warmth emanates from the back of the throat. This beer reminds the drinker time and time again of its 13.5% ABV. However, this is welcome as the alcohol flavors add to the experience.

This beer is thick, and delightfully messy. The body is coating, syrupy, and quite sticky. The carbonation is subtle at best but is definitely doing a lot of work in the background. The mouthfeel is slick, sticky, and syrupy but matches the taste perfectly.

Photo of Hophead717
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2011 bomber, split with a friend and poured into CBS snifters.

A: Dark ruby, with a thin fizzy head that dissipates instantly.

S: Molasses, bourbon, and dark fruits. Very sweet, some alcohol noticeable.

T: Upfront, dark sweet fruits attack, with a very deep flavor. Mid-sip, strong bourbon overwhelms. The finish is of a dark fruit--barely good.

M: Medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation. Works well.

O: Rough, but the composite parts are excellent. The bourbon is a little too overwhelming. I hope with some age, the flavors will mellow slightly and come together. I'll save my second bomber for a year or two and re-review!

Photo of ales4baldo
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes taken at wonderful tasting

Pours a bit thin. Solid brown with a bit red to it.

has a nice sweet toffee smell and lots of sweet malts. Licorice and nice smooth.

Subtle booze and caramel stints. Lots of nuts and barrel flavor. Finish is boozy.

Mouthful is smooth and boozy. Medium body and smooth. A bit silky. Solid.

A good beer. A little too much heat. But still nice. Solid beer. Might taste better with age.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Intense richness exudes from a beer of luxurious proportions that's aptly named the "Mother of all Storms". This is certainly a Barleywine for the ages.

Decanting with a tawny ruby and garnet hue, the beer exhibits bright clairty although with a mystic denseness that's so, so seductive. A surprisingly spritzy head rises to the top but mysteriously evaporates in quite fizzy fashion. Not that it's a big deal for these intensely alcoholic beers to degrade head formation and retention in favor of brandyish legging- but the fizzy way that the head disolves is odd for the style.

Strong malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, and toffee lead the way, but also with the tawny scent of vinous, bourbon, and brandy-like fruits. Complex to the bone, the beer's complementary notes include plumbs, dates, balsamic sherry, walnuts, berries, cherries, apples, and grapes.

As an extention of aromas, the flavor spread offers a similar variance but with an early focus on sweetness: toffee, chocolate, and molasses forms a robust taste that coats the mouth evenly and richly for a savory and lucious flavor. The mid palate introduces the estery notes of cherries, grapes, apples, and berries for added layers of complexity. Balance from bitter alcohols, vinous tartness, tobacco, sherry, balsamic (almost soy sauce savoryness)and tannic bourbony woods round out the sweeter notes and keep the beer from becomming one-dimensionally sweet. As the beer warms, more bourbon notes rise in the forms of vanilla, caramel, and coconut.

Calling the beer "full bodied" is an understatement. Heavy and masculine says it better, expecially with the fleeting carbonation that allows the beer to lay on the tongue and palate in a very dense and velvety coat. An extended finish of malty sweetness and moderate dryness from alcohol and woody tannins allows the enjoyment of the taste through an long lingering aftertaste. Expectations of Port wines should be expected from the mouthfeel of this beer.

With the focus on malt, malt, and more malt, I love the sherry, wine, and soy sauce-like savory notes that provide mild tartness to accompany the warm alchols and balance the beer. Beautifully invisioned and executed by the ever-classy Pelican Brewery!

An enjoyable beer with which to celebrate review #3,000. Thanks a bunch Hopluva1!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of stxSS07
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter. Split with lookitsmp as part of our BA barleywine tasting. Thanks to matttyYCE!

*December 2012 Edit*

*Much more balanced and mellow out of the gates this year. THIS is the beer I thought I was trading for last year. Sweet sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, and barrel (coconut) on the nose and taste. If only they didn't switch to stickers instead of painted labels...*

A- Pours a slick dark brown/black with not head to speak of. Leaves a sticky film on the glass along with some big legs.

S- Dark fruit, figs, raw woody notes, sweet caramel/vanilla and not much else. We both thought this was pretty subdued.

T- Sweet caramel, huge boozy hit--insanely hot, toasted barrel character, roasted notes, vanilla.

M- Nice and thick. Velvet-like with minimal carbonation but an insanely hot finish.

O- This is a really tasty BA barleywine, but with the huge amount of hype built up around it I thought it fell wayyy short...especially when directly compared to King Henry and BA Hi Fi. Hopefully some age can mellow out my other bottle.

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one! Been wanting to try it for awhile...

Glisteningly clear, sanguine ruby liquid, a frothy layer of tan foam across the top, leaving plenty of spotty lacing all around the edges. A lasting skim swirls on the surface like cirrus clouds.

Pleasant aroma of dried dark fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar. Nutty and rich with some barrel traces around the edges, though fairly sweet like cotton candy.

Rich coating feel, viscous yet dry and not overly sweet. Big bourbon notes of brown sugar and vanilla, nutty malts, toffee, and spun sugar. Finish is pretty dry, and the abv is felt but doesn't seem close to what it is in reality. Masterfully aged, though a bit more depth would be nice.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of gkunkle
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass at the pelican feb 2012. Pours a transparent hazel color, only a slight bit of foam exists in the glass as it is brought to me, but I don't there was much to begin with considering the 13.5% ABV. Smell is of raisins, dark fruit, alcohol, smooth vanilla and caramel smell. The smell is really potent, I didn't really swirl the beer at first, and it didn't have much head but it was still very aeromatic. The taste resides in the same vein as
The smell, once again one of the most potent flavor was that of raisins/dark fruit. I let my glass warm for a good bit before I drank it, so it may have different notes when onsumes colder. I also get some notes of bourbon. This was still really hot, I'd like to get a bottle of this age for a while then try it in two years once it has mellowed. While it was very aggressive when I tried it, I thing it would come out very smoothly with some age. Mouthfeel id relatively thick, with mild carbonation. If you enjoy a boozy beer and you like those sweet dark fruit notes, give this a try.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber (2011 vintage – 4th release from this brewery) into tulip glass. This is the brewery’s Stormwatchers Winterfest 2010 aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Pours brown reddish hue with off-white medium head that dissipates to thin but a livery lace that lasts throughout. Gosh, I can smell the barley wine without bringing it close to my nose. Dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel in the nose. Light bourbon is detected. Flavors of dark cherries and oak vanilla. Bit of a bitter back finish. The bourbon brings out in it’s own quite smoothly. There is some toffee picked up late along with caramel. Good carbonation; sticky medium mouthfeel. A very well-made barley wine!

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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

2011 bottling, thanks to a friend.

Pours a clear, mahogany with a short, light tan head that quickly dissipates to some small bubbles at the edge due to light carbonation.

The smell is complex with oak, deep dark fruit aromas and a little alcohol (bourbon).

There's a lot happening here; There is a lot of malt character, a hint of vanilla, the dark fruits show up nicely here, oak and bourbon. The alcohol is mostly hidden in my bottle but it is a very warming beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly full with very low carbonation. Most everything in the taste lingers in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall: This is a delicious and complex beer, one that lots of other barleywines should try to emulate. It's a really good beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to jmpizzo for getting me some bottles!

2011 VINTAGE- 22oz. foiled and capped bottle at about fridge temp, poured into a boulevard tulip. shared with trxxpaxxs.

pours out a dark ruby, mahghony red color, almost appears black from a distance, with about one fingers worth of light tan colored head that eventually faded to a foamy ring. no real lacing to speak of.

intial aromas of grainy oak, then some big doses of nuts and a little bit of some dark fruits. some light roasted almonds, pecans, and cashews. a little bit of vanilla oak and hints of smooth bourbon, more as it warms.

again, lots of figgy like dark fruits and cashew and roasted almond nuttiness. some sweetness with a bit of molasses and brown sugar. vanilla with just a touch of oak and bourbon, but the booze is masked nicely.

sticky, with almost a syrupiness to it, all in a good way of course. heavy bodied with lots of good sweetness.

quite an exceptional BA barleywine, among the best ive ever tasted. nuts and dark fruits kind of take center stage while the bourbon barrel seems very well integrated with the rest of the flavors. this kind of reminds me of hebrew 15:15 combined with founders- backwoods bastard. i cant wait to see what wonders age will do to my remaining bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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 trxxpaxxs
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dogfishandi for sharing this bottle... 2011 vintage.

A: Pours out a super dark mahogany red with a thin khaki colored head. There isn't much lacing to speak of, but the color is exceptional.

S: The nose is sweet, buttery, bourbon, vanilla/oak, a touch of seaweed, and some booze. It's a 13.5% beer and it reminds you right off the bat. It's an interesting mix that is extremely pleasant.

T: The initial hit is seaweed and booze. But that transitions to some really nutty and fruity notes. These flavors come as a shock considering I didn't pull any fruity notes out in the nose. It almost has a raspberry and cashew mix to it. The finish is sweet and mellow. The alcohol fades in the finish, which I really appreciate.

M: Full bodied beer. The flavors are silky and smooth. Everything coats the palate and lingers nicely. It's thick and chewy but not overly cloying.

O: Fantastic. This is one of the best BA Barleywines that I've ever had. The fruity and nutty characteristics were unexpected but very enjoyable and the barrel aged on this beer was done to perfection. It's just right.

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.