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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,414
Gots: 523 | FT: 48
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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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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get this. I think I understand now why there is a differentiation between English and American Barleywines basically the hop presence on the American side. This beer pours an opaque red. No head. First sip you know you have something special. The vanilla starts out and then comes the bourbon wallop! My only regret is that I don't have another one for aging (yet)!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:57:40 | More by jimmy82063
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of Dak!!). I almost passed on this because it was getting late in the day and I have a bottle at home. That would have been a major mistake. This beer is unbelievable!! Pours a clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and caramel dominate. Taste follow suit with a sweet blend of bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Did I mention coconut?? Medium bodied wit ha slick texture. Super smooth. This is a kick ass beer!!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 15:25:18 | More by trappistlover
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ChaseT

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir glass.

Appearance: Light head that quickly fades and leaves a light ring of tan around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Molasses followed by bourbon, hints of vanilla, and smooth maltiness. Amazing.

Taste: Sweet molasses with a slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Lack of carbonation leaves something to be desired.

Overall: An excellent barleywine. There are only two slight disappointments. The first is the lack of carbonation. The second is that the taste isn't quite as good as the incredible aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:25:58 | More by ChaseT
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

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

Pours an amazing ruby dark color with a small off white head.

Smell is of huge wood, vanilla, bourbon and dried fruits. Very nice.

Taste is awesome, tons of flavor. Lots of dried fruit and vanilla from the barrel. Bourbon is secondary, but a nice compliment.

Mouthfeel is full and thick, so good.

Overall an amazing beer, so good.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 06:14:06 | More by pmccallum86
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer #7 Smells like I a pulled a monster out of the fridge! This beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- 3.5 The body of the beer is a dark brown but when held to the light turns a very striking almost ruby tone. The head is non existant and an occasional bubble pops up.

S-4.5 This one will definitely hit your sweet tooth. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, toffee, a bit of bourbon. I love bourbon! If I knew a bit more about bourbon I think I could really get into it.

T- 4.5 This beer is very sweet. If you dont go for that kind of thing keep away. The beer doesnt hit cloying sweet levels but delivers a bourbon infused combination of the aroma. No alcohol is present in the flavors and I am really sure this beer is alcoholic. Hell its nearly kicking my ass.

M- 5.0 This beer has a very full slick body. The carbonation is low but I think it works with the beers nature. Not a trace of alcohol in the mouth. I bet this beer is in excess of 12%.

O- 5.0 I am really loving this beer. Its way sweet and way malty and very very alcoholic. The flavors and aromas are very well balanced. The alcohol is present but not in the aroma, taste or mouth. I think this beer is what bliss taste like.

The Reveal: A bit at a loss for what this could be I know its had a barrel treatment. Strong ale or Barley Wine? Pelican Pub and Brewery 2010 Mother of All Storms. Barrel aged barleywine. This was on my wants list! Thanks Phelps for yet another great beer drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 13:16:39 | More by nlmartin
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle generously shared by an advocate at Hill Farmstead Gathering. Rich aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses and old hops. Sweet flavors of maple, brown sugar, cherries. Full bodied with low carbonation. Overall a good beer, the flavors were nicely melded together but could have been more intense.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:42:05 | More by Luk13
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RSchaeffer

New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #9
2010 Vintage - 22oz - Poured into large snifter. Thanks Verecund.

Shared with my brother.

A - Poured a deep, dark amber with a light tan head that quickly dissipated into a light ring around the glass.

S - Amazing aroma, oak, vanilla, molasses and caramel, hints of bourbon. I pick up further hints of dark fruit and brown sugar.

T - This barleywine is a thing of beauty. Incredibly smooth, all flavors blend perfectly. Sweet caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, flavors match the nose nicely. Very sweet, and fortunately not cloying. If I had drank the whole bottle however, my opinion might change a bit.

M - So smooth and creamy, full bodied with low carbonation.

O - Of all the barleywines that I've had to date, this has been by far my favorite. Hoping to land a few more of the highly regarded barleywines to see how this compares.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:12:17 | More by RSchaeffer
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Yesac

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage thanks to jwinship83

A- Dark brown in color, small off-white/brown head that quickly fades and moves to a ring around the glass.

S- Ah that all familiar barleywine aroma. This one is potent and sets a good expectation of a delicious beer. Big bourbon and bourbon barrel on the nose. Followed by syrup, and some fruits.

T-Along with smell.. bouron on the nose some hints of caramel, syrup, vanilla, fruits, sweet malt, slight barrel earthy finish. Everything is so very well balanced, I see why this is the #1 barleywine.

M- Medium/thick body, medium carbonation. Excellent coating on the palate, not to sticky. Just right.

O- A perfect storm indeed. This thing smells awesome and tastes just as great. What a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:36:18 | More by Yesac
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to a few folks for this.

3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. A huge ABV will do that to you, I guess.

4.0 S: The aroma is good, but the bourbon overshadows the barleywine. Leathery, a touch of peat, oak and vanilla, and an almost nutty vibe. Underneath that there are hints of tobacco and dark fruitiness, molasses, brown sugar, booze, and a good helping of caramel.

4.0 T: The taste is more barleywine-forward for sure. Lots of tobacco, raisin, plum, prune, and date. Again somewhat nutty (perhaps from the bourbon, but who knows). Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The bourbon kicks in after becoming accustomed to the malt flavors. Leathery, somewhat peaty in a smoky sense, and oak and vanilla from the barrel. Definitely sweet, but not cloying. The booze is very apparent, though. All 13.5% is realized.

3.5 M: Heavy body with a syruppiness to it. Just a touch chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too hot to be as smooth as I'd like.

4.0 D: This is a good beer, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype (at least not this vintage). I think this will be vastly improved in a few years after it is allowed to cool down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:35:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

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

2010 bottle

A: ruby red to brown with virtually no head, and what head there was dissipates quickly to just a ring around the rim of the glass, no lacing to note

S: very sweet smelling, scents of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and definitely note the alcohol that lurks within

T: flavors of dark fruits are very present, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and of course the booze

M: mild carbonation, medium body, but thinner than expected for the style, a little alcohol burn

D: definitely a sipper, it's good and has a very unique flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 20:46:59 | More by LiquidBread219
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black13

Oregon

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

****2010 Mother of all Storms***

Surprised to find thus on tap before I can buy it tomorrow. This is going to be a great weekend.

Served in wine glasses from fresh tap (first glass in fact). No head was left nor any lacing, but who cares. This dark honey beverage looked spectacular.

The aroma was everything I expected. First and foremost was a suble bourbon overtone. To go with was some mollasses, caramel and vanilla.
They are some others aromas present, but my novice alfactory organ fails to identify them.

Holly crap. This thing is amazing. All the flavors blend together perfectly. Nothing overpowers, but rather everything is perfect beer symphony. Despite clocking in at 13%, the alcohol does not dominate. The flavor is sweet, but certainly not cloying. My taste buds are happy!

The mouthfeel can only be described as a creamy smoothness.

I could drink this all night, but I have 09 Perfect storm to attend to. A wonderful beer that does not dissapoint this newbie and will likely please the seasoned veteran.

Another stellar beer from Pelican.

Consumed on 11-19-2010

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 21:20:54 | More by black13
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by yuriruley, thanks Nate!

2010 vintage.

This is a barrel-aged version of Pelican Pub's Stormwatcher's Winterfest; when finalized, it's a blend of barleywine that spent time in 11-13 Evan Williams barrels of varying ages.

A - As it pours out of the bottle, it appears a rustic orange, as if it's molten copper spilling out of a forge, but as it settles in the snifter, it turns into a murky, tawny brown that's completely opaque save some translucence at the rims. A steady pour releases a 1-fingered, tan head that is nearly gone by the time I reach my table (it almost instantly fizzes away like cola.) There's barely any remnant that the head was even there; perhaps a visualization of what something would look like after 'the mother of all storms' ravages it - complete emptiness. As the head essentially disappears completely, its not surprise that there's a distinct lack of lacing here. Small bubbles stick softly to the glass, but rapidly fall back into the depths. It's possible to see some carbonation slowly rise, but they are few and far between.

S - To be honest, the nose took me off-guard here at first because the bourbon isn't readily apparent at the start. The barrels are more noticeable, in that there's a decent helping of oak and especially vanilla here, but at heart, this beer is still an English barleywine, and there's absolutely no mistaking that as the malts lend their sweetness and depth right out of the gates. Big notes of molasses and even some chocolate join the mix, as well as darker fruits such as grapes, plums and some brown sugar. It's sweet, but enjoyable, and the oak and vanilla definitely complement that. The bourbon comes through about mid-way, and plays to the fruits here, as well as giving off some alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, the 13.5% ABV is masterfully concealed here, not approaching that number in any way in terms of heat.

T - Again, the thing I notice right away in the taste is that the bourbon is exceptionally subtle. I've never had the base beer, Stormwatcher's Winterfest, before, so I can't exactly say if it's because the original beer is overly malty, but I can say that the barrel-aging was careful enough to not completely overshadow it, which is a worthy criticism of some barrel-aging programs. To me, this is barrel-aging done right; performed to add another layer of depth to a beer and is subtle, rather than throwing out all of the characteristics of the original beer. As in the nose, the taste starts off sweet with thick molasses and chocolate, and almost immediately thereafter the barrels shine and give that extra kick of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. It's chewy and earthy, almost gritty, and to me, just screams 'English'. This isn't aggressively hopped in the slightest, and I'm hard-pressed to ink much hop influence out of this beer. The fruits make an appearance here, especially the plums, and the alcohol does come out as it warms and aerates. It's not solvent, but does give off that ethanol taste. Overall, an interesting and grounded flavor profile; this beer isn't aiming for the heavens and it's modest, but it's damn solid.

To note: Pour this beer about 5 minutes after pulling it from the fridge and taste it, then let it transform and note the differences it takes on as it warms. For me, the latter half of the bottle brings much more of the bourbon and barrel, especially the vanilla and to a lesser extent, oak. If you don't like it at first, let it sit a while, and it definitely develops into a different monster in its later stages.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with low carbonation (although adequate for the style). Thick and chewy, although not on-par with the heavier imperial stouts, it is deservedly full-bodied. Smooth to say the least, although the lack of carbonation doesn't move the beer easily around the palate. Finish is bittersweet with a touch of bourbon and alcohol.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This beer is very easy to drink, if not for the flavor and smell alone, but the insane transformation it takes as it sits in the glass and the lack of alcohol. While it's a sipper for sure and a bottle will last you well over an hour, it's worth it to taste it at intervals and witness the changes. I found myself drawn back to the snifter time and time again and wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:35:20 | More by nhindian
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

2010 Vintage

A: deep dark red with good clarity, zero head, no lacing, very dark for the style

S: sweet malts bombard the front of the nose followed by lots of oak and bourbon, the vanilla notes are hidden behind the prominent oak character, notes of molasses, grapes, and brown sugar. Lots going on, very interesting.

T: bombardment of malts with lots of molasses, some spicy pine notes, very rich. The vanilla comes through in the back . A bit boozy on the finish.

MF: huge body, a bit syrupy, minimal carbonation, a little hot

O: this is very sweet and full of flavored, for what it is, I would say it has decent balance, the heat is a little heavy going down

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:51:46 | More by homebrew311
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aasher

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was graciously shared at DLD by some top notch BAs. I've been looking for a world class bourbon barrel aged barleywine for some time now. It was probably my favorite beer of the day. It poured a dark brown/amberish color with a light off white head. It instantly smelled of oak, bourbon, vanilla, carmel malts, and alcohol. It made the hair on my neck stand up. I instantly knew that I was in for a treat! The flavors were a nice blend of woody earthiness, vanilla, molasses, Evan Williams, and slight roasted malts. The complexities of this one are something I haven't seen from a barleywine yet. It drank very easily and smooth for the high alcohol content. My only complaint is that I only got a four ounce pour and it disappeared too quickly. Massive thanks to those BAs who shared this on Saturday! You forever etched this memory in my mind! Can't wait to see you guys next year!

Edit: I've now had this beer several times since the tasting at DLD and each bottle has been equally superb. I'm confident in saying that it's my all time favorite beer and I cannot get enough of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 13:09:16 | More by aasher
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JamesMcPolin

California

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a BW glass.

Mmmm…..Dark, dark, dark. Ruby red when held directly to the light with tan head.

Oak! Bourbon!!! Earthy/woody. Sweet sugary prunes, toasted vanilla. No alcohol present, like none! Dark cherry as it warms.

Bourbon! Toasted malt and dark candied fruit. The sweet malt is balanced perfectly by the bourbon-barrel. Really rich in flavor!!

Warm. Medium-bodied. Borderline on full, but not syrupy.

AGE IT!! Sooo good now, but resist the temptation if you can. A lot of potential here for one of the top BW’s of all time. Very pleasurable. Just a joy to sip on.

If you’re into bourbon (we’ve been doing shots of Maker’s Mark lately) you have to get your hands on this, whatever the cost in trade or dollars.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:59:55 | More by JamesMcPolin
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 300 with a bottle courtesy of Grant. Thanks for all the great beers! Poured this one into a tulip. This one pours a light brown but sits dark and heavy in the glass. Just a small dark tan head for this that withers away quickly. Still, look pretty attractive.

Mellow bourbon comes through right away. Aromas of raisins brown sugar and toffee round it out. Lots of dark malts with a sweet undertone in the aroma. The flavor follows the aroma nicely. Sweet caramel on this with a figgy raisin flavor. Brown sugar and toasted malts round this one out with a complimentery bourbon finish.

This is thick chewy barelywhine. Smooth body with soft carbonation but it's bit sticky. Overall, this is great. I want more. It's a little warm going down but I'm glad to sip on this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:57:49 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

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

Thanks to Bendurgin for pulling this one out to try. Poured into a tulip. The head is a nice ecru color and about an eighth inch thick. The body is very dark amber; almost mauve.

The aroma is full of vanilla and brown sugar. There is a decent amount of metallic hops in the aroma as well.

The taste consists of brown sugar and molasses. There is a nice oaky finish to this one along with a strong hop bite. This is sweet, but in a good way.

Nice heavy body here. The carbonation is subtle and smooth.

This just about met my expectations. Very good wooden notes; a nice complex sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:53:26 | More by andrewinski1
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

22oz bottle courtesy of Jerriko, thanks a million man! I split this with a friend and 11 ounces is too much for me but your mileage may vary. This beer is a monster. Dark brown/black like cola. Smells like whiskey barrels, caramel, pretty good. The flavor is nice but intense whiskey barrel, caramel, barleywine, and then oddly enough a cola flavor. This is a good beer but it is hot and for sipping only.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 19:57:36 | More by ArrogantB
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this hard to get beer

Finally an English Barleywine comes to the party. It only took us the whole time. This pours a beautiful dark golden color with a nice head to garnish. The aroma is beautiful. A mix of golden raisin and vanilla, that I would love to spritz on my girlfriend so I could smell it all night long. The taste has that dark fruit flavor too it. There is a butterscotch, vanilla, raisin and fig flavor that can typically be found in all good barleywines. The mouthfeel actually felt a bit rough to me. As if it wasn't finished. The palate has a almost a barley husked tannin-like quality to the finish that is slightly undesireable. Overall this is still a very good beer and I would probably never turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:48:33 | More by Vdubb86
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

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

Shared with my buddy Luke, out of my DFH glass. Don't remember who sent me this, but thanks!

A- Deep ambery brown with a touch of red. It
has a interesting glow to it, and appears quite clear. Pours with a light off white head, which reduces to a ring around the glass.

S- Smells sweet and rich, mostly of caramel and hops. It's a very soft and well balanced smell. Yum...

T- The warm flavor instantly coats my mouth. Caramel and hops are abundant and strong. I also get notes of molasses and bourbon. Very very nice. The barrel aging is evindent, but not overboard.

M- A bit thick and intense, a touch boozy too. It definitely could use some time to mellow out, but certainly is not bad.

O- Very very nice. I've been waiting to try this one, and it was not a let down. I have another that I am going to put a year or so on, and see how it shapes up.

-Gfunk

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:52:42 | More by Gfunk720
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to therealnomayo for this bottle!

2010 edition, so you know we ain't steppin' on George and Marky-Mark's toes. It pours a somewhat murky ruby-brown topped by a short-lived half-finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises dark toffee, dark candi sugar, light cocoa, and light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of hot caramel, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, toffee, and a healthy amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. So much spicy maltiness, so much enjoyment. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a very good barleywine, which deftly focuses on dropping a malt-bomb on all of us in a very pleasant way. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:05:50 | More by TMoney2591
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Denimdemon for busting this out at the epic Bonus Beer Bob tasting!

Pours a dark caramel with little to no head. Smells like candy, boozy candy, booze, dark fruits, phenomanal.  Taste dark fruits, some caramel, boozy, good.  Mouthfeel is sticky, drinkability is high for the ABV, delicious. Man, I need to get a few bottles of this. World class.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:20:31 | More by Lukafer
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big Thanks to GbVDave for providing this as the main part of a recent trade. Excellent trading partner.

A beautiful ruby red/amber color. Cool color when held to the light. Rather dark when looking at a full glass. A tan head forms and vanishes fairly quickly. A thin ring of foam remains. No lacing remains.

Aroma is of malt, subtle vanilla a little nutty and a touch of coconut. Some sense of oak, but deep in the background. Actually the aroma just keeps getting better.

If someone says this beer is only highly rated due to hype, they need to be slapped. Wow, this is fantastic. The layers of malt are the base of the flavor. The depth is wonderful. Maple, vanilla, coconut, nice wood, yes bourbon, caramel… Lot’s going on. There are some dark fruits here, but I am so struck by the other flavors that I don’t let my mind dwell there.

Really bold body. Even more than I ever expected. Really thick and almost a syrup. Carbonation only provides a sparkle.

Special beer indeed. I will be trading for this again. Back on the Want List for this one!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:34:43 | More by Reagan1984
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glid02

Georgia

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

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts with smooth butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Also present are hints of oak and even lighter hints of booze-soaked medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly sweetened by the addition of vanilla and toffee. Midway through the sip the flavors lighten up a bit with hints of butterscotch. Slight amounts of oak bring everything together near the end of the sip, fading out into a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It’s got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the second time I’ve had this beer and it lived up to its memory. A nearly perfectly well balanced English barleywine with nice notes of barrels. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 19:43:42 | More by glid02
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FosterJM

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

400th review on BA
bottle to snifter
2010
Capped and gold foil

App- This was a gorgeous deep dark pentrating red. It had a lot of shimmery highlights. The head was a very compact two finger khaki in color and was very quick to recede.

Smell- A very big smelling beer. The minute you pop the cap scents just come wofting up and out of the bottle. This was big, boozy and very rich. Scents of oak, vanilla and dark dried fruits fill out the nose.

Taste- This is one of those beers I will remember for a long time. It was powerful and rich but had a multi faceted taste that changed with each sip. The booze is very potent and that's okay because the other flavors compliment it well from the oak and the vanilla to the sweet and strong dried cherries.

Mouth- This bordered itself on being full bodied and was low carbed. The mouth was thick and rich and left a sweet liquor like taste after each sip.

Drink- This was one of the best beers I have had. The strong qualities were matched by its subtle flavor directions and how well each sip played on the last one. Would love to have one a week. Just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

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