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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,475
Gots: 564 | FT: 61
Brewed by:
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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3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle @ 55 Deg. F, roughly aged 3 months in the bottle

Appearance: (4.0)
- Very dark cola-brown brew.. mostly clear from what I can tell. Big tan fingers of head which quickly settled down to a thin bubbly layer and a large ring on the edges of the glass. Looks good.

Smell: (3.5)
- Thick caramel and grain, still some hot rubbing alcohol notes, lots of vanilla and woody character.. and more sweet grain. It's a boozy one. Some nice esters and current-like notes as well. Not too impressed though.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big esters and fruity flavors with a splash of sweet molasses, brown sugar, husky barley, and rubbing alcohol. Vanilla and earthy oak tones shine through at the finish. Still much too hot of a beer though at this time. Some slight tannic flavors, phenols.. but very weak.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Sticky and sweet brew with a full body, and pleasant carbonation. Certainly what I think such a heavy English Barleywine ought to be like.. not bad.

Overall: (4.0)
- Can't say that I am raving about this beer. The hype, and price would make one think that this has to be one of the best special release beers around. For me, it isn't. It's solid, well made, and great quality.. just doesn't touch some of my favorites like Midnight Suns, and Southern Oregon Brewings'.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ade at a bottle share

Look: Dark mahogany color with only about a 1/4 inch head with good retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Great nose lots of toffee and brown sugar. Backed up by the barrel characters of oak bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Much of the same as the nose with layers upon layers of flavor. Upfront is a nice caramel sweetness backed up by a great bourbon character which brings with it oak and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body and mild carbonation

Overall: Great barleywine and to date the best I have had

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

Some scrawled notes that I found when I popped a 2010 bottle in October 2011.

This is my favorite barleywine of all time.

Big bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and hop notes all balanced with a dose of warming booziness. I would be hard pressed to think of a tastier beer on a cold day.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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

22 oz bottel , 2010 vintage
Poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A : Dark ruby brown in the glass with nearly no head after an aggressive pour.
S : Holy shit this smells great! Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, toffee, a slight smoke influence, and some underlying spice.
T : - this is a big beer in the mouth with semi-hot bourbon right up front, vanilla, soft caramel, thick sweet malt, raisin, date, and lingering booze through the finish.
M : Smooth and chewy feel in the mouth with the alcohol providing a nice tingling contrast after each sip.
O : It’s amazing to me how the aroma is decadent bourbon/vanilla and yet the taste contains a fairly hardcore, big raisin/date barley wine flavor. Very impressive beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Been itching to try this brew.

2011 Vintage

A: Completely black bodied brew (surprisingly so), 1+ fingered, khaki colored head with little retention settling to a thin ring around the beer. No lacing, but I was just so blown away by how black this brew was.

S: Dark fruits, nuts, bourbon, molasses, toffee, vanilla, and toasty malts. Extremely well balanced smelling brew.

T: Bourbon notes are still a bit hot I think. Some dark fruits are apparent, but are overshadowed by the strong flavors of toffee and vanilla. Toasty malts are underlying and really help round out this very tasty brew.

M: Probably the heaviest barleywine I've ever tasted, very creamy and easy to drink.

O: I'm so glad I have more bottles, because I think the 2011's are still too fresh. I just couldn't wait any longer!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Thanks to sugit for this one.

A: 1/4" light brown head that dissipated quickly over dark mahogany coloured liquid.

S: Oak and bourbon are the most predominant, along with rich toffee malt. Quite sweet.

T: Really strong tasting bourbon and oak. Toasted malt and some rich toffee malt are also present. Quite boozy tasting throughout.

M: Thick viscosity and low carbonation. So thick it really coats the mouth.

O: Not for the faint of heart, this is a really complex barleywine.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle shared by Balosss, thanks again. 2009 bottle I believe.

The Perfect Storm comes in the glass looking a very dark shaded brown with sprays of mahagony towards the sides. Nice dark beige foam sits on top with nice retention, no sticks though.

Smell is in your face bourbon. The aroma is very strong and it hits you. The bourbon is big, some vanilla/oak notes with dark fruits, mollasses, etc. Some sweet caramel with warming and some booze.

With some time on this bottle, the heat is there. The alcohol is noted and blends into the bourbon and malty base well. Heat, bourbon, into some oaky territory with the usual vanilla. Some dark fruit comes into play with warming.

Feel is big and approaching thick. The carb is there, yet not overbearing. A nice amount of heat creeps up on the tounge, especially with warming, but there is so much flavor to go along with it.

All in all, this is one of the better English Barleywines I've had from America. I could imagine this vintage was super hot when 1st out. For my 1st time having it, this is nice stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jamescain
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nate8767 for sharing this one. Poured into a sniffer.

The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head about a finger thick that quickly fades to a thin ring and patchy lacing. The first aroma that I pick up on is oak and bourbon followed by toffee, caramel, dates, and raisins, with just a noticeable alcoholic smell. Despite the alcohol aroma the finish is barely noticeable. The taste is best described as a combination of dark fruit, a hint or chocolate, fresh oak, bourbon and molasses. The mouthfeel is chewy with low carbonation. This is a spectacular beer and one that I would definitely seek out again.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

2011 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with the bourbon flavor sticking around as the aftertaste. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a light crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine and the bourbon barrel aging is very nice on this beer.

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4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120th Review
Bottle to snifter
2010 Vintage

From notes. Thanks to exitmusic00 (I think) for contributing this to our tasting.

A: Dark caramel/tan. Single (creamy white) fingernail head on soft, gentle pour.

S: Burnt fig, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and loads of malt sweetness. Hint of booze coming off the nose, but very inviting.

T: Loads of caramel sweetness up-front followed by a combination of dark fruit, bourbon, and vanilla. Hint of spice towards the tail-end along with oakiness.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Well put together and definitely worth seeking out. I think this beer can be enjoyed now or cellared for many years to come.

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.