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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,460
Gots: 546 | 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 DaveJanssen
3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split 3 ways. 2010 version. Reviewed 31 January 2011.

Ar: Rich caramel, floral, whiskey spice and alcohol, toasty malt and barrel character, excellent aroma, herbal/spicy hop with citrus, berries, tobacco

Ap: Beautiful red, crystal clear, low tan head, good retention

T: Bourbon, rich caramel, very present but appropriate alcohol, drying bourbon, toffee, mild fruit, date/raisin/prune, alcohol takes over a bit, unique, earthy cellar-esque dankness, jolly rancher fruitiness, sweet iced tea, fruit increases with warmth, cherry, spice, slight oxidized notes, cellar must and wet wood

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, very viscous, alcohol warm/hot, rough finish and lingering character

O: Aroma and appearance are excellent, alcohol takes over in taste, unique and interesting

Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition sampled 12.12.12.

Aromas are much less boozy than I remember from the aged bottled. Lots of dark prunes, toffee, dark bakers cocoa and molasses (almost leather). Some oak and alcohol heat emerge as it warms.

The tastes has lots of dark and milk chocolate, with emerging coconut bourbon and a little vanilla. A huge base of toffee and brown sugar. Finish is semi sweet and slick with ample sugar and oak coating your palate. Bitter molasses and some sweet maple also emerge as it warms.

Overall I think think version is more refined than the original, maybe the refined the base beer or improved or altered their barrel aging but this example is much better than I remembered. Still a beast and should be shared; just a monster flavor wise.

2008 bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Still says The Perfect Storm on the label (original name).

Pours a viscous dark, dark brown with a small khaki head that recedes rapidly leaving adequate lacing.

Aromas begin with a decent amount of alcohol surprisingly even after 3-ish years of cellaring. I also get some chocolate and the usual barely wine smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit are there as well, along with some oak. But the booze is quite apparent here.

The tastes follow the nose of this monster. The booze can't hide amongst the excessive malts. Flavors of toffee and molasses, paired with some chocolate, and a boat ton of Evan Williams bourbon. Very thick, I feel like I should be chewing what is in my glass. This must have been a fresh barrel because it is very prevalent. Not overly offensive, just a really big beer and I am glad I only had a small sample.

The mouthfeel very nice and smooth, despite the alcohol bite in the finish. The carbonation is quite low and the body is quite full but not the fullest I have ever had and I wouldn't classify it as chewy by any means.

Overall this despite being 13.5% alcohol, it is surprisingly drinkable in small quantities. Definitely a sharing beer to be sipped and savored and a good one to contemplate the world with, if that makes any sense. I wonder if newer versions are equally as strong or if they are toned down a little. Glad I have two to find out down the road.

Photo of beerhan
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle split three ways.

A-Thick, dark, brown with almost a purple hue to it. Very thin cocoa head which fades quickly.

S-Toffee, cocoa, molasses, earthy fruitiness.

T-Lots of bourbon in this one. Bourbon more or less overpowers everything but it is also very sweet. Some fig and lots of chewy toffee flavors. Little bit of chocolate in here as well.

M-Very little carbonation and this one does pack a bite. I feel that if there was just a bit more carbonation it would not feel so thick.

O-This was a great beer, a real sipper. The bourbon flavor was very nice and it was almost like you are chewing thick bourbon than drinking a beer. My only complaint with some BBBWs is that they just don't have enough carbonation. I would drink this again but I am mostly glad to have ticked it off of my list.

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

Mother of All Storms, Barleywine, 13.5 abv.

A: There is an almost bourbon note to it. A mild agitation evidences a some small bubbles but it is clear that this beer is above you, much in the way that Hemingway never seemed to mind the banalities of a normal life. You rock it back and forth and all you see is a wafty character that coats with a scary liquid refusal.

S: There are deep bourbon notes that resound like falling down a mineshaft and hit every peat note on the way down. I don’t want to overstate the wood and bourbon but, wow, this is beer but it feels like a proper gentleman’s drink. This was made in Oregon but its spirit takes its summer vacations in the hateful south. It enjoys conifers in the summer and spraying down protesting hops with fire hoses in the winter. Too far? Ok, let’s stop turning barley wines into social commentary. This has a great heat on it and I don’t even want to age it because I like it for it’s bumbly angry presence. It rounds out this delicious dinner party with a fuck up that you can point out that is incredibly enjoyable.

T: There is a huge panoply of raisins, figs, mild dates and nice waftiness just like envelops like sweet caramel candy. I enjoy this immensely and the retraction from the huge fruits on the finish makes it all the more enjoyable, wait for it

M: AS A RESULT THIS IS THE BEST BARLEYWINE THAT I HAVE EVER HAD. I know I know, this dethroned Abacus, no big deal, you hate Barleywines. Wait a second though, I like the following LESS: Hellshire, Old Dipsea 2009, Bigfoot, etc. This is hands down the most balanced and amazing barley wine I have ever had. I just want to sip on this and watch a Ryan Reynol- CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE.

D: This is not exceptionally drinkable and, you know what? GOOD. This isn’t here for your consumption, this is like a Terrence Malick movie, it is deliberate, slow, deep and amazing. If you drink this alone you are a jerk. Plain and simple. This has such a great resounding spirit to it that begs to be split on a balcony and horrible philosophy discussions will ensure. It is just wafty, boozy, complex and amazing. The thin mouth almost makes me feel like “give me a cigar.” But then I realized that I don’t live in the gilded age, so put out the robusto Grover Cleveland.

Narrative: All of the brackish land lovers said that this take was too ambitious. Sure, there was a school of marlin right off the coast heading for warmer currents, but, for gods sake, did you look at the meterology reports? They didn’t want to end up like the crew of the S.S. Stone Tea, rest in peace, who lost every member in this modern age refusing to deliver tea by protocol. No; no. There was a much more insidious secret that no crew member beyond the first mate could be made aware of. This marlin galleon was commanded by none other than a pelican. To be fair, he was a completely able captain with a curse placed upon him by a Portland witch who converted his form to the omnipresent visage of fertility, well knowing that he was impotent. That, my friends, is a story for another day. Sure there was a cool pressure from one direction and another front with conflicting warm pressures and, wait, who is manning the sextant? Oh that’s right, a pelican. Their cargo of 1200 barrels of bourbon and figs might never make it to port but one thing was certain, with this capta- BGLUB GLUB:::GURBLE::COPYRIGHTGURBLE

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 bottle courtesy of the extremely generous Beerzebub. I have had this beer several times in several vintages, all outstanding, but this is the first bottle that I've owned. The brew pours a deep mahogany hue and is capped with a short-lived tan froth that recedes to an encircling wisp. Both the flavor and aroma are just delicious; they are fully redolent of buttery vanilla notes, sweet oak, almond, caramel-toffee, brown rice syrup, toasted coconut, molasses and a hint of fudge. The feel is creamy, smooth, and softly effervescent. Overall, it may get better with age, but it is drinking absolutely fantastic by any measure right now.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

2009 perfect storm – really thick looking, almost sludgy, very barleywine like, dark brown, tannish, almost copper in color. Wow, smells of syrupy hops, good malt backbone. that’s a good tasting barleywine though. very balanced hops with good sweetness, nutmeg. It’s good. Mouth is very thick. Seems like the year on it probably did it some good (although I haven’t tried this year’s yet to know for sure). Overall, solid barleywine and I’m VERY happy got to try it. Cheers.

--- -- - -- ---edit 2012 05 28 vintage 2011
revisited this review with the 2011 vintage and was pretty blown away. firing on all cylinders. i envision that my first taste was more in the swarm of a ton of beers, but this is a fantastic barleywine. looks smell taste and feel...probably would give it 4.5s across the board today. great nutmeg caramel malts and the barrel adds a really nice element. just as good as the other big boys. vanilla, toffee, and caramel wonderfulness.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into multiple glasses. Special thanks to errantnight for this!

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a muddled tea-brown color with a slight ruby vibe to it. Immediately, a khaki colored layer of creamy foam develops on top and displays excellent retention, leaving some intricate webbing down the inside of the glass.

S: Incredible aromas of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, carmelized brown sugar, and nutty toffee. Some subtle whiffs of alcohol, as well.

T: Thick layers of bourbon drenched caramel, molassas candies, vanilla glazed bread pudding, and coconut shavings on caramel dipped cherries.

M: So thick and sweet with only the tiniest hint of alcohol burn. I think a spoon would stand up in this.

O: Totally worth the hype. This is definitely meant for sharing.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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)!

Photo of trappistlover
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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!!

Photo of ChaseT
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Yesac
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of black13
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of nhindian
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of aasher
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.