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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

1,403 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,447
Gots: 535 | FT: 50
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 JAXSON
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with reddish edges and a tan head that fades into nothing. Sweet lacing. Huge aroma of malt and booze, cherries, raisins, dark fruits. Big flavor, just really big sweet English toffee, malt, bourbon. A bit of hops keeps this from being the least bit cloying. A bit hot but balanced. Huge, bold flavors. Really similar to Wooden Hell and Bullfrog Old Toad. An English-style barleywine with heavy bourbon influence that remains balanced but is quite strong and boozy. Good stuff.

Second bottle, opened 7/15/10. Pour is a fairly dark brown, not much head or lacing. Still quite boozy on the nose. Flavor has refined to a pretty nice chocolate liqueur thing going on. Of course it's malty, a bit boozy, but it's more refined now. Doesn't really have the fine pipe tobacco quality of Wooden Hell at this point. A fine beer though, and comparisons between the two are warranted.

Third bottle, from memory, amidst multiple elite barrel aged barley wines. This was also a 2009 bottle. Basically a bit more muddled with age, more chocolate and oxidation going on. Not even in the same ballpark as Wooden Hell, which was also involved. Too much barrel, too muddled, not much intersting nuance anymore. Fine, but not world class.

JAXSON, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist opening this today. The biggest blizzard in decades calls for the biggest barleywine in the cellar, and the name is too fitting. 2009 release.

A. Poured at cellar temps into a snifter. One finger head for the better part of a minute amazingly, but then it disappears. Oily consistency on the sides of the glass. Color proves to be a dark ruby when help to the light, but approaches black in the glass.

S. Just smelling this warms me up. The bourbon is the attention getter, but it remains mellow. Strong dessert sweetness - toffee, vanilla... Very appealing.

T&M. There is a ton of bourbon - it tastes closer to bourbon than barley wine honestly, but it remains balanced. The smoothness helps here, as do the complementing malt aspects that shine through. Without the bourbon this would probably be cloyingly sweet, but here the alcohol cuts right through it to the point where it almost seems dry.

D. This is intense. 22 ounces never looked like so much, but this is a perfect beer to sip on for hours and wait out a storm...

dougofthefuture, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of caskstrength
3.81/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Downhill last few years. Some astringency, estery, oxidized vibes even with fresh bottles. Doesn't have the crisp bourbon bite with the rich toffee like before. I'm not searching this out anymore.

Kept the old review below, but adjusted things down.

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09 Perfect Storm.

Dec 11th in MN. Was going to have something else tonight, trapped in the house, but I couldn't resist the symbolism of this one.

Thanks for the trade, ramnuts.

Pour is darker than expected. Deep, dark red brown. Nice carbonation that quickly recedes to the edge.

Smells are just so wonderful. Bourbon smacks you in the face, mingled with dark carmels and alcohol.(good, spicy, warming alcohol) Bourbon is strong in this one.

The bourbon is marvelous on the tongue. Defines the beer. Everything else plays a supporting role. Carmel, some sweet (dark) chocolate, dark fruits and tobacco. Ultimately sweet, but not cloying; balances the sharp boozy feel. (This must have been pretty hot early on.) Feels more than 13.5%.

Mouthfeel is great. This finishes like scotch or whiskey, sharp and tingly on the tongue. I like it. I like it a lot.

Wonderful example of what the barrel offers.

caskstrength, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter, 2010 Mother of all Storms vintage - Thank you Pelican for selling these to mail order customers!

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a medium dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. One of the darkest barleywines I've ever seen.

S: The aromas coming from the glass are excellent. Lots of toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and malt.

T: The taste is buttery toffee, vanilla, and a roasty malt flavor. There are lots of oak and tannin flavors in there as well. The finish is incredibly complex and changes as it develops. Lots of sweet flavors and some roasty flavors that balance them out. There's a bit of hops on the finish as well but only enough to let you know they're there.

M: The feel is thick and creamy with an excellent amount of carbonation.

D: One of the best barleywines I've ever had, barrel aged or not, and definitely lives up to the hype. I can't wait to see how this one develops over time.

After having the regular Stormwatcher's I can say that the barrel has done wonders here. The harsh licorice and roasted flavors are smoothed out and the beer greatly improves.

GregSVT, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge malty thanks to lothore for this bottle via trade. I traded for this in ignorance, just figuring it was another decent barrel-aged barleywine, not knowing that it was bringing in a king's ransom. Lothore, I owe you one. 2009 vintage of "The Perfect Storm" bottle split with my wife on a bitterly cold Minnesota evening.

Pours light black, with surging, bubbling, turgid red snapping around the edges of the goblet. The smell is a slapshot of bourbon. I tried really hard, honest, but that's all I could come up with. But it's a really nice smell, somehow dominant without being overwhelming.

The Perfect Storm radiates warmth like an Amish fireplace. Booziness soaks into the pores before anything else is evident. Then the beer unfolds like a spring rose in my warm, welcoming mouth. Big caramel notes waltz with great shots of sweet, sweet malts. Drying oak is sly enough that I almsot missed it, but upon recognition, it's evident in every sip. Vanilla, figgishness or something, round out the sample, before the bourbon steps back in front for one last curtain call.

Strong. Wicked. Thick enough that if it weren't so good, I'm pretty sure I could dump my motor oil & use this. Despite the freak-show ABV & heavy-heavy-monster-mash sparks The Perfect Storm throws off, I could sip this all night. Or as long as my night would last. Not very.

This did not disappoint. A masterpiece that I'm intensely happy I've been able to sample, & now I'm really looking forward to the new batch of Mother of All Storms!

maximum12, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been super excited to try this beer, i've been desiring it for years, Unclejedi hooked me up with a trade and now i am opening it during the first snow of the year. perfect.
Head doesn't last long due to the alcohol content, leaving a clean looking deep dense off black body the color of mahogony with a thin ring around the edge of this 3oz snifter.
The barrel influence smells amazing, clean crisp heat rising up mixed with perfect caramel candy and toffee and maple.
Incredible rich flavors of Oak and other woods more sappy, and Vanilla with rich dark Molasses and melted caramel, and smooth bourbon with just a hint of courseness,and lightly sugar coated dried fruits, incredible smoothness and complexity for an 13% beer.
I got 2 bottles, one for tonight and another for aging, but i am going to absolutly have to get more, this is an amazing beer, maybe the very best BarleyWine i've ever had...i should say most likely the best...most likely the best beer period.

I sipped these 22oz for the better part of 4 hours, and still at the end it was exciting to raise the snifter to my lips. incredible. i'm a harsh reviewer, but i'm strongly considering all 5s...next bottle(someday)will decide.

ChadQuest, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of billyshears
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes. vintage 2009
a: Dark brown/amber with light tan head. Closest to black I've seen for a barleywine (that wasn't a black barleywine).

s: Quite intense vanilla/coconut bourbon barrel smell to it; caramel/toffee malt.

t: Heavy bourbon barrel tone; I'd say probably the closest to bourbon I've tasted from a beer. A bit of darker fruits also present along with the caramel malts. Quite a bit of alcohol noticeable.

M: Thick chewy mouthfeel; as expected for a barleywine like this.

D: Sipper for sure. Quite boozy.

A very intense brew. Bourbon lovers rejoice. I felt like it was on the edge of being a tad too boozy for me though.

billyshears, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 version, big thanks to OHLRangers for the chance to try this amazing brew.

a: This was a dark, chestnut brown and it poured with a large off-white cap.

s: Perfect barrel aged b-wine aroma. Plenty boozy but in an aromatic way, it wasn't at all hot. Lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, raisins, borbon, and a touch of oak. Not subtle in the least.

t: Incredibly rich overall, there are so many bold flavors here its almost overwhelming. There were stronger raisin and dark fruit flavors present than is typical for a BA barleywine, yet the bourbon flavors were quite strong as well. This was sweet without being cloying. Flavors of caramel, molasses, and vanilla were all prominent. There was even some chocolate coming through.

m: Big, sticky body with fairly active, creamy carbonation.

d: This absolutely lives up the hype. Thanks Ed, for advising me to wait until this had a year on it. It was worth it.

DIM, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle in a trade a while ago. Been away aging since. Opening this for my 300th review. Been waiting to try this one for a while now. 22oz bottle, 2009 vintage...

A: Super deep dark ruby red with an interesting mocha and blood red blend colore head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Not hard to get good scents on this one. I get sugary malt which blends into almost a grape juice scent. Quickly following comes some breadiness and booziness with some caramel on the backend. I get some port, faints hints of cocao and chocolate, some faint butterscotch and hints of raisin. Very good.

T: Hmm, a very unique blend of flavors on this one. Very syrupy at first bringing forth flavors of some toffee, caramel, followed by a tight booze bite. I get dark fruit and hints of port in the middle with almost a cranberry breadiness on the backend. Super thick brew. It's very sweet and sticky with a warming booze bite, but not overwhelmingly sweet. The sweetness is quickly dulled by the carbonation burn. Good.

M: Full bodied and very syrupy with a thick carbonation feel. Leaves some awesome flavors on your palate. Very good.

D: Drinkability is not as good as you would've liked due to the heavy booze bite. Decent.

All in all, this brew is good, but did not blow me away. I would definitely try it again if I got the chance, but I have to say, from the hype, I am a little disappointed. Definitely try this if you like your beers boozy, BIG, and sweet, but if you don't like that, then don't worry about this one. I'm definitely a BIG beer person, so I do definitely think this is solid, but not mind blowing.

steve8robin, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottle provided by Ditmier a while back... Thanks buddy.

Sampled side by side with '08 and '09 Stormwatcher.

Pours deep red with a descent tannish head..

Nose shows lots of caramel and toasty malts... good vanilla and barrel presence in the aroma.

Flavor has big bourbon right up front that melt quickly into the expected rich traditional BW flavors... toffee.. caramel.. toasty malts... bits of cherry.. the vanilla comes back in swinging on the finish... with warmth obvious oaky tannins help keep it from getting too sweet.... very smooth medium body with persistent small bubble carbonation.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

Thanks again Eric... pretty happy I got a chance to try this one relatively fresh.

JohnGalt1, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Effectively opaque brown body with ruby highlights. Not much carbonation, but what do you expect in such a huge beer?

S: Hugely toasty, sweet nose of lightly oxidized barleywine goodness. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, some light, candied fruit. A little over the top - but isn't that what you want?

T: Big, sweet, and oaky. Everything you'd expect; nothing you wouldn't. Great beer.

M: Full body with some spiky carbonation - more than I expected based on the pour and the ABV. Pretty good.

D: Not great, but what could be at 13%?

Notes: Super special thanks to Tony for magnanimously opening this amazing and sought-after beer with us. I only wish we'd had it earlier in the night, when my experience wouldn't have been quite as hazy. Drunkenness didn't keep this from being a memorable experience, though. I can't wait to get to try this beer again, preferably with some more age on it. The astronomical ABV could use some time to tone down, even though it's delicious enough to drink wantonly as is.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

You can hear the head crackle as the remnant fusel oils lower it quickly, not uncommon depending on the freshness of the barrel from spirit to beer. Mahogany darkness in the glass, good clarity when brought to the light. Big bourbon nose from the first whiff, boozy with charred wood and vanilla. Some caramel and ripe fruitiness in the aroma as well. Semi-syrupy, full body; prickly, moderate carbonation. The taste buds scream of bourbon from the first sip--soon after is the Barleywine alcohol with its fruity esters that tag along with the fusel bourbon character. Sweet maltiness plays off of the note of vanilla. Modest hopping, though the alcohol and wood keep any trait from going cloyingly sweet. The wood flavor actually cuts deeper than we thought, but not to the point of puckering, just at a perfect level. Finishes with some residual sweetness, peppery alcohol and a smack of wood.

Nothing subtle about this beer. If you are going to name a beer "The Perfect Storm," it better live up to it, and Pelican without a doubt came through. Beer geeks, hunt this one down.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12/4/10

A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color.

S-the nose has bourbon and wood up front, burnt caramel and lots of roasted qualities with notes of chocolate malts. Hints of malt sweetness in the back.

T-roasted malts and chocoalte malts are rather strong, notes of wood and bourbon come in behind. hints of coffee and a light bitterness. somewhat sweet, toffee and brown sugar.

M-full bodied and thick, very syrupy and slightly coats the mouth. juicy finish and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish.

D-decent balance, lots of malt presence and a well integrated barrel presence. strong roasted malt presence with light sweetness, pretty tasty stuff.

***

8/10/10

A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color.

S-big malty sweetness and some notes of alcohol, notes of caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar, dry oak and faint bourbon in the middle with notes of cherries and plums in the back.

T-nice malt body, slightly earthy, lots of sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, chocolate, oak and vanilla, notes of booze and bourbon around some dark fruit sweetness of cherries and plums.

M-smooth and creamy full body, chewy, lucious, well balanced by a moderate carbonation.

D-very solid beer, good balance of malts and a great mouthfeel. very solid beer!

cpetrone84, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from 2 BA'ers...Thanks to both! This one was from jwjon1. Vintage 2009. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my De Dolle large snifter. Pours a dark brownish' black in color, basically no light is shining through...just a slight tinge of red torwards the rim. About a finger size tan head rises, and quickly dissipates. Leaves basically no lacing.

Aroma screams of booze! Bourbon of course, some raisins, belgian yeasts, dark fruits.

Flavor is great! -but potent! Wow, tons of booze in this one. I would imagine with a couple years, this would mellow out great! A sipper in current condition for me. Loads of bourbon, big over ripe fruits like raisins and figs. Taste overall is very sweet with a strong sharpness due to the 13.5% abv. Medium to full body, low carbonation...heat from the ABV, which is noticable on the lips too after each sip. A great beer, and definitely stoked I got the chance to try this beer!

ShadesOfGray, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of kfsv034
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown with mahogany and reddish highlights and a two finger tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Carmel, vanilla, brown sugar, wet wood, caramelized candy and some dark fruits, raisin, prune, fig etc.

T - Taste follows the nose very well. Carmel, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fruits. Also have a boozy finish.

M - Medium Body to syrupy, somewhere in between

D - ive had 2 glasses and although i would like to drink more at 13.50% i probably shouldnt

kfsv034, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with mahogany highlights with a thin head that left good sticky lacing on the glass. Big caramel aromas up front with a good amount of bourbon that also had vanilla accents and slight oakiness. The flavor was big on the caramel as well with vanilla accents and large bourbon notes busting through that made the taste a little heavier alongside slight oak and raisins. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a swet silky boozy finish. Very good barleywine and was very happy to try out at least once. The drinkability was pretty good considering the ABV on the brew.

Gobzilla, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of TrueRates
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rich deep dark mahogany brown with zero head. Some carbonation is seeping through. This beer just looks boozy and mean. Well sh*t. Another over the top bourbon mess in the aroma. Sweet bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, boozy soaked prune and dates. The flavor delivers a tad more. Wow, one boozy beer beer. The alcohol is far from hidden. Starts with a great in depth complex barleywine style and is followed by some bourbon integration, but the finish is just so sweet and hot. My belly is just filled with alcohol. I can see how many people would love this beer, but it's far from being a finessful drinkable beer.

TrueRates, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of jwjon1--Thanks Jason! Served at ~55F in a 22 oz DFH Snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby/brown. Hard to tell in this glass, although I would guess it to be only slightly cloudy. Almost non-existent head hints toward low carbonation.

S: Rich bourbon and caramel layers greet the nose. Vanilla/oak makes an appearance as well. Spirit-like boozy character works itself in well. Very well integrated, reminds me of Central Waters BBBW, but perhaps a bit heavier on the malt and easier on the hops.

T: Sweet caramel and vanilla up front, moving along to intense but not overwhelming (or cloying) layers of sweet caramel flavour. Bourbon comes near the finish, cleansing the palate with a spirit-like dryness.

M: While initially it seems a bit thick, it proceeds to glide along with a velvetesque smoothness. A little sticky, but near perfect for a beasty barleywine such as this.

D: Fantastic for the style. It integrates the alcohol very well with the varieties of flavour. The carbonation is very accommodating as well. A storm I would gladly weather when reaching for a big brew such as this. Delicious.

darklordlager, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red. Almost black. Nice tan head. Dissapated to a ring. Looks thick.

Aroma is almost straight bourbon. Malty barlyewine wine aroma. Caramels. Chocolate and dark fruits.

Taste is rich. Almost too rich. Tons of bourbon, malty caramel and dark fruits. Pretty intense.

Mouthfeel is super thick. Good carb though.

Overall I'm glad I'm sharing this one. It's super heavy and I would not be able to drink alot. Tasty though.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with the expected modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toffee, golden raisins, figs, coconut, vanilla and cookie dough; all subsumed by the boozy bourbon

Taste: Toffee, up front, with the dried fruit (fig and golden raisin) flavors prominent; by mid-palate, the coconut and vanilla make a brief appearance, only to be overwhelmed by the boozy bourbon flavors; after the swallow, the bourbon persists but it masterfully incorporates some of the more subtle elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of warmth

Drinkability: This is one you want to share but it really blends all the flavor elements together in a much more subtle fashion than most other bourbon barrel beers

brentk56, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with moderate head. In a word, well integrated bourbon, this is a knochout punch of dangerously seductive alcohol. I am not the biggest fan of bourbon, but it is good for what it is. Some coconut from the barraling. The English barlewyine takes a secondary role to the bolder bourbon.Thanks Augustgarage.

Sammy, May 21, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was saving this for a special occasion and since my girlfriend likes barleywine we decided to open it on her birthday. Cheers babe!

A: pours a very clean dark ruby reddish/brown with almost no head and no lacing at all.

S: as soon as I popped open the cap the smell came flying out. strong scents of oak, bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, malts and molasses

T: wow, unreal. strong presence of oak and bourbon with under tones of vanilla and malts. as it warmed the fruitiness became much more tart and smooth. Raisins and figs make their presence know as well. again, wow

M: feels thick and syrupy with a medium carbonation that tingles my tongue.

D: a big time sipper but that was ok since it became much more complex as it warmed up. The alcohol was very noticeable as it warms the mouth and throat. That being said, it was extremely smooth for 13.5%abv.

Overall, I'm very happy to have gotten the chance to try this amazing barleywine. One of the best I have ever had. Very much worth the Darkness I gave up to get it in trade.

CosmoHopHead, May 21, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a one finger tan head with poor retention. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, caramel. toffee, and some oak. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is just what I expected, Toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak combine to make a malt lovers dream. Sweet, and a bit too boozy in my opinion.

Full bodied, rich, creamy, with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. At the very least, the carbonation is higher than I expected it to be. This is a nice, drinkable Barleywine, which I am glad I had the chance to try.

hardy008, May 16, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 version, 22oz into chouffe tulip, THANK YOU augustgarage! Gold-foil top.

A- Ruby/rust brown, 2cm head that is the color of cornbread. Settles quickly.

S- Bourbon! Rich, buttery, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit underneath it. A hint of vanilla and molasses. Not boozy in the least, which is impressive for 13+%.

T- Bourbon is here in full force, but there's a good, strong barleywine here as well. Dark fruit, a bit of brandy, and of course bourbon. A bit woody, and a bit hot from the boubon... wonderful. Molasses as opposed to caramel.

M- A bit hot, slightly spicy, great bourbon and fruit notes, wonderfully blended. A masterful beer.

D- Moderate but oh-so-tasty. I am really impressed, this is deserved of all its praise. A world-class barleywine. I'm not the biggest bal-aged advocate but when done this well it's a no-brainer. I like my beers hot if done well, and this one is perfection. Awesome stuff.

ShogoKawada, May 08, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Incredibly disappointed in this one. I reviewed batch #2, perhaps batch #1 was much better.

Appearance: Decent enough, rich, deep mahogany brown with a big head.

Smell: Booze (not really bourbon), oak (more like oak chips in a cheap chardonnay), vanilla, toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste: Train wreck of the flavors mentioned above. Booze intersecting with too much oak and brandy, along with chocolate, toffee, raisins, prunes, butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla. WAY to sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-to full body, a bit to sticky sweet. Booze is way too hot.

Drinkability: Boozy mess (didn't notice bourbon), too sweet and too much oak. I don't get what I am missing that makes others like this one so.

craytonic, May 03, 2010
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.