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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1,485
Gots: 579 | FT: 68
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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Ratings: 1,598 | Reviews: 423
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with red-ruby streaks throughout the edges. A small dark tan head forms and moves rather quickly to the edges.

S - In order of hitting me: Whiskey, carmel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T - Vanilla then followed by carmel and a dark, almost burnt toffee. Then the boozey whiskey and oakiness sink in.

D - Smooth and silky in the mouth. Nice body and carbonation.

O - A total delight. It warms my chest. I am so glad I have more of these.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Huhzubendah.. Thanks Matt!

2010 Vintage

Pours a dark brown color with a really nice one finger cocoa head. Amazing head for a 13.5% beer. Good lacing on the side of my tulip glass. I get toffee, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and some alcohol in the nose. Really balanced, and just about perfect nose. The taste is outstanding! The same profile as the nose, except better. Very balanced, and smooth, and amazingly drinkable. Feel is medium full with a tiny bit of dryness, and a smooth/bitter finish. Overall, this is a world class English Barleywine. Really glad I got to try this one. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium coffee color, slight reddish tint, with oddly large, sand colored bubbles which in any case disappear to a ring rather quickly. No lacing and some retention. Too dark to see with a full pour, this is basically clear, like a dark bourbon color, which only becomes evident as your glass nears empty.

S: Barrel characteristics up front (loads of cinnamon, oak), sweet caramel and toffee, smooth bourbon, and dark fruit. Smells wonderful with nice complexity. A little alcohol burn is perceptible as it warms.

T: Caramel malt, fruit, bourbon and oak, long kind of milk chocolate finish. Quite rich, definitely a sipper. More bourbon comes through as it warms to cellar temperature.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. Warming, but not much alcohol noticeable.

O: Delicious, top class English-style barleywine. I've never had a barleywine with so much cinnamon from the oak, but it works with the other flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Really excited to try this. Thanks Jordan for the in person hook up! Cheers brother!

A: Medium viscosity, deep dark color with minimal head. An aggressive pour kicked up a nice light tan colored head and when held up to the light you can see this thing is damn near clear and would be if it weren't for it's dark color. It's not brown however, but more of a deep dark ruby or garnet. Really stunning. Head is disappears after a few minutes leaving a perfectly still surface. No lacing. Not surprising for a barrel aged beer and better than other examples I've had.

S: Lots of malt character here. Very complex. Lots of sweet malt in the form of caramel and toffee mixed with some sherry like vinous notes. Slight alcohol on the nose but for something so high gravity it's extremely well masked. Bourbon is very subtle also but clearly playing it's part. Some dark fruits essence here, perhaps some prunes and fig. Hop bitterness is undetectable.

T&M: Taste follows the nose (love it when that happens). Sweet malt character, some toasted caramel, dark fruits, sherry like vinous notes, followed by some throat warming booziness. Mouthfeel is big and luscious. Carbonation is medium. Some slight harsh alcohols on the finish, but I think that would clear up over time. This is a relatively new bottle.

O: One pretty damn good barleywine and relatively local to me too (even though it was a bitch to get a hold of!). Great barrel aging on this one, it's not over the top but you know it's there which in my book is the mark of a great barrel aged beer. Color is really nice and wish I had seen it in daylight. The dark crystal clear garnet hues look amazing! The aroma and taste share many similarities and this is deceptively drinkable. You will not be disappointed! Is it worth the price? To try for the first time: yes. To buy a case of? I'm not sure...you be the judge of that :)

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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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  rDev -10.1%

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

2011 vintage, originally tasted on tap, but review from bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich brown color with dark amber notes. Thin tan head disappears quickly, leaving a flat coca-cola appearance. Oh, looks can be deceiving!

S: Wonderful, beautiful bourbon shines through. Woody, vanilla, with hints of toffee, caramel or molasses. Some booziness, but not distracting. Just inviting.

T: More bourbon continues to shine. Similar to smell, lots of oak, vanilla, caramel, smooth malty sweetness. Followed by more bourbon.

M: Rich, perfectly balanced with just enough carbonation. Gently warmness. Fresh, this is amazingly smooth and tastes more like a 8.5 rather than 13.5% beer.

D/O: Amazing. Love this beer, all the way around. Wish it wasn't quite so expensive though.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark brown color that turns to deep mahogany when held up to the light. About a finger of tan, almost mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Oh wow, heavy bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Sweet candied aromas mixed with molasses and burnt brown sugar. Smells quite rich and some toffee shines through as the beer warms.

Taste – Quite bourbon and vanilla forward. The oak takes a slight backseat to the more prominent flavors of dark fruits and candied sugars. Slight alcohol flavor and burn, though nothing what I was expecting for the ABV and how “young” this beer is.

Mouthfeel – Full bodied, very creamy, lower carbonation. One of the highlights of this beer in my opinion.

Overall – A delicious barleywine. I can’t wait to see how this ages. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, and after the first few sips you don’t so much taste it as feel it. Not sure what I was thinking when I opened this by myself tonight. Looks like I’ll be nursing this the next couple of hours. A very nice sipper on this cold Midwest night.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage; shared by TATURBO. Thanks Chris!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with a whiteish tan colored cap of head that goes around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Malts, Oak and vanilla. All barrel notes and all malts. This beer is assertive!

Taste: Very malty and very bourbon barrel forward. This beer is just aggressive and on a cold winter night I have been wanting a substantial beer just like this! Tons of caramel sweetness and candied fruits. Mild toffee notes and lots of vanilla complimented by moderate oak notes.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. It is a syrupy beer and I think it just needs some time in a cellar. Its really nice, but has some decent boozey heat. A little time to mellow will make this beer amazing.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer and look forward to tring it when it is a year or two down the line! It will only get better and it is already fantastic!

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small dark brown head on a dark brown beer. Light penetrates the edges. No head retention or lacing.

S- Nose is all bourbon barrel, woo!

T- Sticky caramel sweetness. Bourbon heat is there and well tolerable. No way this is 13.5%abv, alcohol is *very* well hidden.

M- Full, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation comes in on the end of each sip.

D/O- One of the best beers I've had in the last few months. Insanely drinkable given the ABV. Pleasure to try. What a nice surprise on a Tuesday night, thanks TATURBO!!!

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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