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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,717
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 1,521
Gots: 592 | FT: 72
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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Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012. Pours much darker than every previous year of MoaS: very dark brown with way more head than its older siblings.

Caramely aroma, strongly malty, a kiss of dark fruits to round things out. Black licorice and molasses join the caramel train across my palate. Meadows of malts are a safe haven for all things barleywine-y.

The 2012 is a clear departure from previous vintages of MoaS, and I like what they've done with the place. Excited to see how this develops with age.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle from Beaumont Market, Portland, OR

Review for 2011 vintage.

Shared with the wife in the comfort of our home, this one was decanted into a Klokke Roeland globe for myself (a Cascade stem glass for her). Deep and dark, yet still eerily translucent, dark brown color mixed with a glistening bloody maroon, topped with a rocky beige head that retained for a surprisingly long time, and left some soapy lacing on the glass. Complex and tantalizing aroma of dark malty sugars, molasses, juicy dark fruits, and chocolate-covered cherries. Rarely do I give "5" ratings for taste, but I can't really bring myself to rate this beer anything less. Caramel, toffee, thick malts, molasses and milk chocolate up front, a segue of almonds leading to a mid-palate cascade of raisins, figs, black cherries, sherry, brandy, red grapes, and finishing off with flavors of cigar-grade tobacco, vanilla-tinged, wood-soaked bourbon, and a deep-seated earthiness. If that weren't enough, the mouthfeel was intensely creamy and velvety smooth, full-bodied, almost too drinkable, though pretty hot from the alcohol, but you have to expect that from a beer like this. I have a few more bottles of this that I'm going to let age for a while. I'm sure they'll prove to be interesting in a few years.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2011 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to exitmusic00 for the bottle!

A- Pours black, some ruby highlights at the edges when held to light, with a thin tan head that fizzles to a black mirror.

S- The aroma is very powerful, immediately I'm getting big notes of bourbon, dark fruits, some oak and vanilla, as well as a strong sweetness from molasses and caramel. The only beer I've had recently with such an awesome aroma was King Henry, the two actually smell pretty similar with big sweet, fruity booze aromas.

T- Just like the nose, huge bold flavors. Bourbon flavor is prominent but isn't hot or harsh, it blends nicely with oak and vanilla flavors. Lots of fruity berry sweetness along with molasses and malty caramel notes.

M- Full-bodied, very thick and palate-coating, low carbonation emphasizes the thickness of the beer, goes down smoothly with a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- An awesome beer, one of the better barleywines I've had in a long time, I'm struck by the similarities between this beer and King Henry, if you liked one you should definitely try the other. Definitely a great beer for cold, stormy nights.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2011 release. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pelican's Mother of All Storms pours almost stout-like. The body of the beer appears to be all black, but some backlighting reveals scant cherry highlights. Nearly three fingers of foam come together to crown the beer. Head retention is somewhat fleeting though, and lacing is basically nonexistent. The nose is a little weak at first, but really starts to pop as the beer finishes warming. Strong notes of smooth bourbon and caramelized sugar are supported by a secondary aroma of vanilla. The bourbon, while still present, takes more of a back seat role in the flavor profile. Some creamy milk chocolate emerges to join the vanilla and burnt sugar hinted at in the nose. The mouthfeel is spot on, with a full, sturdy body that stops short of being syrupy. The carbonation is just enough to cut through all the malty goodness and let me know it's there, and I wouldn't want any more for it. English barleywines, and their barrel aged brethren, are some of my favorite beers, and Mother of All Storms is on of the best takes on the style I've had.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.66/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Re-review of 2011 vintage shared by mfielden. Thanks, Mark.

S: This is very oxidized, more than previous vintages have been. It has substantial cardboard and a general aroma of "nothingness," as if the beer is over-mellowed.

T: I taste the bourbon, a bland sweetness, and cardboard. Yech. This is not a strong showing of a beer. It is one-dimensional and simple. To my credit, nearly everyone else at the tasting felt the same way. Finally! Validation!

O: As noted in my comments below, I haven't been a fan of this beer from the 2009 vintage onward. But this one was especially off. I like barrel-aged barleywines, but something about this beer doesn't click with me. I turned down an offer from ramnuts to get the 2011s for me, and I'll do the same in the future. It's just not my beer. More for others...


2009 vintage. A big thanks to Frank (ramnuts) for trucking these down to my house!

A: Pours a very dark honey / amber body in the glass. Develops a decent light beige head with the pour; retention is decent for a barleywine of this ABV. Some lacing down the glass as I sip, but nothing that sticks.

S: This beer REALLY needs to warm up. It produces aromas of bourbon, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, wood, toasted pecans, and some booze.

T: Like the nose, the beer is best when warm. Toasted pecans, bourbon, and toffee up front. The malts continue into a blend of caramel, and butterscotch, but they also develop rummy dark fruit flavors. Vanilla and chocolate are lightly present. It's surprisingly tannic in the finish, but that doesn't offset the molasses bomb that this beer is turning into. Each time I've had it, it has tasted sweeter and sweeter.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation (very creamy). It used to be somewhat hot in the finish, but after about a year it has cooled off. The tannins have been more pronounced each time I've had this beer, and they create an astringency that is distracting.

D: I hate to blaspheme, but I'm not blown away by this beer. I think it's solid but no more. I've had it a handful of times since it came out last year, and each time I am less and less taken with it.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a CBS snifter...

A: Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a quarter finger of cream colored head. Traces of lacing down the sides of the glass. I particularly love the dark colors of this brew and the sunburst effect around the edges.

S: Super complex nose with dark fruit, raisin, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak char, tobacco, leather, cherry, brown sugar. Thick, rich bourbon barrel notes provide some outstanding character here. It doesn't just hit all of the right notes, it absolutely destroys them. Perfect bouquet.

T: The initial flavors are chocolate and vanilla. As it washes across the mid, the caramel, raisin, and oak notes weigh in. It all comes together with ripe dark fruit, dark tobacco, and a nice little alcohol burn on the back end. I love very bit of this.

M: The mouthfeel and balance on this are top notch. It's amazing how much complexity Pelican has packed into this beer while keeping everything supremely balanced and smooth. Only deficiency is that carbonation seems a little bit high for the style. However, this one is silky smooth and decadent in all the right ways.

O: The absolute standard for the English Barleywine style. A spectacular beer from start to finish, worthy of every accolade it has received. Thank you, Pelican, for this creation.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

2011 Release.

Pours a gorgeous rich mahogany color with some gorgeous ruby hints. Nice thin head with a tan to light tan color that is medium dense and recedes to a nice ring around the glass. Gorgeous beer.

Delicious aroma. Strong molasses notes and caramel but most importantly tons of Bourbon. Nice vanilla undertones as well as some nice woody spice. Nice dark fruits including raisin and prunes. Very nice slight chocolate notes are also perceived in the nose.

Wow. This brew is amazing. It is so complex, big and flavorful. Starts off with some nice dark malt notes. Grainy and bready and then followed quickly by intense big and bold sweetness. Caramel and toffee with some nice Bourbon sweetness. VEry dark fruit notes are present. The middle has some nice intense boozy sweetness and more molasses and toffee notes with a nice heat in the back end of the brew. Having had King Henry not too long ago I can safely say that these two are very close in awesomeness. MoAS seems to be a bit more balanced and full bodied. Smooth as hell and very drinkable the ABV isn't too big of a hurdle which is a bit scary. Mouthfeel is awesome. Silky smooth and oily.

Very good brew. Amazing actually nice dark fruit notes with toffee and tons of Bourbon and sweetness that isn't too intense. This is a great brew.

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Photo of output01x
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beerhan for this awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and gold foil-lined bottle (2011 Vintage) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger reddish brown head that completely dissipates in less than a minute. The body is a dark brown similar in color to the bottle it was poured from. Traces of bright crimson shine through when this beer is held to light. As the beer is consumed, a thin foam ring forms that leaves strings of lacing that quickly fall back down to the body.

The nose is dark, rich, and boozy. Strong aromas of bourbon-like alcohol impact the nostrils with each whiff. Once you get past the booze, aromas of oak, vanilla, and dark fruits do well to round out and complicate the news.

Like the nose, this beer starts out dark, sweet, and full of alcohol. Flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits all present themselves. As the beer is held in the mouth, alcohol stings the sides of the tongue. Upon swallowing, a warming alcohol envelops the entire tongue and is quickly greeted by flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, raisins, and black currant. As these flavors taper off, an alcohol warmth emanates from the back of the throat. This beer reminds the drinker time and time again of its 13.5% ABV. However, this is welcome as the alcohol flavors add to the experience.

This beer is thick, and delightfully messy. The body is coating, syrupy, and quite sticky. The carbonation is subtle at best but is definitely doing a lot of work in the background. The mouthfeel is slick, sticky, and syrupy but matches the taste perfectly.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2011 bomber, split with a friend and poured into CBS snifters.

A: Dark ruby, with a thin fizzy head that dissipates instantly.

S: Molasses, bourbon, and dark fruits. Very sweet, some alcohol noticeable.

T: Upfront, dark sweet fruits attack, with a very deep flavor. Mid-sip, strong bourbon overwhelms. The finish is of a dark fruit--barely good.

M: Medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation. Works well.

O: Rough, but the composite parts are excellent. The bourbon is a little too overwhelming. I hope with some age, the flavors will mellow slightly and come together. I'll save my second bomber for a year or two and re-review!

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes taken at wonderful tasting

Pours a bit thin. Solid brown with a bit red to it.

has a nice sweet toffee smell and lots of sweet malts. Licorice and nice smooth.

Subtle booze and caramel stints. Lots of nuts and barrel flavor. Finish is boozy.

Mouthful is smooth and boozy. Medium body and smooth. A bit silky. Solid.

A good beer. A little too much heat. But still nice. Solid beer. Might taste better with age.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense richness exudes from a beer of luxurious proportions that's aptly named the "Mother of all Storms". This is certainly a Barleywine for the ages.

Decanting with a tawny ruby and garnet hue, the beer exhibits bright clairty although with a mystic denseness that's so, so seductive. A surprisingly spritzy head rises to the top but mysteriously evaporates in quite fizzy fashion. Not that it's a big deal for these intensely alcoholic beers to degrade head formation and retention in favor of brandyish legging- but the fizzy way that the head disolves is odd for the style.

Strong malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, and toffee lead the way, but also with the tawny scent of vinous, bourbon, and brandy-like fruits. Complex to the bone, the beer's complementary notes include plumbs, dates, balsamic sherry, walnuts, berries, cherries, apples, and grapes.

As an extention of aromas, the flavor spread offers a similar variance but with an early focus on sweetness: toffee, chocolate, and molasses forms a robust taste that coats the mouth evenly and richly for a savory and lucious flavor. The mid palate introduces the estery notes of cherries, grapes, apples, and berries for added layers of complexity. Balance from bitter alcohols, vinous tartness, tobacco, sherry, balsamic (almost soy sauce savoryness)and tannic bourbony woods round out the sweeter notes and keep the beer from becomming one-dimensionally sweet. As the beer warms, more bourbon notes rise in the forms of vanilla, caramel, and coconut.

Calling the beer "full bodied" is an understatement. Heavy and masculine says it better, expecially with the fleeting carbonation that allows the beer to lay on the tongue and palate in a very dense and velvety coat. An extended finish of malty sweetness and moderate dryness from alcohol and woody tannins allows the enjoyment of the taste through an long lingering aftertaste. Expectations of Port wines should be expected from the mouthfeel of this beer.

With the focus on malt, malt, and more malt, I love the sherry, wine, and soy sauce-like savory notes that provide mild tartness to accompany the warm alchols and balance the beer. Beautifully invisioned and executed by the ever-classy Pelican Brewery!

An enjoyable beer with which to celebrate review #3,000. Thanks a bunch Hopluva1!

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Photo of stxSS07
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter. Split with lookitsmp as part of our BA barleywine tasting. Thanks to matttyYCE!

*December 2012 Edit*

*Much more balanced and mellow out of the gates this year. THIS is the beer I thought I was trading for last year. Sweet sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, and barrel (coconut) on the nose and taste. If only they didn't switch to stickers instead of painted labels...*

A- Pours a slick dark brown/black with not head to speak of. Leaves a sticky film on the glass along with some big legs.

S- Dark fruit, figs, raw woody notes, sweet caramel/vanilla and not much else. We both thought this was pretty subdued.

T- Sweet caramel, huge boozy hit--insanely hot, toasted barrel character, roasted notes, vanilla.

M- Nice and thick. Velvet-like with minimal carbonation but an insanely hot finish.

O- This is a really tasty BA barleywine, but with the huge amount of hype built up around it I thought it fell wayyy short...especially when directly compared to King Henry and BA Hi Fi. Hopefully some age can mellow out my other bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one! Been wanting to try it for awhile...

Glisteningly clear, sanguine ruby liquid, a frothy layer of tan foam across the top, leaving plenty of spotty lacing all around the edges. A lasting skim swirls on the surface like cirrus clouds.

Pleasant aroma of dried dark fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar. Nutty and rich with some barrel traces around the edges, though fairly sweet like cotton candy.

Rich coating feel, viscous yet dry and not overly sweet. Big bourbon notes of brown sugar and vanilla, nutty malts, toffee, and spun sugar. Finish is pretty dry, and the abv is felt but doesn't seem close to what it is in reality. Masterfully aged, though a bit more depth would be nice.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass at the pelican feb 2012. Pours a transparent hazel color, only a slight bit of foam exists in the glass as it is brought to me, but I don't there was much to begin with considering the 13.5% ABV. Smell is of raisins, dark fruit, alcohol, smooth vanilla and caramel smell. The smell is really potent, I didn't really swirl the beer at first, and it didn't have much head but it was still very aeromatic. The taste resides in the same vein as
The smell, once again one of the most potent flavor was that of raisins/dark fruit. I let my glass warm for a good bit before I drank it, so it may have different notes when onsumes colder. I also get some notes of bourbon. This was still really hot, I'd like to get a bottle of this age for a while then try it in two years once it has mellowed. While it was very aggressive when I tried it, I thing it would come out very smoothly with some age. Mouthfeel id relatively thick, with mild carbonation. If you enjoy a boozy beer and you like those sweet dark fruit notes, give this a try.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber (2011 vintage – 4th release from this brewery) into tulip glass. This is the brewery’s Stormwatchers Winterfest 2010 aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Pours brown reddish hue with off-white medium head that dissipates to thin but a livery lace that lasts throughout. Gosh, I can smell the barley wine without bringing it close to my nose. Dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel in the nose. Light bourbon is detected. Flavors of dark cherries and oak vanilla. Bit of a bitter back finish. The bourbon brings out in it’s own quite smoothly. There is some toffee picked up late along with caramel. Good carbonation; sticky medium mouthfeel. A very well-made barley wine!

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Photo of meatyard
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling, thanks to a friend.

Pours a clear, mahogany with a short, light tan head that quickly dissipates to some small bubbles at the edge due to light carbonation.

The smell is complex with oak, deep dark fruit aromas and a little alcohol (bourbon).

There's a lot happening here; There is a lot of malt character, a hint of vanilla, the dark fruits show up nicely here, oak and bourbon. The alcohol is mostly hidden in my bottle but it is a very warming beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly full with very low carbonation. Most everything in the taste lingers in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall: This is a delicious and complex beer, one that lots of other barleywines should try to emulate. It's a really good beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to jmpizzo for getting me some bottles!

2011 VINTAGE- 22oz. foiled and capped bottle at about fridge temp, poured into a boulevard tulip. shared with trxxpaxxs.

pours out a dark ruby, mahghony red color, almost appears black from a distance, with about one fingers worth of light tan colored head that eventually faded to a foamy ring. no real lacing to speak of.

intial aromas of grainy oak, then some big doses of nuts and a little bit of some dark fruits. some light roasted almonds, pecans, and cashews. a little bit of vanilla oak and hints of smooth bourbon, more as it warms.

again, lots of figgy like dark fruits and cashew and roasted almond nuttiness. some sweetness with a bit of molasses and brown sugar. vanilla with just a touch of oak and bourbon, but the booze is masked nicely.

sticky, with almost a syrupiness to it, all in a good way of course. heavy bodied with lots of good sweetness.

quite an exceptional BA barleywine, among the best ive ever tasted. nuts and dark fruits kind of take center stage while the bourbon barrel seems very well integrated with the rest of the flavors. this kind of reminds me of hebrew 15:15 combined with founders- backwoods bastard. i cant wait to see what wonders age will do to my remaining bottle.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear brown reddish color with no head except for a small ring of white foam. Nose is a bit hot, slight bit of hops as well.

Taste is really well balanced, a bit sweet and hoppy. The Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a crisp choppy finish.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dogfishandi for sharing this bottle... 2011 vintage.

A: Pours out a super dark mahogany red with a thin khaki colored head. There isn't much lacing to speak of, but the color is exceptional.

S: The nose is sweet, buttery, bourbon, vanilla/oak, a touch of seaweed, and some booze. It's a 13.5% beer and it reminds you right off the bat. It's an interesting mix that is extremely pleasant.

T: The initial hit is seaweed and booze. But that transitions to some really nutty and fruity notes. These flavors come as a shock considering I didn't pull any fruity notes out in the nose. It almost has a raspberry and cashew mix to it. The finish is sweet and mellow. The alcohol fades in the finish, which I really appreciate.

M: Full bodied beer. The flavors are silky and smooth. Everything coats the palate and lingers nicely. It's thick and chewy but not overly cloying.

O: Fantastic. This is one of the best BA Barleywines that I've ever had. The fruity and nutty characteristics were unexpected but very enjoyable and the barrel aged on this beer was done to perfection. It's just right.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into my Bruery snifter at cellar temp.
A: Dark brown. 2 finger tan head. Some lacing present.ppearance: (4.0)

S: Loads of caramel, fig and some sweet booziness.

T: Lots going on here. Sweet figs and caramel on the hose that is followed by bourbon booziness.

M: Thick and full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: A great BBBW. I feel it is a notch below King Henry, but still among the best I have tried.

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Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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'.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of Shmeal
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of tjkinate
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.