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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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435 Reviews

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 1,740
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 17.87%
Wants: 1,529
Gots: 597 | 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 TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to therealnomayo for this bottle!

2010 edition, so you know we ain't steppin' on George and Marky-Mark's toes. It pours a somewhat murky ruby-brown topped by a short-lived half-finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises dark toffee, dark candi sugar, light cocoa, and light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of hot caramel, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, toffee, and a healthy amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. So much spicy maltiness, so much enjoyment. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a very good barleywine, which deftly focuses on dropping a malt-bomb on all of us in a very pleasant way. Get some!

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Photo of Lukafer
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Denimdemon for busting this out at the epic Bonus Beer Bob tasting!

Pours a dark caramel with little to no head. Smells like candy, boozy candy, booze, dark fruits, phenomanal.  Taste dark fruits, some caramel, boozy, good.  Mouthfeel is sticky, drinkability is high for the ABV, delicious. Man, I need to get a few bottles of this. World class.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big Thanks to GbVDave for providing this as the main part of a recent trade. Excellent trading partner.

A beautiful ruby red/amber color. Cool color when held to the light. Rather dark when looking at a full glass. A tan head forms and vanishes fairly quickly. A thin ring of foam remains. No lacing remains.

Aroma is of malt, subtle vanilla a little nutty and a touch of coconut. Some sense of oak, but deep in the background. Actually the aroma just keeps getting better.

If someone says this beer is only highly rated due to hype, they need to be slapped. Wow, this is fantastic. The layers of malt are the base of the flavor. The depth is wonderful. Maple, vanilla, coconut, nice wood, yes bourbon, caramel… Lot’s going on. There are some dark fruits here, but I am so struck by the other flavors that I don’t let my mind dwell there.

Really bold body. Even more than I ever expected. Really thick and almost a syrup. Carbonation only provides a sparkle.

Special beer indeed. I will be trading for this again. Back on the Want List for this one!!!

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts with smooth butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Also present are hints of oak and even lighter hints of booze-soaked medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly sweetened by the addition of vanilla and toffee. Midway through the sip the flavors lighten up a bit with hints of butterscotch. Slight amounts of oak bring everything together near the end of the sip, fading out into a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It’s got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the second time I’ve had this beer and it lived up to its memory. A nearly perfectly well balanced English barleywine with nice notes of barrels. Well worth a shot.

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

400th review on BA
bottle to snifter
Capped and gold foil

App- This was a gorgeous deep dark pentrating red. It had a lot of shimmery highlights. The head was a very compact two finger khaki in color and was very quick to recede.

Smell- A very big smelling beer. The minute you pop the cap scents just come wofting up and out of the bottle. This was big, boozy and very rich. Scents of oak, vanilla and dark dried fruits fill out the nose.

Taste- This is one of those beers I will remember for a long time. It was powerful and rich but had a multi faceted taste that changed with each sip. The booze is very potent and that's okay because the other flavors compliment it well from the oak and the vanilla to the sweet and strong dried cherries.

Mouth- This bordered itself on being full bodied and was low carbed. The mouth was thick and rich and left a sweet liquor like taste after each sip.

Drink- This was one of the best beers I have had. The strong qualities were matched by its subtle flavor directions and how well each sip played on the last one. Would love to have one a week. Just a great beer.

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

From 22oz bottle to glass at Shannon's Big Bad Barleywine Tasting on 4/9/11.
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Imagine you've accidentally added a heaping dollop of molasses to the richest red velvet batter you've ever seen. That my friends is what this Mother looks like. A careful, straight pour yields an eye opening 1.75 finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: Like the best vintage port you've never had. The bouquet on this one is simply marvelous. I can't begin to explain quite how complex this is. There are so many wild and crazy nuances exploding within my nostrils: figs, plums, dried apricots and hard caramel candy. I think I spent more time inhaling this godly concentrate then I did drinking it.

T: Buy a farm. Once you've settled in and cultivated the soil, spend the next fifty years growing the choicest fruit trees the world over. Figs, dates, plums, morello cherries, persimmons and more. Their roots will grow deep into the earth. The heavenly fruit these trees will bear will vine ripen, and once at their peak, you'll harvest them by hand. After a long day in the field, take your prized crop home and dry them. Allow the sugars to crystalize, the skins to shrivel and the flavors to concentrate. With your old, weary and wrinkly hands, squeeze the dried fruits, wring every last drop. And once you've painstakingly completed this arduous task, bottle the Godly nectar and call it the Mother of All Storms.

M: It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. It's extremely thick and cloying. From the moment it enters my mouth, it explodes with a sticky nature not seen in many brews.

O: I'll keep it simple: Pelican's Mother of All Storms is best Enlgish Barleywine I've ever had.


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Photo of stakem
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release, big thanks to Joe for hooking me up with this, shared with Smoked.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a deep dark ruby color with a hint of almost purple about it that is fairly clear and plum-like in appearance. A finger of frothy yellowish stained tan head appears and fades leaving spots atop the brew and on the glass.

The aroma is deep and fruity like plums, raisin, toffee, caramel and sweet, smooth vanilla notes. The barrel aged and bourbon presence in this brew is amazing. The vanilla aspect is amazing, it's one of my favorite characteristics of barrel aged brews. The abv tingles the nose with a fusel touch and light medicinal quality and herbal smelling hops. Overall the smell of this brew is quite candied sweet and enjoyable. The alcohol gets a bit tangy as it warms.

The taste is bold with alcohol and contrasted with herbal hops that give way to a light medicinal flavor. The bold flavors of this brew part to show a light oxidized quality, herbal hops and a drying sense of alcohol. Notes of oak and the barrel aging presence of vanilla flavoring mix with toffee and caramel sweetness. More sips yield dark fruity flavors like raisin, plum, dates and an overall candied sweetness.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a lighter level of carbonation but not too low. This is an exceptional brew. The abv is fitting and not distracting with all the other flavors. A very solid sipper with a toasted quality that only evolves as it warms. Fantastic brew that satisfies the sweet tooth.

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Photo of mcgwire756
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Mother of All Storms poured from a bottle into a tulip.

This big beer poured a dark deep red with a 1 finger head that disappers relatively quickly unless you keep swirling it. Not much lacing at all unless you keep swirling.

The smell was terrific with dark fruit lots of bourbon and a little wood in it. The taste is oh so smooth for something that is 13.5%. I can tell this is a big beer, but I would not of guessed anything over 10. A lot more of the bourbon but not as sticky and thick as some other barleywines. It does not coat your mouth or feel overbearing which was nice especially after having a good amount of this beer.

This is a really terrific beer and one can tell how carefully one like this is crafted compared to other barleywines. A must try.

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Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle shared by mdfb79 at winter gathering of people that also trade beer with people that they have never met by way of this lovely internet webpage. Thanks Dan as I have wanted to try this for some time.

Poured into a Darkness snifter in Thorpe429's living room while whispering sweet and subtly offensive nothings in the ears of my fellow tasters. Looks like and English Barleywine as this beer is a dark mahogany with a bit of off white/tan head.

Smells rather sweet with lots of sticky malts and bourbon. Seems perhaps just a touch hot, but who the hell am I to complain. Taste is very malty and fairly full-bodied, but slightly thinner than I imagined. Lots of toffee and caramel with notes of vanilla and oak.

I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moas 2010

pours dark mahogany and is clear once you hold it up the the light - an aggressive pour renders a 2 finger tan head that rapidly dissipated and left no lacing

smell is not very strong which surprised me but is still quite complex - bourbon oak chocolate dark fruit caramel

taste - this packs some punch some boozy heat and all the notes the nose had - woody dark fruit caramel chocolate malts - the highlight is bourbon barrel aging and what it brings to this beer

mouthfeel is full bodied heavy sticky which works very well since this beer is a sipper(took me over 2hrs to finish) - it had more carbonation the i would have thought and i was pleased

overall - this brew made me wonder why there are not more breweries that barrel aging Bwines - it also reminded me quite a bit of founders backwoods bastard

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 02/28/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009 Perfect Storm
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

This brew has been in my cellar for 2+ years and am eager to sample it.

Poured dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat tan head w/ no lacing on the glass. Prototypical BA BW appearance. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate, molasses, dark currants, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The taste was of warming dark fruits and charred malts, w/ a touch od brown sugar, followed by strong bourbon and vanilla. For me this was still way too boozy even w/ 2+ years of age on it. Medium bodied.

Disappointed majorly by this brew! Very complex in the flavors, but the bourbon barrel aging was simply too much and completely overwhelmed the base beer.

Glad I got a chance to sample, but now really looking forward to sampling the base beer(Stormwatcher's Winterfest).

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

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for schlepping this one up from chi-town. Haven't had a bottle of this in a year or so, so it will be nice to see how it is doing.

2009 bottling.

Pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights, a little cloudy. Carbonation seems fine.

Nose is still quite boozy, but not as bad as it was a year ago. Also getting big dark fruit notes, a little woodiness, and some sweet caramel/toffee flavors.

Taste follows with huge caramely flavors, big dark fruit and a nice booziness that compliments the flavors and the mouthfeel. Not picking up that much wood, but a nice subtle vanilla note that i didn't pick up in the nose as well. Finish is clean, next to no bitterness, as the style calls for. Booze and thick caramel linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A great chewy viscosity and ideal carbonation for the style.

"overall" uh...good? Really alot like Arctic Devil.

Really enjoyed drinking this, just like the first time around. Thanks again for packing this one up with you Alex, a shame we didn't get to it while you were still here. Great beer.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with very little head. The aroma is wonderfully complex with some toffee, some cherry, some pecan, lots and lots of bourbon, & the booziness while present is very mild. The flavor is plenty of the vanilla and bourbon thing but not in an insanely overbearing way, this is well balanced with a very nutty and roasty character. The beer has some great candy sweetness, some resiny notes and a bit of coffee. The palate is very full and luxurious.

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, review # 1000! I never imagined I would make it this far. It's been an interesting road, some good beers, some bad drain pours, some surprises. I've learned a lot over the time. But yet, there are so many more to go. So for awesome number 1000, comes one I've been waiting for for a while. As I could not land a Kaggen! this is a good rebound. Thanks to imperialking for this beauty. This is the '09 vintage.

I keep balking at opening it, not quite sure if I want to yet, but I've come this far, and I need an awesome beer for the 1000th, so here. I finally bite my tongue and pop! It pours a very small fizzy but darker colored bubbled head that fades to little pockets of bubbles fairly quickly. The beer itself is super dark, barely any light getting through on the edges, revealing a ruby molasses brown color.

The nose wafted out as soon as it cracked open, with bourbon just pouring out. Lots of great bourbon aromas, some oak, toasty oak, a bit of vanilla coming from that. That rounds off the awesome malt aromas, plenty of dark malts and reddish malts all smashed together in a big heavy nose. Some dark fruits, hints of plum and date/fig, candy aroma like the candy on a candy covered apple, plenty of caramel and vanilla, some light chocolate, light bitter chocolate and creamy, very light hint of booze, and a nice soft aged malt aroma. So heavenly, complex, and just awesome. As it warms the bourbon comes out a bit more, bringing some woody esters with it too. I just hope the taste doesn't let down now.

Taste starts rich and creamy, lots of dark malts, chocolate, very light roast, some reddish malts, creamy smooth malts, rich and luscious, some dark fruits again bringing fig, plum, hint of raisin, and more, which gives a nice chocolate covered raisin and candy flavor. Then again loaded with bourbon flavor, not so much as the nose and as it would be fresh I imagine, but a really nice bourbon flavor. Some light toasted oak and barrel flavor coming with that delicious bourbon. THere is also a light warming booze, and hint of tingly booze as I hold it in my mouth for about a minute. Some aged soft malt flavors come through, like a nice old ale or, sic, barleywine. A light juicy malt bomb, light smooth and creamy oat feel, it has quite a smooth but heavy stout feel as well, almost like a cross between a big stout and barleywine. I get the slightest hint of earthy hops, adding a light bitterness to the nice sweetness and luscious feel. Hints of molasses and caramel, as well as vanilla, round off the complex and awesome flavor. As it finishes, a mouth coating malt flavor just sticks all over, reminding me of the flavor for a few minutes, a very slight tingle from the booze comes and goes quickly. It drinks much smoother than 13.5%. A light chocolate and candy flavor linger, as well as aged malts and dark fruits, the bourbon is mostly gone at this point.

Mouth is full bodied, fairly heavy, luscious, smooth, thick, and a little velvety, with lower but decent enough carbonation for an aged barleywine.

Overall, I'm very impressed. I was glad this was #1000. It definitely lived up to the hype, and maybe more. Lots of delicious soft aged dark malts, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, very complex but very tasty. No real off flavors at all, even with all the dark malts there was no minerality quality or burnt flavors. The booze is there but drinks well for 13.5%. Very slight hops there, but not much, which I'm sure is helpful for aging it, and perhaps I should try it fresh sometime. A slow drinker, but I could sip this all day. The one negative at all is the lack of carbonation, but then again almost 2 years old, a heavy slightly syrupy barleywine at 13.5% the lower carbonation doesn't hurt too much.

Yay, 1000 reviews! Release the balloons and confetti, just don't let them fall in my awesome beer. Thanks to all the awesome traders who helped me get here, and more in the future. Can't wait to try more awesome beers, and wish I could just sip beer all day and never have to work, but I gotta pay for the beer somehow. And now I'm enjoying this with a little bit of dark chocolate and it's so transcending, they accent each other so well, I'm in heaven.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark murky caramel, little to no tan head, leaves fast to disk. No lace.

S - Soy and pineapple - basically teriyaki. TONS of booze too.

T - Cocoa adds to the smell attributes, chocolate chips cookie feel.

M - Heavy body, decent carb, pretty good balance considering the flavors and the abv.

D - Cmon, palatte killer and will put you on the floor.

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Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle
2009 vintage
Acquired in a trade with xpimptastikx

Review #575

The beer poured a syrupy, dark caramel color with no head. A few tiny bubbles dotted the top of the liquid but they quickly dissipated.

Tons of bourbony sweetness came through in the nose. Super oaky with strong vanilla and brown sugar notes. Rich caramel malts were apparent as well. Slightly toasty. Some candied fruits were also noticeable.

The flavor profile was intense. Like the nose, the bourbon element was quite potent. Boozy and somewhat hot initially. Maple syrup, brown sugar and candied fruits came through strong. Super malty and rich. Sweet toffee and burnt caramel notes were apparent. The oaky, slightly tannic and dry finish provided a nice balance to this otherwise sweet, alcohol rich brew. As the beer warmed, the booziness subsided and subtle nuances came forth.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and smooth but a bit thinner than I anticipated for a 13.5% ABV barleywine. Creamy and supple on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.

This beer really comes into its own with time. In order to enjoy all its complexities, definitely let this one warm up to cellar temperature before serving. For a barleywine of such magnitude, The Perfect Strom is a unique and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010

Graciously given to me by my man Rochefort10nh

Appearance: Deep mahogany in color with an off white head that vanishes in an instant. A slight ring is all that's left surrounding the outer edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of, it just slides down the side and looks potent.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, caramel and dare I say raisins. It's aroma is simply awesome.

Taste: Vermont maple syrup hits the taste buds head on with caramel, coconut and bourbon in the middle followed by a fair amount of sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied feel almost like syrup. A perfect amount of carbonation no more needed for the style. Finishes clean, bitter and dry.

Drinkability: A definite sipper and quite enjoyable. I was first introduced to this gem under it's former name "the perfect storm" and this one doesn't miss a beat. Next year I'll be stocking up on this one.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage bomber poured into an oversized snifter on 12/11/10. Striking clarity in the mahogany body. The fluffy tan head is somewhat surprising at this monstrous ABV. It sticks around for a while before receding to a thick skim and a bubbly collar. Streaks and patches of lacing are scattered about.

Smells incredible. Since this stuff aged for a considerable period of time in the barrel, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at how well integrated the bourbon is. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly potent, but not at all out of place when paired up with the massive toffee malt. Oak, vanilla and figgy pudding aromas demand attention as well.

Tastes every bit as great as it smells. You can literally taste the vapors coming off this stuff- crazy. The creamy mouthfeel is the perfect vehicle for the copious amounts of buttery caramel and toffee. The bourbon simmers in the background without ever overwhelming. Vanilla and oak all around. Intense blend of fruits- persimmon, fig, white grapes, raspberry pie and a scathing citrusy bitter undercurrent. Bourbon, brown sugar and raspberry jam linger and linger.

Overall impression: Incredibly good barleywine. I can't imagine how it could get better, but I'm glad I've got a few bottles in the cellar just in case it does.

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Photo of Swimsum
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with largadeer. Thanks again. Split with a buddy and poured into a NB Globe. 2010 vintage of Mother of All Storms.

Pours out a murky medium brown. Settles into glass a murky dark brown and a very thin bubbly head emerges. The head doesn't even stay around long enough for me to pour the second glass for my buddy. A ring around the glass is the only thing that stays. Head is medium tan in color, swirling doesn't even bring a much head. No lacing is produced.

The nose certainly lets you know that this sat in bourbon barrels. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar and caramel. There is a lot of caramel in this. At times I get some dark fruit smells but can't really decide what specifically those fruits are. Very sweet smelling overall.

Much like the smell but much more of the dark fruits come through. First taste a very sweet but by the end of each sip the alcohol harshness becomes very present. The bourbon flavor itself is very pleasant and I think is done really well because it's not overpowering all the other flavors. The alcohol heat however, makes this a bit rough at times.

Medium bodied and slightly slick feeling. There is a sugary stickiness that is left on the lips after each sip. The alcohol burn is not very easy to try to ignore. Warming on the way down.

Overall this is a great tasting beer but it is a bit hot and harsh. If I had another bottle I would hold on to it for at least a full year before opening it. If you decide to open one, this is still pretty young so be prepared to taste the alcohol heat. All that said, my friend and I finished our glasses very easily and enjoyed it all the way.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear, dusky burgundy, the stuff behind obscured by the darkness. Cranberry highlights. A one-finger head of tightly packed light khaki foam quickly dissipates to a thin, persistent ring leaving horizontal lines of lace.

Smells like an old ale. Cranberry, plums, leather, substantial oak, tons of vanilla, caramel, overripe oranges, earthy English hops, toffee. Well-integrated bourbon. Very smooth.

The flavor is similar: plum sauce, quickly ripening oranges, earthy hops, vanilla ice cream, caramel, oodles of toffee, some light leather. Interestingly dry finish. There's also a hefty amount of ethanol. This needs to lay down for a year or two.

Light massaging carbonation, very light fizziness. Medium-full body, nice creaminess. Heavy alcohol warmth in the throat, tongue-numbing and chest-warming. The booziness is unavoidable, but I don't mind it too much.

Mother of All Storms packs incredible flavors into an alcohol-soaked whole. It's great for how fresh it is, but a year in the cellar will make this beer phenomenal.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day felt like I needed something special to open tonight. 2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a a dark, murky, mahogany color, with a thin tan ring sticking to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice mix of flavors to it. Brown sugar, molasses and vanilla all come out along with some raisin, cherry and plum flavors. The woody oak and moderate bourbon alcohol give it some excellent complexity. The barrel aging is very well done, it adds some great flavor but manages to integrate very well and not overpower the beer. Excellent aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of dark fruits to it throughout the flavor. Figs, plums and raisins show through more at first, while some cherry comes through more in the finish. Some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness comes through as well towards the finish. The woody oak and bourbon alcohol seem more subtle compared to other barrel aged beers, but still add some very nice, complex flavors to the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with carbonation being moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, I really loved the flavors to it. The barleywine flavors were very good, the dark fruits and malty sweet flavors were especially nice in it. The barrel aging was also done very well. It added some nice depth and complexity, but still allowed the beer to shine through. Fantastic beer overall.

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Photo of mistakebythelake
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle reviewed thanks to Urbancaver.

Pours a nice brownish red color with minimal head and lacing. I got a lot of sweet toffee and bourbon on the nose which i thoroughly enjoy those flavors. Tastes of oak, vanilla, maltiness and bourbon. Little carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel finish. Definitely a sipper and probably will be a very good bottle to age.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing!

A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a small head that dissipates very quickly to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet and rich. Lots of caramel/toffee and some molasses. I also get lots of dark fruits - raisins and a slight oak component. Really nice and complex.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of dark fruits again, the raisins return, and I also taste some cherries. A little bit of alcohol, but more subdued than other barleywines I have had.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with a good carbonation, balanced very well. There is a slight alcohol burn, but not a problem at all, and expected. Overall, I found this beer to be really good. Very complex flavor profile with a lot going on.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A-maroonish color with a tan head that fades quickly.
S-light on the bourbon. Very sweet and mellow.
T-very sweet an smooth. Nice burbon taste that is really mellow. Very tasty. Would love to see what age does to this.
M-medium body, smooth with a light burn down the throat.
D-drinkable. Especially considering the abv. Nice.

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

Pours a very reddish brown. Not very dark. A decent amount of head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing. Smells very bourbon heavy. Tastes strongly of bourbon with lots of malt presence. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Too potent to be that drinkable. Vry overwhelming but also quite good! Needs some age before it will settle into it's prime

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.