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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: 9.05%
Wants: 1,528
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 BeerAndBourbon
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours dark brown with amber edges and a creamy tan head.

S. Caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, and some alcohol heat.

T. A nice rich dark barleywine with caramel sweetness, bourbon, brown sugar

M. Fairly thick with low to medium carbonation.

D. A bit hot, but very drinkable.

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Photo of rye726
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice silky tan head, light lace over a dark woody mahogany. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark pitted fruits, candy, malts and pecans. A bit boozy, but should age well. Full body, great finish. This will age very well for years to come. Wish I could get more!

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

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color with a moderate tan foam head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Lots of toasted grains, caramel, oak, caramel, dark fruit and a hint of burnt brown sugar. Very powerful and inviting.

T: Lots going on with this beer, but it is quite balanced. Starts out with a boozy bourbon taste that is quickly balanced out by the prunes, raisins, toast and caramel. Very balanced througout the tasting.

M: Slightly slick and boozy. NIce full body and nice amount of carbonation.

D: This is a nice sipper, extremely high ABV, but it is quite enjoyable. The taste has an alcohol presense because of the bourbon, but it is not a hot alcohol taste.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dak amber to brown-ish color with a small tan head. In the aroma, oaky bourbon, caramel, and dark fruits. In the taste, bourbon stands out, with some dry dark fruit and a sticky caramel. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a lingering bourbon and caramel like sweetness. A sipper for sure, big bourbon and quite nice.

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

Mother of All Storms 2010

Pours a brown with deep ruby highlights. Low clarity through the beer. There is a half inch of beige head that sat on top but quickly fizzled out to nothing. The ring of foam that usually stits around the edges of my glass is no longer their either. Once poured this beer looks ready to be drank.
The aroma is that of a rich caramel malt with a touch of breadiness. There is plenty of oak and bourbon that follow with just a hint of sweet raisin on the end. It smells slightly hot and sweet.
The flavor is very well balanced yet complex. There are lots of rich malt up front as well as bourbon. I can taste the traces of oak from the barrels as well as a touch of vanilla. The dark fruit flavor I smelled (raisin) tastes more like dark cherry as all of the flavors combine on the finish. The flavors are warm and full bodied.
Lots of body and warmth, with very little sensation from carbonation on this mouthfeel. A very creamy body that bites on the first sip, but really smoothes out the rest of the way. Easy to drink, although not to be guzzled.
I enjoy Barleywine very much and this beer really set the standard for the style (at least for barrel aged). The flavors were bold yet well balanced, a true sipping beer, not because you want to but because you have to.

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

Look - Very little head appears on an aggressive pour but the color is great it's a very dark amber color.

Smell - A very nice bourbon smell the oakiness comes thru but it is not over powered but the slight alcohol smell, there is also some dark fruit and a little caramel

Taste - The taste is amazing great bourbon taste just like is the nose. The first thing you taste is bourbon then some dark fruit, and finally some of the caramel. I find that the alcohol is very well hidden for being 13.5%

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation for the style, the body was a little thin when compared to others in this style but I found the medium body to well complement the flavors. Just like in the taste you can tell the alcohol is there but it is very nicely done.

Drinkability - This has scary good drinkablilty for 13.5% this is hands down my favorite English Barley wine that I have ever had.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

Special thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way!

A: ruby red to brown with virtually no head, and what head there was dissipates quickly to just a ring around the rim of the glass, no lacing to note

S: very sweet smelling, scents of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and definitely note the alcohol that lurks within

T: flavors of dark fruits are very present, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and of course the booze

M: mild carbonation, medium body, but thinner than expected for the style, a little alcohol burn

D: definitely a sipper, it's good and has a very unique flavor profile.


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Photo of udchemist
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got to taste the bourbon barrel aged @ the jacki os release feb 2011.
Appearance - little to no head, dark.
Taste - mostly malts when cold, change and became softer as it warmed up.
Smell - malts, oats, dark fruits
Mouthfeel - nice taste up front and on the finish, solid beer nice feel on the palate
Drinkability - good.

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Photo of Verecund
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Opened on February 3, 2011.

Persian plum with the tiniest ring of tan head. Still; like burnt caramel waiting to be eaten.

Huge, decadent nose. Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, and bourbon booziness. Just the tiniest wisp of raspberry.

Palate is toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, caramelized sugar, and vanilla, with some oak peeking through the huge bourbon notes. Some dark fruit, especially plum strikes mid-to-late palate and shows more as it warms. The complexity is slightly masked by the heat of the bourbon. There's an odd note on the back of the palate I can't quite put my pen to - almost vegetal. Very sweet, very big, with a lingering bitter astringency on the finish.

Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Sticky.

A nice sipper for a cold night, but not as mind-blowing as I had hoped. A little sherry oxidation should benefit MoaS and cool her down enough to appreciate her complexities. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next 60-90 minutes, easily.

EDIT: Fourth bottle opened December, 2011. This has become fairly muddled and one-note. Will update with last bottle.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a minimal head, but man, the color is great. Brilliant, crystal clear auburn.

Aroma: Mad malty. Caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbony booziness and maple. Dark fruit. Sugary iced tea.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, toasty, bready. A little spiciness, perhaps from the barrel? That iced tea is still there, not at all unpleasant. A scoach of cellar mustiness and beef jerky/savoryness, oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: Works, nothing amazing but it is fine for the beer.

Drinkability: Not a chore at all. Opened up nicely once warmed.

Glad I got to try this but the ~$34 it cost for us to acquire it was a bit steep.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one didn;t live up to the hype so much, but was solid...

Had a dark crimson color with a small ring of head thats a little tan tinged. The lacing didn't really stay so much.

The smell has definite leather qualities you find on many barleywines with notes of dark fruit, prunes and cereal-bran malts. I don't get a lot of bourbon character in the smell.

The taste is nice. Raisin and rum notes prevail with banana, slight bourbon sweetness + alcohol sweetness; Prunes and some dried berries as well.

Smooth feel but a little hot for me.

Drinkable for a barleywine for sure.

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Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OG 13.7 degrees Plato
40 IBUs
22 oz bomber of 2010 vintage, received as a generous surprise from lurchingbeast, poured into a big snifter. Thanks Frank! This beer was one of my top wants since it tops Beeradvocate's list of English Barleywines, and I love me some J.W.Lees - super excited to try this one!

Appearance 4/5
Deep garnet and clear with a big brown head that gave away rather soon and settled into a thin collar, without any lacing. However it should be noted that this beer has spent time in barrels and is quite high in alcohol, so poor retention is not a problem.

Aroma 4/5
The usual suspects are present: Toast, caramel/toffee, figs, sweet alcohol and bourbon, and then there are some off putting notes of green potatoes. Alcohol gets a little too strong at warmer temperature.

Taste 4/5
Sweet, but flavorfuly so, with a sharpness of character. Despite the dominantly sweeter notes, this beer is quite bitter and astringent and would complement fatty food very well. A long and vinous sweet finish with a slightly bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Disappointingly thin!

Drinkability 4/5
Good, but this beer didn't wow me in any respect. I will definitely revisit it if I get a chance to!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to sweemzander for opening this bottle at our last tasting. 2010 release.

A: Almond brown with dark red edges. About one finger of beige head. Small amount of lace left behind. No cap.

S: Smooth buttery toffee and caramel are the opening act. Mild tart fruit, vanilla, oak and smooth bourbon follow. Malt and hops are sort of an after thought. Smells terrific.

T: The flavor is just as smooth as the nose. Toffee and caramel rolled in slightly bitter hops. Dark fruit, brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, wet wood and bourbon. Hardly any heat.

M: Creamy smooth medium body. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D: This is my second time enjoying this beer. The wait between tastings was almost a year. I really hope I don't have to wait that long to try it again.

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Photo of seeswo
3.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

MOAS (2010) bottle provided by CaseyK at a Madison tasting.

Pours a clear brown with the booze/sugar shimmers and very little head. Smells of oak, booze and vanilla. Another bourbon barrel beer *sigh*. Tastes strongly of booze, complemented with vanilla and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is not ready yet. Like a little kid who is freaking out, this beer really needs some time to lay down and chill out. Features a medium bodied, sugary mouthfeel with lower to mid carbonation, which is not unexpected. It is way too boozy, sugary, etc. to call altogether that drinkable. Seriously, this beer was made for the long haul. In the future, I don't think I would touch it until it had a year on it. Then, I am certain my review and experience would be more pleasant. That being said, I think it has tons of potential and was enjoyable as is, despite it being a bit of a mess. Let's call it currently an enjoyable mess.

EDIT: Had an opportunity to try another 2010 bottle in September 2010 it is not aging gracefully. The big, bright excessive bourbon flavor which was both hot, but tasty has lost some of the positive edge to it and instead has gotten more abrasive. Review above adjusted accordingly (-1 for taste).

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

Auburn with a red hue. No lacing, no head.

Burnt chocolate, caramilized sugar, brownie, grape, raspberry. Distinct, unique and intriguing.

Chocolate fudge, vanilla, caramel - was this brewed with hops? Cant taste them - which is fine by me.

Thick, sexy mouthfeel. Not overly dense.

Quite an amazing barleywine. Decadent, balanced and incredibly tasty - great to sit down with and slowly enjoy (but I won't do that).

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Beachwood BBQ during the Bruery RS Post-Party (can't remember who brought it, but BM me so I can give you proper credit). 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured red-brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, cream, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma were quite complex and all aspects seemed to work quite well together. Not really a whole lot could be added to make it better. This is an absolute must try.

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

22 oz bottle poured into tulip. From notes.

A - A reddish purple with brown and mahogany base colour. Minimal head, decent sticky lacing

S - Distinct sweetness and oakiness. Dark fruits, vanilla, and some graininess.

T - A delicious taste profile. I pick up a bunch of different flavours, with a nice strong woody taste. Plum and currants, vanilla, candied sugars. Get some toffee and butterscotch

M/D - A true sipper. You can tell by some of the alcohol heat that this is a young beer and is a perfect candidate for aging. I am glad I have a few to compare over the years to see how it develops, I am betting on fantastic!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. A big thank you to black13 and hopsbreath for bottles of this; been a big want for me for awhile!

(A)- Pours a rather dark burnt sienna color that produced a rather good sized tan colored head despite its ABV. Dissipated to a low layer of froth. Certainly a darker representation of the style, but it does not bother me any.

(S)- A decadent rich profile. Wonderfully sweet and rich caramel/toffee/brown sugar front. Raisin, molasses, cocoa, and a smooth syrupy-like charred oak roastedness that could only have come from the bourbon barrels. Such a dynamic yet delicate and rich aroma that I could smell all day; my description does not do it justice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A sexy rich profile of raisin and molasses with bits of caramel/toffee/and brown sugar. A blend of cocoa and charred oak. Again, my description fails in comparison to what this is really like.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It is so smooth yet rich and smooth for a barleywine with only a minimal warmth despite is massive 13.5% ABV.

(D)- This is just a wonderful example of a barleywine despite how fresh it is still. Smooth despite its ABV. My review does not do it justice; rich and dynamic with really the perfect body for the style. I so want to just give this perfect 5s, but this really cannot be too drinkable since it just needs to be sipped and savored to fully appreciate just how good this really is in my opinion.

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Photo of StormKing47
2.88/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A collaboration of efforts to buy a case of these. Bottle shared by petsuphi with cmurren25 and it went a little something like this...

A- A very surprising dark charcoal black color similar to some fine stouts instead of the familiar brownish colors of most barleywines. A nice amount of carb that dissipated an off-white/tannish head into a tiny thin strip of it's former self. A quite odd looking beer in my honest opinion.

S- A pungent smell greets me like a filthy old diaper. Did not pick up the normal smells, but some burnt oak/wood, some touches of bottom shelf bourbon and stale vanilla. It was very undesirable, seriously wanted to pick up more aromas, but they just weren't there at all. Completely let down.

T- I will say the taste does not match the smell at all. Has a pleasant opening of smoked oak/wood with a nice earthiness in the beginning. As it warms though more of the off putting characteristics come back to torture me. Stale vanilla, your grandmother's stale werther's original caramel candies from 1981 and some malty sweetness that is almost not sweet enough. Son of a bitch why did I buy a few of these?

M- Full bodied and thick. From appearance the carb was anticipated, but is really not there no tingle or prickle. A nice warming presence along with coating and a syrupy character. It's semi-viscous, but doesn't stick around like others I've had. A little underwhelmed to be honest.

D- Not really, I had to suffer through too much with this one to ever come back to it. I would think about it, but would probably pass on this one. It's high abv, nasty smell and unpleasant taste kill this one for me. I'm sure a lot of people will like it I'm just not one of them. I would reconsider after putting myself through that one twice.

I have had 2 vintages of this beer and they both were let downs. There are definitely better barrel aged barleywines around. Anyone want one in trade?

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

2010 vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A clear, burnt, amber-brown body holds up a thin film of off-white head that eventually fades to a thin ring. Looks pretty good for a 13.5% barleywine. Swirling the glass leaves some light lacing and legs.

Bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet dark fruits rise up from the glass. Figs, sugared plums and a hint of cherry. Honey, sweet malts and a touch of alcohol. Nice layers of complexity.

Sweet, caramel malts, light bourbon, vanilla and some peaty hop bitterness. The hops take a backseat to the English malt profile, but still carry some weight and add an almost meaty presence to the middle of the flavor profile. Some alcohol comes through, but is pretty well balanced for a beer of this size. Still would consider this hot though. Dark fruits and a touch of grape. The fruits are not as strong as the nose would suggest, but still present. The malts are great. Bready and biscuity, pairing well with the light bourbon presence. I originally gave this a 4 right out of the bottle at cellar temp, but as it warms the fruits come out more and the entire flavor profile becomes more integrated, so this deserves to be bumped up a half point. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost viscous with light carbonation. Almost spot on for an English barleywine. Warming alcohol throughout.

Drinkability is good. This is a great sipper, especially on a cold night. I love the nose and the flavor is almost there as well. Probably my third favorite barleywine right behind Midnight Sun's Arctic Devil and J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale. The beer seems a little hot at the moment and I'd like to see the light hop presence die out a little bit. So needless to say, I'm excited to revisit this beer with a few years on it. Really glad I've got a case to age. One of the best English barleywines out there. Nice work Pelican.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mother of All Storms, poured into a large snifter to reveal a deep ruddy brown body, almost opaque in thickness, with half a finger of airy cream head that fades quickly. Darker than the English barleywines I am used to but pretty as it is. Smells sweet and malty with a big caramel presence. Surprisingly not syrupy-smelling given the consistency and style; more bready than fruity with a slight hop presence on the nose that suggests robust bitterness. Very strong smells. Very nice lacing.

Tastes decently sweet but with a decently strong bitterness and an almost savory bread-like slightly salty umami that would I think lend well to aging. Caramel and some warm date rolled in as well. Mouthfeel is just slightly abrasive with a tingly small carbonation, otherwise medium-bodied. Pretty drinkable for a fresh-ish English Barleywine, very sip-able. Very excited to see where this one goes with aging.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Mother of All Storms. Poured into a tulip glass a dark mahogany brown color wih reddish highlights. Minimal head but given the abv, I am not really surprised. Strong aroma of bourbon, oak, and molasses. Nice rich blended flavors of bourbon, malt, oak, some bitterness, caramel, and dark fruit. Very rich but very good. Nice sipper. Solid barrel aged beer and glad I got to try this. I shared this among several non craft drinkers and they all enjoyed it.

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

2010 vintage.

A: Pours a translucent, darkish brown with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, capped by a half finger of frothy, beige head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles down to scattered lacing.

S: Bourbon notes out front with strong vanilla and oak, followed by a big case ofcaramel and toffee, sweet figs, leather and light tobacco. Some light alcohol heat paints a pleasant hue over the rest of the aroma, everything is well integrated.

T: Caramel and toffee up front with light vanilla, followed by moderate bourbon character on the mid-palate - oaky and stronger vanilla. Dark fruits come in just after the bourbon with figs and dark cherries being evident, followed by leather and a faint charred character. Long finish of dark fruits, bourbon, and burnt sugar.

M: Full bodied with low, velvety carbonation. Could be just a hair thicker.

D: Alcohol is evident but far from overwhelming...it's a sipper, but it's extremely drinkable for its ABV and style.

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Photo of afksports
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer Christmas. Following the Alpha Klaus, I'm sharing this one with the family. Mom and Dad, appreciate it please!

I poured the 2010 vintage of this bourbon barrel aged barleywine into a couple of wine glasses and watched the head dissipate to barely any lacing. Not surprising, given the wood aging, I suppose. It's clear when held up to light, but very dark amber and red in appearance. Alcohol smacks you in the nose, but the primary flavor is bourbon. Not a lot of it though. Taste-wise, I can say this beer has made me like bourbon aging again. I had been burnt out on it.

It's got the sweetness of the barleywine, but without anything cloying. That sweetness matches the bourbon sweetness, and the malt notes really peek through. It's highly alcoholic, so it's more of a sipper, but that doesn't mean it can't get you twisted!

Just, you know... good luck finding a bottle.

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

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

A: This beer appears a dark brown hue, with an eighth inch of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Toast, biscuits, malt, charred malt, oak, alcohol.

T: Powerful stuff, I can tell right away. Flavors include dark burnt toast, oak, vanilla, booze, malt, and more. This beer should age very gracefully. I can't wait to open one of these a few years from now.

M: Big, rich, full.

D: Again, I want to see how this beer ages. I have high hopes. A very tasty beer, I'm glad I was afforded the opportunity to try it.

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