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Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Release - November 2008 'The Perfect Storm'
2007 Stormwatcher's Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels.

Second Release - October 2009 'The Perfect Storm'
2008 Stormwatcher's Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels.

***NOTE - Third Release - November 2010 The name was changed to 'Mother of All Storms' for trademark reasons.***

Fourth Release - November 2011

31.7 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
Bitterness: 40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

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Photo of DIM
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Pours deep red with a descent tannish head..

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

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

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

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

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

While it may be English is style it displays a bit of rebellious Americana with the bourbon barrel aged character. Much mellower than previous years, not saying it is any less flavorful but perhaps a bit easy going on the palate. So many layers, very complex and with each sip comes a new nuance to pick out. Exceptional.

STYLE: American Barleywine
ABV: 14.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Dark brown, red glow, minimal lace, has legs

SMELL: Wood, toffee, barrel juice, fusel, figgy, sweet, very aromatic

TASTE: Chewy, creamy, full bodied, toffee, toasted wood, vanilla, boozy, rose water, ripe cherries, christmas pudding, brown sugar, hint of spiciness, woody dryness, roasted cocoa nibs, semi-sweet finish

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From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

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

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

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12/4/10

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

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

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

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

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

***

8/10/10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of kfsv034
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

M - Medium Body to syrupy, somewhere in between

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

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

22oz bomber shared at woodshop 5.1

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

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Photo of TrueRates
3.41/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is super thick. Good carb though.

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

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of warmth

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

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of craytonic
2.86/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This luscious brew was served up by none other than Gillard! Thanks Ryan. Pours clear deep mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruitiness heading into solid boozy nose searing heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth and sweet with prunes, ripe plums and raisins. By midway solid heat like booze tries to take over the flavor right into the finish. Very nice stuff that could use a few years of aging to bring it into perfection.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.6/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic for the share.

Bomber split three ways. Pours still, with little action and a head that sinks immediately.

Vanilla and 31 flavors Dr. Pepper bourbon, incredibly hot on the nose. What remains of my nostrilical follicles is now destroyed.

Bourbon heat is a meaty punch in the chest. Caramel sweet maltiness and vanilla try to take hold, but are repeatedly beaten down by alcoholic heat. This beer is unrelenting.

Carbonation is non existent, which is stylistically appropriate, but doesn't help the drinkability or the experience. Really, really hot.

A real sipper and not one that I would seek out again. Big props to Duane for the opportunity, but this didn't meet the hype.

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Photo of Buebie
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of gford217.

The perfect beer for a lightening lit sky. Its storming here now as I drink this. Thought it was only fitting to open her up.

Poured from the 2009 bottle into an oversized snifter. A semi hard pour makes about a half inch of tan head. Receding to leave a collar. Color is a murky darker brown. Not the most attractive beer to look at and thats ok because it smells wonderful.

Aroma is very intriguing. Sweet mildly roasty with a bit of chocolate, distant chocolate really. Dark fruit is plentiful, figs, rasins, plum. Burnt caramel toffee is jumping from the glass with a buttery sweetness. Booze soaked wood, more wood then booze. A good amount of vanilla, some breadyness with kind of a belgian yeasty aroma too. Its bready, it just seems to hold a kind of belgian funky spice to it.
Aroma is very well balanced, no cloying alcohol heat, which is amazing for the 13.5% abv. It does not seem that high off the nose.

Taste is also quite good bordering the amazing. Heat here is much more pronounced, but not in a burning alcohol solvent flavor. Its more of the boozy kind. Its warm, you know its there, but it does not overwhelm the other flavors, its still balanced. The booze contains both wood and grain alcohol flavor, also a mild spice, similar to cracked peppercorn.
But starting out its mostly sweet with toffee, vanilla (quite a bit of vanilla) and a mild roasty chocolate grain flavor. Hops do not reveal themselves to me in this one and that is just fine. The other flavors a mingling well and provide me with intense satisfaction...I dont need the hops right now.

Mouthfeel is slick with a light syrup texture and mild carbonation. Not flat though, just silky smooth.

Drinkability is obviosly cut down by the warmth and the large flavors here. Its definatly a sipper. A good after dinner drink that can be enjoyed for a long period over a nice conversation.

Great beer guys, this being my first from the brewery. Loved it!

Returning to flavor as its been some time since I opened this and completed the review: Hops do provide a mild bittering long after the sip lingering slightly with a touch of pine.

Thank you Grant!

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know this is a no-no, but this review is from notes scribbled down on piece of paper, because I didn't have access to the internet at the time.

A- Very dark viscous brown. Hues of red come through when the sunlight hits it. It has a very rich coloring. Little to no head.
S- Lots of Toffee and Molasses in the nose with plenty of dark fruits also. The roasted malts come through on the end. Bourbon and oak pull through warning you of the immense flavor about to come.

T- This is a huge beer. Lots of sweet roasted caramel flavor. It's a very sweet burnt sugar flavor up front which moves to a darker more complex flavor towards the end. Raisins a figs play out the dark fruit notes as the beer starts to warm up. The vanilla and Bourbon complement the finish quite well.

M- Quite nice, enough carbonation to keep the beer from muddying up the tongue. Thick and smooth are about the only way to sum it up

O- This beer is huge. Lots of flavor through all its complexities. The alcohol is just enough to be noticed and not too much to be overpowering. A 10oz pour out me back, defiantly a beer to share. Will be seeking out more.

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Photo of MarkFy
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my neighbors at DLD '10 for sharing a bottle of this beauty. Going based off of memory....

A: Color is dark brown, yet somewhat clear.

S: Vanilla, toffee, slight whiskey. Very good.

T: Wow! The barleywine brings a nice vanilla and toffee flavor and the bourbon comes through very nicely, not overpowering at all.

M: Very nice, rich, a little sticky but full bodied.

This is exactly what I look for in a good sipping beer. Everything is there, not too boozy. To have this be a memorable experience from an event like DLD says a lot. Well done.

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

Thought the Stormwatcher barleywine was amazing, so I'm more than a little curious to try this highly-praised barrel-aged version. Thanks a zillion to msubulldog25 for the chance.

Pours a glimmering toasted gold head, which lasts about a minute and isn't all that thick, but at 13.5%, hey, no problem. Colors is an extremely dark brown with dark rusted hues.

The aroma is a thing of wonder, a surprisingly subtle meeting between vanilla, toffee, caramel, whiskey-soaked wood (more wood than whiskey), dark cherry, cinnamon roll, sherry and graham cracker. Considering the hefty alcohol content, and the fact this sat in bourbon barrels four months before bottling, the smell of alcohol is hardly cloying here. Amazing.

Taste offers a wide variety of impressions, all of them good. First, it's nice this still resembles a barleywine, rather than teetering too far into the bourbon and/or wood part of its character. Those elements simply lift the barleywine up into a new plateau, while the original Stormwatcher's intense flavors of caramel and toffee reign over the tongue. Toasted malt threads deep into the flavor, and there's a healthy splash of vanilla as well. Plum, raisin, and fig roar big and bold here too. Tons of balance, incredible depth of flavor, and an insanely well-incorporated 13.5% alcohol. There's something here, possibly the yeast, that occasionally reminds of a big Belgian dark ale. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit and mellow bourbon-soaked wood all carry through in the finish. Malt-lovers rejoice.

Texturally it's fairly sticky, full-bodied, big and round; a rather chewy feel that perfectly fits the flavor profile.

Kudos, Pelican. I'll still be savoring this two hours from now, no doubt. A slow-sipper, one to be taken slowly and respectfully. Simply one of the best beers I've ever had, and I'm far from a bourbon aficionado. I was hoping the bourbon wouldn't overtake what was one of my favorite barleywines, and it doesn't. And I would've easily believed this was in the 9-10% range, judging by what's going on in the flavor. Uh, hey Brian, you have 10 more of these to send my way? :)

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trey is the hero of barrel-aged beers, as he broke out another one for our epic tasting. This bottle was from 2009, consumed on 3/28/10.

This beer is a beautiful deep ruby brown in color, capped by a dark ring of head and wispy bubbles on the surface. There is no lacing to speak of, but go figure at 13.5%.

The bouquet is characterized by the nutty malt taste that I have grown accustomed to in English barleywines, as well as a huge barrel presence. There is a lot of whiskey in the nose, and it brings with it a big alcohol warmth. The flavor comes right along those same lines. No real surprise here. The whiskey comes right out. If you don't like big whiskey flavors, keep this in the cellar for two more years...at least. The nutty maltiness is phenomenally done, and in a couple of years, the flavor will balance out and be truly amazing.

Warm and almost too boozy, but this is one incredible smooth beer. Not harsh by any stretch of the imagination. I would love to have another shot at this a year or two down the road, because this is filled with potential.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.