Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
650ml bottle, shared with friends at our Barleywine tasting, 2011 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass.
The beer pours a dark burgundy color, touches of garnet red when struck by the light with just the slightest touch of head that vanishes immediately yielding no lace but a faint film around the rim of the glass. The aroma is wonderful, lots of rich dark grain, the barrel is perfectly integrated, lots of toffee, bourbon and oak with some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, pitted fruit and a bit of fig with just a light roasty char at the back end. The flavors follow nicely, bourbon and toffee jump out, soft chewy oak and vanilla can be found behind it, brown sugar, fig, molasses and caramel finish it up nicely and sweetly to counter the more earthy and roasty start. The body is nice, lively carbonation, rich and smooth, coats the mouth exceedingly well with a soft and creamy finish that warms ever so slightly.
Verdict: An incredible Barrel Aged Barleywine from Pelican Pub and certainly one of my all time favorite barrel aged beers. A masterclass in complexity and balance, not too sweet, not too roasty, not too boozy, everything in harmony. This beer is aging superbly well and is worthy of any and all accolades.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 23:24:53 | More by kevanb
4.49/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Cheers to Gobinmunkey7 for sharing this
Note: 2012 bottle
Appearance: Dark, dark brown - some dark, dark copper and hints of dark red around the edges - impressive amount of clarity considering the color - pours with a moderate size, light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a little lacing
Smell: Holy mother of storms, this is intense - big, big chocolate with a nice range of malts - tons of roasty, dark malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, and biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar - some big, intriguing bourbon notes, wood, and vanilla - some dark fruits, and some alcohol
Taste: Big, boozy, beastly, and awesome - big, burly malts - caramel, cooked sugar, molasses, and toffee - to contrast the sweet notes, some roasty and burnt malts - so much depth - some bitterness - bourbon mixes quite well, rounds out the flavor - some wood and vanilla - hints of dark fruits - rich, decadent, with some booze
Mouthfeel: Big, full body, very smooth, low carbonation
Overall: This will rock you like a hurricane
This beer has some hype. And it lives up to it. This is a great, great English Barleywine. This is only a year old, and I imagine more aging will only make it more awesome. This is great.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 03:44:18 | More by angrybabboon
4.59/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to beachstrength49 for the bottle.
Appearance: Deep reddish purplish brown. Slight haze. Head is light tan with a loose structure and minimal retention. Drops to a tiny collar. No lacing and no cap. Barrel influence is obvious.
Smell: Raisins, plums, figs, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and more. Booze with some seriously cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Sweet with raw sugar. The base bourbon is a nice compliment to the burly malt body. Some toasted nuts with some cocoa and dark cherry. Mega fruity. Slight peppery note from the alcohol. Warming pushes some of the bourbon down and IPS the coconut and dark fruit.
Taste: Syrupy booze. A ton of dark fruit. Plums, raisins, figs, dark cherry. A solid punch of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Layers of coconut with a sweeter almost macaroon thrown in there. A touch of toasted malt with some roasted elements as well. Bourbon adds a nice layer of own and boozy sweetness. Cooked and caramelized for ages. Some raw sugar and a ton of toffee. Deeply complex with some alcohol on the back. Boozy, but not 14% by any means. Warming smooths everything out and let's the dark fruit push up.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy medium pushing full body. Minimal carbonation. Lingering sticky sweetness.
Overall: That's a wicked big storm!
This is one hell of a bourbon barrel barleywine. Layers of malt sweetness completely enhanced by the bourbon barrel. A ton of complexity. Well worth the fight to track down.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 03:27:29 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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