1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,323 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,323
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,414
Gots: 521 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mother Of All Storms Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,323 | Reviews: 397 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of notchucknorris


4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin light brown head.

S: Rich bourbon aroma, but it's not completely overpowering. Lots of toffee, raisin, brown sugar, toasted coconut, oak and dark fruit. Very complex and very intriguing.

T: Opens with some burnt raisin skin and bourbon. Then leads into some great flavors of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, toasted oak and a dry and warming finish with a touch of booze. Fantastic young, but I definitely can't wait to try an older bottle really soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 21:09:07 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.88/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 -The Perfect Storm
A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation.

S: Nose is bourbon, booze and vanilla.

T: Taste is off because I thought it was poorly carbonated. I did find notes of bourbon, toasted grains, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and booze. This beer was all over the place. Not a subtle barleywine and I have had many barrel aged bwines which were capabale of pulling flavors together much better.

M: Mouthfeel is hot and bourbon but mainly because I did not find much on mouthfeel to help balance it out. There is a sherry like quality to it

O: I struggled and wanted to give it an A but no dice
2011-Mother of All Storms ampled 1/8/2012 and 12/1/2012

A: Poured a medium brown with a nice tan cap and some bubbles

S: I get a unique cotton candy nose on this with toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and booze

T: Immediate atringency with brown sugar and toffee, a little bit of residual sugar, bourbon midway with some pungent heat. I managed to pick up some light leather, vanilla and cocoa

M: Medium body but I still feel this beer was carbonated a bit high for the style, seemed a bit thin on the back end, perhaps due to the heat. Booze and a syrupy sweetness on the back end and an odd twang to boot I can best describe as liquid dirt.

O: Originally I gave this a cut above average. I c have changed my mind. After afting the first runs, vintages and fresh I still believe this beer is thin, hot and off balanced. The tannins on this beer just a killer for me. In no way is this a true to style English Bwine and I feel by taste, experience and BJCP standards this is a poor showing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:39:17 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Casterbridge


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-25-2012 14:09:59 | More by Casterbridge
Photo of arizcards


4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 3 bottles of the 2011 vintage from Matttyce's purchase in the Arizona Cardinals parking lot on 12-11-11. Enjoyed the 1st bottle with my bro celebrating the Cards victory over the Niners that night...drank very hot. Matt - i appreciate all your efforts getting that case!

Beer poured a reddish brown with a small tan head.

Nose is bourbon that is still going pretty good after all these months.

Taste is a nice balance between the bourbon and the malt sweetness. Vanilla notes linger in the back. Hops are barely noticeable. Alcohol appropriately warming but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth.

Overall this brew is doing quite well after a year of mellowing out in my wine cooler. Bourbon heat is just right compared to a year ago. Definitely would recommend the splurge if you have the cash!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:27:17 | More by arizcards
Photo of yamar68


4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cosmicevan for this one!

Pours like a black cup of coffee... minimal ruby-black clarity. A single finger of creamy tan head fizzles down to a nice lasting collar, oily drapes of thick lace.

Beautiful scotchy caramel and smooth bourbon, ripe raisin, some grape soda, molasses, brown sugar, pancakes, more sweet bourbon... really an incredible smelling beer.

Soft bourbon character, rum raisin, vanilla, some licorice, still pretty damn hot but nothing you have to struggle with... toffee, some biscuit malts, a little bit of fruit... nice.

Fantastic beer worthy of a spot on the top 100. Thanks Evan!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:28:00 | More by yamar68
Photo of sukwonee


4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage bottle - consumed on 11/21/2012.

A: It's almost black - really dark reddish brown but clear body with half a finger head.

S: Wow. Vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruits, alcohol, sweetness. amazing.

T: Vanilla, toffee, caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, cherries, fig). It's a tad bit hot. Barrel aging on this beer is done to perfection, adding so much complexity. If it was slightly less sweet and less boozy, it would been perfect. I think this could use another year or two of further cellaring.

Update* - I had a chance to try 2012 bottle (fresh) and I have to say that the fresh bottle had much more fruit notes and surprisingly less alcohol burn. It felt sweeter too.

M: Thick, syrupy, with lots of alcohol heat.

O: I think I much refer fresh Abacus/Sucaba over this, but it was pretty solid. Too sweet for me though.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 23:57:30 | More by sukwonee
Photo of bonghitta


5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the 12 at the release, absolutely delicious. Only bourbon notes, not too bourbony, not infact too boozy either. All in all, this gives KH a run for the money. The sweetness drops off quickly, but its a delicious sweet tinge that hits you upfront that really makes this beer unique. A sweet BB aged barleywine!

Can't wait to try this next year after its aged a little

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 16:56:23 | More by bonghitta
Photo of Brabander


4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

11-16-2012 20:27:10 | More by Brabander
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in glass which is a little surprising to me for the style. Bubbly tan head head with pretty short retention.

Solid bourbon barrel character in the nose. Caramel, notes of dark fruit and molasses. Not quite as complex as I'd hoped but nice.

Flavor is pretty big and bright with notes of dark fruit, oak, a bit of anise, caramel and molasses with a mild bitterness. Mildly sweet vanilla wafflecone-like aftertaste.

Mouth is medium-full bodied with low carb. A bit sticky.

Overall it's a very good beer but not quite as good as I had anticipated. I have traded away a few and put off the chance to try this and am finally trying it. Maybe I set my hopes a little too high? Some say it's better fresher??

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:38:57 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of bum732


4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage

S: Very rich, bready toffee malt. Intense. Medium bourbon presence, super malty.

L: Dark brown, little to no head. Viscous.

T: Super rich toffee malt, very malty. Sweet caramel, rum raisin quickly follows. Medium low herbal bitterness. Bourbon comes through near the finish, super smooth. Finishes semi-sweet, touch of alcohol and earthy.

M: Rich, medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Amazing, so many rich flavors without being too cloying. One of the best beers i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:14:17 | More by bum732
Photo of OneEyedJack


5/5  rDev +12.4%

11-12-2012 19:01:44 | More by OneEyedJack
Photo of funkyaudio


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-12-2012 03:35:48 | More by funkyaudio
Photo of monitorpop


4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

11-11-2012 18:22:14 | More by monitorpop
Photo of Auztan


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-06-2012 17:49:16 | More by Auztan
Photo of wdarcy77


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-04-2012 14:15:50 | More by wdarcy77
Photo of baybum


4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

11-03-2012 21:24:06 | More by baybum
Photo of nataku00


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-02-2012 21:26:57 | More by nataku00
Photo of funkel81


4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

10-30-2012 19:08:56 | More by funkel81
Photo of mikennat


5/5  rDev +12.4%

10-29-2012 19:58:35 | More by mikennat
Photo of EROCK75


4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

10-29-2012 14:58:53 | More by EROCK75
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi


5/5  rDev +12.4%

10-29-2012 02:15:32 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
Photo of sToTko

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

10-26-2012 19:54:52 | More by sToTko
Photo of mltobin


4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, shared with a couple friends, poured into a Duvel tulip.

This pours a deep ruby red color with a small off-white head. Its` nose contains caramel, brown sugar and quite a bit of bourbon. The smell is very fragrant, but those who enjoy bourbon from time to time, it is quite nice. Sipping on this and I taste vanilla, toffee, more bourbon and some oak. And that bourbon really continues to shine it the taste. Mouthfeel is rich, but finishes smooth, a rich, sweet texture lingers on your palate afterwords. Wow, this was a very tasty English barleywine, an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:52:47 | More by mltobin
Photo of AleApostle


5/5  rDev +12.4%

10-24-2012 15:35:50 | More by AleApostle
Photo of sind310


4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

10-23-2012 09:35:05 | More by sind310
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.