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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,461
Gots: 535 | FT: 51
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)
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 01, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duchesse De Bourgogne stemware.

A: Dark brown pour which allows some light to shine through when held to the light. Half finger, cream head despite a moderate - aggressive pour. Head quickly dissipates, leaving a tiny ring around the edge of the glass.

S: HUGE oak presence, followed by bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar sweetness, and caramel. Really surprised by the amount of oak I am picking up in the nose, almost overpowering.

T: Upfront flavors of booze and bourbon. The oak barrel is apparent here as well. The booze gives way to caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and something like burnt sugar on the back end.

M: Moderate carbonation. This isn't a thin beer by any means, but I was expecting something a bit thicker based on the abv and my experiences with several other recent barrel aged barleywines.

O: I will be honest, I enjoyed this beer but I was slightly underwhelmed by it. Do not read that as this not being a good beer, it absolutely is. I also realize that my excessive expectations are not the fault of the beer, but I feel like this was just a step below some of the other top barrel aged barleywines (e.g., King Henry, BB Monster 29), for my palate at least.

dbc5, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a deep rich brown with a tint of mahogany in my oversized DFH snifter. Nearly a finger of somewhat vibrant cream brown/yellowish head (the yellow tint was new to me). The head disappeared within 2 minutes leaving only a thin outer ring and virtually no lacing that hangs onto the glass for more than a few seconds.

S - Lots of oaky alcohol burn, sweet caramel, dark fruits (prune/date) and vanilla. Brown sugar/molasses and bourbon are obvious as well.

T - Ohhhh my, Initially it's super oaky/vanilla/bourbony and the dark fruits (cherry and dates are killer), burnt molasses kicks in shortly after and all the flavor sticks around through the flavor with the addition nice alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied and incredibly smooth, minimal carbonation.

O - Fantastic, the mouth feel of this could not be any better, complex and the flavors are damn near perfectly blended with one another. Will definitely hang on to a few of these for a nice dinner.

MacQ32, Jan 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Sender, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

mtrog313, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

beertunes, Jan 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

jnikkel, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

dwoolley1, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

TonyTalon, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

flipdog0, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

DonFrap, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Auror, Jan 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Petevocals, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009, waxed when i got it.

poured a deep copper and mahogany. light cream head.

alcohol and some caramel, harsh and rough.

very harsh, somewhat boozy. flavors were near dead and just no where in general. mainly harsh alcohol with a barleywine backbone. this aged terribly.

again, harsh. lots of bite, very moderate carbonation.

do not age this... it was bad.

hooliganlife, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Gretlawn, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

phishphorce, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

hansgruber, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Brandywine
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark garnet with barely a finger's worth of a brown head that dissipates almost immediately. Massive alcohol legs and big lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla oak, brown sugar, dark fruit, rum soaked figs or dates. Carmelized sugars.

Taste: Bourbon, oakiness, burnt sugar, sour cherries. Ton of barrel character going on here. Bourbon and caramel fill the end of the tongue. The toasted malt plays off the sweetness nicely, along with the surprising sour-like character at the tip of the tongue. Rich bourbon throughout that distinctly tastes like older bourbon (rather than young, fresh bourbon).

Mouthfeel: Full with just enough carbonation.

Overall: The subtle bitterness at the end of the tongue detracts from the overall flavor. Otherwise a very enjoyable, dark fruit forward barley wine.

Brandywine, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

blindpiggie, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

jjcote, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

ncaudle, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jan 20, 2013
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.