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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,415
Gots: 522 | FT: 49
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

09-20-2012 01:49:26 | More by Mark000
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-19-2012 01:18:16 | More by BeerHunter76
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-16-2012 20:08:08 | More by jl28r1
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

A vigorous pour produces a thin active layer of mixed yellow-browns: khaki/citrine/fulvous which bubble out to a thin lasting collar and smattering of surface slick. Delicate lacing is suspended in viscous tears. The liquid below is an abyssal shade of auburn.

The bourbon barrel contributes immense aroma without any sharpness, redolent of fine tobacco, leather, loam, vanilla, and cocoa for starters...a low fruity note like that of a fine sherry flitters in and out as well.

Deep unctuous palate entry intensifies all the aromas into corresponding flavors and integrates them into a delicately shifting yet extremely potent cascade. Gentle hops contribute just enough bitterness to offset the immensity of the malt which itself is just strong enough to stand as a foil against the bourbon notes. Finishes moderately dry, fruity, and earthy. Surprisingly balanced and clean despite its stunning richness.

Silky mouthfeel is like melted chocolate ganache on the tongue though sufficient carbonation enlivens the mouthfeel.

An inspired and inspiring glass - a truly top tier example of the style...while any one element might be improved upon in theory, doing so would upset the balance of the whole.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 19:53:02 | More by augustgarage
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

09-16-2012 14:33:07 | More by bbadger
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-15-2012 19:31:40 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

09-15-2012 14:32:18 | More by kjkinsey
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage split with friends.

A: Pours a deep raisin brown with hardly any head. A bubbly film lasted a short while and left spots of lace down the glass.
S: Decadent notes of caramel, raisins, leather, milk chocolate, grapes, with hints of red apples and booze.
T: Sticky flavors, very woody with large notes of leather. Caramel, cocoa and earthy spicy hops come through in the finish. Low alcohol burn in the aftertaste along with more spice. Almost rye-like with just a hint of fruit.
M: Full bodied with a smooth and heavy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation, extremely smooth.
O: I’ve had a few pours from fresher bottles and this is by far the best. A couple years, maybe more, on this does wonders. Very rich, complex and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 20:46:48 | More by scottfrie
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

09-11-2012 06:05:57 | More by mcbeerbrew
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

09-04-2012 05:07:57 | More by claytong
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-28-2012 20:55:31 | More by mendvicdog
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-28-2012 01:53:01 | More by duceswild
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-27-2012 20:16:13 | More by Durb777
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4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big want that Treebs shared with me. Shared three ways.

Appearance: Deep, but translucent brown with a red hue. No head really to speak of.

Smell: Big caramel malt aromas paired with lots of sweet bourbon. Dark fruits and toffee too. Big nose on this one.

Taste: A big, big flavor that pairs a sweet, smooth bourbon with a huge caramel malt backbone. Dark fruit adds some sweetness and the oak gives even more character. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full-bodied, and syrupy with a bit of booze on the back end.

Overall: An amazing English Barleywine. A big, big beer that would be great to share with some friends on a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:50:47 | More by mfavoino
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online purchase

(Aged for 1 year)

A very, very dark brown and ruby, though it's so dark, it's really bordering on black as opposed to a brown. Very small dark brown head/film atop the glass that dies down quickly, then leaves the glass fairly clean, perhaps a bit oily, on the way down.

Familiar, comforting aroma of bourbon and wood, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, vanilla and molasses. Everything comes together nicely, the alcohol is well hidden, and all accents work in concert with one another. Wonderful.

The flavor is similarly nice to the aroma, with the dark fruits and barrel character combining nicely, complemented by some chocolate, roast, and earth. The alcohol is hidden remarkably well for the beer's strength.

Medium bodied with creamy, somewhat oily, low-moderate carbonation.

Superb stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:29:34 | More by ehammond1
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-18-2012 03:41:16 | More by HopsJunkiedotcom
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-14-2012 20:11:27 | More by Domeshot14
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South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter
2011 Vintage

Thanks to Veldrid for sending this one over in a trade

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, but when held to the light reveals some nice reddish hues, and is surprisingly transparent for how dark it appears sitting in the glass.  Really pretty color once you get towards the bottom of the glass and red and mahogany hues can be better seen.  An aggressive pour yields just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which dissipates down very quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: A big oak aroma, toffee, a bit of bourbon, significant dark fruits including sweet cherries, a hint of booze, caramel.  Intoxicating.  

T: Sweet dark fruits, oak, a bit of hop bitterness, fig and dates, the oak/woody notes are big, but the bourbon characters are surprisingly weak. Some booze comes out as it warms.  Not as complex as some in the style, and I would have liked a stronger bourbon presence, but for a style that tends to lack balance (whether it be cloyingly sweet, smack you in the face bourbon, or booze dominance) this one manages to do a wonderful job of maintaining it.  

M/D: Medium bodied but not as thick as I anticipated.  Carbonation is fairly high for the style, but works well with the thinner body.  Drinkability is just absurdly good, and a huge ABV is brilliantly masked.  

O: So as I was drinking this, I kept trying to compare it to Sucaba, as that's the next highest rated/most hyped English barleywine I've had to date.  And if I remember right, I enjoyed the first part of Sucaba better than the first part of MoAS, however, as I continued to drink (I drank whole bombers of each, as I like to do that when trying a beer for the first time/rating a beer) MoAS seemed to grow on me with every sip, whereas Sucaba became somewhat cloying as I approached the end of the second glass from the bomber.  So as far as which one I liked more, well it's a really tough call, but I think I'd lean towards MoAS.  I think a combination of the two ( with MoAS's insane drinkability combined with more of a bourbon presence and a thicker mouthfeel similar to Sucaba), would be the perfect Barleywine.  Maybe that's what King Henry is like....  That being said, this was excellent, and I will certainly seek it out again.  

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:07:33 | More by zac16125
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmadd for shading this one.

A - Dark brown with a thin ring of cream coloured head.

S - Very sweet up front. Bug caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours dominate. The barrel is present but is very much secondary in the nose, adding subtle hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak in background.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar up front. The base beer takes centre stage as the nose suggested. The barrel shows up at the end adding some lighter bourbon, oak and touch of vanilla. The ABV is slightly noticeable but cuts through the big sweetness nicely.

M - Full body, somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:59:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark mahogany wth a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of sweet caramel and vanilla on the nose with oak, toffee, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, and sweet bread. Boozy finish.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being overly so.

O: a god beer, overall. I'd like to try it witb a bit more age, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:42:10 | More by n2185
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

07-20-2012 03:11:47 | More by ellswrth
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black with lighter brown highlights, decent head at first, then lacing around the edges

S: toffee, bourbon, dark fruit, and slight alcohol smell

T: bourbon, wood, toffee, and dates. It's sweet, but not too sweet. I get very little alcohol here.

M: heavy body with good carbonation to balance the sweetness and body

O: excellent beer, probably just behind KH in barley wines. Would no doubt have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 04:24:28 | More by Holland
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-13-2012 03:11:18 | More by Shoo65
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

07-11-2012 17:03:19 | More by 2beerdogs
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

07-10-2012 02:05:19 | More by eawolff99
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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