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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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99
world-class

1,331 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,413
Gots: 524 | 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)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense richness exudes from a beer of luxurious proportions that's aptly named the "Mother of all Storms". This is certainly a Barleywine for the ages.

Decanting with a tawny ruby and garnet hue, the beer exhibits bright clairty although with a mystic denseness that's so, so seductive. A surprisingly spritzy head rises to the top but mysteriously evaporates in quite fizzy fashion. Not that it's a big deal for these intensely alcoholic beers to degrade head formation and retention in favor of brandyish legging- but the fizzy way that the head disolves is odd for the style.

Strong malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, and toffee lead the way, but also with the tawny scent of vinous, bourbon, and brandy-like fruits. Complex to the bone, the beer's complementary notes include plumbs, dates, balsamic sherry, walnuts, berries, cherries, apples, and grapes.

As an extention of aromas, the flavor spread offers a similar variance but with an early focus on sweetness: toffee, chocolate, and molasses forms a robust taste that coats the mouth evenly and richly for a savory and lucious flavor. The mid palate introduces the estery notes of cherries, grapes, apples, and berries for added layers of complexity. Balance from bitter alcohols, vinous tartness, tobacco, sherry, balsamic (almost soy sauce savoryness)and tannic bourbony woods round out the sweeter notes and keep the beer from becomming one-dimensionally sweet. As the beer warms, more bourbon notes rise in the forms of vanilla, caramel, and coconut.

Calling the beer "full bodied" is an understatement. Heavy and masculine says it better, expecially with the fleeting carbonation that allows the beer to lay on the tongue and palate in a very dense and velvety coat. An extended finish of malty sweetness and moderate dryness from alcohol and woody tannins allows the enjoyment of the taste through an long lingering aftertaste. Expectations of Port wines should be expected from the mouthfeel of this beer.

With the focus on malt, malt, and more malt, I love the sherry, wine, and soy sauce-like savory notes that provide mild tartness to accompany the warm alchols and balance the beer. Beautifully invisioned and executed by the ever-classy Pelican Brewery!

An enjoyable beer with which to celebrate review #3,000. Thanks a bunch Hopluva1!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:09:19 | More by BEERchitect
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darkmoon66

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-21-2012 04:43:34 | More by darkmoon66
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stxSS07

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter. Split with lookitsmp as part of our BA barleywine tasting. Thanks to matttyYCE!

*December 2012 Edit*

*Much more balanced and mellow out of the gates this year. THIS is the beer I thought I was trading for last year. Sweet sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, and barrel (coconut) on the nose and taste. If only they didn't switch to stickers instead of painted labels...*

A- Pours a slick dark brown/black with not head to speak of. Leaves a sticky film on the glass along with some big legs.

S- Dark fruit, figs, raw woody notes, sweet caramel/vanilla and not much else. We both thought this was pretty subdued.

T- Sweet caramel, huge boozy hit--insanely hot, toasted barrel character, roasted notes, vanilla.

M- Nice and thick. Velvet-like with minimal carbonation but an insanely hot finish.

O- This is a really tasty BA barleywine, but with the huge amount of hype built up around it I thought it fell wayyy short...especially when directly compared to King Henry and BA Hi Fi. Hopefully some age can mellow out my other bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 09:58:04 | More by stxSS07
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-18-2012 08:33:15 | More by chrispoint
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one! Been wanting to try it for awhile...

Glisteningly clear, sanguine ruby liquid, a frothy layer of tan foam across the top, leaving plenty of spotty lacing all around the edges. A lasting skim swirls on the surface like cirrus clouds.

Pleasant aroma of dried dark fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar. Nutty and rich with some barrel traces around the edges, though fairly sweet like cotton candy.

Rich coating feel, viscous yet dry and not overly sweet. Big bourbon notes of brown sugar and vanilla, nutty malts, toffee, and spun sugar. Finish is pretty dry, and the abv is felt but doesn't seem close to what it is in reality. Masterfully aged, though a bit more depth would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:49:07 | More by emerge077
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.3%

02-18-2012 05:54:57 | More by djrn2
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass at the pelican feb 2012. Pours a transparent hazel color, only a slight bit of foam exists in the glass as it is brought to me, but I don't there was much to begin with considering the 13.5% ABV. Smell is of raisins, dark fruit, alcohol, smooth vanilla and caramel smell. The smell is really potent, I didn't really swirl the beer at first, and it didn't have much head but it was still very aeromatic. The taste resides in the same vein as
The smell, once again one of the most potent flavor was that of raisins/dark fruit. I let my glass warm for a good bit before I drank it, so it may have different notes when onsumes colder. I also get some notes of bourbon. This was still really hot, I'd like to get a bottle of this age for a while then try it in two years once it has mellowed. While it was very aggressive when I tried it, I thing it would come out very smoothly with some age. Mouthfeel id relatively thick, with mild carbonation. If you enjoy a boozy beer and you like those sweet dark fruit notes, give this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 08:15:13 | More by gkunkle
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-16-2012 04:11:13 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber (2011 vintage – 4th release from this brewery) into tulip glass. This is the brewery’s Stormwatchers Winterfest 2010 aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Pours brown reddish hue with off-white medium head that dissipates to thin but a livery lace that lasts throughout. Gosh, I can smell the barley wine without bringing it close to my nose. Dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel in the nose. Light bourbon is detected. Flavors of dark cherries and oak vanilla. Bit of a bitter back finish. The bourbon brings out in it’s own quite smoothly. There is some toffee picked up late along with caramel. Good carbonation; sticky medium mouthfeel. A very well-made barley wine!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:10:47 | More by CuriousMonk
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-15-2012 19:21:05 | More by John11486
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JRod1969

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-15-2012 02:20:09 | More by JRod1969
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling, thanks to a friend.

Pours a clear, mahogany with a short, light tan head that quickly dissipates to some small bubbles at the edge due to light carbonation.

The smell is complex with oak, deep dark fruit aromas and a little alcohol (bourbon).

There's a lot happening here; There is a lot of malt character, a hint of vanilla, the dark fruits show up nicely here, oak and bourbon. The alcohol is mostly hidden in my bottle but it is a very warming beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly full with very low carbonation. Most everything in the taste lingers in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall: This is a delicious and complex beer, one that lots of other barleywines should try to emulate. It's a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:55:59 | More by meatyard
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dogfishandi

New York

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

big thanks to jmpizzo for getting me some bottles!

2011 VINTAGE- 22oz. foiled and capped bottle at about fridge temp, poured into a boulevard tulip. shared with trxxpaxxs.

pours out a dark ruby, mahghony red color, almost appears black from a distance, with about one fingers worth of light tan colored head that eventually faded to a foamy ring. no real lacing to speak of.

intial aromas of grainy oak, then some big doses of nuts and a little bit of some dark fruits. some light roasted almonds, pecans, and cashews. a little bit of vanilla oak and hints of smooth bourbon, more as it warms.

again, lots of figgy like dark fruits and cashew and roasted almond nuttiness. some sweetness with a bit of molasses and brown sugar. vanilla with just a touch of oak and bourbon, but the booze is masked nicely.

sticky, with almost a syrupiness to it, all in a good way of course. heavy bodied with lots of good sweetness.

quite an exceptional BA barleywine, among the best ive ever tasted. nuts and dark fruits kind of take center stage while the bourbon barrel seems very well integrated with the rest of the flavors. this kind of reminds me of hebrew 15:15 combined with founders- backwoods bastard. i cant wait to see what wonders age will do to my remaining bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:47:01 | More by dogfishandi
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hattingc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-12-2012 15:07:29 | More by hattingc
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear brown reddish color with no head except for a small ring of white foam. Nose is a bit hot, slight bit of hops as well.

Taste is really well balanced, a bit sweet and hoppy. The Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a crisp choppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:47:18 | More by kingcrowing
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dogfishandi for sharing this bottle... 2011 vintage.

A: Pours out a super dark mahogany red with a thin khaki colored head. There isn't much lacing to speak of, but the color is exceptional.

S: The nose is sweet, buttery, bourbon, vanilla/oak, a touch of seaweed, and some booze. It's a 13.5% beer and it reminds you right off the bat. It's an interesting mix that is extremely pleasant.

T: The initial hit is seaweed and booze. But that transitions to some really nutty and fruity notes. These flavors come as a shock considering I didn't pull any fruity notes out in the nose. It almost has a raspberry and cashew mix to it. The finish is sweet and mellow. The alcohol fades in the finish, which I really appreciate.

M: Full bodied beer. The flavors are silky and smooth. Everything coats the palate and lingers nicely. It's thick and chewy but not overly cloying.

O: Fantastic. This is one of the best BA Barleywines that I've ever had. The fruity and nutty characteristics were unexpected but very enjoyable and the barrel aged on this beer was done to perfection. It's just right.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:53:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
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YaKnowBrady

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-11-2012 18:05:57 | More by YaKnowBrady
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into my Bruery snifter at cellar temp.
A: Dark brown. 2 finger tan head. Some lacing present.ppearance: (4.0)

S: Loads of caramel, fig and some sweet booziness.

T: Lots going on here. Sweet figs and caramel on the hose that is followed by bourbon booziness.

M: Thick and full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: A great BBBW. I feel it is a notch below King Henry, but still among the best I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 19:41:26 | More by camil1mj
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kevinscott

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-10-2012 16:09:32 | More by kevinscott
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abanton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-08-2012 02:50:10 | More by abanton
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.3%

02-08-2012 02:32:56 | More by stonequarrywest
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-07-2012 07:28:21 | More by drewone
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Docer

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle @ 55 Deg. F, roughly aged 3 months in the bottle

Appearance: (4.0)
- Very dark cola-brown brew.. mostly clear from what I can tell. Big tan fingers of head which quickly settled down to a thin bubbly layer and a large ring on the edges of the glass. Looks good.

Smell: (3.5)
- Thick caramel and grain, still some hot rubbing alcohol notes, lots of vanilla and woody character.. and more sweet grain. It's a boozy one. Some nice esters and current-like notes as well. Not too impressed though.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big esters and fruity flavors with a splash of sweet molasses, brown sugar, husky barley, and rubbing alcohol. Vanilla and earthy oak tones shine through at the finish. Still much too hot of a beer though at this time. Some slight tannic flavors, phenols.. but very weak.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Sticky and sweet brew with a full body, and pleasant carbonation. Certainly what I think such a heavy English Barleywine ought to be like.. not bad.

Overall: (4.0)
- Can't say that I am raving about this beer. The hype, and price would make one think that this has to be one of the best special release beers around. For me, it isn't. It's solid, well made, and great quality.. just doesn't touch some of my favorites like Midnight Suns, and Southern Oregon Brewings'.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:19:34 | More by Docer
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ade at a bottle share

Look: Dark mahogany color with only about a 1/4 inch head with good retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Great nose lots of toffee and brown sugar. Backed up by the barrel characters of oak bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Much of the same as the nose with layers upon layers of flavor. Upfront is a nice caramel sweetness backed up by a great bourbon character which brings with it oak and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body and mild carbonation

Overall: Great barleywine and to date the best I have had

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:26:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some scrawled notes that I found when I popped a 2010 bottle in October 2011.

This is my favorite barleywine of all time.

Big bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and hop notes all balanced with a dose of warming booziness. I would be hard pressed to think of a tastier beer on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:55:30 | More by Shmeal
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.