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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,415
Gots: 521 | FT: 50
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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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-10-2012 06:18:27 | More by jammalamma
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-08-2012 20:28:33 | More by texasclimber
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-08-2012 18:23:26 | More by Pamola
Photo of cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

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

2011 bottle

A: Deep dark mahogany. Half a finger of head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing just a thick syrup.

S: Bourbon is nicely evident, but not overpowering. The smells that come in around the bourbon are burnt sugar, vanilla, wood, leather. Alcoholic bite is strong.

T: Starts strong with sweet burnt caramel and toffee. There's a light sweetness hiding somewhere in there. This is followed by the sharpness of the bourbon with figs and a few dark fruits like dried cherries. Aftertaste is the burnt sugar bitterness. Warming, but not overly so. Holy shit this thing is like a kick of sweet bourbon right in the kisser.

M: Perhaps the thickest and fullest body I've had yet. Like caramel velvet. My lips were sticky from the beer that passed through and dried.

O: This beer comes kicking out of the stables, no holds are barred. It's right there, gigantic and in your face. The caramel and bourbon is unapologetic and it works. Beautiful executed.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 10:51:12 | More by cmadd
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-08-2012 07:17:26 | More by DCon
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-08-2012 01:19:06 | More by whallgren
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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks James for this extra, I've wanted to try this for some time. 2011 vintage poured slightly chilled into a Founders snifter.

A - Dar ruby in color, nice head turns into a little bit more than lacing. Looks very nice, follows the style well. Sticks a little to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet malts, oak, caramel and toffee. Smells VERY nice.

T - Caramel, toffee, oak and a slight amount of heat towards the end. Toffee lingers in the finish. The flavor changes quite a bit through each taste, it is quite complex.

M - Medium body with medium corbonation. Makes it more drinkable than if it were thicker, but to each his own.

O - This is a great beer. I think the freshness is what kept the score down a little bit. I imagine that some time would do a lot of nice things.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:01:08 | More by claaark13
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-06-2012 02:44:00 | More by jmpizzo
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-04-2012 14:11:38 | More by Scout11
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3/5  rDev -32.7%

01-03-2012 22:06:09 | More by rmaste6282
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-02-2012 00:19:36 | More by IrishColonial
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-01-2012 18:45:34 | More by kenm2118
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-30-2011 08:48:13 | More by podunkparte
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-29-2011 21:39:20 | More by Macky20
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

12-29-2011 18:45:43 | More by klipper
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4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[I followed the reports of this release from the "Black Friday Hullaballoo" up to the arrival at one of my favorite bottle shops, and then got a bottle for the Holiday GiftGiving - we opened it up tonight: ]

It pours a deep, rich chocolate-toned color that mahogany only dreams of attaining, but with little time for developing a substantial head... the smells wafting off the top of this invite you in like an unseen siren at the heart of the storm.

The Adjectives: Smooth. Rich. Boozy. Complex. Bourbon. Oak. Overtones of Vanilla Caramelized upon the back of a Great, Dark Malted Beast. (That's the best I can tell you... there is a great deal of complexity here, though it is all subtly woven together.)

Excellent Stuff. (enjoy slowly [edit])

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 05:37:39 | More by Dunkelhund
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark black with some mahogany tints, letting no light through. Small bubbles cling to the sides. A small tan head sits on top.

S: Sweet caramel candies and dark fruits come through at first. It's aroma is very inviting. A touch of alcohol finishes it out.

T: Very similar to the taste with dark fruits and a caramel sweetness as the backbone. I could sip on this all day.

M: Medium bodied and adequately carbonated to allow the sweet flavors to migrate on the palate. A slight alcohol warming finishes it off.

O: This was really a treat to try on tap. Highly recommend. Close to perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 21:47:44 | More by BilbosNuts
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3/5  rDev -32.7%

12-28-2011 03:47:06 | More by hurfer
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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage split with Dave and Casey...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours cherry wood with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at decent pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a good dose of oak/vanilla. Very inviting scent...

T - Lots of malt up front. Caramel, toffee, and some figs followed by oak and vanilla. Finishes on smooth Bourbon note. Delicious...

M - Super smooth. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink ...

O - One of the best, if not the best, Barleywine I have had a chance to enjoy. Definitely a world class brew that i'm looking foward to trying again...


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 20:38:07 | More by comfortablynumb1
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had multiple times, but reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished #4 of 6 for me.

A - Medium reddish brown with no head.

S - Maple, cherry and fig with vanilla

T - Very sweet up front, with a bit of bitterness to balance, then a strange, somewhat unenjoyable yeasty finish. I don't remember this from previous bottles, so it sort of threw me off. After a bit of oxygen exposure, I notesed a little tart/sour aftertaste, as well as a touch of soy

M - Sharper carbonation, medium body, a bit of heat and a buttery tartness on cheaks.

O - Pretty good, lots going on, but I worry that this beer is just starting to turn. It's also a bit boozier thatn I would've expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:32:27 | More by ChrisPro
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New York

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

2009 The Perfect Storm. I can't remember how I acquired this one. There's a good chance that I bought it at 'auction'. The plan all along being to consider it during a Christmas celebration...this one just happens to be the BEST CHRISTMAS I'VE EVER HAD!!

Poured a somewhat lifeless hazy mahogany darkness that really intrigues me. My expectations are already abandoned. No collar, no visible indication of texture, but the DARKNESS is scoring points at the moment.

The smell is aggressive and quite unique. First a blast of vanilla bourbon followed by a staunch toffee caramel character. Expressive roasted malty notes. Very Nice.

The roasted toffee flavor is true to the nose. The mouth texture is very heavy and creamy SMOOTH and compliments the taste really nicely. The aftertaste lingers much longer than anticipated and REALLY adds a lot to the overall experience.

SCORE!!! Very well done!!! Once my most appreciated style of beer, this barleywine is taking me back to the complex characteristics that I admire most in memorable ales. I highly recommend it. Actually...now that I think about it...this is ONE OF THE BEST beers that i've considered in 2011.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:04:06 | More by jjayjaye
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-26-2011 06:39:35 | More by Stigs
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Big thanks to stupac2 for supplying me with this.

A- Pours a very deep garnet/mahogany color. Thin brownish head subsides very quickly to a ring. Plenty of alcohol visible on the glass.

S- Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, sweet syrup. Dark fruits abound. Alcohol noticeable but not overbearing.

T- Bourbon hits immediately but is enveloped by burnt caramel and sweet syrupy dark fruits. A bit of alcohol in the back. Vanilla and oak. The flavors are hanging on for days.

M- Thick and smooth. It's almost like drinking very delicious cough syrup, meant in the best way possible. Moderate carbonation is enough to keep it from being cloying but lets the flavors linger. Alcohol burn is nice and warming.

O- This is one of the best barleywines/barrel-aged beers I've ever had. Immensely big and complex. Definitely a sipper, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:31:10 | More by mikehblack
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark burgundy color with very nice carbonation and a thin tannish green head that eventually subsides to a thin lacing ring.

S - Big nose with a healthy dose of vanilla, toasted toffee, oak, bourbon, and slight traces of maple. The nose is sweet and for the strength, while boozy, it's not obnoxiously so.

T - Slightly medicinal, boozy, and sweet. Bourbon takes the front seat immediately and doesn't let go, dominating throughout. Fairly heavy oaky wood flavors, roasted toffee/caramel, and bourbon with some dark fruitiness added in. Everything blends together very nicely without being cloyingly sweet. There's a substantial boozy effervescence during and after the sip.

M - Thick, full bodied, syrupy, and leaves a massive sticky coating of sugar on the lips. The mouth is filled with oak and bourbon for a lingering and sweet finish.

O - This is a very bold barley wine, next time, I will most likely split the bottle as it is a little intense to drink all 22 oz in one sitting! Bottom line, this is an awesome beer and well worth it if you're lucky enough to get some.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:29:01 | More by jzeilinger
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter. Shared with Mike on Christmas day 2011, 2011 vintage.

A: Poured a deep brown/almost burgundy color with a very thin, one finger khaki colored head. KH and MoAS appear very similar. The ring at the edge of the glass dissipates quicker than the KH did. There is more of a reddish hue to the MoAS. As the beer warms, there is a brilliant coating that lasts on the glass, with some real tight legs. Brilliant. Slow moving, thin, viscous.

N: Some slight metallic notes bookend a big caramel, vanilla, and bourbon body. The oak is very apparent, in a good way. The metallic sensation eventually reveals itself to be some nice and mild English hops.

T: Big hop presence provides some nice bitterness, backs up a big raisin body, sweet malt, bourbon, and some vanilla. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: The body in this beer is massive. It doesn't look as big as it is once it fills your mouth. Great carbonation level to hold up this beer. Really fantastic. Awesome creamy texture, with a good amount of crisp dryness to balance.

D and O: Well, this is my second bottle of the 2011 MoAS. Extremely pleased. It's a truly great beer. Has alot of personality, and I feel like it's true to style. Great drying qualities, with a huge body, full of flavor. A really nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 18:32:25 | More by MarcatGSB
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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