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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,331 Ratings

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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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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-20-2012 07:33:05 | More by tigrstylz
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-17-2012 14:13:34 | More by jsilva
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-17-2012 05:51:13 | More by mcc1654
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-17-2012 02:12:50 | More by GreatBloomer
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-16-2012 23:15:04 | More by drummermattie02
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-16-2012 00:29:29 | More by nightwing002
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 version shared generously by Chico1985.

A- Dark red brown with a nice tan head, about a finger for the beer style. Creamy pillow stays around atop the ale. Spotty lace sticks to the glass.

S- Deep strong caramel and vanilla over an awesome toasty oak barrel whiskey note. Some roast, raisin and slight alcohol.

T- A great, fairly mellowed out blend, nothing really jumps out intensely. Balance of charred oak, deep caramel sweets, vanilla, peppercorn spice, raisins, dark fruit cherries, whiskey and slight alcohol.

MF- Silky thick oily body with low smooth carbonation. Fairly warm feel rounds it out quite nicely.

Awesome balance of flavor. Once I'm done with King Henry the scores will come through, what is the true king of bourbon barley wines. Can't compare them in retrospect. A truly balanced master craft.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:10:20 | More by cbutova
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-15-2012 23:12:58 | More by rmalinowski4
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage shared at a tasting, much thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading this. Had right before King Henry, an English Barleywine showdown!

Pours dark reddish-brown, mostly translucent. Tan head quickly turns to a ring, understandable for the beer.

Nice scent, lots of dark fruit (cherries, red grapes), bourbon, caramel. Lots of goodness without being too bourbon heavy.

Taste is actually an improvement over the smell. Big dark fruits, flavorful+mellow bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, decent hop presence, a bit of vanilla and alcohol. Standout balance with a perfect amount of bourbon vs. barleywine.

Nicely hidden ABV, carbonation is a bit high, maybe a bit thin, but not bad.

Great beer, but not mind-blowing for me. Really nice level of bourbon presence, lets the barleywine really shine through.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:24:17 | More by Chico1985
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-15-2012 06:19:45 | More by janetb
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, opened 01/2012. From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured a deep brown with a thin film of eggshell head. Big aroma with bourbon, vanilla, sugar cookie, and caramel.

Moderate-to-high carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. On the sweeter side with lots of toffee up front, but there's a nice balance with notes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and boozy warmth. The finish seemed a little "off" with a vague chalky quality or something else that I couldn't pin down.

This was really tasty and I'm glad I got to try it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:24:57 | More by grittybrews
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-14-2012 22:22:52 | More by Stoutsman
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pest for trading me this bottle.

2011 Vintage, I prefer to try a beer fresh before aged anyways. There's no longer an upkeep of full info in the notes section, but it appears that 10yr old Evan Williams barrels are used to age a 1yr aged base barleywine. Sounds like a great combo as I open my first bottle of Mother of All Storms.

From the moment I remove the bottle cap I am greeted with the heavenly aroma of aged bourbon. Always a good sign. Poured into a snifter. Through the pour I can see a beer that has nice clarity for being barrel aged, and it is a dark caramelized sugar color. Collected in the glass, it is nearly black unless held to direct light, in which case hues of ruby shine through beautifully.

The head is quite small, and I was pouring as roughly as I dared. A short cap of butter cream colored foam slowly cascades upward and a ring of bubbles replenish the ring of receded head throughout the life of my first glass. Signs of very good carbonation.

The aroma is easily the best aspect of this beer. Mother of all Storms showcases a beer and a bourbon that expertly compliment each other. Flavors of caramel, char, chocolate, and toffee are likely thanks to both elements. Aged oak and lovely vanilla are certainly products of the barreling. In short, this is an aroma that is sweet and balanced - exhibiting all of the qualities that one looks for in a fine bourbon without the nuisance of extreme booziness.

This said, I have sampled a few vintages of Evan Williams Bourbon on the rocks in the past and can say that it is an extremely smooth bourbon on its own - this was a wise choice on behalf of The Pelican Pub and Brewery.

As I dig in for my first taste, I am subconsciously compelled to close my eyes and allow the beer to linger on my palate. A chill of pleasure rings down my spine, and I am taken back to memories of Kuhnhenn BB Barleywine and 4D and Boulevard Rye on Rye. I know that not all of these beers are the same style, but all are similar examples of brews that should be the benchmark of their style, with few to no flaws.

The flavor is every bit as complex as the aroma, with additional nuance. The rich caramel sweetness and lovely soft chocolate and vanilla are right there. But there is also a nice fruitiness present as well - black raisin and plum add dimension. The base barleywine is still asserting itself - a sturdy bitterness makes itself known after the initial shock of bourbon character wears off.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, almost thick, with low but lively carbonation. The alcohol is very warm, and at times the biggest flaw of the beer, though it also helps to remind us to sip and savor this beer rather than quaff it the way the aroma and flavor urge us to do. Once room temperature the booziness grows, making me all the more certain that I need to try an aged bottle of this beer.

Overall - this is worth every penny, and every ounce of praise. I can't wait to try this again sometime with some age on it - it will only get better, I am sure of that.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:00:24 | More by Spider889
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-13-2012 20:44:29 | More by doughanson78
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - NO head! But at sub 14%, it's to be expected... Very low carbonation. Super dark, not like your typical B-Wine. Very nice clarity. Slightly flat, just enough carbonation.

S - YUM! Malty, sugary, and caramel-y. Lots of heat too! Some raisin or plum along with slight spiced vanilla. Wicked rum kick! Pretty smooth for what it feels and tastes like...

T/M - Perfect carbonation and low heat taste for the age and ABV. all things considered, a perfect mouthfeel. Light bodied with tons of great in depth flavor. Super grape and rum. Lots of nice spice and vanilla.

O - Just a bit all over the board. a little time would fix this, wonderfully. I would love to try this beer again with some age on it 2-4 years would be amazing!!! This beer did not let me down one bit. Super glad I finally got to try this one. Thanks to an awesome trader Dsgolovin, thanks David!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:07:12 | More by chugalug06
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3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the southsound gathering.

A Pours a nice brown color.

S Very sweet with a sugary note that reminiscent of cotton candy. Odd but it worked.

T Again quite sweet almost sugary with some bourbon and vanilla present.

M pretty full body with some good carbonation.

Overall I was kind of dissapointed, it is a good barleywine but nothing about it stuck out except for that odd cotton candy thing. That being said its still a good barleywine worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:18:50 | More by beerandcycling88
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-08-2012 18:23:26 | More by Pamola
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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
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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