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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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98
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1,402 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,447
Gots: 534 | 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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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

emerge077, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -10.1%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

gkunkle, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
5/5  rDev +12.4%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

CuriousMonk, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

JRod1969, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of meatyard
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

meatyard, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

dogfishandi, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

hattingc, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

kingcrowing, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

YaKnowBrady, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of camil1mj
4.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

camil1mj, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

kevinscott, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of abanton
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

abanton, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

stonequarrywest, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

drewone, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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'.

Docer, Feb 07, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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

DarthKostrizer, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Shmeal
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Shmeal, Feb 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Ultraman9000, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of beerpirates
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottel , 2010 vintage
Poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A : Dark ruby brown in the glass with nearly no head after an aggressive pour.
S : Holy shit this smells great! Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, toffee, a slight smoke influence, and some underlying spice.
T : - this is a big beer in the mouth with semi-hot bourbon right up front, vanilla, soft caramel, thick sweet malt, raisin, date, and lingering booze through the finish.
M : Smooth and chewy feel in the mouth with the alcohol providing a nice tingling contrast after each sip.
O : It’s amazing to me how the aroma is decadent bourbon/vanilla and yet the taste contains a fairly hardcore, big raisin/date barley wine flavor. Very impressive beer.

beerpirates, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

beermeX2, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been itching to try this brew.

2011 Vintage

A: Completely black bodied brew (surprisingly so), 1+ fingered, khaki colored head with little retention settling to a thin ring around the beer. No lacing, but I was just so blown away by how black this brew was.

S: Dark fruits, nuts, bourbon, molasses, toffee, vanilla, and toasty malts. Extremely well balanced smelling brew.

T: Bourbon notes are still a bit hot I think. Some dark fruits are apparent, but are overshadowed by the strong flavors of toffee and vanilla. Toasty malts are underlying and really help round out this very tasty brew.

M: Probably the heaviest barleywine I've ever tasted, very creamy and easy to drink.

O: I'm so glad I have more bottles, because I think the 2011's are still too fresh. I just couldn't wait any longer!

tjkinate, Jan 31, 2012
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,402 ratings.