Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,461
Gots: 550 | FT: 59
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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 Holland
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Shoo65
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of 2beerdogs
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Devi0us
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Rinkor16
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to enjoy this with animortician, my brother and a buddy from work. We tasted this alongside King Henry and Abacus.

A: A nice brown with little lacing that didn't stick around.

S: BOURBON. Then some roastly malt. But the bourbon is right there in your face.

T: After starting with Abacus this one was a little odd for me. It was well balanced and the bourbon wasn't too overpowering. But the finish was left with a weird after taste. It didn't taste bad... Just odd.

M: The carbonation was a little low. Hard to hide that high ABV level. I could definitely taste it.

O: A good English Barleywine. Personally, I would choose Abacus over this. Even though it's rated higher. Might had been a bad batch or something. It was good but the odd after taste killed it a little.

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Cowcakes
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BigTomZ
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintages poured into a cognac snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a little tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. Decent for the style but certainly not the best head I've seen.

S: Smells lovely. Nice caramel and bourbon up front with some brown sugar, figs, and vanilla character.

T: The smell was lovely and the taste didn't let me down. I am getting the bourbon and caramel that I noted in the aroma, along with some vanilla. The background has some brown sugar and dark fruit. Really well put together.

M: This is a nice hefty barleywine with pretty light carbonation, but well within the range I expect for the style. There is just the slightest hint of booze going down.

O: I really like this beer, probably my favorite barleywine. I usually like my barleywines a bit hoppier, but this was my favorite (so far anyway). I will do my best to age a few.

Photo of kjyost
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared at a recent bottle share. Poured at ~4C into 5 oz glasses. From notes.

Pours with ruby red edges and head that fluffs up and drops quickly. A smooth body with some heat. Lots of malt, dates & figs. Lighter than expected body. Minimal bourbon notes. Nice, though nothing super special & not worth the hype.

Photo of LEdubs
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of manjanai
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz into a snifter

A: Pours a clear mahogany color with a finger of off white head that quickly receded to a very thin ring. Minimal carbonation.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs and raisins and caramel behind with some well integrated bourbon in the background. Not overly sweet though.

T: Similar to aroma, but more toffee and bourbon. I still get a good amount of dark fruit, but well balanced with the toffee and bourbon. Also has a good amount of bitterness to balance perfectly.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low, creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is very well balanced between toffee and dark fruit sweetness and hop bitterness. The bourbon is very well integrated. Probably my favorite Barleywine, definitely more balanced than most of the style.

Photo of mulder1010
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a globe glass
2010 vintage

A-- Dark brown with tints of ruby showing. Real nice color and hue to this. One finger light brown head that faded away to a thin film and collar. Obvious alcohol legs and left not traces of lacing. Just the alcohol legs.

S-- Yikes. Impressive nose. Forward bourbon, thick and rich carmel, vanilla, and oak. Underneath that was figs and dark fruits. Alcohol is very restrained in the nose.

T-- See above :) Just a silly mixture of figs, bourbon, vanilla, Oak, Carmel and touches of dark fruits. Just jelled together very well.

M-- Rich, luscious and thick. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Long lasting finish of bourbon, vanilla, figs and carmel.

O-- Gone before I knew it and was sad. Really well done beer and enough notes of the base beer to keep it interesting even with the very forward barrel notes. Alcohol was well hidden until the end and it hit like a hammer. Then again you just need one of these for the night.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
2011 Vintage
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, nice fizzy almost one-finger dark tan head, with some little oil slicks left behind. The nose is very nice malty, with some nice sweetness, lots of dark fruits, with a nice little bourbon note. The taste is exceptional, malty, very sweet, with lots of figs, raisins, plums, nice little touch of bourbon, caramel, slight chocolate note, vanilla. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well, a true sipper though. This has got to be the best BW I've had to date, definitely the best English BW. Finally I'm getting a chance to try this brew. Really enjoying this one, thanks David!

Photo of shuajw
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A - Low white head with poor retention and lace. Nice dark caramel body.

S - Sweet plum, brown sugar, cocoa, thick molasses, and a hint of white booze.

T - Booze warms a smooth profile of vanilla, black cherries, prunes, and brown sugar. Light oak on the backside. Stellar integration.

M - Super smooth, medium - full body.

O - Amazing right off the shelf without any time in the cellar at all.

Photo of animortician
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted along side King Henry and Abacus in one night.

A: Deep Chocolatey brown, light brown head that didn't produce much head or leave any lacing.

S: Bourbon Bourbon and more Bourbon, with some roasty toasty malt in there.

T: Great complexity of flavor, Even with the Big Bourbon flavor this beer is balanced enough to taste some really good malt profile. The finish was a little odd for me, I can't put words to the flavor but it just tasted different and not that good on swallowing.

M: Hard to hide 13.5% in there, this thing def tasted and felt like a High ABV beer. Carbonation was a lil low.

O: Drinking this next to Abacus I would have to rate it just below because of the weird after taste, if it weren't for that the complexity of flavor was better. King Henry is in a league of his own. This was a really good beer, def something I would want to sip around a campfire.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 aged one year and poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

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

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

M - Full body and mild carbonation

O - A great barleywine, that is a definite sipper at 13.5%. Glad I got to try and that I have one more bottle.

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,492 ratings.