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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 1214
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with moderate head. In a word, well integrated bourbon, this is a knochout punch of dangerously seductive alcohol. I am not the biggest fan of bourbon, but it is good for what it is. Some coconut from the barraling. The English barlewyine takes a secondary role to the bolder bourbon.Thanks Augustgarage.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 04:00:20 | More by Sammy
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beerandcycling88

Washington

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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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark mahogany wth a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of sweet caramel and vanilla on the nose with oak, toffee, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, and sweet bread. Boozy finish.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being overly so.

O: a god beer, overall. I'd like to try it witb a bit more age, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:42:10 | More by n2185
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for hooking this bottle up, this has been sitting in my dark basement cellar since probably November.

A: Poured into the closest thing I could find to a snifter, a stemless wine glass that is pretty close in shape. The color is kind of a dark raison and the head is rather subdued. This does not come to much of a surprise considering the high ABV. A nice burnt mocha ring persists on the outside of the glass. Lacing is subpar and an almost saliva like half moon

S: The barrel-aging is real apparent in this one, bourbon, dry oak, vanilla, sweetness, and alcohol.

T: This is one big beer, the ABV is more noticeable in the back of the throat than on the tongue. The beer has a lot of flavor to it: bourbon, coffee, cocoa, old grapes...all intense and richly complex. A highy intoxicating brew that benefits from barrel aging. However, despite it's complexity the alcohol is pretty in your face and it's certainly far from graceful.

M: The mouthfeel is great, maximum alcohol delivery in the smoothest of fashion. Carbonation is just right and pretty silky.

D: Whew. The alcohol bit is big, but so is the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:35:13 | More by MPLS
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 2009, part of a BIF from mikey711. Didn't think I'd try this, don't generally like barleywines, but due to mikey's generosity I'm now tackling it.

The beer is dark mahogany color, brown with a ruby shade to it when held up to the light, with about 1 finger of tan foam. The beer smells strong and rich, lots of malty sweetness with toffee, dark fruit, and only a little bit of bourbon. The taste is all of the above, rich and complex, sweet with a burning aftertaste. The definition of a malt bomb.

The body is medium-plus, low but peppery carbonation. This beer is massive, glad to have the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:36:43 | More by TurdFurgison
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to a few folks for this.

3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. A huge ABV will do that to you, I guess.

4.0 S: The aroma is good, but the bourbon overshadows the barleywine. Leathery, a touch of peat, oak and vanilla, and an almost nutty vibe. Underneath that there are hints of tobacco and dark fruitiness, molasses, brown sugar, booze, and a good helping of caramel.

4.0 T: The taste is more barleywine-forward for sure. Lots of tobacco, raisin, plum, prune, and date. Again somewhat nutty (perhaps from the bourbon, but who knows). Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The bourbon kicks in after becoming accustomed to the malt flavors. Leathery, somewhat peaty in a smoky sense, and oak and vanilla from the barrel. Definitely sweet, but not cloying. The booze is very apparent, though. All 13.5% is realized.

3.5 M: Heavy body with a syruppiness to it. Just a touch chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too hot to be as smooth as I'd like.

4.0 D: This is a good beer, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype (at least not this vintage). I think this will be vastly improved in a few years after it is allowed to cool down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:35:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage courtesy of MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Huge brown sugary caramel malty aroma with lots of deep dark fruits and bits of vanilla. coconut and wood. Sweet sugary malt flavor with a solid hit of alcohol. Dark fruits caramel prunes wood and vanilla are all there in the flavor. Hints of bourbon oak and oak tannin round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I've had this before and remember enjoying it a bit more. Its a nice barleywine, but I feel the alcohol is a bit too present and may need a bit of time to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:29:00 | More by johnnnniee
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OG 13.7 degrees Plato
40 IBUs
22 oz bomber of 2010 vintage, received as a generous surprise from lurchingbeast, poured into a big snifter. Thanks Frank! This beer was one of my top wants since it tops Beeradvocate's list of English Barleywines, and I love me some J.W.Lees - super excited to try this one!

Appearance 4/5
Deep garnet and clear with a big brown head that gave away rather soon and settled into a thin collar, without any lacing. However it should be noted that this beer has spent time in barrels and is quite high in alcohol, so poor retention is not a problem.

Aroma 4/5
The usual suspects are present: Toast, caramel/toffee, figs, sweet alcohol and bourbon, and then there are some off putting notes of green potatoes. Alcohol gets a little too strong at warmer temperature.

Taste 4/5
Sweet, but flavorfuly so, with a sharpness of character. Despite the dominantly sweeter notes, this beer is quite bitter and astringent and would complement fatty food very well. A long and vinous sweet finish with a slightly bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Disappointingly thin!

Drinkability 4/5
Good, but this beer didn't wow me in any respect. I will definitely revisit it if I get a chance to!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:40:03 | More by tewaris
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Verecund

Texas

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

2010 vintage. Opened on February 3, 2011.

Persian plum with the tiniest ring of tan head. Still; like burnt caramel waiting to be eaten.

Huge, decadent nose. Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, and bourbon booziness. Just the tiniest wisp of raspberry.

Palate is toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, caramelized sugar, and vanilla, with some oak peeking through the huge bourbon notes. Some dark fruit, especially plum strikes mid-to-late palate and shows more as it warms. The complexity is slightly masked by the heat of the bourbon. There's an odd note on the back of the palate I can't quite put my pen to - almost vegetal. Very sweet, very big, with a lingering bitter astringency on the finish.

Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Sticky.

A nice sipper for a cold night, but not as mind-blowing as I had hoped. A little sherry oxidation should benefit MoaS and cool her down enough to appreciate her complexities. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next 60-90 minutes, easily.

EDIT: Fourth bottle opened December, 2011. This has become fairly muddled and one-note. Will update with last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:40:33 | More by Verecund
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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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kojevergas

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold-foil-ed over standard pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a trade and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given Duff27's recommendation and its current 99 rating. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 2012 vintage (Bottled 11/05/12. Reviewed as a barrel-aged barleywine because it's identified as such on the label.

Served cold – straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of rich shiny khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Head retention is poor - about 15 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich dark amber. Understated and classy. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Bourbon character is plentiful, but there's no distinct vanilla/oak character. Nice amber malts, bready/breadcrust-evoking malts, and rich malty character. Not too sweet nor too bitter.

No hop character or yeast character is detectable.

Unfortunately, the bourbon overwhelms the base beer.

A pleasant aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Great bourbon-evocative notes - plenty of vanilla and oak, but not real authentic vanilla bean or toasty oak barrel. Amber malts. Bready malts. Some bread crust. Caramel. Maybe some sherry wine. A hint of marshmallow. A hint of graham cracker.

Has lots of subtlety. Nice complexity, nuance, and intricacy.

Good depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

It's real well balanced. Has a nice pleasant boozy warmth that I really dig. I don't get any spice.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated. Good body, thickness, and presence on the palate. Has a decent softness to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the barrel aging and ABV, but still a sipper. Rich and decadent. I really like it. I'd definitely get it again. Really good stuff. I'll have to seek out more Pelican brews. Many thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. Age I think has done it well. Dead-on for a barleywine. The barrel notes complement the base beer nicely; there's some development of flavour there.

High B+

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:08:27 | More by kojevergas
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 3/11/10.

A - Poured a really deep, dark brown liquid with burgundy highlights and a wispy burnt tan head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left virtually no lacing.

S - Aroma is quite chocolatey with woody notes and a warm bourbon presence. The nose is rounded out with hints of dark fruit and earthy hops.

T - Like the aroma, chocolate dominates the flavor profile (especially in the backend as the liquid warmed up) although the bourbon presence is really apparent, imparting a huge amount of alcohol warmth. Finishes with a blend of earthy, herbal and woody hop notes amid all of the boozy attributes.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, robust and syrupy texture and prickly carbonation. Sticky and boozy mouthfeel overall with a burning sensation on the lips and tip of the tongue. Finishes dry with a really warm, boozy presence, which delivers quite a bit of heat to the palate.

D - While this is a very good barleywine in its own right, I am perplexed that this is a top ten beer and (at the time of my review) the highest rated barleywine on BA. I can think of several others that were more enjoyable. Some that come to mind are: Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, Cambridge Blunderbus, and Bullfrog Whiskey BA Old Toad.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 15:34:21 | More by ffejherb
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split 3 ways. 2010 version. Reviewed 31 January 2011.

Ar: Rich caramel, floral, whiskey spice and alcohol, toasty malt and barrel character, excellent aroma, herbal/spicy hop with citrus, berries, tobacco

Ap: Beautiful red, crystal clear, low tan head, good retention

T: Bourbon, rich caramel, very present but appropriate alcohol, drying bourbon, toffee, mild fruit, date/raisin/prune, alcohol takes over a bit, unique, earthy cellar-esque dankness, jolly rancher fruitiness, sweet iced tea, fruit increases with warmth, cherry, spice, slight oxidized notes, cellar must and wet wood

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, very viscous, alcohol warm/hot, rough finish and lingering character

O: Aroma and appearance are excellent, alcohol takes over in taste, unique and interesting

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:58:43 | More by DaveJanssen
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

Pours brown with a little bit of red letting in some light. Bright beige creamy head.

Lots of toffee and vanilla in the nose. Brown sugar, perhaps a bit of fig and bourbon.

Big maltiness in the flavor. Brown sugar and toffee mixed with a lot of vanilla. Bourbon has died down a lot. Still present and heats up at the end, but this is a malt bomb.

Full bodied and sticky. Low, but present carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

Probably waited a bit too long on this one. Still pretty good, but I'd prefer more heat and less sweetness. Will be drinking any future ones closer to fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 12:27:14 | More by jmarsh123
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vacax

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark toffee brown with a paltry sized head with no retention noted. Aromas of brown sugar, cat food, maple, and bourbon booziness dominate. Did I just say cat food? Yes, yes I did and apparently I am the only one to pick up on this but I don't get much enjoyment out of the aroma. The taste loads up on sugary sweets, treacle, toffee, with a maple and earthiness to it, and a big bourbon bite that I enjoy. I do like this, though as far as bourbon barrel barleywines go, this is fairly typical in taste. The thick body and properly light carbonation for the style, are, however, spot on, and this is a nice beer. I would recommend this, however, no more than any other bourbon barleywine I have enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 03:32:12 | More by vacax
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GRG1313

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottling.

Black with no head.

Nose is full sweet dark chcolate to sweet espresso with hints of cocoa that quickly goes to malty assertive whiskey and carmel.

Mouthfeel is initially creamy but with a "fizzy" character on the tongue, some of which is a good deal of alcoholic heat and a strong whiskey mouth. Mouthfeel becomes richer and creamier and loses some of the whiskey heat without losing the character and flavors as it warms to room temperature and as it gets more air.

This one, newly released, greatly improves from the air and is likely to become better with at least a little age.

Flavor is rich and creamy and improves with a bit of time in the glass and improves with air. Flavors go from bitter black chocolate and hot whiskey to roasted grains and coffee with an assertive soy flavor.

Air and some time in the glass really improves flavors to rich roasted grains, big black chocolate and coffee that goes to big black licorice nose and flavor profile. Black bitter coffee/espresso goes to an assertive licorice finish as one sips it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:24:33 | More by GRG1313
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TheBeerTruck

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured into a snifter:

Appearance: - not much head, but a great oil rubbed bronze color.

Smell: Nice scents of figs, rich malt, bourbon, wood, but all over powered a little by a woody raisin bran aroma.

Taste: Diverse! Some many flavors! Bourbon, malt, oak, vanilla, barley, dried candied dry cherries, but damn that raisin bran!

Mouthfeel: For 14% - nice bite, but smoothness that makes it hard to feel that abv. It also reflects far more carbonation than its appearance does.

Overall: This is my first time have MOAS and I wish I had never read any reviews on previous years. It's hard to think this one compares.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 05:18:42 | More by TheBeerTruck
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Downhill last few years. Some astringency, estery, oxidized vibes even with fresh bottles. Doesn't have the crisp bourbon bite with the rich toffee like before. I'm not searching this out anymore.

Kept the old review below, but adjusted things down.

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09 Perfect Storm.

Dec 11th in MN. Was going to have something else tonight, trapped in the house, but I couldn't resist the symbolism of this one.

Thanks for the trade, ramnuts.

Pour is darker than expected. Deep, dark red brown. Nice carbonation that quickly recedes to the edge.

Smells are just so wonderful. Bourbon smacks you in the face, mingled with dark carmels and alcohol.(good, spicy, warming alcohol) Bourbon is strong in this one.

The bourbon is marvelous on the tongue. Defines the beer. Everything else plays a supporting role. Carmel, some sweet (dark) chocolate, dark fruits and tobacco. Ultimately sweet, but not cloying; balances the sharp boozy feel. (This must have been pretty hot early on.) Feels more than 13.5%.

Mouthfeel is great. This finishes like scotch or whiskey, sharp and tingly on the tongue. I like it. I like it a lot.

Wonderful example of what the barrel offers.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:22:44 | More by caskstrength
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. The pour reveals about a finger of head which is light brown in color with a lot of red in it. Body is pretty dark and is also very deep maroon/red. The foam falls quickly to a trace. Aroma is big and sweet. The in-your-face bourbon, raisin, vanilla, and molasses fill your nose quickly. There is a bunch of alcohol burn as well. One sip reveals a lot more bitter chocolate, and dark fruit. Not expecting that. A bunch of molasses and some alcohol. Mouth is quite good with nice carbonation and a very full body. A little syrupy.

I had this right after trying Bligh's and they are completely different. This is not nearly as sweet and has chocolate and bitter/dark fruits. Maybe some time really helps this beer out, but right now I don't think it is the league of exceptional English Barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:37:53 | More by RuckusDu
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage, bottled Nov. 5, 2012.

A - Pours a really deep, murky brown with a thin, one finger light khaki head that fades quickly. Not really much retention or lacing to this one.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and and bready malts. It's rich, malty and most of all really quite sweet to me.

T - Overly sweet dark fruits and bready malts at first that develop into good bourbon barrel aged characteristics of vanilla, brown sugar and light oak. Again, it's overly sweet for my tastes here.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. It has a cloying sweetness to me.

O - I'm not sure with the "whale" factor plays a role in the high rating here. But, the beer is overly sweet in nature, which is a huge turnoff for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 16:06:43 | More by cvm4
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ChrisPro

Illinois

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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mikeyv35

New York

3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 02/28/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009 Perfect Storm
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

This brew has been in my cellar for 2+ years and am eager to sample it.

Poured dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat tan head w/ no lacing on the glass. Prototypical BA BW appearance. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate, molasses, dark currants, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The taste was of warming dark fruits and charred malts, w/ a touch od brown sugar, followed by strong bourbon and vanilla. For me this was still way too boozy even w/ 2+ years of age on it. Medium bodied.

Disappointed majorly by this brew! Very complex in the flavors, but the bourbon barrel aging was simply too much and completely overwhelmed the base beer.

Glad I got a chance to sample, but now really looking forward to sampling the base beer(Stormwatcher's Winterfest).

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 15:31:53 | More by mikeyv35
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fiver29

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Eric. Thanks! Pours dark amber with off white color. Aroma is oak, booze, and rubbing alcohol. Viscous mouthfeel. Flavor was dark fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and finished with a rubbing alcohol aftertaste. This beer might be too green at this point. It was just hard to sip because of the rubbing alcohol aftertaste. It was tough. Shared originally Sept. 1, 2009.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:25:56 | More by fiver29
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 2011 vintage from Stupac a while back. Cheers man! That one was pretty awful and I scored it a 2.65. It was just too hot, thin bodied and abrasive. Definitely a chore. A little while later I had a taste of a 2012 and that was a whole new experience. Big thanks to ScottO for sending me a 2012 to enjoy myself.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Same as the 2011. This one pours a one finger, very loose and fizzy, tan colored head that fizzes away immediately. Only a slight ring is left after the quick disappearing act. A transparent rosewood red/brown in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Quite dark for the style. A faint ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Body is fine, but the fizzy head was pretty unattractive.

SMELL: Toffee, raisins, grapes, brown sugar with some nice bourbon, oak, touches of vanilla and caramel on the nose. Some alcohol and coconut from the bourbon barrels. Pretty complex and inviting, and much better balanced than the 2011.

TASTE: Really nice. The fourteen percent ABV is noticeable, but it doesn't get in the way. Toffee, dark fruits, like raisins, dates and grapes, and some brown sugar up front before oak and bourbon at the swallow. More dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and coconut linger linger with a bit of caramel sweetness as well. Bold and interesting flavor with enough boozy alcohol underneath. Much better crafted than the 2011 version, which was just an alcohol bomb.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, a prickly perhaps, goes down okay with a burn at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. A burn and some heat linger, but not outlandish. Could be a bit creamier and less prickly as well.

OVERALL: This was infinitely better than the 2011 I had a while back. Much less alcohol and burn, which allows the interesting flavor profile to come though. Perhaps some more time in the cellar will allow it to mellow out a bit more and take some of the heat out of the equation. That and a less prickly feel would make this one a real winner. Thanks again ScottO. Was a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:18:33 | More by Jeffo
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photomike

California

3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Joel, who brought this to our tasting...this was one I was very excited to try!

Pours a very dark, very clear reddish brown with a tan head that dissipates to nothing.

Smell is of toffee, raisin, prune, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Big, malty, sweet, and very boozy. Nice. This is so barrely.

The taste is equally strong. Very bourbony and boozy. Too much so. Bitter and carmelly with some blueberry-like dark fruits. This beer is so rough around the edges, it is impossible to review it as positively as others have on here. I truly don't understand the fuss over this one, and neither did most of those with whom I shared the bottle (and we didn't even discuss that at the tasting--just now reading their notes). This tastes like a prime candidate for extended aging, but as it stands fresh, it just isn't very drinkable or tasty. Give it 2 or more years and it might turn into something great, but it just isn't right now.

Crazy hot with low-medium carbonation with a medium-full body.

Too hot and too intense to be very drinkable, this one is complex and tasty enough to keep me thirsty for more...to a point.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 07:21:47 | More by photomike
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.