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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1,482
Gots: 573 | FT: 64
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

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
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition sampled 12.12.12.

Aromas are much less boozy than I remember from the aged bottled. Lots of dark prunes, toffee, dark bakers cocoa and molasses (almost leather). Some oak and alcohol heat emerge as it warms.

The tastes has lots of dark and milk chocolate, with emerging coconut bourbon and a little vanilla. A huge base of toffee and brown sugar. Finish is semi sweet and slick with ample sugar and oak coating your palate. Bitter molasses and some sweet maple also emerge as it warms.

Overall I think think version is more refined than the original, maybe the refined the base beer or improved or altered their barrel aging but this example is much better than I remembered. Still a beast and should be shared; just a monster flavor wise.

2008 bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Still says The Perfect Storm on the label (original name).

Pours a viscous dark, dark brown with a small khaki head that recedes rapidly leaving adequate lacing.

Aromas begin with a decent amount of alcohol surprisingly even after 3-ish years of cellaring. I also get some chocolate and the usual barely wine smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit are there as well, along with some oak. But the booze is quite apparent here.

The tastes follow the nose of this monster. The booze can't hide amongst the excessive malts. Flavors of toffee and molasses, paired with some chocolate, and a boat ton of Evan Williams bourbon. Very thick, I feel like I should be chewing what is in my glass. This must have been a fresh barrel because it is very prevalent. Not overly offensive, just a really big beer and I am glad I only had a small sample.

The mouthfeel very nice and smooth, despite the alcohol bite in the finish. The carbonation is quite low and the body is quite full but not the fullest I have ever had and I wouldn't classify it as chewy by any means.

Overall this despite being 13.5% alcohol, it is surprisingly drinkable in small quantities. Definitely a sharing beer to be sipped and savored and a good one to contemplate the world with, if that makes any sense. I wonder if newer versions are equally as strong or if they are toned down a little. Glad I have two to find out down the road.

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2010 Vintage thanks to jwinship83

A- Dark brown in color, small off-white/brown head that quickly fades and moves to a ring around the glass.

S- Ah that all familiar barleywine aroma. This one is potent and sets a good expectation of a delicious beer. Big bourbon and bourbon barrel on the nose. Followed by syrup, and some fruits.

T-Along with smell.. bouron on the nose some hints of caramel, syrup, vanilla, fruits, sweet malt, slight barrel earthy finish. Everything is so very well balanced, I see why this is the #1 barleywine.

M- Medium/thick body, medium carbonation. Excellent coating on the palate, not to sticky. Just right.

O- A perfect storm indeed. This thing smells awesome and tastes just as great. What a pleasure to drink.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.