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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,461
Gots: 534 | FT: 51
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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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, bottle date of 11-6-12.

Poured into an etched tulip glass. Opaque chestnut brown with a thin mocha head. Dissipates fairly quick but comes back with a swirl. It's over a year old though, I'll cut it some slack.

Rich, full aromas just spillin out the glass. Toffee, bread pudding, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, fig spread. A little bourbony booze.

Taste follows suit, but with toffee and dates at the front. Caramel, tawny port like notes, sorghum molasses. Ends with some bourbon. Vanilla and dates linger in the finish. A little bit more oxidation than I would have liked. Fairly sweet but not cloying. I caught a little bit of alcohol here and there but generally doesn't taste like 14%.

Medium bodied, smooth, syrupy but not thick.

Rich and complex, drinkable for it's ABV. They don't overdo it with the barrel aging either. I can see why this beer is so renowned. If you have a 2012 around drink it now, mine was already oxidizing and I think a bit past its prime.

busternuggz, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Abbbp, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

cgrz, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

HeadyTheElder, Jan 19, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

cvm4, Jan 19, 2014
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4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review on 1/18/14

Thanks to Joe for breaking this out!

A huge barleywine. Wonderful chestnut hues with off white streaks of lace. Nose is predominantly toffee and caramel with lesser notes of raisins, vanilla, and bourbon. Many layers of complexity here. Mainly sweet but finishes with a light touch of earthy hops to keep the sweetness in check. Rich, smooth, and delicious.

Thanks to an awesome BA who broke this out at DLD. Review from notes on 4/24/10

A - Poured a rich chocolate brown with a large tan head that lasted the entire experience. Touches of lace here and there. Deep ruby red in the light. 4.5

S - Wonderfully malty with lots of caramel and toffee tones mixing with a delicate vanilla and wood. Hint of figs and black currants, but very subtle. I feel enlightened after wafting this goodness. 4.5

T - This is amazing. Complex dark fruits blended perfectly with toffee, caramel, and the slightest hint of robustness. Plums and figs bring the finish with the every so slight earthiness of hops. Yes, this is a delicate beer but that's exactly why it's so good. 4.5

M - There can be no flaw here. Rich and smooth to the point of velvetiness, coats the palate ever so slightly, and finishes with a bit of warmth in the throat. Carbonation is held in check the entire time. 5.0

D - Ok, I'm putting this on my whale hunt. Damn this is good. 5.0

DmanGTR, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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jjdc, Jan 11, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Bottle Date: 12/5/13

A: Pours a ruddy, almost opaque brown color. Small tan head quickly fades to nothing.

S: Earthy caramel and dark fruit leap out of the glass. A fresh bourbon aroma quickly follows. Molasses, figs, vanilla. A touch of biscuit.

T: Opens with sweet dark fruit. Raisins are very prominent throughout. Burnt caramel and vanilla lead to a decent dose of bourbon flavor. Oak is also present. Alcohol adds a bit of heat near the finish.

M: Thinner than most beers of this strength, which makes it surprising drinkable. Moderate but effervescent carbonation.

O: A wonderful beer. Grabbed a case and had to try one fresh. I think this will definitely improve with a little age. Delicious now, but with the alcohol heat rounded out and the flavors more integrated it would be truly world class.

Also, my girlfriend tried a sip and immediately told me it smells like dog food. Now when I smell it, I pick that up, too. Damn you Deana!

WankelEngine, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.