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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

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world-class

1,214 Ratings
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world-class

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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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vfgccp

New York

4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 19:32:54 | More by vfgccp
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animortician

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 15:28:23 | More by animortician
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SkiBum22

New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 21:57:33 | More by SkiBum22
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

heard a lot about this beer (well, not heard; read) but I've never had anything from the brewery or heard of any of their other beers. very excited to try.

pours a muddy black/brown with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and laces okay, there seems to be alcohol legs that rise above the head. very nice and on point for the style.

booze, raisins, caramel malts, spiced rum, vanilla, wood. a lot going on here actually, but booze is strong. expecting a monster of a beer.

yep. that's a monster beer. very boozy, and very sweet. bourbon and molasses with vanilla, caramel, raisins, rum, wood. some toasted malts and charred wood come out as it warms to balance out the sweetness a bit, but this remains a sweet, boozy, delicious monster of a beer.

medium/full bodied with a slight carbonation and a sticky sweetness that lingers and an alcohol warmth you can feel all the way down your throat to your chest.

well, I'm impressed. Not as smooth as Abacus (sucaba), not as complex as King Henry, and boozier than both, but should be included in the conversation with the best barleywines out there. I'll be seeking more of these out. wonder what more age will do.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 05:08:53 | More by silentjay
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown red color with a nice tan colored head. Head is gone pretty quick, becomes a thin cap and leaves some faint lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel malts, a touch of tart fruits, vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T- Very smooth and follows the nose really well. Dark fruits, sugary, wood and bourbon.

M- Medium in body and light carbonation.

O- Very outstanding beer for sure. I really enjoyed this one. Not as complex as some of the others but every thing comes together so nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 19:39:24 | More by nrbw23
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jegross2

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery.
Score: 82

2011 vintage bottle served in a plastic cup and enjoyed the night before Dark Lord Day (04/27/12). Review is from notes.

Appearance: Looks like syrup. 4/5

Smell: Caramel malt, booze, brown sugar, light barley and a hint of cherry. Lots of malt and ample bourbon. 4/5

Taste: Loads of caramel malt flavor and booze. Like a lot of booze. And residual cherry. Maybe a little brown sugar. The flavor of this beer is essentially 90% caramel, 9% booze and 1% cherry flavor. Hot, unbalanced, and super malty. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Has the mouthfeel of hot, malty and boozy syrupy. No carbonation, medium-full bodied. 3.5/5

Overall: Too hot, malty and boozy for my taste, but I guess that's what a traditional barleywine is supposed to be like. For me, a few ounces was enough.

Recommendation: Fans of malty barleywines should seek this one out, but let it cool off in the cellar for a while.

Pairings: Fudge brownies.

Cost: $20 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 23:15:45 | More by jegross2
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark chocolate color, much darker than I had expected with a tiny brown head of small bubbles around the edges. I can see through it and it is a clear dark chestnut chocolate brown.

S: Aroma of thick roasted caramel, cocoa , bourbon, figs and raisins blended with oak.

T: Wow, this is rich! Chocolate, cherry coke, cotton candy and leather intermixed with caramel and roasted caramelized sugar. As these flavors imply, this beer is sweet. Closest thing that comes to mind is Adam, but this has more cherry and less leather in the body. A bit of port with bourbon and american oak barrels really rounding out the sweetness.

M: Thick chewy sticky resinous caramel with a light carbonation.

O: This is definitely one of those beers that lived up to the hype. While I had this on my list for probably two years, I was actually very glad to have finally tried this and it lived up to my expectations. I imagine with a few years age on it, it would do well and possibly lose some of the sweetness. Very impressed here.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 17:52:59 | More by alpinebryant
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harrymel

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 - Thanks Jamie!
Pours a cherry leather with a rim of dark tan foam. Smells nougat, bourbon, raisins, chocolate and chewy caramel. Aromas of cake and sugar - a sincerely exquisite nose. Mmmm, cherry, tawny, sweet vanilla cake, rich mousse and caramels. Goddam, this is a good beer. Full bodied for the style with just a hare more carb than I prefer with a good, sticky and chewy finish. This is a truly excellent beer. I think I prefer this to KH, which is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 15:40:18 | More by harrymel
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DovaliHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a ruby-red hue. Medium sized tan head with a hint of red that goes down slowly. Scent is outstanding! Great toffee and brown sugar notes...nice sweet bourbon booze. You can definitely smell the barrel in this beer...sweet oak and bourbon with some nice dark fruits, toffee, and vanilla. Taste is just as it smell...more complex than I was expecting. All the flavors in the nose are present in the taste and equally distributed, except I get a bit of chocolate in the taste. For such a high ABV beer, this gem is not overly sweet, nor is it too hot and boozy. Well crafted. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit sticky. Drinkability is high, as this is a delicious sipper. Overall, I haven't been this impressed about a barrel aged BW since King Henry. Would love to try these guys side by side. I got plenty of love for Sucaba, but KH and this are rightfully powering over it. Fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 07:29:46 | More by DovaliHops
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011
Served into a tulip glass

A: Deep dark brown with crimson hues throughout the body. Atop is a small bubbly medium tan colored head that settled out into a thin ring rather quickly. A few splotches of lacing coat the walls, too.

S: Mildly muted when cold, but as this warmed the aroma opened up tenfold. Big dark fruits, sweet caramel, subtle bourbon undertones, vanilla and toffee. It's big and rich, the barrel gave this some wonderful qualities.

T: For a beer this size, it's remarkably drinkable. Vanilla and toasted caramel/sugar are the first on the palate. Plenty of bourbon, winter fruits and wood come through towards the back end.

M: Thick and full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep this from being sticky. Sweet linger and very easy drinking.

For me, this sits right behind King Henry in my favorite bourbon barrel aged Barleywine list. This had so much flavor, all working so well together. Balance is key and this is quite the achievement.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 14:36:36 | More by ShanePB
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany in color. The beer has a thin light beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a lot of caramel/toffee/molasses sweetness as well as a heavy presence of dark fruits (plums and figs).

T: The beer was very sweet tasting, not quite cloying but still very sweet. There is a lot of caramel/toffee/molasses malt sweetness and a heavy presence of dark fruits (plums mostly but a little fig). Some light bourbon presence and a hint of oakiness. Some very light alcohol present in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: There is a nice complexity in the flavor and aroma of this beer but there is a heavy sweetness and some alcohol presence. This beer is a definite sipping beer and a very nice one at that... Glad to try this and hope to get another vintage at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 17:50:07 | More by dbrauneis
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nmbr0ne

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 22oz, 2011 bottle. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the Christmas gift!

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with subtle redness. Centimeter thick, khaki head that dissipates ridiculously quick. Barely any lacing at all.

Smell: Great aromas. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, little bit of bourbon, plums, figs, spices. Huge combination of complex smells.

Taste: Sweet at first and throughout the majority of the sip. Caramel, burnt sugar, some roasted malts. Bourbon is more pronounced in the flavor than the smell. Huge alcohol flavor towards the end. The booze takes away from overall experience.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy drink. It feels like my glass weighs six pounds. Leaves a warm feeling after every sip that lasts for a bit afterwards. Low carbonation. Goes flat pretty fast as it warms up.

Overall: Not as bad as I might make it out to be. It's a good dessert beer. A definite sipper. The aroma and flavors were above average by far. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 00:44:11 | More by nmbr0ne
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Bottle from 2011, not my first run in with this one.

A - Pours dark caramel brown with a decent one finger tall khaki colored head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, molasses and plenty of bourbon booze. This one still smells a little too hot for my liking but still very nice.

T - Starts off with plenty of sugary sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, etc. - quickly giving way to the hot bourbon booze and some dry oak tannins. Finish is best described as sweet bourbon heat, lingering long after consumption.

M - Big, boozy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The carb goes a little flat as it sits in the glass and the booze is still way too strong.

O - I remember when I had this beer for the first time. It was a 2009 bottle, consumed in early 2010, and it was the #10 overall beer in the world. At the time I thought that was WAY too high. I have had it twice since then and it is still very good, but the best I have ever had? No way.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 16:02:28 | More by orangesol
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Treebs

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz gold foil capped bottle served in a Jacobin tulip. Split three ways. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a once finger, light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar and doesn't really leave on lace, just some brown stick.

S: Dark fruits and malts with some burnt sugar, light barrel presence (Oak and bourbon. The barrel isn't as pronounced as I anticipated.

T: Well this took a big, complex jump. The barrel really shines here. Caramel and oak with nice sweet bourbon undertone is up front. Burnt sugars and booze soaked fruits start to mix with a mild leather and tobacco. There is slightest piney hop presence on the back end.

M: Smooth and creamy. This is heavy bodied. Slightly warming in nature with a medium to low carbonation.

O: Very delicious. One of the heavier English barleywines out there, it was very complex and the ABV was pretty well hidden save for a slight throat warming that was more than welcome. A must try for any English Barleywine fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 18:11:05 | More by Treebs
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012. Pours much darker than every previous year of MoaS: very dark brown with way more head than its older siblings.

Caramely aroma, strongly malty, a kiss of dark fruits to round things out. Black licorice and molasses join the caramel train across my palate. Meadows of malts are a safe haven for all things barleywine-y.

The 2012 is a clear departure from previous vintages of MoaS, and I like what they've done with the place. Excited to see how this develops with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 23:50:54 | More by brystmar
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle from Beaumont Market, Portland, OR

Review for 2011 vintage.

Shared with the wife in the comfort of our home, this one was decanted into a Klokke Roeland globe for myself (a Cascade stem glass for her). Deep and dark, yet still eerily translucent, dark brown color mixed with a glistening bloody maroon, topped with a rocky beige head that retained for a surprisingly long time, and left some soapy lacing on the glass. Complex and tantalizing aroma of dark malty sugars, molasses, juicy dark fruits, and chocolate-covered cherries. Rarely do I give "5" ratings for taste, but I can't really bring myself to rate this beer anything less. Caramel, toffee, thick malts, molasses and milk chocolate up front, a segue of almonds leading to a mid-palate cascade of raisins, figs, black cherries, sherry, brandy, red grapes, and finishing off with flavors of cigar-grade tobacco, vanilla-tinged, wood-soaked bourbon, and a deep-seated earthiness. If that weren't enough, the mouthfeel was intensely creamy and velvety smooth, full-bodied, almost too drinkable, though pretty hot from the alcohol, but you have to expect that from a beer like this. I have a few more bottles of this that I'm going to let age for a while. I'm sure they'll prove to be interesting in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 12:23:29 | More by Rifugium
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2011 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to exitmusic00 for the bottle!

A- Pours black, some ruby highlights at the edges when held to light, with a thin tan head that fizzles to a black mirror.

S- The aroma is very powerful, immediately I'm getting big notes of bourbon, dark fruits, some oak and vanilla, as well as a strong sweetness from molasses and caramel. The only beer I've had recently with such an awesome aroma was King Henry, the two actually smell pretty similar with big sweet, fruity booze aromas.

T- Just like the nose, huge bold flavors. Bourbon flavor is prominent but isn't hot or harsh, it blends nicely with oak and vanilla flavors. Lots of fruity berry sweetness along with molasses and malty caramel notes.

M- Full-bodied, very thick and palate-coating, low carbonation emphasizes the thickness of the beer, goes down smoothly with a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- An awesome beer, one of the better barleywines I've had in a long time, I'm struck by the similarities between this beer and King Henry, if you liked one you should definitely try the other. Definitely a great beer for cold, stormy nights.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 10:27:33 | More by WillCarrera
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2011 release. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pelican's Mother of All Storms pours almost stout-like. The body of the beer appears to be all black, but some backlighting reveals scant cherry highlights. Nearly three fingers of foam come together to crown the beer. Head retention is somewhat fleeting though, and lacing is basically nonexistent. The nose is a little weak at first, but really starts to pop as the beer finishes warming. Strong notes of smooth bourbon and caramelized sugar are supported by a secondary aroma of vanilla. The bourbon, while still present, takes more of a back seat role in the flavor profile. Some creamy milk chocolate emerges to join the vanilla and burnt sugar hinted at in the nose. The mouthfeel is spot on, with a full, sturdy body that stops short of being syrupy. The carbonation is just enough to cut through all the malty goodness and let me know it's there, and I wouldn't want any more for it. English barleywines, and their barrel aged brethren, are some of my favorite beers, and Mother of All Storms is on of the best takes on the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 06:43:05 | More by axeman9182
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Arbitrator

California

2.65/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Re-review of 2011 vintage shared by mfielden. Thanks, Mark.

S: This is very oxidized, more than previous vintages have been. It has substantial cardboard and a general aroma of "nothingness," as if the beer is over-mellowed.

T: I taste the bourbon, a bland sweetness, and cardboard. Yech. This is not a strong showing of a beer. It is one-dimensional and simple. To my credit, nearly everyone else at the tasting felt the same way. Finally! Validation!

O: As noted in my comments below, I haven't been a fan of this beer from the 2009 vintage onward. But this one was especially off. I like barrel-aged barleywines, but something about this beer doesn't click with me. I turned down an offer from ramnuts to get the 2011s for me, and I'll do the same in the future. It's just not my beer. More for others...

~~~

2009 vintage. A big thanks to Frank (ramnuts) for trucking these down to my house!

A: Pours a very dark honey / amber body in the glass. Develops a decent light beige head with the pour; retention is decent for a barleywine of this ABV. Some lacing down the glass as I sip, but nothing that sticks.

S: This beer REALLY needs to warm up. It produces aromas of bourbon, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, wood, toasted pecans, and some booze.

T: Like the nose, the beer is best when warm. Toasted pecans, bourbon, and toffee up front. The malts continue into a blend of caramel, and butterscotch, but they also develop rummy dark fruit flavors. Vanilla and chocolate are lightly present. It's surprisingly tannic in the finish, but that doesn't offset the molasses bomb that this beer is turning into. Each time I've had it, it has tasted sweeter and sweeter.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation (very creamy). It used to be somewhat hot in the finish, but after about a year it has cooled off. The tannins have been more pronounced each time I've had this beer, and they create an astringency that is distracting.

D: I hate to blaspheme, but I'm not blown away by this beer. I think it's solid but no more. I've had it a handful of times since it came out last year, and each time I am less and less taken with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 05:47:01 | More by Arbitrator
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a CBS snifter...

A: Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a quarter finger of cream colored head. Traces of lacing down the sides of the glass. I particularly love the dark colors of this brew and the sunburst effect around the edges.

S: Super complex nose with dark fruit, raisin, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak char, tobacco, leather, cherry, brown sugar. Thick, rich bourbon barrel notes provide some outstanding character here. It doesn't just hit all of the right notes, it absolutely destroys them. Perfect bouquet.

T: The initial flavors are chocolate and vanilla. As it washes across the mid, the caramel, raisin, and oak notes weigh in. It all comes together with ripe dark fruit, dark tobacco, and a nice little alcohol burn on the back end. I love very bit of this.

M: The mouthfeel and balance on this are top notch. It's amazing how much complexity Pelican has packed into this beer while keeping everything supremely balanced and smooth. Only deficiency is that carbonation seems a little bit high for the style. However, this one is silky smooth and decadent in all the right ways.

O: The absolute standard for the English Barleywine style. A spectacular beer from start to finish, worthy of every accolade it has received. Thank you, Pelican, for this creation.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:59:48 | More by siege06nd
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

2011 Release.

Pours a gorgeous rich mahogany color with some gorgeous ruby hints. Nice thin head with a tan to light tan color that is medium dense and recedes to a nice ring around the glass. Gorgeous beer.

Delicious aroma. Strong molasses notes and caramel but most importantly tons of Bourbon. Nice vanilla undertones as well as some nice woody spice. Nice dark fruits including raisin and prunes. Very nice slight chocolate notes are also perceived in the nose.

Wow. This brew is amazing. It is so complex, big and flavorful. Starts off with some nice dark malt notes. Grainy and bready and then followed quickly by intense big and bold sweetness. Caramel and toffee with some nice Bourbon sweetness. VEry dark fruit notes are present. The middle has some nice intense boozy sweetness and more molasses and toffee notes with a nice heat in the back end of the brew. Having had King Henry not too long ago I can safely say that these two are very close in awesomeness. MoAS seems to be a bit more balanced and full bodied. Smooth as hell and very drinkable the ABV isn't too big of a hurdle which is a bit scary. Mouthfeel is awesome. Silky smooth and oily.

Very good brew. Amazing actually nice dark fruit notes with toffee and tons of Bourbon and sweetness that isn't too intense. This is a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 00:55:45 | More by JoEBoBpr
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output01x

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beerhan for this awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and gold foil-lined bottle (2011 Vintage) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger reddish brown head that completely dissipates in less than a minute. The body is a dark brown similar in color to the bottle it was poured from. Traces of bright crimson shine through when this beer is held to light. As the beer is consumed, a thin foam ring forms that leaves strings of lacing that quickly fall back down to the body.

The nose is dark, rich, and boozy. Strong aromas of bourbon-like alcohol impact the nostrils with each whiff. Once you get past the booze, aromas of oak, vanilla, and dark fruits do well to round out and complicate the news.

Like the nose, this beer starts out dark, sweet, and full of alcohol. Flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits all present themselves. As the beer is held in the mouth, alcohol stings the sides of the tongue. Upon swallowing, a warming alcohol envelops the entire tongue and is quickly greeted by flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, raisins, and black currant. As these flavors taper off, an alcohol warmth emanates from the back of the throat. This beer reminds the drinker time and time again of its 13.5% ABV. However, this is welcome as the alcohol flavors add to the experience.

This beer is thick, and delightfully messy. The body is coating, syrupy, and quite sticky. The carbonation is subtle at best but is definitely doing a lot of work in the background. The mouthfeel is slick, sticky, and syrupy but matches the taste perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:41:19 | More by output01x
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2011 bomber, split with a friend and poured into CBS snifters.

A: Dark ruby, with a thin fizzy head that dissipates instantly.

S: Molasses, bourbon, and dark fruits. Very sweet, some alcohol noticeable.

T: Upfront, dark sweet fruits attack, with a very deep flavor. Mid-sip, strong bourbon overwhelms. The finish is of a dark fruit--barely good.

M: Medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation. Works well.

O: Rough, but the composite parts are excellent. The bourbon is a little too overwhelming. I hope with some age, the flavors will mellow slightly and come together. I'll save my second bomber for a year or two and re-review!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:17:39 | More by Hophead717
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ales4baldo

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes taken at wonderful tasting

Pours a bit thin. Solid brown with a bit red to it.

has a nice sweet toffee smell and lots of sweet malts. Licorice and nice smooth.

Subtle booze and caramel stints. Lots of nuts and barrel flavor. Finish is boozy.

Mouthful is smooth and boozy. Medium body and smooth. A bit silky. Solid.

A good beer. A little too much heat. But still nice. Solid beer. Might taste better with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 06:58:46 | More by ales4baldo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense richness exudes from a beer of luxurious proportions that's aptly named the "Mother of all Storms". This is certainly a Barleywine for the ages.

Decanting with a tawny ruby and garnet hue, the beer exhibits bright clairty although with a mystic denseness that's so, so seductive. A surprisingly spritzy head rises to the top but mysteriously evaporates in quite fizzy fashion. Not that it's a big deal for these intensely alcoholic beers to degrade head formation and retention in favor of brandyish legging- but the fizzy way that the head disolves is odd for the style.

Strong malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, and toffee lead the way, but also with the tawny scent of vinous, bourbon, and brandy-like fruits. Complex to the bone, the beer's complementary notes include plumbs, dates, balsamic sherry, walnuts, berries, cherries, apples, and grapes.

As an extention of aromas, the flavor spread offers a similar variance but with an early focus on sweetness: toffee, chocolate, and molasses forms a robust taste that coats the mouth evenly and richly for a savory and lucious flavor. The mid palate introduces the estery notes of cherries, grapes, apples, and berries for added layers of complexity. Balance from bitter alcohols, vinous tartness, tobacco, sherry, balsamic (almost soy sauce savoryness)and tannic bourbony woods round out the sweeter notes and keep the beer from becomming one-dimensionally sweet. As the beer warms, more bourbon notes rise in the forms of vanilla, caramel, and coconut.

Calling the beer "full bodied" is an understatement. Heavy and masculine says it better, expecially with the fleeting carbonation that allows the beer to lay on the tongue and palate in a very dense and velvety coat. An extended finish of malty sweetness and moderate dryness from alcohol and woody tannins allows the enjoyment of the taste through an long lingering aftertaste. Expectations of Port wines should be expected from the mouthfeel of this beer.

With the focus on malt, malt, and more malt, I love the sherry, wine, and soy sauce-like savory notes that provide mild tartness to accompany the warm alchols and balance the beer. Beautifully invisioned and executed by the ever-classy Pelican Brewery!

An enjoyable beer with which to celebrate review #3,000. Thanks a bunch Hopluva1!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:09:19 | More by BEERchitect
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.