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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,313 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,415
Gots: 523 | FT: 50
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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

This was a serious white whale for me. I love the Pelican brews, but never tracked this down. I was surprised to find it a nice little bottleshop, a bit south of the brewery in the summer.

A: Dark chestnut brown, pours with a thin tan head, no retention, no lace/leg. Not surprising for a brew of this weight.

S: Pleasant alcohol aroma (like a sherry), raisins, maraschino cherry, treacle, field berry, light spicing reminiscent of a Christmas cake.

T: Piny resin is up front; raisin, field berry and maraschino cherry through the middle (along with some light rum & spiced Christmas cake); roasted nut and dark toffee in the finish.

M: Full body is a bit syrupy with a drying alcohol finish.

O: Some may consider the malt, hop & alcohol balance a 'perfect storm'... and it is indeed impressive for a brew of this strength. Personally, I could do with a bit less alcohol and residual sweetness, and some more American hops! Though perhaps I was just expecting a more hop-forward brew like most of their lineup. This is seriously good (and improves as it warms).

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:34:27 | More by Derek
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wolf_switzer

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-17-2013 19:02:09 | More by wolf_switzer
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adroberts01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-17-2013 17:03:54 | More by adroberts01
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dave122382

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-17-2013 13:29:59 | More by dave122382
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-15-2013 20:07:05 | More by hopswap1
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boxcar01

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-15-2013 19:54:13 | More by boxcar01
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-15-2013 15:24:46 | More by FreshZ
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socalbrewlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-15-2013 08:02:43 | More by socalbrewlvr
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FullObs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-15-2013 00:25:42 | More by FullObs
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jackmax

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-14-2013 19:25:27 | More by jackmax
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-14-2013 03:19:56 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-11-2013 20:28:03 | More by Hopmarc
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pmoney

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-11-2013 19:47:07 | More by pmoney
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Chipleton3

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

11-11-2013 01:12:54 | More by Chipleton3
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kevanb

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, shared with friends at our Barleywine tasting, 2011 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, touches of garnet red when struck by the light with just the slightest touch of head that vanishes immediately yielding no lace but a faint film around the rim of the glass. The aroma is wonderful, lots of rich dark grain, the barrel is perfectly integrated, lots of toffee, bourbon and oak with some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, pitted fruit and a bit of fig with just a light roasty char at the back end. The flavors follow nicely, bourbon and toffee jump out, soft chewy oak and vanilla can be found behind it, brown sugar, fig, molasses and caramel finish it up nicely and sweetly to counter the more earthy and roasty start. The body is nice, lively carbonation, rich and smooth, coats the mouth exceedingly well with a soft and creamy finish that warms ever so slightly.

Verdict: An incredible Barrel Aged Barleywine from Pelican Pub and certainly one of my all time favorite barrel aged beers. A masterclass in complexity and balance, not too sweet, not too roasty, not too boozy, everything in harmony. This beer is aging superbly well and is worthy of any and all accolades.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:24:53 | More by kevanb
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BAsbill

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-10-2013 01:45:41 | More by BAsbill
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-09-2013 23:49:13 | More by KevinmusPrime
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Gobinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2012 bottle

Consumed 11/8/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - some dark, dark copper and hints of dark red around the edges - impressive amount of clarity considering the color - pours with a moderate size, light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a little lacing

Smell: Holy mother of storms, this is intense - big, big chocolate with a nice range of malts - tons of roasty, dark malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, and biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar - some big, intriguing bourbon notes, wood, and vanilla - some dark fruits, and some alcohol

Taste: Big, boozy, beastly, and awesome - big, burly malts - caramel, cooked sugar, molasses, and toffee - to contrast the sweet notes, some roasty and burnt malts - so much depth - some bitterness - bourbon mixes quite well, rounds out the flavor - some wood and vanilla - hints of dark fruits - rich, decadent, with some booze

Mouthfeel: Big, full body, very smooth, low carbonation

Overall: This will rock you like a hurricane

This beer has some hype. And it lives up to it. This is a great, great English Barleywine. This is only a year old, and I imagine more aging will only make it more awesome. This is great.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:44:18 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beachstrength49 for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish purplish brown. Slight haze. Head is light tan with a loose structure and minimal retention. Drops to a tiny collar. No lacing and no cap. Barrel influence is obvious.

Smell: Raisins, plums, figs, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and more. Booze with some seriously cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Sweet with raw sugar. The base bourbon is a nice compliment to the burly malt body. Some toasted nuts with some cocoa and dark cherry. Mega fruity. Slight peppery note from the alcohol. Warming pushes some of the bourbon down and IPS the coconut and dark fruit.

Taste: Syrupy booze. A ton of dark fruit. Plums, raisins, figs, dark cherry. A solid punch of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Layers of coconut with a sweeter almost macaroon thrown in there. A touch of toasted malt with some roasted elements as well. Bourbon adds a nice layer of own and boozy sweetness. Cooked and caramelized for ages. Some raw sugar and a ton of toffee. Deeply complex with some alcohol on the back. Boozy, but not 14% by any means. Warming smooths everything out and let's the dark fruit push up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy medium pushing full body. Minimal carbonation. Lingering sticky sweetness.

Overall: That's a wicked big storm!

This is one hell of a bourbon barrel barleywine. Layers of malt sweetness completely enhanced by the bourbon barrel. A ton of complexity. Well worth the fight to track down.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:27:29 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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yummybeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.3%

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anteater

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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dkw0063

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-04-2013 14:01:54 | More by zestar
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sphyrn

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

11-03-2013 23:56:59 | More by sphyrn
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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