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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,459
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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4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BA barley wines typically aren't my favorite style and after all the hype, I was really curious to see how it would hold up.

This was poured into a small snifter and the dark brown/ruby brew sat heavy with a light layer of cream colored bubbles around the edges. They dissipated quickly but small carbonation bubbles continued to rise and agitate the surface. The color was very nice but it was the aroma that let me know I was in for something special. Immediately a wave of warm bourbon and vanilla hit me followed by a light sweetness and touch of alcohol. This easily could be out of balance but to me each component mixed so delicately with one another where the combination added up to something impossibly better than the individual scents. Honestly, if they were able to create an air freshener that matched this aroma, I don't think I could ever leave my house.

If even possible, the taste was better than the aroma. Initially there's a bit of sweetness that quickly fades as the complexity sinks in. Yes, there's a lot of bourbon and vanilla and toffee, but the longer it sits in on your tongue, the more the flavors change. Whereas Wooden Hell is velvet like and overall exceptional, it seems a bit one-dimensional to me compared to the Perfect Storm. Both have outstanding bourbon flavors with a great malt backbone, but TPS just seems to have a complexity in the base beer that is so well balance that it makes sipping on it for a long time extremely enjoyable.

This easily is one of the best beers I've ever had and being the rich, intensely flavorful beer that it is, it's definitely a sipper. That being said, the light carbonation keeps it playful and the smoothness made me crave sip after sip. I went into this thinking that it would be pretty good but would most likely not live up to the hype, and I was absolutely wrong. It's exceptional and I only wish I had more.

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

Had the opportunity to enjoy this with animortician, my brother and a buddy from work. We tasted this alongside King Henry and Abacus.

A: A nice brown with little lacing that didn't stick around.

S: BOURBON. Then some roastly malt. But the bourbon is right there in your face.

T: After starting with Abacus this one was a little odd for me. It was well balanced and the bourbon wasn't too overpowering. But the finish was left with a weird after taste. It didn't taste bad... Just odd.

M: The carbonation was a little low. Hard to hide that high ABV level. I could definitely taste it.

O: A good English Barleywine. Personally, I would choose Abacus over this. Even though it's rated higher. Might had been a bad batch or something. It was good but the odd after taste killed it a little.

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2012 Mother of all Storms.

Color is a rich dark brown color. Smell is amazing. Cracking this blitch Fiesta Bowl Ore vs K St. Winter season perfect time. Poured beast in a snifter.

Beer is down right dirty. Very great taste initially cold then better with warmth. I have this ranked no1 in Barleywines as of right now. Fairly new to Barleywines but ive had highly ranked ones and this is tops. Was going to give it a perfect score but no. Thats for PtY, PtE, Westy12. With time, this may be perfect.

Musy try, chalked off another top50 beer...


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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third bottle, decided it was finally time to put down a review.

Looks quite good -- dark brown that glows red when held up to the light. Very thin head quickly dissipates leaving a few large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is huge, tons of caramel and vanilla, touches of bourbon, burnt sugar and soy sauce -- taste is somehow even bigger, lots of grain to go with the caramel and toffee, more soy sauce and the slight sour tinge that comes from a old ale that's been left alone for long enough. Mouthfeel is creamy/silky with a slight slickness. Carbonation is slight but detectable.

This... tastes like an incredibly well-aged beer. I would love to know how they got this perfect oxidization in a beer that's a year old (brewed winter '09). Only concern I have is that bottle-to-bottle has slight variations -- my guess is that it's in-the-bottle stable, but the level of dissolved oxygen in the blend is tweaking the flavor.

Going to hold on to my last couple until I know whether or not I can get more next year...

jedwards, Feb 16, 2010
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.