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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1,485
Gots: 573 | FT: 64
Brewed by:
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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4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Pour an oxidized/rust brown, but perfectly translucent. Smells of Werther's caramel, a touch of Werther's chocolate, toasted pecans, a touch of bourbon and wood, perhaps lightly roasted coffee... list could go on and on. Basically, it was like smelling an exceptional sherry that changed in the glass over time. Phenomenal.

A bit of heat and tannic wood, which gives taste and drinkability as the only small knocks I gave this beer. Perfectly carbonated upon opening--but even after letting it run still in my glass over a couple hours, I continue to be fascinated by this one. Truly an exceptional beer that I can't wait to try again a few years down the road.

Worth seeking out for fans of English barleywines.

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahh, I have been waiting a long time to get a chance to try this beer. Poured from a bottle into my Bruery tulip. Thanks, Ben.

I was taken aback by the brew from the instant it poured from the bottle. A very dark but clear deep reddish amber color, very, very attractive for the style. A thin tan head develops, but quickly dissipates. Nice.

The moment you pop the cap the aromas explode on you. Bourbon is paramount here, but underneath are layers of brown sugar, toffee, alcohol, and just a hint of dark fruit. I'm thinking plum.

Taste is excellent. Again, the barrel aging is very obvious here, with the bourbon playing a big role. Taste follows the nose - sweet caramel, brown sugar, with a nice alcoholic zing at the end. Maybe some nuttiness on the finish too, which is interesting and unexpected. Only reason that it's not a perfect 5 here is because I think the bourbon could be slightly more mellow (but only slightly). This will age very well - a year in the cellar might make this a perfect score.

Mouthfeel doesn't get any better for a barleywine. The slight carbonation is perfect, and the beer is viscous and chewy. Outstanding.

You know, I don't care that this is 13% alcohol. I think that I could sip on this beer all night and never, ever get tired of it. I might pass out, but it would be totally worth it. If this beer was on the shelves, I would have it stocked all-the-freaking time.

Perhaps the best English barleywine I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist opening this today. The biggest blizzard in decades calls for the biggest barleywine in the cellar, and the name is too fitting. 2009 release.

A. Poured at cellar temps into a snifter. One finger head for the better part of a minute amazingly, but then it disappears. Oily consistency on the sides of the glass. Color proves to be a dark ruby when help to the light, but approaches black in the glass.

S. Just smelling this warms me up. The bourbon is the attention getter, but it remains mellow. Strong dessert sweetness - toffee, vanilla... Very appealing.

T&M. There is a ton of bourbon - it tastes closer to bourbon than barley wine honestly, but it remains balanced. The smoothness helps here, as do the complementing malt aspects that shine through. Without the bourbon this would probably be cloyingly sweet, but here the alcohol cuts right through it to the point where it almost seems dry.

D. This is intense. 22 ounces never looked like so much, but this is a perfect beer to sip on for hours and wait out a storm...

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,569 ratings.