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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,712
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,514
Gots: 593 | FT: 73
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing!

A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a small head that dissipates very quickly to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet and rich. Lots of caramel/toffee and some molasses. I also get lots of dark fruits - raisins and a slight oak component. Really nice and complex.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of dark fruits again, the raisins return, and I also taste some cherries. A little bit of alcohol, but more subdued than other barleywines I have had.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with a good carbonation, balanced very well. There is a slight alcohol burn, but not a problem at all, and expected. Overall, I found this beer to be really good. Very complex flavor profile with a lot going on. (779 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release, big thanks to Joe for hooking me up with this, shared with Smoked.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a deep dark ruby color with a hint of almost purple about it that is fairly clear and plum-like in appearance. A finger of frothy yellowish stained tan head appears and fades leaving spots atop the brew and on the glass.

The aroma is deep and fruity like plums, raisin, toffee, caramel and sweet, smooth vanilla notes. The barrel aged and bourbon presence in this brew is amazing. The vanilla aspect is amazing, it's one of my favorite characteristics of barrel aged brews. The abv tingles the nose with a fusel touch and light medicinal quality and herbal smelling hops. Overall the smell of this brew is quite candied sweet and enjoyable. The alcohol gets a bit tangy as it warms.

The taste is bold with alcohol and contrasted with herbal hops that give way to a light medicinal flavor. The bold flavors of this brew part to show a light oxidized quality, herbal hops and a drying sense of alcohol. Notes of oak and the barrel aging presence of vanilla flavoring mix with toffee and caramel sweetness. More sips yield dark fruity flavors like raisin, plum, dates and an overall candied sweetness.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a lighter level of carbonation but not too low. This is an exceptional brew. The abv is fitting and not distracting with all the other flavors. A very solid sipper with a toasted quality that only evolves as it warms. Fantastic brew that satisfies the sweet tooth. (1,531 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11.

2009 vintage. Pours brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is strong oak and bourbon. The flavor is complex, with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. This beer didn't disappoint. (259 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

A: This beer appears a dark brown hue, with an eighth inch of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Toast, biscuits, malt, charred malt, oak, alcohol.

T: Powerful stuff, I can tell right away. Flavors include dark burnt toast, oak, vanilla, booze, malt, and more. This beer should age very gracefully. I can't wait to open one of these a few years from now.

M: Big, rich, full.

D: Again, I want to see how this beer ages. I have high hopes. A very tasty beer, I'm glad I was afforded the opportunity to try it. (574 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle shared by Balosss, thanks again. 2009 bottle I believe.

The Perfect Storm comes in the glass looking a very dark shaded brown with sprays of mahagony towards the sides. Nice dark beige foam sits on top with nice retention, no sticks though.

Smell is in your face bourbon. The aroma is very strong and it hits you. The bourbon is big, some vanilla/oak notes with dark fruits, mollasses, etc. Some sweet caramel with warming and some booze.

With some time on this bottle, the heat is there. The alcohol is noted and blends into the bourbon and malty base well. Heat, bourbon, into some oaky territory with the usual vanilla. Some dark fruit comes into play with warming.

Feel is big and approaching thick. The carb is there, yet not overbearing. A nice amount of heat creeps up on the tounge, especially with warming, but there is so much flavor to go along with it.

All in all, this is one of the better English Barleywines I've had from America. I could imagine this vintage was super hot when 1st out. For my 1st time having it, this is nice stuff. (1,067 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day felt like I needed something special to open tonight. 2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a a dark, murky, mahogany color, with a thin tan ring sticking to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice mix of flavors to it. Brown sugar, molasses and vanilla all come out along with some raisin, cherry and plum flavors. The woody oak and moderate bourbon alcohol give it some excellent complexity. The barrel aging is very well done, it adds some great flavor but manages to integrate very well and not overpower the beer. Excellent aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of dark fruits to it throughout the flavor. Figs, plums and raisins show through more at first, while some cherry comes through more in the finish. Some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness comes through as well towards the finish. The woody oak and bourbon alcohol seem more subtle compared to other barrel aged beers, but still add some very nice, complex flavors to the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with carbonation being moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, I really loved the flavors to it. The barleywine flavors were very good, the dark fruits and malty sweet flavors were especially nice in it. The barrel aging was also done very well. It added some nice depth and complexity, but still allowed the beer to shine through. Fantastic beer overall. (1,413 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like snifter glass. Vintage 2012, big thanks to the DC Bottle share for this one.

A gorgeous body color, comes out of the bottle glistening dark walnut brown and shiny, and hits with a dark walnut body with some very obvious red hues. There is a faint remaining head but falls quickly to a small tan collar. Looks like a real deep brandy and I love this red hue to it.

Bouque jumps with berry fruit. Brown spices, almost clove like. Lots of charcoal and tight smelling oak, with a little bit of sticky caramel to match with it as well. VEry impressive.

First sip on the palate is incredibly sharp. THe berry like nose continues with a strong fruit and sharp bitter with an incredible dryness. It feels and tastes almost like a sherry. Caramel starts to really wash over the tongue on multiple sips with a nice dry coating. Large amounts of boozy warmth in the stomach, but not in the palate luckily. Oily but with a good sense of viscosity and not horribly thick.

A great barrel aged barleywine, real enjoyable. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one twice now, and I finished the 2nd bottle all by myself this time. With that abv, it's drinkable..until you finish it. Buzzz...

Anywho, a rich brown, leather like pour. Off tan head billowed up nicely. Lacing is a touch thin. Looks delish

Aroma is hot at first, singeing some nose hair. Underneath that are whaffs of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, leather and sweet orchard fruit.

Yeah, it's a bit hot. Flavors cover it up. Caramel apple, chocolate, vanilla, wet leather. Rich flavors like a good old ale. It seems there's a fight between the wood tannins and the hops for pucker-power. Moderate amount of each, nothing outstanding. With the malt and other rich, sweet flavors, the puckering serves as a cleanser of sorts. That and the alcohol.

A sipping beer to be sure. Nice dessert beer methinks. (810 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter/taster. Awesome little glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish notes. Khaki head retains nicely and settles to an island of foam and naught else.

Smell - Lots of bourbon goodness. Oak and vanilla. Deep brown sugar and caramel. Everything you'd like in a BA barleywine. Maybe some hops come through as well.

Taste - Everything the nose belies, with an intense boozy and strange aftertaste. Bourbon up front, but it doesn't linger. Lots of caramel and dark brown sugar. Hop bite in the back with an intense nutty/oaky flavor. It's kind of unpleasant and I don't get it out of other BA barleywines.

Mouthfeel - It's quite boozy and that aftertaste is harsh. Not really sure what it is.

Overall - I have had different vintages of this beer from 2010 to 2012 and all of them have had the same off-putting aftertaste. It's not awful, but it could be so much better. Not sure if it's a nutty malt or an oaky flavor, but it keeps this from being the perfect BA barleywine. That said, it's still incredible. (1,070 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage courtesy of MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Huge brown sugary caramel malty aroma with lots of deep dark fruits and bits of vanilla. coconut and wood. Sweet sugary malt flavor with a solid hit of alcohol. Dark fruits caramel prunes wood and vanilla are all there in the flavor. Hints of bourbon oak and oak tannin round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I've had this before and remember enjoying it a bit more. Its a nice barleywine, but I feel the alcohol is a bit too present and may need a bit of time to mellow out. (764 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with ruby mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of honey, toffee, hazelnut and earthy leathery malts. Sweet alcohol, earthy oak and a boat load of vanilla accompanying the subtle bourbon character. There was not as much bourbon in the nose as I had expected and this is a nice change of pace. Very complex with a lot of interesting aromas going on here.

Nice soft carbonation up front with a medium body that's on the fuller end. Promient oaky tannis and a huge vanilla character from the oak aging. The bourbon is ore prominent in the flavor than in the aroma but again it isn't overpowering but rather is a nice compliment to the other complex flavors. There's also a bit of dark fruit, especially raisin, fig and date balancing out the earthy leathery malt notes. The bourbon presence provides a bit of alcohol warmth but this beer is dangerously drinkable considering how well the high ABV is masked. Extremely smooth and if I didn't share this bottle with some other BAs I would have probably killed myself by drinking it too fast. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and I can't recommend it and higher! (1,295 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks to largadeer for opening the bottle. The beer appears deep crimson when held to light with good clarity. The wispy head is one finger and a light toffee color.

The nose is outstanding, and it reminds me of...M. When I stuck my nose in the glass I immediately thought of the famed Midnight Sun beer. I'm greeted by strong vanilla and spicy oak notes. Bourbon is very well integrated in the nose. I detect dates and a hint of roast. The nose is boozy but it's fitting. Caramel and toffee are strong in the nose, and there's a touch of sherry-like and soy sauce oxidization, as well as a distinct earthy quality. Beautiful.

The beer opens sweet with strong vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes. Oak adds a touch of spiciness. Bitterness is at a medium level with that same earthy quality I found in the flavor. Bourbon is well integrated, providing complexity while not dominating. Alcohol heat hints at a beer below 10%, rather than the high 13.5%. The fruit component is reminiscent of dates. The beer finishes refreshingly dry with some noticeable heat and a whisper of soy sauce and sherry. The beer has a low level of carbonation that works very well. This is a top notch -bal aged English Barleywine. I can't recommend it enough. This beer is a prime candidate for aging, too. (1,336 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub today.

Like the bottled version, PS pours a dark brown color, but with fair at best head retention and a decent amount of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this BW is really impressive, with a considerable amount of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, milk duds and vanilla. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. If anything, the flavor profile is more intense then the aroma profile, and this beer has almost a gooey sweet, soft creamy mouthfeel. This is like eating/drinking the essense of BW nougat. Also, there are some wonderful dark fruits in the flavor profile, something I don't recall being all that prevelant in the bottled version. Otherwise, the beer is exceptionally soft, plush and creamy... yummm! This beer does seem a bit boozy, but at 13.5%, that's hardly a surprise. Like the sweetness in this beer, it's not at all intrusive, and is something that I suspect will dissipate over time (and as I have another 3 bottles, I'll get to find out!). Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv., though needless to say, a little bit goes a long way. Also, although this beer is pretty sweet, it's not over the top and is, I think, perfect for the style.

One of the best young BW's I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. The draft version seemed a bit more mature then the bottled version, though I'm sure it will improve over time as well. Otherwise, I can't say I found all that much difference between the draft version and the bottled version. In any event, very, very impressive.

Edit from 11/14. The newest version is more of the same, but the barrel aging and whiskey barrel flavor is more prominent than in previous versions. For me, this just makes the beer even more impressive and enjoyable. Excellent stuff.... (1,779 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 -The Perfect Storm
A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation.

S: Nose is bourbon, booze and vanilla.

T: Taste is off because I thought it was poorly carbonated. I did find notes of bourbon, toasted grains, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and booze. This beer was all over the place. Not a subtle barleywine and I have had many barrel aged bwines which were capabale of pulling flavors together much better.

M: Mouthfeel is hot and bourbon but mainly because I did not find much on mouthfeel to help balance it out. There is a sherry like quality to it

O: I struggled and wanted to give it an A but no dice
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2011-Mother of All Storms ampled 1/8/2012 and 12/1/2012

A: Poured a medium brown with a nice tan cap and some bubbles

S: I get a unique cotton candy nose on this with toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and booze

T: Immediate atringency with brown sugar and toffee, a little bit of residual sugar, bourbon midway with some pungent heat. I managed to pick up some light leather, vanilla and cocoa

M: Medium body but I still feel this beer was carbonated a bit high for the style, seemed a bit thin on the back end, perhaps due to the heat. Booze and a syrupy sweetness on the back end and an odd twang to boot I can best describe as liquid dirt.

O: Originally I gave this a cut above average. I c have changed my mind. After afting the first runs, vintages and fresh I still believe this beer is thin, hot and off balanced. The tannins on this beer just a killer for me. In no way is this a true to style English Bwine and I feel by taste, experience and BJCP standards this is a poor showing. (1,613 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Foofaa for sharing this bottle at the Brass Rail last night.

A: The barleywine is a coffee look-alike, dark and brown and opaque. The depth of color makes me think of a stout. Surprisingly, at least to me, there is really no head whatsoever. All that remains, from first pour to last sip, is a miniscule off-white band.

S: The nose has plenty of toffee to go around. The malts are unmistakable, thick and rich. I'd even posit that molasses is sitting there. There really isn't any indication of a barrel.

T: The barleywine is very hot, leaving a burning sensation with each sip. The booze can't hide amongst the excessive malts. Those malts have toffee and molasses, paired with some chocolate, and are heavily roasted. Very thick, I feel like I should be chewing what is in my glass. As in the nose, there really isn't anything that screams barrel, or even barrel-blended.

M: Beware the heat, this baby isn't afraid to drop the booze on you. The maltiness is blindingly thick, drowning out any barrel and any real enjoyment.

D: Number 10 (as of right now)? Really? Give me JW Lee's Harvest Ale or Gratitude any time of this. Too messy, I just can't get into it. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
2011 Vintage
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, nice fizzy almost one-finger dark tan head, with some little oil slicks left behind. The nose is very nice malty, with some nice sweetness, lots of dark fruits, with a nice little bourbon note. The taste is exceptional, malty, very sweet, with lots of figs, raisins, plums, nice little touch of bourbon, caramel, slight chocolate note, vanilla. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well, a true sipper though. This has got to be the best BW I've had to date, definitely the best English BW. Finally I'm getting a chance to try this brew. Really enjoying this one, thanks David! (744 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmadd for shading this one.

A - Dark brown with a thin ring of cream coloured head.

S - Very sweet up front. Bug caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours dominate. The barrel is present but is very much secondary in the nose, adding subtle hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak in background.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar up front. The base beer takes centre stage as the nose suggested. The barrel shows up at the end adding some lighter bourbon, oak and touch of vanilla. The ABV is slightly noticeable but cuts through the big sweetness nicely.

M - Full body, somewhat viscous. Light carbonation. (627 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottle provided by Ditmier a while back... Thanks buddy.

Sampled side by side with '08 and '09 Stormwatcher.

Pours deep red with a descent tannish head..

Nose shows lots of caramel and toasty malts... good vanilla and barrel presence in the aroma.

Flavor has big bourbon right up front that melt quickly into the expected rich traditional BW flavors... toffee.. caramel.. toasty malts... bits of cherry.. the vanilla comes back in swinging on the finish... with warmth obvious oaky tannins help keep it from getting too sweet.... very smooth medium body with persistent small bubble carbonation.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

Thanks again Eric... pretty happy I got a chance to try this one relatively fresh. (703 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bottle to glass at Shannon's Big Bad Barleywine Tasting on 4/9/11.
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Imagine you've accidentally added a heaping dollop of molasses to the richest red velvet batter you've ever seen. That my friends is what this Mother looks like. A careful, straight pour yields an eye opening 1.75 finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: Like the best vintage port you've never had. The bouquet on this one is simply marvelous. I can't begin to explain quite how complex this is. There are so many wild and crazy nuances exploding within my nostrils: figs, plums, dried apricots and hard caramel candy. I think I spent more time inhaling this godly concentrate then I did drinking it.

T: Buy a farm. Once you've settled in and cultivated the soil, spend the next fifty years growing the choicest fruit trees the world over. Figs, dates, plums, morello cherries, persimmons and more. Their roots will grow deep into the earth. The heavenly fruit these trees will bear will vine ripen, and once at their peak, you'll harvest them by hand. After a long day in the field, take your prized crop home and dry them. Allow the sugars to crystalize, the skins to shrivel and the flavors to concentrate. With your old, weary and wrinkly hands, squeeze the dried fruits, wring every last drop. And once you've painstakingly completed this arduous task, bottle the Godly nectar and call it the Mother of All Storms.

M: It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. It's extremely thick and cloying. From the moment it enters my mouth, it explodes with a sticky nature not seen in many brews.

O: I'll keep it simple: Pelican's Mother of All Storms is best Enlgish Barleywine I've ever had.

Period. (1,702 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Small dark brown head on a dark brown beer. Light penetrates the edges. No head retention or lacing.

S- Nose is all bourbon barrel, woo!

T- Sticky caramel sweetness. Bourbon heat is there and well tolerable. No way this is 13.5%abv, alcohol is *very* well hidden.

M- Full, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation comes in on the end of each sip.

D/O- One of the best beers I've had in the last few months. Insanely drinkable given the ABV. Pleasure to try. What a nice surprise on a Tuesday night, thanks TATURBO!!! (512 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -5%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark russet brown with only a thin light tan head that dissipated to a ring around the glass. There appears to be active carbonation, but the bubbles don't stick around. Classic English barleywine aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit with nice bourbon and oak notes. Flavor follows with caramel malt, brown sugar, bourbon, dark dried fruit, a hint of cherry and chocolate. Finishes somewhat dry with oak and light hops. Medium bodied. Alcohol is covered but still hot and warming. A really nice English barleywine that was worth waiting for. Will lay a few bottles away for ageing, I think this will score even higher when the alcohol mellows and the flavors balance out over time. (725 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was graciously shared at DLD by some top notch BAs. I've been looking for a world class bourbon barrel aged barleywine for some time now. It was probably my favorite beer of the day. It poured a dark brown/amberish color with a light off white head. It instantly smelled of oak, bourbon, vanilla, carmel malts, and alcohol. It made the hair on my neck stand up. I instantly knew that I was in for a treat! The flavors were a nice blend of woody earthiness, vanilla, molasses, Evan Williams, and slight roasted malts. The complexities of this one are something I haven't seen from a barleywine yet. It drank very easily and smooth for the high alcohol content. My only complaint is that I only got a four ounce pour and it disappeared too quickly. Massive thanks to those BAs who shared this on Saturday! You forever etched this memory in my mind! Can't wait to see you guys next year!

Edit: I've now had this beer several times since the tasting at DLD and each bottle has been equally superb. I'm confident in saying that it's my all time favorite beer and I cannot get enough of it. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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). (1,081 characters)

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.