Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
Served in a 16 oz. Snifter.
Tanks to TATURBO for this one!
A- Pours a dark copper, nearly brown. 1 finger cola head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.
S- amazing blend of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and some leather for good measure.
T- sweet toffee and caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and I get some sort of tobacco or earthy characteristic as well.
M- full bodied but not real syrupy. Abv is noticeable but not too hot, and it leaves you with a slightly dry mouth but you still beg for more.
O- amazing, amazing beer. Haven't had King Henry since fobab so really can't compare, so I am going to say this is the best Barleywine I have ever had!
12-22-2011 03:16:49 | More by kawilliams81
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
2010 vintage. Tulip glass.
A: Pours a medium coffee color, slight reddish tint, with oddly large, sand colored bubbles which in any case disappear to a ring rather quickly. No lacing and some retention. Too dark to see with a full pour, this is basically clear, like a dark bourbon color, which only becomes evident as your glass nears empty.
S: Barrel characteristics up front (loads of cinnamon, oak), sweet caramel and toffee, smooth bourbon, and dark fruit. Smells wonderful with nice complexity. A little alcohol burn is perceptible as it warms.
T: Caramel malt, fruit, bourbon and oak, long kind of milk chocolate finish. Quite rich, definitely a sipper. More bourbon comes through as it warms to cellar temperature.
M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. Warming, but not much alcohol noticeable.
O: Delicious, top class English-style barleywine. I've never had a barleywine with so much cinnamon from the oak, but it works with the other flavors.
12-15-2011 04:40:10 | More by pmarlowe
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
2011 bottle, opened 01/2012. From South Sound tasting notes:
Poured a deep brown with a thin film of eggshell head. Big aroma with bourbon, vanilla, sugar cookie, and caramel.
Moderate-to-high carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. On the sweeter side with lots of toffee up front, but there's a nice balance with notes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and boozy warmth. The finish seemed a little "off" with a vague chalky quality or something else that I couldn't pin down.
This was really tasty and I'm glad I got to try it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype.
01-15-2012 02:24:57 | More by grittybrews
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle
Acquired in a trade with xpimptastikx
The beer poured a syrupy, dark caramel color with no head. A few tiny bubbles dotted the top of the liquid but they quickly dissipated.
Tons of bourbony sweetness came through in the nose. Super oaky with strong vanilla and brown sugar notes. Rich caramel malts were apparent as well. Slightly toasty. Some candied fruits were also noticeable.
The flavor profile was intense. Like the nose, the bourbon element was quite potent. Boozy and somewhat hot initially. Maple syrup, brown sugar and candied fruits came through strong. Super malty and rich. Sweet toffee and burnt caramel notes were apparent. The oaky, slightly tannic and dry finish provided a nice balance to this otherwise sweet, alcohol rich brew. As the beer warmed, the booziness subsided and subtle nuances came forth.
The mouthfeel was syrupy and smooth but a bit thinner than I anticipated for a 13.5% ABV barleywine. Creamy and supple on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.
This beer really comes into its own with time. In order to enjoy all its complexities, definitely let this one warm up to cellar temperature before serving. For a barleywine of such magnitude, The Perfect Strom is a unique and enjoyable sipper.
03-14-2011 03:06:15 | More by Damian
4.48/5 rDev +0.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. 2012 vintage, so 10 mos old at this point. Thanks Nuwanda for the trade!
A - Very dark ruby red (like a dark merlot), clear. Light tan head, dissipates quickly, no lacing.
S - Big toffee, vanilla, coconut, a little booze (in a good sense), dark fruits, chocolate. A lot going on and very fragrant.
T - Toffee, piloncillo, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, dried cherries, blueberries, figs, dates. Extremely flavorful. Alcohol is there but blends nicely with the flavors. Is sweet, but finishes fairly dry.
M - A little watery (like Sucaba), medium w/ a sticky undercurrent. Carbonation is medium low.
O - Great beer! The lack of mouthfeel is more than made up with the smell and taste. Very similar to Sucaba, but more intense in taste and more dark chocolate flavor, which I like.
09-15-2013 04:02:13 | More by jeff1973
4.6/5 rDev +3.1%
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!
04-20-2012 07:29:46 | More by DovaliHops
4.48/5 rDev +0.4%
22oz bottle (2012) into a snifter. Pours a clear reddish cola brown w/ a thin crackly head that dissipates almost instantly, leaving behind a thin collar of bubbles.
Aroma is deep dark dried fruits - figs and dates - plus brown sugar, molasses, caramel... ooey gooey sticky goodness.
Taste is powerful and rich. Rum-soaked figs, burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, boozy bourbon and vanilla. A nice firm bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, sticky, coating. Lingering aftertaste. Alcohol warms the throad as it goes down. Exactly what I'd expect, but even more so.
Overall I'm impressed. This is an unapologetically big bold beer.
03-02-2013 04:36:22 | More by draheim
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
2011 vintage shared at a tasting, much thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading this. Had right before King Henry, an English Barleywine showdown!
Pours dark reddish-brown, mostly translucent. Tan head quickly turns to a ring, understandable for the beer.
Nice scent, lots of dark fruit (cherries, red grapes), bourbon, caramel. Lots of goodness without being too bourbon heavy.
Taste is actually an improvement over the smell. Big dark fruits, flavorful+mellow bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, decent hop presence, a bit of vanilla and alcohol. Standout balance with a perfect amount of bourbon vs. barleywine.
Nicely hidden ABV, carbonation is a bit high, maybe a bit thin, but not bad.
Great beer, but not mind-blowing for me. Really nice level of bourbon presence, lets the barleywine really shine through.
01-15-2012 22:24:17 | More by Chico1985
4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
2009 Vintage (aged in 1998 Evan Williams barrels).
A: Deep rudy-brown body. Bordeaux like on the edges when held to the light. Lively carbonation forms a fizzy, coca-cola like khaki head. Rises to about an inch before crashing rapidly. No lacing to speak of.
S: Rich bourbon, soft oak, warm caramel, sweet vanilla, roasted brown sugar, molasses and hints of raisin. There are lots of elements coming together here in harmony. Sweet, yet not cloying or desert like.
T: The sweet caramel, brown sugar and molasses dominates. Accentuated by substantial, yet not overwhelming, bourbon. The barrels imparts a nice delicate oak/vanilla character. You can tell that this beer is the product of both an excellent base beer and nice bourbon barrels with a good amount of age on them.
M: There is lively carbonation throughout the entire bomber. Imparting a hefty, yet not massive mouthfeel. Creamy. Perhaps a bit oily. Nice lingering bourbon "burn" in the finish.
D: Immensely drinkable. Easily the best barleywine available. Looking forward to trying this each year.
11-15-2009 19:34:44 | More by callmemickey
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours a very dark cherry with a thin, bubbly toffee colored head.
The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, oak and caramel. Perhaps some dark fruit notes as well.
The taste follows the nose, with a blend of caramel and dark fruit with oaky bourbon and vanilla. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol comes through in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol heat gives a pleasant warming sensation.
A really enjoyable barleywine with very well integrated bourbon barrel aging. Definitely deserving of the high praises it receives.
10-02-2011 02:31:12 | More by vkv822
4.93/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-04-2012 18:59:48 | More by siege06nd
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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