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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

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1,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,428
Gots: 530 | FT: 49
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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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-06-2013 04:26:14 | More by FUwolfpacker
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-29-2013 04:16:21 | More by TonyTalon
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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance- Very light head (about a finger and a half to a finger in a 12 oz. Glass) and basically no head retention. This would be worrisome in other styles but acceptable in this one. Tan/light mocha but could be wrong, it went away so quickly. The body is a deep chestnut brown that shows ruby notes when held to the light.

Nose- There was a greenish note that I noticed early one (especially from the bottle itself). A greenish note (not of fruit but of trees, maybe plants) that worked with a certain sourness (think coffee). Toffee, vanilla, butter, and caramel alongside heavy roasted notes of malt and bread. Very sweet- brown sugar and molasses. But the coconut. The coconut on the nose in the glass is dominating. It's intoxicating. It mixes with burnt toffee and is quite a compelling aroma.

Taste- Burnt toffee, coconut, and caramel come out first. There is some bitterness lingering around the edges that need to be sussed out. Some heat but with such a high alcohol content, it is very welcome. This is ever so complex- figs, raisins, light hints of chocolate, oak, and even tobacco at the end. Vanilla as well. While this may be based upon Stormwatcher's, this is much better. Notes of leather as well. This is amazing in its complexity and integration. It is still very boozy. It makes me interested in trying the 2011 that is at bottles. Right now, it is straddling the line between a 4.5 and a 4.75 but I think it is closer to a 4.75. It's only real failure is in appearance. Brown sugar and molasses. Bourbon notes as well. This is what a barleywine should be.

Mouthfeel- This is heavy bodied and it should be. The carbonation is minimal and this is no problem. Syrupy but smooth.

Drinkability- Extremely dangerous. It will destroy your pocketbook and liver. You have been warned. Buy immediately upon sight.

Overall- A/A+. A thoroughly enjoyable beer. It was definitely worth 25 bucks. I would purchase again. Will be ticked as a 4.75 but slightly lower than that.

06-15-2013 03:26:52 | More by artoolemomo
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-27-2013 03:36:35 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

06-21-2014 18:43:43 | More by Phillyz
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New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

11-09-2013 03:44:18 | More by angrybabboon
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-01-2013 13:20:00 | More by doucmehu
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4.04/5  rDev -9.4%

22oz bottle poured at 41 F into a large chalice. Bottled on date is 12.03.13.

Pours dark brown, but translucent, with little or no head, not much carbonation. Doesn't look cloudy, just dark. Smell is mostly alcohol for me (although my wife can't smell it). I get dark fruit, a little smoke. Yeast. Overripe fruit.

Taste is hella sweet. Some alcohol, masked well by the incredible sweetness. Some smokey flavor. Woody. Something is really nice about this, but I can't nail it down with a descriptor. Maybe some slight vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Overall, I like this beer, but I still can't describe why.

04-05-2014 04:59:06 | More by snaotheus
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a very dark burgundy color with a small tan head.

Scent of rich sugars, sweet bourbon, chocolate, oatmeal, a hint of raspberry, and faint alcohol. Nice complexity, but not quite perfect.

Taste of strong bourbon, molasses, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, dark fruit, and sugars. The bourbon flavor is quite powerful and lasts long into the finish and the alcohol adds a nice heat.

Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with a small bite of carbonation.

11-08-2009 20:15:31 | More by paco1029384756
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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

11-29-2013 17:42:20 | More by vinny21bal
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%

A - NO head! But at sub 14%, it's to be expected... Very low carbonation. Super dark, not like your typical B-Wine. Very nice clarity. Slightly flat, just enough carbonation.

S - YUM! Malty, sugary, and caramel-y. Lots of heat too! Some raisin or plum along with slight spiced vanilla. Wicked rum kick! Pretty smooth for what it feels and tastes like...

T/M - Perfect carbonation and low heat taste for the age and ABV. all things considered, a perfect mouthfeel. Light bodied with tons of great in depth flavor. Super grape and rum. Lots of nice spice and vanilla.

O - Just a bit all over the board. a little time would fix this, wonderfully. I would love to try this beer again with some age on it 2-4 years would be amazing!!! This beer did not let me down one bit. Super glad I finally got to try this one. Thanks to an awesome trader Dsgolovin, thanks David!

01-11-2012 04:07:12 | More by chugalug06
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New York

4.21/5  rDev -5.6%

Mother! 2013 vintage, bottled 12/03/13 and enjoyed 02/28/2014. Bottle bought at Full Throttle Seattle for $27.25.

Appearance: Beautiful fizzy pour. Two fingers of solid but ephemeral head. Still and mysterious like a swamp. Enticing dark-auburn color, like an old church pew hidden in the attic of grandma's house.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, brown butter. Nuttiness abounds. Toasted grains, quinoa. Raisin. Old wine, most likely port. As it warms up, booze and wood come out to play. Milk chocolate confection (Milka).

Taste: Follows nose, intensified. More of that toffee, brown sugar, sweetness galore but not overwhelming. Candied bacon, bourbon gastrique. Syrup, fruit cake. Oak, vanilla, black pepper. Chestnut mousse and roasted parsnip. Reminds me of drinking Aventinus Eisbock or Samichlaus, but more refined. The Kentucky barrel is not immediately present but well blended with the overall brew.

Moutfeel: Low carbonation, medium body and full taste. Prickly-spicy feel. Sweetness in check.

Overall: I didn't like it as much as the first time (that 4.75 rating) but this is still a great beer. I enjoyed it more than Sucaba... drinks rather well for such a huge beer. Slighty one-dimensional perhaps, and a tad too filling, but it makes for a lovely sipper. Definitely would buy and enjoy again.

02-28-2014 07:24:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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3.9/5  rDev -12.6%

2011 bottle @ 55 Deg. F, roughly aged 3 months in the bottle

Appearance: (4.0)
- Very dark cola-brown brew.. mostly clear from what I can tell. Big tan fingers of head which quickly settled down to a thin bubbly layer and a large ring on the edges of the glass. Looks good.

Smell: (3.5)
- Thick caramel and grain, still some hot rubbing alcohol notes, lots of vanilla and woody character.. and more sweet grain. It's a boozy one. Some nice esters and current-like notes as well. Not too impressed though.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big esters and fruity flavors with a splash of sweet molasses, brown sugar, husky barley, and rubbing alcohol. Vanilla and earthy oak tones shine through at the finish. Still much too hot of a beer though at this time. Some slight tannic flavors, phenols.. but very weak.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Sticky and sweet brew with a full body, and pleasant carbonation. Certainly what I think such a heavy English Barleywine ought to be like.. not bad.

Overall: (4.0)
- Can't say that I am raving about this beer. The hype, and price would make one think that this has to be one of the best special release beers around. For me, it isn't. It's solid, well made, and great quality.. just doesn't touch some of my favorites like Midnight Suns, and Southern Oregon Brewings'.

02-07-2012 02:19:34 | More by Docer
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

05-07-2012 14:19:45 | More by scott2269
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this out, I have wanting to try this for a long time.

Appearance: Mother of All Storms pours a ruby brown color with a fast fading tan cap. No real lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: There is a good amount of booze in the aroma. Caramel, smooth malts, toffee, oak, and vanilla.

Taste: Boozy, yet very smooth and tasty. The malt presence is strong but not overwhelming. The sweetness starts firm, but fades through the sip. Caramel and toffee work well with bourbon, vanilla, and oak contribute to a complex flavor. The finish is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. The alcohol is more noticeable in the throat and stomach than in the flavor. The tongue tingles as well from the strong flavor and booziness.

Overall: A boozy delight. It makes no attempt to hide its identity - thick, sweet, boozy, and delicious.

09-28-2011 07:31:13 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-04-2014 19:01:18 | More by Gotti311
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District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

This one didn;t live up to the hype so much, but was solid...

Had a dark crimson color with a small ring of head thats a little tan tinged. The lacing didn't really stay so much.

The smell has definite leather qualities you find on many barleywines with notes of dark fruit, prunes and cereal-bran malts. I don't get a lot of bourbon character in the smell.

The taste is nice. Raisin and rum notes prevail with banana, slight bourbon sweetness + alcohol sweetness; Prunes and some dried berries as well.

Smooth feel but a little hot for me.

Drinkable for a barleywine for sure.

01-26-2011 03:04:06 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-12-2014 18:54:54 | More by jkball01
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%

Bomber shared at a recent bottle share. Poured at ~4C into 5 oz glasses. From notes.

Pours with ruby red edges and head that fluffs up and drops quickly. A smooth body with some heat. Lots of malt, dates & figs. Lighter than expected body. Minimal bourbon notes. Nice, though nothing super special & not worth the hype.

06-20-2012 03:00:06 | More by kjyost
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3.58/5  rDev -19.7%

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic for the share.

Bomber split three ways. Pours still, with little action and a head that sinks immediately.

Vanilla and 31 flavors Dr. Pepper bourbon, incredibly hot on the nose. What remains of my nostrilical follicles is now destroyed.

Bourbon heat is a meaty punch in the chest. Caramel sweet maltiness and vanilla try to take hold, but are repeatedly beaten down by alcoholic heat. This beer is unrelenting.

Carbonation is non existent, which is stylistically appropriate, but doesn't help the drinkability or the experience. Really, really hot.

A real sipper and not one that I would seek out again. Big props to Duane for the opportunity, but this didn't meet the hype.

05-01-2010 22:50:38 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-19-2014 03:49:54 | More by smutty33
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-11-2012 02:15:25 | More by derkfromwi
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4.55/5  rDev +2%

Review is from notes taken on 10/13/2009. Thanks to Uncle Jedi for his generosity and sharing this. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky coffee/caramel color; dense and nearly opaque; mild carbonation is present; no head forms at all; a thick oily residue is left on the sides of the glass and you just know that this is going to be thick in the mouth.

Smell: Deep vapors of alcohol and strong candied, almost like brandied sweetness; slightly spicey. The nose is strong and you can almost taste it just by smelling it.

Taste: Much like the smell -- strong presence of alcohol but it's well blended and not like drinking isopropyl or anything; warm sugary and brandy like sweetness mixes well with the alcohol; slight carmelized flavors are present as well.

Mouthfeel: Super viscous, very chewy and thick and slick as it slides around the mouth; very warm as well and heats the mouth, throat and belly; mouth is left tingly, sticky and a little dry from the high ABV.

Drinkability: Amazing in every aspect, but it's definitely a sipper. Not to mention the rarity of something like this would make me want to sit back and savor every last drop. I feel kind of honored just to have had it.

11-02-2009 03:52:14 | More by bamadog
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4.78/5  rDev +7.2%

This beer is about as close to perfection as you can get, and by far the best barleywine that i have ever had.

This beer pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin but present head. the smell is a big sweet bourbony nose with hints of caramel oak and vanilla. the taste follows the smell with a bit of a burn in the finish, i think aging for a few years would definitely help this beer out. the burn was the only think i could find to deduct for. i think at a 2-3 year mark this beer would be a 5 the mouthfeel is very full and overall and amazing brew.

10-22-2011 02:09:05 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-06-2012 14:40:39 | More by plumcrazyfx
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.