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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,412
Gots: 522 | FT: 48
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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Photo of rowingbrewer


4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:09:05 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 07:24:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Incredibly disappointed in this one. I reviewed batch #2, perhaps batch #1 was much better.

Appearance: Decent enough, rich, deep mahogany brown with a big head.

Smell: Booze (not really bourbon), oak (more like oak chips in a cheap chardonnay), vanilla, toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

Taste: Train wreck of the flavors mentioned above. Booze intersecting with too much oak and brandy, along with chocolate, toffee, raisins, prunes, butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla. WAY to sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-to full body, a bit to sticky sweet. Booze is way too hot.

Drinkability: Boozy mess (didn't notice bourbon), too sweet and too much oak. I don't get what I am missing that makes others like this one so.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 03:31:54 | More by craytonic
Photo of snaotheus


4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:59:06 | More by snaotheus
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 The Perfect Storm. I can't remember how I acquired this one. There's a good chance that I bought it at 'auction'. The plan all along being to consider it during a Christmas celebration...this one just happens to be the BEST CHRISTMAS I'VE EVER HAD!!

Poured a somewhat lifeless hazy mahogany darkness that really intrigues me. My expectations are already abandoned. No collar, no visible indication of texture, but the DARKNESS is scoring points at the moment.

The smell is aggressive and quite unique. First a blast of vanilla bourbon followed by a staunch toffee caramel character. Expressive roasted malty notes. Very Nice.

The roasted toffee flavor is true to the nose. The mouth texture is very heavy and creamy SMOOTH and compliments the taste really nicely. The aftertaste lingers much longer than anticipated and REALLY adds a lot to the overall experience.

SCORE!!! Very well done!!! Once my most appreciated style of beer, this barleywine is taking me back to the complex characteristics that I admire most in memorable ales. I highly recommend it. Actually...now that I think about it...this is ONE OF THE BEST beers that i've considered in 2011.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:04:06 | More by jjayjaye
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4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to unclejedi for sharing this gem.

22oz. Brown bomber poured in to little snifter.

A: Deep mohagony, murky and ruddy. Decent head still with a bit of retention. Some lacing.

S: Great aroma. Amazing barrel, lots of bourbon and oak, very earthy. Some vanilla sweetness and rich malts. Mellow hops, very complex.

T/M: Awesome flavor. Rich malts with the mellow, faint hops. Great bourbon and oak. Everything melds perfectly. Body is full with subtle carbonation.

D: Drinks very well for such a huge beer. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 20:44:22 | More by pwoods
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South Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage bomber poured into an oversized snifter on 12/11/10. Striking clarity in the mahogany body. The fluffy tan head is somewhat surprising at this monstrous ABV. It sticks around for a while before receding to a thick skim and a bubbly collar. Streaks and patches of lacing are scattered about.

Smells incredible. Since this stuff aged for a considerable period of time in the barrel, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at how well integrated the bourbon is. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly potent, but not at all out of place when paired up with the massive toffee malt. Oak, vanilla and figgy pudding aromas demand attention as well.

Tastes every bit as great as it smells. You can literally taste the vapors coming off this stuff- crazy. The creamy mouthfeel is the perfect vehicle for the copious amounts of buttery caramel and toffee. The bourbon simmers in the background without ever overwhelming. Vanilla and oak all around. Intense blend of fruits- persimmon, fig, white grapes, raspberry pie and a scathing citrusy bitter undercurrent. Bourbon, brown sugar and raspberry jam linger and linger.

Overall impression: Incredibly good barleywine. I can't imagine how it could get better, but I'm glad I've got a few bottles in the cellar just in case it does.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 23:58:52 | More by PDXHops
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District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:04:06 | More by Dreadnaught33
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

05-07-2012 14:19:45 | More by scott2269
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-11-2012 06:21:28 | More by sprucetip
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

05-15-2013 01:47:16 | More by calcnerd
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

09-15-2013 03:11:13 | More by MaseFace
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

12-11-2012 02:15:25 | More by derkfromwi
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

09-12-2013 01:41:19 | More by CityofBals
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-28-2013 02:28:59 | More by CGMLS3
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-06-2012 14:40:39 | More by plumcrazyfx
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

03-12-2014 18:54:54 | More by jkball01
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for schlepping this one up from chi-town. Haven't had a bottle of this in a year or so, so it will be nice to see how it is doing.

2009 bottling.

Pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights, a little cloudy. Carbonation seems fine.

Nose is still quite boozy, but not as bad as it was a year ago. Also getting big dark fruit notes, a little woodiness, and some sweet caramel/toffee flavors.

Taste follows with huge caramely flavors, big dark fruit and a nice booziness that compliments the flavors and the mouthfeel. Not picking up that much wood, but a nice subtle vanilla note that i didn't pick up in the nose as well. Finish is clean, next to no bitterness, as the style calls for. Booze and thick caramel linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A great chewy viscosity and ideal carbonation for the style.

"overall" uh...good? Really alot like Arctic Devil.

Really enjoyed drinking this, just like the first time around. Thanks again for packing this one up with you Alex, a shame we didn't get to it while you were still here. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:37:46 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-30-2012 13:22:18 | More by sideshowe
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

06-18-2014 13:11:48 | More by MastaShonuf
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

05-01-2012 09:04:31 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

10-13-2013 13:58:30 | More by dwagner003
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3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:50:38 | More by BarrytheBear
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Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 version, 22oz into chouffe tulip, THANK YOU augustgarage! Gold-foil top.

A- Ruby/rust brown, 2cm head that is the color of cornbread. Settles quickly.

S- Bourbon! Rich, buttery, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit underneath it. A hint of vanilla and molasses. Not boozy in the least, which is impressive for 13+%.

T- Bourbon is here in full force, but there's a good, strong barleywine here as well. Dark fruit, a bit of brandy, and of course bourbon. A bit woody, and a bit hot from the boubon... wonderful. Molasses as opposed to caramel.

M- A bit hot, slightly spicy, great bourbon and fruit notes, wonderfully blended. A masterful beer.

D- Moderate but oh-so-tasty. I am really impressed, this is deserved of all its praise. A world-class barleywine. I'm not the biggest bal-aged advocate but when done this well it's a no-brainer. I like my beers hot if done well, and this one is perfection. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 00:34:04 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

07-19-2014 03:49:54 | More by smutty33
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.