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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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world-class

1,403 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,447
Gots: 535 | FT: 50
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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5/5  rDev +12.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beachstrength49 for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish purplish brown. Slight haze. Head is light tan with a loose structure and minimal retention. Drops to a tiny collar. No lacing and no cap. Barrel influence is obvious.

Smell: Raisins, plums, figs, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and more. Booze with some seriously cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Sweet with raw sugar. The base bourbon is a nice compliment to the burly malt body. Some toasted nuts with some cocoa and dark cherry. Mega fruity. Slight peppery note from the alcohol. Warming pushes some of the bourbon down and IPS the coconut and dark fruit.

Taste: Syrupy booze. A ton of dark fruit. Plums, raisins, figs, dark cherry. A solid punch of vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Layers of coconut with a sweeter almost macaroon thrown in there. A touch of toasted malt with some roasted elements as well. Bourbon adds a nice layer of own and boozy sweetness. Cooked and caramelized for ages. Some raw sugar and a ton of toffee. Deeply complex with some alcohol on the back. Boozy, but not 14% by any means. Warming smooths everything out and let's the dark fruit push up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy medium pushing full body. Minimal carbonation. Lingering sticky sweetness.

Overall: That's a wicked big storm!

This is one hell of a bourbon barrel barleywine. Layers of malt sweetness completely enhanced by the bourbon barrel. A ton of complexity. Well worth the fight to track down.

Goblinmunkey7, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -27%

vinny21bal, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +12.4%

CEDAMA, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

robwestcott, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Lucnifter
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Lucnifter, May 17, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Drucifer, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

derkfromwi, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

MastaShonuf, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown in color. A little froth around the edges, but not a whole lot of head going on.
Smell is huge malts, a little toffee and just a hint of alcohol in the backend.
Taste is incredibly smooth, some slight fruits and a bit of alcohol heat in the finish. This beer is absolutely outstanding. The drinkability on this beer is unbelievable. The abv is barely noticeable in the beer.
The mouthfeel is untouchable in this beer. I know this beer comes in at 13.5%, but everytime I take a sip I want to drink the whole thing.
I love this beer.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of angrybabboon
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

angrybabboon, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of FrankHammer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz gold foil capped bottle served in a Jacobin tulip. Split three ways. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a once finger, light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar and doesn't really leave on lace, just some brown stick.

S: Dark fruits and malts with some burnt sugar, light barrel presence (Oak and bourbon. The barrel isn't as pronounced as I anticipated.

T: Well this took a big, complex jump. The barrel really shines here. Caramel and oak with nice sweet bourbon undertone is up front. Burnt sugars and booze soaked fruits start to mix with a mild leather and tobacco. There is slightest piney hop presence on the back end.

M: Smooth and creamy. This is heavy bodied. Slightly warming in nature with a medium to low carbonation.

O: Very delicious. One of the heavier English barleywines out there, it was very complex and the ABV was pretty well hidden save for a slight throat warming that was more than welcome. A must try for any English Barleywine fan.

Treebs, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

sliverX, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
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.

BarrytheBear, May 01, 2010
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

scott2269, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

NickThePyro, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

ldhughes3, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

CGMLS3, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

artoolemomo, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

TonyTalon, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of younger35
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from the MEGA generous Cedromar. This guy made me look retarded with the amazing box he sent. I've had a few different brews from Pelican from back in the day and they were tasty. Super excited to try this one. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the National Championship (Texas vs. Alabama).

Vintage 2009

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish ruby with a decent one finger sand colored head. After a few minutes the head dissipates leaving a decent collar and no lacing
Smell- This baby is just oozing with big boozy bourbon and oak. Smells very candy like with tons of toffee and peanut brittle. The bourbon is very pronounced and the woody goodness really shines. Loads of vanilla and red licorice along with some darker fruits (raisins and dates maybe). Whiffs of milk chocolate that mix with the toffee for a Milky Way type of smell. Awesome nose.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet with a big rush of lightly tannic woody goodness. The caramel and toffee are off the charts as they are malty and boldly aggressive. Tons of whiskey as it's lightly warming but mixed with the oak and malt it's merely an afterthought. Vanilla is abundant as well and mixed with the somewhat Tootsie Roll aspect this beer is everything I was hoping for. The finish is warming with a sort of light bitter char and a touch of red licorice.
Mouthfeel- Despite the barrel aging and high alcohol of the beer it still maintains a nice full body. It's somewhat creamy and very rich with a slight bit of warming.
Drinkability- This is just a solid f'n beer. SO much bourbon and wood. I'd say this is the biggest, tastiest barrel aged beer that I've had since Wooden Hell. It doesn't quite have the oak that WH had and it's a tad warmer but I think it may be slightly less sweet. In a year or two this thing is going to come together nicely and be absolutely amazing-er. Thanks much Tyler you generous son-of-a-gun!

younger35, Feb 01, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

smutty33, Jul 19, 2014
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.