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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 1,536
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,471
Gots: 565 | FT: 61
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 fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

large capped bottle, poured into a snifter. Thanks alcstradamus for this one. From notes.

It created one of those rare "wow" moments, as I casually grabbed the glass and started walking, only to stop short, turn around, sit down and start paying attention.
Reddish brown in color, nice thick tan head, good retention and lacing.
the aroma suggests the malt assault that is coming, as expected for a british style barleywine; toffee and butterscotch, sweet, dark fruits, some oak and vanilla, brandy.
On the palate this is incredibly rich, velvety with a very longlasting afterflavor. Sweetish but never too much. Malts abound, balanced somewhat by a nice booziness that is never too hot. vanilla, brandy, dark fruits, lots of toffee and butterscotch.
A very impressive barleywine, british style as I prefer, need to get myself more of this. An excellent sipper.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz into a snifter

A: Pours a clear mahogany color with a finger of off white head that quickly receded to a very thin ring. Minimal carbonation.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs and raisins and caramel behind with some well integrated bourbon in the background. Not overly sweet though.

T: Similar to aroma, but more toffee and bourbon. I still get a good amount of dark fruit, but well balanced with the toffee and bourbon. Also has a good amount of bitterness to balance perfectly.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low, creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is very well balanced between toffee and dark fruit sweetness and hop bitterness. The bourbon is very well integrated. Probably my favorite Barleywine, definitely more balanced than most of the style.

Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle
2009 vintage
Acquired in a trade with xpimptastikx

Review #575

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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.6/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very reddish brown. Not very dark. A decent amount of head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing. Smells very bourbon heavy. Tastes strongly of bourbon with lots of malt presence. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Too potent to be that drinkable. Vry overwhelming but also quite good! Needs some age before it will settle into it's prime

Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of snaotheus
4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gillagorilla
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Big_Dave
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dkw0063
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of FrankHammer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 vintage.

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.

Photo of ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.