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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,332 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,415
Gots: 524 | FT: 48
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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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Wasatch

Utah

4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
2011 Vintage
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, nice fizzy almost one-finger dark tan head, with some little oil slicks left behind. The nose is very nice malty, with some nice sweetness, lots of dark fruits, with a nice little bourbon note. The taste is exceptional, malty, very sweet, with lots of figs, raisins, plums, nice little touch of bourbon, caramel, slight chocolate note, vanilla. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well, a true sipper though. This has got to be the best BW I've had to date, definitely the best English BW. Finally I'm getting a chance to try this brew. Really enjoying this one, thanks David!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 19:46:26 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09 release

Poured into Carolous chalice.

Pours a layer of tan head. Fades to a ring around the edge of the glass fast. Color is a dark ruby hued chocolate brown.

Aroma: vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, earthy hops, very complex. Amazing.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, and oak up front. A nice amount of hops to balance it out. Caramel with light chocolate. Dark fruit notes. A fantastic b-wine.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, but a little too hot. Pretty full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends malty and hot with dark fruit flavors.

Overall, a fantastic b-wine. One of the best in the style. A little hot. I think this one will get better with age on it and then I will reevaluate the score. I can't wait to try it again

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:41:28 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-28-2012 01:53:01 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle shared by Balosss, thanks again. 2009 bottle I believe.

The Perfect Storm comes in the glass looking a very dark shaded brown with sprays of mahagony towards the sides. Nice dark beige foam sits on top with nice retention, no sticks though.

Smell is in your face bourbon. The aroma is very strong and it hits you. The bourbon is big, some vanilla/oak notes with dark fruits, mollasses, etc. Some sweet caramel with warming and some booze.

With some time on this bottle, the heat is there. The alcohol is noted and blends into the bourbon and malty base well. Heat, bourbon, into some oaky territory with the usual vanilla. Some dark fruit comes into play with warming.

Feel is big and approaching thick. The carb is there, yet not overbearing. A nice amount of heat creeps up on the tounge, especially with warming, but there is so much flavor to go along with it.

All in all, this is one of the better English Barleywines I've had from America. I could imagine this vintage was super hot when 1st out. For my 1st time having it, this is nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:10:19 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

A: This beer appears a dark brown hue, with an eighth inch of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Toast, biscuits, malt, charred malt, oak, alcohol.

T: Powerful stuff, I can tell right away. Flavors include dark burnt toast, oak, vanilla, booze, malt, and more. This beer should age very gracefully. I can't wait to open one of these a few years from now.

M: Big, rich, full.

D: Again, I want to see how this beer ages. I have high hopes. A very tasty beer, I'm glad I was afforded the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:04:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub today.

Like the bottled version, PS pours a dark brown color, but with fair at best head retention and a decent amount of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this BW is really impressive, with a considerable amount of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, milk duds and vanilla. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. If anything, the flavor profile is more intense then the aroma profile, and this beer has almost a gooey sweet, soft creamy mouthfeel. This is like eating/drinking the essense of BW nougat. Also, there are some wonderful dark fruits in the flavor profile, something I don't recall being all that prevelant in the bottled version. Otherwise, the beer is exceptionally soft, plush and creamy... yummm! This beer does seem a bit boozy, but at 13.5%, that's hardly a surprise. Like the sweetness in this beer, it's not at all intrusive, and is something that I suspect will dissipate over time (and as I have another 3 bottles, I'll get to find out!). Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv., though needless to say, a little bit goes a long way. Also, although this beer is pretty sweet, it's not over the top and is, I think, perfect for the style.

One of the best young BW's I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. The draft version seemed a bit more mature then the bottled version, though I'm sure it will improve over time as well. Otherwise, I can't say I found all that much difference between the draft version and the bottled version. In any event, very, very impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 04:55:41 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-07-2012 07:28:21 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-18-2014 04:30:31 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-24-2013 22:28:18 | More by Gonzoillini
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rab53

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-20-2014 07:19:52 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one twice now, and I finished the 2nd bottle all by myself this time. With that abv, it's drinkable..until you finish it. Buzzz...

Anywho, a rich brown, leather like pour. Off tan head billowed up nicely. Lacing is a touch thin. Looks delish

Aroma is hot at first, singeing some nose hair. Underneath that are whaffs of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, leather and sweet orchard fruit.

Yeah, it's a bit hot. Flavors cover it up. Caramel apple, chocolate, vanilla, wet leather. Rich flavors like a good old ale. It seems there's a fight between the wood tannins and the hops for pucker-power. Moderate amount of each, nothing outstanding. With the malt and other rich, sweet flavors, the puckering serves as a cleanser of sorts. That and the alcohol.

A sipping beer to be sure. Nice dessert beer methinks.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 08:55:49 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like snifter glass. Vintage 2012, big thanks to the DC Bottle share for this one.

A gorgeous body color, comes out of the bottle glistening dark walnut brown and shiny, and hits with a dark walnut body with some very obvious red hues. There is a faint remaining head but falls quickly to a small tan collar. Looks like a real deep brandy and I love this red hue to it.

Bouque jumps with berry fruit. Brown spices, almost clove like. Lots of charcoal and tight smelling oak, with a little bit of sticky caramel to match with it as well. VEry impressive.

First sip on the palate is incredibly sharp. THe berry like nose continues with a strong fruit and sharp bitter with an incredible dryness. It feels and tastes almost like a sherry. Caramel starts to really wash over the tongue on multiple sips with a nice dry coating. Large amounts of boozy warmth in the stomach, but not in the palate luckily. Oily but with a good sense of viscosity and not horribly thick.

A great barrel aged barleywine, real enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 21:26:34 | More by smakawhat
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, foiled top, 09 release. HUGE thanks to MasterSki for breaking this one out a few weeks back, huge want.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, some brown, very thick tan head forms, huge and chunky, settles down to a thick ring, some lace spots stick, legs on the glass, looks great.

Smell is insane, tons of oak and vanilla, bourbon, brandy, huge toffee notes, butterscotch, coconut, lots of raisin and dark fruit, lightly spicy, alcohol, this is intense.

Taste is similar, huge toffee and brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, bourbon and brandy, alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, butterscotch, more vanilla, more bourbon and alcohol in the finish, supremely malty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some big warmth going down but I would expect no less. This stuff is serious, huge rich malts in the one, amazing. Thanks Alex!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 15:03:59 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing!

A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a small head that dissipates very quickly to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet and rich. Lots of caramel/toffee and some molasses. I also get lots of dark fruits - raisins and a slight oak component. Really nice and complex.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of dark fruits again, the raisins return, and I also taste some cherries. A little bit of alcohol, but more subdued than other barleywines I have had.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with a good carbonation, balanced very well. There is a slight alcohol burn, but not a problem at all, and expected. Overall, I found this beer to be really good. Very complex flavor profile with a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:59:30 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a muddled brown appearance to it, almost nothing in the way of head. Beautiful mahogany and bourbon aroma with no heat, very immaculate smell, plenty of vanilla.

Taste, bourbon heavy, very low hopping, good mouthfeel carbonation wise, something that wasn't apparent from the appearance. Good amount of toffee to it, caramel to a lesser extent. Mild wood tannin in the mouthfeel, nice vanilla meld with it.

The last beer of the barleywine cabin fest, you chumps should have stayed up later, I couldn't finish the bottle (but came so close).

Probably not as good as Abacus (the standard), this one, if there is a complaint, was just a tad too dominate by the bourbon. But yet, it wasn't hot for 13.5% so what can ya do?

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:07:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-15-2014 18:52:15 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-24-2013 21:03:47 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottle provided by Ditmier a while back... Thanks buddy.

Sampled side by side with '08 and '09 Stormwatcher.

Pours deep red with a descent tannish head..

Nose shows lots of caramel and toasty malts... good vanilla and barrel presence in the aroma.

Flavor has big bourbon right up front that melt quickly into the expected rich traditional BW flavors... toffee.. caramel.. toasty malts... bits of cherry.. the vanilla comes back in swinging on the finish... with warmth obvious oaky tannins help keep it from getting too sweet.... very smooth medium body with persistent small bubble carbonation.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

Thanks again Eric... pretty happy I got a chance to try this one relatively fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 05:42:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +12.1%

06-11-2013 15:00:21 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts with smooth butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Also present are hints of oak and even lighter hints of booze-soaked medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly sweetened by the addition of vanilla and toffee. Midway through the sip the flavors lighten up a bit with hints of butterscotch. Slight amounts of oak bring everything together near the end of the sip, fading out into a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It’s got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the second time I’ve had this beer and it lived up to its memory. A nearly perfectly well balanced English barleywine with nice notes of barrels. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 19:43:42 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-22-2014 20:42:15 | More by afsdan
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

This was a serious white whale for me. I love the Pelican brews, but never tracked this down. I was surprised to find it a nice little bottleshop, a bit south of the brewery in the summer.

A: Dark chestnut brown, pours with a thin tan head, no retention, no lace/leg. Not surprising for a brew of this weight.

S: Pleasant alcohol aroma (like a sherry), raisins, maraschino cherry, treacle, field berry, light spicing reminiscent of a Christmas cake.

T: Piny resin is up front; raisin, field berry and maraschino cherry through the middle (along with some light rum & spiced Christmas cake); roasted nut and dark toffee in the finish.

M: Full body is a bit syrupy with a drying alcohol finish.

O: Some may consider the malt, hop & alcohol balance a 'perfect storm'... and it is indeed impressive for a brew of this strength. Personally, I could do with a bit less alcohol and residual sweetness, and some more American hops! Though perhaps I was just expecting a more hop-forward brew like most of their lineup. This is seriously good (and improves as it warms).

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:34:27 | More by Derek
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billab914

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day felt like I needed something special to open tonight. 2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a a dark, murky, mahogany color, with a thin tan ring sticking to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice mix of flavors to it. Brown sugar, molasses and vanilla all come out along with some raisin, cherry and plum flavors. The woody oak and moderate bourbon alcohol give it some excellent complexity. The barrel aging is very well done, it adds some great flavor but manages to integrate very well and not overpower the beer. Excellent aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of dark fruits to it throughout the flavor. Figs, plums and raisins show through more at first, while some cherry comes through more in the finish. Some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness comes through as well towards the finish. The woody oak and bourbon alcohol seem more subtle compared to other barrel aged beers, but still add some very nice, complex flavors to the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with carbonation being moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, I really loved the flavors to it. The barleywine flavors were very good, the dark fruits and malty sweet flavors were especially nice in it. The barrel aging was also done very well. It added some nice depth and complexity, but still allowed the beer to shine through. Fantastic beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:27:11 | More by billab914
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beertunes

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

01-29-2013 21:53:00 | More by beertunes
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-11-2012 00:53:41 | More by Zaphog
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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