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Mother Of All Storms - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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1,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,442
Gots: 533 | FT: 51
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Vintage 2011
Served into a tulip glass

A: Deep dark brown with crimson hues throughout the body. Atop is a small bubbly medium tan colored head that settled out into a thin ring rather quickly. A few splotches of lacing coat the walls, too.

S: Mildly muted when cold, but as this warmed the aroma opened up tenfold. Big dark fruits, sweet caramel, subtle bourbon undertones, vanilla and toffee. It's big and rich, the barrel gave this some wonderful qualities.

T: For a beer this size, it's remarkably drinkable. Vanilla and toasted caramel/sugar are the first on the palate. Plenty of bourbon, winter fruits and wood come through towards the back end.

M: Thick and full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep this from being sticky. Sweet linger and very easy drinking.

For me, this sits right behind King Henry in my favorite bourbon barrel aged Barleywine list. This had so much flavor, all working so well together. Balance is key and this is quite the achievement.

ShanePB, Apr 16, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%

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).

Derek, Nov 17, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%

2011 bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with red-ruby streaks throughout the edges. A small dark tan head forms and moves rather quickly to the edges.

S - In order of hitting me: Whiskey, carmel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T - Vanilla then followed by carmel and a dark, almost burnt toffee. Then the boozey whiskey and oakiness sink in.

D - Smooth and silky in the mouth. Nice body and carbonation.

O - A total delight. It warms my chest. I am so glad I have more of these.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 17, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%

2012 Vintage courtesy of MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Huge brown sugary caramel malty aroma with lots of deep dark fruits and bits of vanilla. coconut and wood. Sweet sugary malt flavor with a solid hit of alcohol. Dark fruits caramel prunes wood and vanilla are all there in the flavor. Hints of bourbon oak and oak tannin round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I've had this before and remember enjoying it a bit more. Its a nice barleywine, but I feel the alcohol is a bit too present and may need a bit of time to mellow out.

johnnnniee, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

iL0VEbeer, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -11.9%

22 oz bottle, 2009, part of a BIF from mikey711. Didn't think I'd try this, don't generally like barleywines, but due to mikey's generosity I'm now tackling it.

The beer is dark mahogany color, brown with a ruby shade to it when held up to the light, with about 1 finger of tan foam. The beer smells strong and rich, lots of malty sweetness with toffee, dark fruit, and only a little bit of bourbon. The taste is all of the above, rich and complex, sweet with a burning aftertaste. The definition of a malt bomb.

The body is medium-plus, low but peppery carbonation. This beer is massive, glad to have the chance to try it.

TurdFurgison, Mar 16, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

Special thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way!

A: ruby red to brown with virtually no head, and what head there was dissipates quickly to just a ring around the rim of the glass, no lacing to note

S: very sweet smelling, scents of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and definitely note the alcohol that lurks within

T: flavors of dark fruits are very present, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and of course the booze

M: mild carbonation, medium body, but thinner than expected for the style, a little alcohol burn

D: definitely a sipper, it's good and has a very unique flavor profile.

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Feb 06, 2011
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4.29/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottle, an old-school wale

Served in an oversized snifter - muddy garnet body, light cream lace. Pungent aroma fills the room - bourbon, spice, dark fruits. This is a monster of a beer - a rich array of barrel influences dominated by bourbon and oak. Brown sugar, raisins, dates, syrupy booze, thick malt. Very good - i think I favor Central Waters though, for the style.

dirtylou, Mar 03, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter/taster. Awesome little glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish notes. Khaki head retains nicely and settles to an island of foam and naught else.

Smell - Lots of bourbon goodness. Oak and vanilla. Deep brown sugar and caramel. Everything you'd like in a BA barleywine. Maybe some hops come through as well.

Taste - Everything the nose belies, with an intense boozy and strange aftertaste. Bourbon up front, but it doesn't linger. Lots of caramel and dark brown sugar. Hop bite in the back with an intense nutty/oaky flavor. It's kind of unpleasant and I don't get it out of other BA barleywines.

Mouthfeel - It's quite boozy and that aftertaste is harsh. Not really sure what it is.

Overall - I have had different vintages of this beer from 2010 to 2012 and all of them have had the same off-putting aftertaste. It's not awful, but it could be so much better. Not sure if it's a nutty malt or an oaky flavor, but it keeps this from being the perfect BA barleywine. That said, it's still incredible.

Alieniloquium, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

drummermattie02, Jan 16, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%

650ml 2012 bomber poured into tulip 17/12/13, thanks OakedCanuck for the long time want

A reddish brown that I can just barely see through when I hold it to the light, fast falling three fingers of noisy tan foam leaves no lace but that's to be expected at this strength, some wide legs and a few streams of tiny bubbles going up the side make it look like a slow boiling pot of oil

S lots of brown sugar, some anise, wood, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel, some booze and I get some sawdust of all things, some sugar coated raisins burnt marshmallow, and spiced rum

T more boozy bourbon, lots of toffee, some fruity notes, a little coco, leather, plenty of booze and wood, everything I smells still there but with some welcome additions

M not as thick as expected but quite syrupy and sticky, lots of heat and a little tannin, has enough bubbles to give it some life but it stops short of creamy

O booze is noticeable throughout but that's my only complaint, everything else is working well for this one but I wouldn't put it as high as it is on the top 250 list

I'd love to revisit this one a few years down the road, shes a big ass boozy sipper and If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for ages. Its a great beer don't me wrong I just don't think its built to be drank fresh, and by fresh I mean a little over a year old.

wordemupg, Dec 18, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - 2010 vintage

Pours a caramel copper color with some slight reddish hues when the light hits it. Thinner beige head dissipates into a filmy collar and some spotty lacing.

Bourbon and vanilla notes in the nose with oaky tannins. Earthy and robust with a thick malty character and toffee. Some hints of raisin and dark fruit. Boozy and sweet.

Big and burly up front with a caramel and toffee attack. Light touches of pine hops and sticky sweetness. Oaky bourbon tones with vanilla and burnt sugar. Definitely an earthy feel to the backbone, which continues with bread crust, caramel, and brown sugar. Finishes with another wave of oaky booze.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky, lingering and chewy on the palate. Holy crap this is a big beer - insanely delicious and satisfying but a definite sipper. I've had the 09 before and I think this was better.

xnicknj, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark russet brown with only a thin light tan head that dissipated to a ring around the glass. There appears to be active carbonation, but the bubbles don't stick around. Classic English barleywine aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit with nice bourbon and oak notes. Flavor follows with caramel malt, brown sugar, bourbon, dark dried fruit, a hint of cherry and chocolate. Finishes somewhat dry with oak and light hops. Medium bodied. Alcohol is covered but still hot and warming. A really nice English barleywine that was worth waiting for. Will lay a few bottles away for ageing, I think this will score even higher when the alcohol mellows and the flavors balance out over time.

LiquidAmber, Dec 25, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

From 22oz bottle to glass at Shannon's Big Bad Barleywine Tasting on 4/9/11.
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Imagine you've accidentally added a heaping dollop of molasses to the richest red velvet batter you've ever seen. That my friends is what this Mother looks like. A careful, straight pour yields an eye opening 1.75 finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: Like the best vintage port you've never had. The bouquet on this one is simply marvelous. I can't begin to explain quite how complex this is. There are so many wild and crazy nuances exploding within my nostrils: figs, plums, dried apricots and hard caramel candy. I think I spent more time inhaling this godly concentrate then I did drinking it.

T: Buy a farm. Once you've settled in and cultivated the soil, spend the next fifty years growing the choicest fruit trees the world over. Figs, dates, plums, morello cherries, persimmons and more. Their roots will grow deep into the earth. The heavenly fruit these trees will bear will vine ripen, and once at their peak, you'll harvest them by hand. After a long day in the field, take your prized crop home and dry them. Allow the sugars to crystalize, the skins to shrivel and the flavors to concentrate. With your old, weary and wrinkly hands, squeeze the dried fruits, wring every last drop. And once you've painstakingly completed this arduous task, bottle the Godly nectar and call it the Mother of All Storms.

M: It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. It's extremely thick and cloying. From the moment it enters my mouth, it explodes with a sticky nature not seen in many brews.

O: I'll keep it simple: Pelican's Mother of All Storms is best Enlgish Barleywine I've ever had.

Period.

Rhettroactive, Apr 13, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%

Bomber (1 of only 500) poured into my my Delirium snifter, The Perfect Storm is a dark garnet with a smaller, light tan head that leaves a pretty thick collar but no lace. Still, it had a great amber glow and the head was impressively sized, with a nice crackle to it.

Smell is loads of vanilla, some caramel and light wafts of bourbon. I was going to ding it a 1/2 point for not being overly complex, but it's just too good.

Taste is very rich and complex but very smooth for the heft. Like the nose, I'm getting a lot more vanilla then bourbon from the barrel, which I really love. There are some nice raisin and prune notes as well, and a light touch of herbal hops, super tasty. I think this was the 07 Stormwatchers before the 4 months in the barrel (the '11' in sharpie on the cap indicates when it was bottled), so it's at least a year in aging, even though it's labeled an 08 release - and you can tell, even though there's obviously a nice belly warming from the high ABV. Paired nicely with a variety of sharp cheddar's from Tillamook and Dubliner.

Mouthfeel is has a sugary stickiness and some very fine carbonation, but a relatively light body for the size.

Drinkability is dangerously high for such a hefty barleywine, super tasty and a real momentum builder. I kept having to remind myself of the hefty price tag and extremely limited availability so that I really savored the aftertaste of every sip, rather then compulsively chase it with another! Good enough in fact to let them slide for the condofication of Pacific City. The price though, is prohibitive, and really the biggest knock on this beer.

ccrida, Jan 01, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

I drank this second release from a 22.oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer is a dark brown with medium brown head that rises about 1 finger is gone quite quickly. The lacing is heavy but watery in substance is gone quickly.

The aroma is strong and complex you get bourbon, wood and vanilla right off the bat but then some nice rasian, toffee, and sadly a touch too much alcohol at the end.

This beer tastes very comples and wonderful. The front is very malty lots of raisins, then it fades to bourbon and and ton of vanilla at the end. For 13.5% you taste some alcohol but it could be a lot more.

The feel is incredibly it coats your mouth like syrup almost numbing you to the bone. This is by far the best mouthfeel ever.

Overall, I'm not a barleyfine at ALL! But this great beers may just change my mind, or just is it this beer? This beer is tasty, complex and has the best mouthfeel I've ever had. I would recommend this beer up and down all day.

jrallen34, Dec 10, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
13.5% ABV, 2012 vintage. Bottled 110512

Thanks to KAlvarez for doing the legwork on this one!

A - Perfectly clear ruby mahogany in color with a fast-forming tan head, it's thick but there's almost no retention, due to the high alcohol level, and no lacing left on the glass. Give this beer a swirl and you'll see legs slowly dribble down, though.

S - Rich molasses and toasted pumpernickel bread arise with a rich and smooth warm alcohol bourbon barrel aroma that adds light oak and vanilla. This is aged to perfection without being hot. A plethora of fruity notes enter as well; raisin, fig newton, and chocolate covered dark cherry.

T - Maltiness overwhelms with a punch of sweet caramel and dry toasted bread following behind. Notes of milk chocolate emerge with grace as the attention shifts towards the smooth barrel-aging. Oak and vanilla pull from the aroma to flavor easily and are flanked by warming bourbon while the beer finishes with the aroma's fruity notes.

M - Gentle carbonation caresses the tongue, keeping the beer from syrupiness because it's one full bodied barleywine. Smooth on the palate, the feel is robust and sweet but nicely balanced by alcohol heat and dryness on the finish as this beer lingers for quite a while, slowly turning lightly bitter and gritty.

O - Mother of all Storms is a quintessential barrel-aged barleywine, showcasing exceptional malt flavor and layers of complexity with bready notes, chocolate nuances, and bourbon wamth. Sip gingerly, soaking in the uniqueness and depth of this one-of-a-kind beer, and share with others, for it's a heavy hitter begging to be split and savored.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

chippo33, May 10, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to cmadd for shading this one.

A - Dark brown with a thin ring of cream coloured head.

S - Very sweet up front. Bug caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours dominate. The barrel is present but is very much secondary in the nose, adding subtle hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak in background.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar up front. The base beer takes centre stage as the nose suggested. The barrel shows up at the end adding some lighter bourbon, oak and touch of vanilla. The ABV is slightly noticeable but cuts through the big sweetness nicely.

M - Full body, somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Cynic-ale, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

KAF, Jan 26, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%

Shared at Beachwood BBQ during the Bruery RS Post-Party (can't remember who brought it, but BM me so I can give you proper credit). 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured red-brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, cream, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma were quite complex and all aspects seemed to work quite well together. Not really a whole lot could be added to make it better. This is an absolute must try.

thagr81us, Jan 12, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%

2011 bottle

A - Low white head with poor retention and lace. Nice dark caramel body.

S - Sweet plum, brown sugar, cocoa, thick molasses, and a hint of white booze.

T - Booze warms a smooth profile of vanilla, black cherries, prunes, and brown sugar. Light oak on the backside. Stellar integration.

M - Super smooth, medium - full body.

O - Amazing right off the shelf without any time in the cellar at all.

vfgccp, Jun 09, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a hazy dak amber to brown-ish color with a small tan head. In the aroma, oaky bourbon, caramel, and dark fruits. In the taste, bourbon stands out, with some dry dark fruit and a sticky caramel. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a lingering bourbon and caramel like sweetness. A sipper for sure, big bourbon and quite nice.

OWSLEY069, Feb 12, 2011
Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,367 ratings.