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What barrel was used for 2012 Mother of All Storms?

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by icetrauma, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. icetrauma

    icetrauma Advocate (555) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    Does anyone in BAland know which barrels where used for this beer?

  2. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,215) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member Beer Trader

    ??? You have some reason to think it isn't the Evan William barrels any more (which is what the BA site states). The site only references the type of barrel for the first two vintages of MOAS/Perfect storm. After that, the brewery site simply notes that the beer is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels (which would seem to indicate they're still using the same EW barrels, though I suppose they might have switched to some other type of bourbon barrel). Changing barrel types would, I would think, change the flavor profile of the beer pretty significantly (judging from the BA Eclpse stouts I've had), and it's hard for me to imagine Pelican messing with a good thing (a proven winner). I suppose at some point they would need to replace/retire the barrels they currently use, but even so, I would be surprised if they started using something different than Evan William barrels (unless for some reason they weren't available any longer).

    So while I'm not completely certain that recent MOAS vintages are still aged in EW barrels, I have to think it's very, very likely. You could always contact the brewery if you want more certainty than that. I'm sure they'd be happy to tell you. :)
  3. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (655) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    Actually, I wondered about this too, since it just says "kentucky bourbon barrels" and nothing more specific than that.

    A little hunting on their web site showed this pic from last year's barreling, which is apparently a Heaven Hill 5 distillery barrel, and not Evan Williams. Can't be sure they used the same distillery barrels this year, but this at least gives you a more recent reference.

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  4. Heaven Hill Produces the Evan Williams brand this site shows you what brands are produced at what distilleries
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  5. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (655) Texas Nov 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    Thanks for that. I tried to find information on that yesterday, but had trouble. Whats confusing is that I'd think the barrel would say Evan Williams on it, not Heaven Hill 5 (which is a specific brand, I think, of 5 year old Heaven Hill bourbon). Beer's good, so I guess it doesnt matter, but they don't make it easy to find out the information.
  6. Yeah I am not sure how they mark their barrels, I would imagine breweries in some instances get whatever barrels are available at the specific time.
  7. Anyone in pdx will to trade me a MOAS? Im in search of 1
  8. CaptainTripps

    CaptainTripps Savant (315) Oregon Aug 8, 2010

    ummm....go to Whole Foods dude. Have seen most of the Whole Foods in Portland Carrying it. Not a far trip from Vancouver...at all.
  9. Damn nice, thanks for info. Ill call on it tmw
  10. djbreezy

    djbreezy Advocate (530) Washington Dec 16, 2008

    I think what we really want to know is how well the Sharpie ink notes come through in this year's batch.
  11. djbreezy

    djbreezy Advocate (530) Washington Dec 16, 2008

    NW Liquid Gold in Vancouver had a few last time I was in. $25 I think?!
  12. tcampbel1

    tcampbel1 Savant (260) Oregon May 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    Was at NW Liquid Gold today (getting a growler of Hop Venom) and can confirm that they have bottles available.