Stormwatcher's Winterfest | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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4.11/5
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186 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
32.1 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.0% by volume
Bitterness: 31 IBU
Color: 54 SRM

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,615
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
186
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
44
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a 2010 vintage next to a 2010 MoaS on 12/06/17. Was definitely a little faded but still very good; the MoaS was way better but that was to be expected. A lot of carbonation left and raisins, dark fruity malts, brown sugar, and toasted malts.

A good beer; would love to try it again soon fresh.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Head retention is low. There are also legs evident.

Smell: It has a strong malt aroma featuring caramel, toffee, and sherry like notes. There are some light marmalade like notes and strong alcohol notes. There is also a bit of roast and toasty elements.

Taste: It is very malty rich with bread, dark caramel and molasses. There are some nutty elements and a slight musty element as well.

Feel: It is full bodied to the point of being chewy. It has a smooth alcohol warmth to it with low carbonation.

Overall, it is a strong alcohol display that highlights malty flavors from start to finish.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dated 2009 - From the 'cellar' archives...

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Reddish brown color with a little head. Aroma of malt, caramel and rye, sweetness and alcohol. Flavor of sweet malt, alcohol and caramel. Ends up bitter and with a nice warming finish from the alcohol.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2014 bomber from the Belmont Station in late August for $14.55. Thrilled to try the base brew for MOAS!

Beer poured a deep mahogany brown with a very nice off white head on the initial pour.

Nose is dark fruits forward, very nice!

Taste is dark fruits and toffee finishing just a touch on the sweet side. Slight off taste in the finish that i cannot put my finger on.

Feel is full and very satisfying!

Overall not a bad beer but a tad bit too sweet for me. This brew could handle a bit more hopping and not get too far off point from the English BW style.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Seems young for its age, a pleasant surprise; cellared properly since release, but I still expected that it might be over the hill. Pretty much archetypal English barleywine with some moderate aged character - caramelized malt, with dried fruit character along the lines of dates and raisins, a surprisingly good (while fully integrated) dose of spicy-grassy hops, with subtle black tea- and tobacco-like notes. A nice streak of freshness, and no overt oxidization; if anything this could have benefited from additional years in the cellar. Similar on the palate, fairly sweet but it works, with the caramelization/toastiness, slight savoriness, and slight remaining hop bitterness complementing and balancing the sugar. Explicit alcohol, but it works well with the beer's general profile and doesn't stick out. Silky texture with very tiny bubbles; really top notch in this regard. Not amazingly complex for an aged barleywine, but far from overly overly simple; solid, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deNerval
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know this beer is supposed to good, so I'm disappointed in this go round. It pored flat with smallest head, smell and taste were good. Figs, dark fruits, plums raisins, caramel and toffee. Hint of tobacco. Mouthful was sticky, full body, fair carbonation. This was a 2012 bottle opened 3/16. Perhaps my cellaring was subpar? Either way,good stuff but not amazing.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of w5baron
1/5  rDev -75.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Ohiovania
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Did not enjoy the after taste on this at all. Kinda of like a harsh grape cough syrup.

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Photo of airpup
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a beer that separates the men from the boys, and the women from the girls, and does so by the threshold of tolerance for sweetness. Personally, I'm okay being a boy, given how sweet and intensely toffee and butterscotch-forward this beer is. It's some treacly shit, but if that's your jam, this is your beer.

As a side-note, MOAS, which is based on this, somehow tends to be more balanced and drinkable, despite being even bigger. But you will always want to split a bottle of this one and that one in at least 3 or 4 ways. Your survival depends upon it.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 186 ratings