Stormwatcher's Winterfest | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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

Added by Shaw on 10-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
182
Reviews:
88
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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131
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46
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5
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of spicelab
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011. Big thanks to MrKennedy for opening. Reviewed from notes.

Deep, rich burgundy with a rapidly dissipating saffron head that reforms nicely on swirling.

Baked toffee, brandy snap, molasses, treacle and caramelised figs.

Follows the nose but there's even less in the sweetness department which was minimal to begin with. Burnt toffee, scorched molasses, prunes, rum 'n' raisin. Unrelenting.

Quite aggressive, almost scratchy carbonation that slices through the big body but seems out of place for the style, which needs something more silky and carressing.

Awesome in its stature alone. Somewhat one-dimensional owing to the minimal sweeteness. Never thought I'd be wishing for a Barleywine to be sweeter.

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Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mjohnson17
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Impfan
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely tremendous berry profile...blackberry, blueberry, marionberry , boysenberry, and lingonberry. There’s also some fig, raisin, rhubarb, and a reasonably hefty helping of very floral hops to dry out the finish. The body is slightly syrupy, but not overly so. I like this even more than Mother of all Storms.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of C_S
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Smurf2055
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of draheim
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Pours a deep dark mahogany w/ a 1-finger tan head.

Aroma is rich and complex with dark stone fruits, rum-soaked figs and dates, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste is sticky and rich with all the tastes mentioned under aroma above. Sweet and gooey, caramelly. A real dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, chewy.

Overall probably one of the best, most intense non-barrel-aged English barleywines I've had yet, and it gives some of those a run for their money as well. Outstanding.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber and mahogany color capped with light brown foam. Aroma is a mix of molasses, black cherry, raisins and tobacco. The flavor starts with a hefty dose of brown sugar, toffee and cherry liqueur followed by some date, plum and grape juice notes. There is some chocolate, fig and currant in the background as well. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with soft carbonation and more malt and booze in the finish. Overall, a sweet and potent English-style barleywine with a unique blend of dark fruit and malt flavors. Want more of this especially on a cold winter day!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep murky brownish color with almost no pop or carbonation. A small tannish ring appears and then dies leaving a still concoction

S: Big caramel, toffee and dark fruits.

T: Initial heat upfront with caramel and toffee soaked figs, raisins, prunes. The finish is a big mess.

M: Full bodied, no carbonation leaves this beer sweet, sticky, syrupy and way to much. This beer just coats the mouth with to much sugar and syrup. It was borderline obnoxious.

O: $14 for this beer? I was dooped.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label boasts of “deep amber-red color, massive toasted malt, toffee and caramel aroma, and full bodied malty flavor” with “floral hops.”

Appearance- Pours with a lot of carbonation that creates a lot of dark beige head that dissipates very quickly. It's a very dark maroon but appears as a glowing garnet to ruby color when it is held to the light. There is no lacing left and this beer appears as if it might be a bit thin.

Nose- Very typical barleywine nose. There are lots of caramel, vanilla, toffee, and oak with hints of chocolate and raisins. There is healthy amount of malt and bread in the aroma also. If the taste matches up with the nose, this should be a tasty beer.

Taste- I first notice the maltiness and breadiness of this beer with oak and bitter wood arising as the alcohol leaves a slight burn on my tongue. This, perhaps, is a little too malty for me but brown sugar and burnt raisins help balance that out. Cherries and other red fruit helps cut this but it is a little malty for me. I wonder if this would mellow with age. Lots of bitter bitter chocolate as well. Not as complex as lot of barleywines but it is well integrated even at a young age.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with little carbonation. I would like this to be heftier given the robust nature of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Fairly easy going for a 13% alcohol content. At 12 to 13 dollars, this is more in the range of a nice bottle of wine. The maltiness dissuades me from drinking this too quickly.

Overall- I have had much better barleywines in my lifetime but this one isn't bad. It doesn't try to achieve too much and remains a solidly good beer. I would give it a B+.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage shared by brewandbbq, thanks for the opportunity Jeff?
Pours a deep amber brown with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of brown sugar and toffee with a hint of smoke and chocolate. Light earthy herbal aroma rounds out the nose nicely. The flavor is sweet with sugary malts hints of cherry and toffee with some light earth and smoke. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Hard to believe this is 13% but maybe the barrel aged stouts before this numbed my palette a bit. Nice English style barleywine that I'd like to revisit one day.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle shared four ways on 3/1/13.

A: Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Just a slight rim of head around the glass.

S: Rich caramel malts, dark fruit, toffee. Very rich indeed.

T: Huge toffee and caramel marts from the moment it hit the palate. Subtle dark fruit sweetness adds to the richness. Definitely get the same richness that I remember from MOAS.

M: A heavy, somewhat syrupy barleywine. A sipper for sure.

O: An incredible rich barleywine that impressed. It was interesting to have this to after MOAS, which definitely adds another component with the barrel.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Brandywine
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012

Appearance: Deep ruby red poured a fingers worth of a burnt sugar colored head. Big sticky alcohol legs. Tight lacing.

Smell: Cherries, dates, figs, caramel toffee sweetness, little bit of booze, raisins at the end.

Taste: Toffee sweetness with a kind of bready grain flavor. Dark fruits lie underneath. Booze here is acting as a flavor component. Dark fruits become more dominant as the beer warms. It's definitely sweet but there's an off sweet flavor that comes at the end of the tongue that's hard to identify. Raspberries, sour cherries. You can taste the toasted barley, where the sweet runs into an almost sour bitter character.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Very little carbonation.

Overall: The parts of this beer that I liked, I really liked, but the oddly sour/bitter flavor was off putting. The beer is also much thinner than I would have liked, especially for the style.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Year's Eve, and just after a couple decent sized snow storms blew past. Here is the 2010 vintage thanks to oregone for this beer. Absolutely loved MoaS, and usually a big fan of aged Englaish barleywines, so hope this is good.

Pours a light fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades fairly quickly as the big bubbles pop but normal for a 13% abv beer, over a dark molasses colored beer, very little mahogany light streaming through, and despite not enough head for lacing there are some nice legs running down the sides.

Nose is very powerful, and I could smell it on the pour. Lots of dark malts, an aged malt goodness almost like a well done old ale, caramel, molasses, little syrupy, etc. Quite nutty, and plenty of toffee, like a nut covered toffee candy. Quite toasty as well, a little bready and chewy with the toastiness, and an overall deep malt sweetness and just that nice aged malt aroma.

Taste is similar to the nose, tons of malts, and various malts. Starts with a toasty malt, light bready and reddish like malts, leading into plenty of caramel and molasses flavors again. Then the dominant big time nutty and toffee flavors, so much of the two, and a little biscotti. Sweetness is quite a bit but not over sweet, even for me, which is also fairly syrupy and rich. This also leads into the booze, warming and slightly tingly booze, but doesn't feel nearly like 13% as it's balanced well by the sweet malts. It also brings light aged malt flavors, again like an old ale, as well as just hints of earthy hops and some light bitterness. Finish is where the bitterness comes out a bit but still light, with lots of lingering sweeteners, starting with an interesting coffee syrup flavor, tons more toffee and nutty flavors, molasses, caramel, and candy biscotti all lingering on the sticky semi sweet finish.

Mouth is full bodied, rich, syrupy, surprising fluffy carbonation, and some warming booze that doesn't nearly hit the 13%, until it's on the way down my throat (and after I'm feeling it halfway through the beer).

Overall quite a nice beer. I'm a fan of English Barleywines, especially when aged a couple years, so this should have been pretty good unless they screwed it up, and they didn't. Lots of malts that are nice, mostly toffee and nutty flavors, nice caramel and toasted malts as well, and a molasses and biscotti like flavors in there too. Nice light bitterness mostly on the back end, and soft aged malts. Booze is hidden fairly well, and it will get me buzzed quickly.

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Stormwatcher's Winterfest from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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