Mother Of All Storms
Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #6
Ranked #295
4.45 | pDev: 8.54%
Jun 24, 2022
Dec 25, 2008
Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms
Notes: 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.***

There are many storms out there, all of them perfect in their own way. But there is only one Mother of all Storms and it only happens on the Oregon Coast. Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-Style barleywine, Mother of all Storms spends a year aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, Mother of all Storms delivers deep flavors of toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. We suggest you hunker down, this beer is best enjoyed with winds in excess of 60mph.
Available seasonally in 500ml bottles, and on draft in select locations.

IBU: 40
Plato: 32°
Ingredients: Golden Promise Malt, Munich Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Caramel Malt, Torrified Wheat, Magnum Hops, Glacier Hops, Pure Ale Yeast, Pure Coastal Water
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Reviewed by Spade from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2021 bottle. Strong bourbon flavor with hints of oak and vanilla. Minimal carbonation and the hops are completely buried in the malty sweetness. Nearly perfect.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
500 ml bottle, 2021 release. Poured into snifter glass at cellar temperature.

Pours very dark chesnut brown with some garnet highlights. Thick tan colored head. Pretty good head retention. Wonderful aroma of soft oak, rich boozy vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Maybe a touch of fig. Similarly complex taste, not too sweet, and some warming alcohol in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a sticky finish.
May 24, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep, dark brown body; thin, wispy head, light tan color, creamy and lasting; thin, sustained sheets of foam drape down the glass. Mild chocolate and wood scent; mild booziness. Light cocoa and booze flavor; malty; cocoa; strong bitterness; phenols. Heavy body; alcohol burn and heat.

This is a whopper of a barleywine. Malty - yes. Boozy - yes. Off-kilter balance yet still desirable - yes. Yep, a fine, powerful barrel aged ale.

Pouring temperature: 49 °F; bottling data: 2021
Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by o29 from Texas

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by smithj4 from New York

Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by NorCalYeti from California

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Dec 21, 2021
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2018 vintage from CCB El Catador club bottle share 12-2021
Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by Limazulu from Idaho

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L:. Pours a dark purplish brown and a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, a very boozy bourbon, vanilla and caramel.

T:. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, lots of booze and bourbon, notes of caramel, very malty and boozy.

F:. Slick with a big body.

O:. This is a nice big malty barley wine.
Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by cd34 from Illinois

Oct 07, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#70, superb!
Sep 04, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by BigIronH from Michigan

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Aug 15, 2021
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Reviewed by heysuz from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Brew: Pelican Pub & Brewery – Mother Of All Storms

Intro: 750 mil. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark virtually black color. Moderate head. maybe ½ inch. Minimal lacing as we drank

Smell: First you notice the alcohol. Next, in the background you can discern the barrel.

Taste: Followed along with the smell. First off, you notice the alcohol burn, then the barrel, then the sweetness, not syrupy sweet but sweet none the less.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation

Drink: definitely a sipper, Sweet. A 750 split among two was plenty for me

Conclusion: It was enjoyable, but I’m one and done. Not my favorite style as they are generally too sweet for me to have much of. I bought because it presented itself but I would not seek out again
Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

Aug 02, 2021
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Rated by maxcoinage from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
backlog - Enjoyed 2016 bottle in Jan 2020. very sweet maltiness, carb still held up well
Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jul 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Jmalo from Ohio

Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.93 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle (2018 vintage) into a sort of chalice (2020 BBT glass)

L: pours a dark caramel brown with a mild dark khaki head that fades after a bit less than a minute. Abv-appropriate legs

S: tons of dark fruit, sweets, some abv heat but not much. Get figs, raisins, dates, dried cherries, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate. A rich but somehow lighter nose, not overpowering and certainly not cloying. Fruit notes and caramel led right out of the fridge, chocolate coming out more as it’s warmed

T: follows the nose well, great fruit with a good amount more chocolate than the nose. Rich notes of raisin and fig open, with waves of dark chocolate close behind, those cherry notes as well. Get less of that caramel/toffee sweetness on the swallow than the nose suggested. That dark chocolate/baking chocolate comes through very well, builds and carried through the long finish. A moderate bitterness that I figure is combination of the hops working off of those chocolate notes. For the abv this is very drinkable - no burn, some warmth

F: medium- body, medium- carbonation. Don’t have much barleywine experience but this fits what I know - drinkable, lighter body with a bit of heat

O: still getting aquatinted with barleywines but this is certainly delicious. Bold aroma with a swallow to back it up, rich fruit with a combination hops/chocolate malt bitterness
Apr 18, 2021
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Reviewed by RedBalloon from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
22oz bottle of the 2020 vintage poured into a snifter on 3/31/21.

Pours little to no head. A thin cream ring lingers atop opaque black liquid with dark amber along its edges.

Aromas of toasted malt, vanilla, oak, caramel, and dried cherries.

Flavors are burnt marshmallow, vanilla, and dried cherries. Peaty oak and bourbon on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a discernable alcohol burn. No effervescence. Silky.

Such a strong and assertive beer. Big bourbon flavors and aromas in a smooth, silky, and boozy beer. Very special but almost unapproachable initially. Still, delicious and its own worthy occasion. Outstanding!
Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Nedster10 from Michigan

Mar 29, 2021
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Rated by wpjporterman from Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Exceptional beer! This one is right up there with my all time favs. Can't wait to get my hands on it again.
Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Dadthew from New York

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Pelican Feb. 27th 2021 in a snifter. Looks wise, the beer is solid opaque black with a light tan head and a gorgeous, albeit thin, crown. The nose is incredible, roses, tulip, floral grass and clover, married with rich oats and barley malt. The taste is mollasses forward, sour caramelized apricot and plums, rich smoked cacao and cinnamon, raspberry tartness to sharpen it, roasted raisins and soda bread, ending on a long, very drawn out vanilla blackberry sweetness that lingers strongly against the palate in the back for up to 20 minutes. The mouthfeel is, obviously, luscious, rich, oily, and silky, while finishing a touch wet.

Absolutley incredible beer. Truly magic flavors, buy on sight thank me later. Impeccable dessert choice!
Feb 28, 2021
Rated: 4 by blackcloud from Alaska

Feb 26, 2021
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A 2015 vintage - consumed for the 2021 Online Barleywine Tasting

Pours a ruddy, rusty mahogany brown - sitting muddled in the glass, with very little light penetration. A frothy, almost boiling cap of loose caramel bubbles fizz around before quickly dying down.

Nose: I can smell this from several feet away. This is absolutely massive dark fruits - uncanny aromas of prunes, madjool dates, dried Turkish figs, dried cranberries, fruit leather, apple cider, concord grape skins, black cherry juice, cranberry-apple juice cocktail...the fruit complexity is insane - dark, juicy, and unbelievably deep. There's leather, saddle, dusty oak, old library, Irish malt whiskey, California laurel leaves after a rain, wild peppermint, and some toasted sugar. Very intriguing.

Palate: MoaS greets the palate with a balanced malty sweetness paired with an immediate, but subtle and restrained bright fruity acidity. Fermented apple, dates, dried figs, then tons of burned toffee, burned sugar, toasted pipe tobacco, black treacle, and even a bit of stouty roast. Big bourbon barrel presence, with splintery oak, char, and spirit. Definitely some oxidation here, with some sherry-like character, and it becomes clear that laurel note is also a product of that - lending this interesting sort of minty/camphoraceous element that my NorCal hiking enthusiast BAs are definitely familiar with. There's another odd oxidized note that is very difficult to describe, but it isn't exactly delicious, and I find it's highlighting a bitterness in here - a burned quality. The finish sees that bitterness grow, with the bright fruity notes falling back, revealing some earthiness, along with more barrel, tobacco, and oxidation.

Mouthfeel/Body: This one is certainly full-bodied. It isn't syrupy and viscous like today's hype stouts, but it's a chewy, heavy, slick ale - with a lower degree of effervescence that's there - but diesnt fully push through the weight of the ale. It dries out, becoming more fluid, and tightens its grip with a splintery dry finish. Some stickiness definitely left around the lips.

Overall: There's a lot going on here. The aroma id simply divine, and unlike any barleywine I've encountered. It's complex and beautiful. Unless this is a naturally bitter barleywine, I think the oxidation has hurt this one a bit. While it adds complexity, there's just this unusual tannic burned thing going on, and it detracts from the overall character. I can see a beautiful barleywine in here, and everything surrounding that character is enjoyable, but perhaps this is one to enjoy fresher? I'll definitely have to try to sample a newer bottle. Finishing all this may be a challenge.
Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by paresis from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Doc_J from Washington

4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I was able to get in on a case buy a couple years ago. This is an amazing barleywine! Pours dark brown to black in the glass. Has a sweet front and backend and hides the alcohol very well. It’s a great beer to sip on the beach with a fire and watching the sunset. One of my favorites by Pelican Brewing. If you get a chance to be on the Oregon coast, this is a must see location for any beer lover! You won’t be disappointed with the beer or venue!
Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beer #1500 is an absolute masterpiece; 2020 vintage, on-tap in Garden City ID and served in a teku.

A: Very dark mocha-colored body with clear bronze edges that barely show light; khaki-colored head is small and fades to a consistent ring around the edge of the glass.

S: The nose on this is absolutely full of caramelly figs and raisins, this is dark fruit for days. The caramel sweetness leads to impressions of toffee and molasses and rich caramel malts. There is a present vanilla, oak, and spirit character, as well as a ghost-like kiss of spice.

T: The palate follows the nose beautifully with an addition of some chocolate notes that rounds this brew out with delicious, full-palate sweetness; dried dark fruits, caramel & toffee & brown sugar, leathery dryness, mild dark tobacco sweetness, wonderful bourbon character with no real alcohol burn, though your palate knows you are drinking a big beer.

MF: Sweet, big body on this one. Viscous and sticky, though also smooth and silky. Just wonderful.

O: Loved that I was able to try 5oz of this one and not be stuck with another 17oz; this beer (and style overall) is something I really appreciate in smaller doses. This is incredibly well-crafted, and though I expected it not to live up to the hype, it is absolutely delicious and worthy of its ranking.
Jan 07, 2021
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