Mother Of All Storms
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Barleywine - English
Ranked #5
Ranked #200
4.48 | pDev: 8.48%
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
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.***

Fourth Release - November 2011

31.7 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
Bitterness: 40 IBU
Reviews: 506 | Ratings: 2,112 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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elNopalero from California

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap. No idea of its strength until afterwards.

This pours a murky oil black with cocoa foam. Incredible aroma. Jammy, raisin and stone fruit, some maple and wisp of tobacco. Long lingering finish. The abv is imperceptible even as it warms. Amazing beer.

Jun 27, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/19/18. Poured at 56 degrees. Fast fizzy tan head sits momentarily upon a deep amber/brown liquid; almost opaque with some clarity at the edges; no cap retention, ring or lace; thick legs sheet the glass. Nose is sweet dark fruit, malt, rounded alcohol and bourbon. Taste is prunes, sugary raisins, caramel and toffee; light roast malt, bourbon; molasses and oaky middle; no bitterness left from hops; boozy sweet finish. Some heat in the mouth with mild burn on tip of tongue; slick smooth feel; medium full body; low carbonation; face flushing warmth from 14% abv. Overall, I really liked this beer as there are intense layers of flavors, and it is port-like in sweetness, alcohol and feel; moderate plus malty sweet finish with plenty of fruit and barrel notes; highly recommend.

Mar 01, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark but vibrant chestnut brown, filling to 8 ball black, with a moderate tan foam fizzling out to a short ridged collar.

First impression is really caramel forward, like salted dark caramel ice cream, very close to mimicking a local favorite from Jeni's, which has a delectably charred brown sugar and dulce de leche character to it. The body is smooth and viscous. There's a little toasty nut and a semi-bitter barrel char, but this is mostly in the English vein, being sweeter and more luxurious.

A solid whiskey booze comes out at subsequent sips, while a soft but crackly fizz leads into a semi-dry swallow that's also semi-sticky on the lips. There are hints of dark fruits, but they're not so dark as prune--maybe a little more figgy with red grape, or even aspects of red wine or port.

Toffee, nougat and candied nut aromas develop as it warms, adding layers of decadent complexity to this wonderful experience. At the same time, contrasting milk chocolate and black pepper also develop, moreso on the palate.

For my money, this OG barleywine whale is still hitting on all cylinders.

Jan 06, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, 2018 vintage, 11-9-18 stamped on the bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown color with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, with brown sugar, vanilla, dark bread, oak, caramel, bourbon, raisin, fig, molasses and plum flavors. It's a little boozy, and with a nice lingering sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I think it's a pretty good English style barleywine and a pretty good beer in general, I know I'd buy this again in the future if I get a chance to! $24.99 a bomber.

Dec 25, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two 22oz bottles picked up by my wife's best friend at Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon.
Served in a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

Look- Dark opaque coffee/cola color, sizeable khaki head which recedes fairly quickly to a small ring of foam on the edges of the glass, minimal lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malts, bourbon boozy, syrupy creme brule type vanilla, toasted dark bread and dark fruits (raisins and dates), a bit of cherry.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and dried dark fruits, burnt sugar and some coconut in there.

Feel- Medium/full bodied with an superbly smooth texture, boozy heat in the finish. Light carbonation on the tongue. A serious stickiness to it.

O- Incredible stuff right here, killed both bottles over a couple pieces of pecan pie. Great ending to a Thanksgiving feast.

Nov 29, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber brown color with some copper on the edges, one-finger foamy off-white head eventually disappears completely

S- classic english barleywine aromas; malty sweetness with bold notes of caramel, toffee, dark cherries, rum soaked raisins, figs, fruitcake, brown sugar and sherry. Earthy undertones of leather, along with a good amount of oaky bourbon that stands its own with the other aromas

T- sweet and malty flavors explode with caramel and toffee, followed by notes of pipe tobacco, burnt brown sugar and black strap molasses. Mid-palate brings out some dark fruity flavors of booze soaked raisins, dates, and figs. As it nears the finish, the barrel really starts to come through; plenty of barrel juice with an oaky backbone that adds light notes of vanilla and enhances the caramel notes. Lingers of bourbon, toffee, dark fruits & booze

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and viscous mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming boozy finish

O- at 5 years old, there are only slight hints of oxidation, this is drinking beautifully right now, one of the standards of the style

Aug 17, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage.
Pouring from a bomber into a PAA Dino tasting glass, this beer pours out clear and caramel on the downstream. It forms in the glass with much more darkness; I’ve seen stouts that aren’t as dark. A pinky width crown forms of butterscotch colored bubbles. 4.75

The nose carries in the warming bourbon along with barrel aspects of very dry oak, leather and dark fruit. Layers of sweetness show with fig Newton cookies, caramel and maybe slight molasses. 4.25

The taste brings thick caramel, like caramel chunks mixing with dark fruit like raisins, dates and plums while the strong background consists of the barrel notes of warming bourbon, dry oak and leather. 4.25

The barrel brings a huge dried out effect on this. So dry at points that it’s like licking a freshly emptied barrel. Full bodied with a coating stickiness. The alcohol has a kind of sting to it in the very back that surprises me for being a two year old vintage. 4.25

Overall, this is an enjoyable barleywine. One where the barrel plays a huge role. 4.25

Jul 28, 2019
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: none

Color is dark brown, with a tinge of red. Slight amount of head. Opaque after about half an inch.

Smell has lots of caramel. Plum blossoms, which is nice. Bits of anise. Moderate sweetness. Good intensity, all around, but as usual it should warm up first.

Lots of black licorice right away. Herbs. Barrel-aged rum. The problem is, I have to strain to get anything beyond that initial licorice. I see all the great reviews, and the smell had me thinking it'd be pretty good, yet there's something wrong here. It's thankfully still palatable, and I'll finish the bottle, but I don't think I'm getting the best of what it is. It has a bit of Bourbon County 2015 going on, let's say.

Medium-heavy weight. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

I'm going to be looking for another bottle. There's no way this is right, but my first review is usually the one I let stand.

Jul 21, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 bottle. Pours black with a large light brown head that settles to a ring and leaves minimal lacing. Smells of oak, vanilla, bourbon and dark fruits. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, figs, dates, toffee,raisin and a hint of chocolate. Full bodied. light carbonation, plush mouth feel, bourbon lingers on the finish along with mild dryness.

Jul 17, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a snifter. A hazy medium brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma was whiskey barrel up front followed by sweet caramel, toffee, and faint stone fruit. The taste followed thankfully. A rich, smooth experience of caramel and toffee malt balanced by plum and prune notes, framed by a restrained barrel presence. Full bodied and just rounded. A bit oxidized but this did not detract. Phenomenal.

Jul 16, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Garnet-tinted dark brown with a half finger of short-lived tan head that quickly settles into a nice, soupy crown.

Huge toffee, some fig, raisin, leather and vanilla-forward bourbon in the aroma.

Sweeter fruit in the first sip than expected: huge cherry, plum, fig, raisin and a touch of apple. It’s joined by loads of toffee and vanilla bourbon. Rich caramel chocolate. A hint of coffee. A strong alcohol bite. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Slick, oily feel with just enough carbonation to punch through.

Out of this world decadence. Cherry-chocolate-caramel dipped in bourbon. An amazing treat of a beer.

May 21, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

absolutely wonderful beer and one off of the long time wants list for me, who would have guessed it would take moving to idaho to find one?! in any event, its worth the hype and the years of frothing for one, a decadent barleywine experience with lots of barrel character, a ton of malt richness and layering, but not as over the top heavy and sweet as some of these can be, as it has a great maturity, lots of wood, some tannins from the oak, and enough barrel char and booze to keep it from being diabetic. pretty deep amber color with some head from the bottle, dense but not sedimented, and high shine in the right light. aroma is awesome, slight oxidation over sweet concentrated grain sugars, molasses and maple notes, some soy sauce, high end bourbon, vanilla, burnt wood, toffee, creme brulee, and a fruity mix of dried apple, raisin, and holiday fruitcake. the enormous alcohol content makes no effort to conceal itself either. the flavor has a ton going on too, sweet dates and molasses, a little more of the soy thing, lots of woody maturity and a ton of whiskey, vanilla and honey notes from it, some bitter char thats needed for balance here, and a whole ton of booze, but its warming me from the inside out in the most pleasant way. this is a monster, even if the body isnt as big as some of them, its a slow sipper and one to cherish and savor. i see why this has become sort of a cult following beer, its a prime example of the style and is wonderfully barrel aged. worth every penny!

May 18, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pitch black. One finger of tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet dough, chocolate, honey.

Taste: Sweet & sour dough and honey. There's a definite mild savory and sour note. Some bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average body, good carbonation.

Overall: The taste of this bottle is somewhat unusual. As I said, it's not really "bitter" per se. It almost seems to try and balance the sweetness with a sour note like you would get in sweet & sour Chinese food. I'm not sure if I really like that.

May 11, 2019
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micada from New York

4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018-11 bomber opened slightly chilled. Poured hard to a tulip, which after tasting, should really be a chalice. Aroma of vanilla and caramel can be smelled two feet from the glass! Color is mahogany / chestnut brown, with a two-finger tan head that burns down to a tiny ring with scant lacing. First sips are full of vanilla, caramel, oak barrel, malty barley. The bourbon is very subtle but stays present for awhile. As it warms, there’s a bit more bourbon bite up front and darker malt on the back...not cocoa type of malt. Slightly warming. Mouthfeel is medium, perhaps a little thinner than Id like, but overall very nice. Five more on a shelf, so we’ll see how time affects them. BWIL!

Cracked another bomber at the 1.25 year mark. The nose became more subdued at a distance, but still pulls in caramel and roasty char with the schozzola in the glass. Very dark burnt caramel color. No head. Very still when resting, but does kick up some carbonation on a swirl. Flavors are all still there. The mouthfeel has improved to what I like more, i.e., thick, syrupy, heavy oomph that aligns with the ABV. Some dark pitted fruit on the back brings more balance to the caramel sweetness. Still an excellent beverage!

Apr 11, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012: A little smokiness. Malty and sweet. Super good.

2014: My very first My first Mother of All Storms - sweet and smooth.

2015: A little sharper than 12. Malty and sweet. Still excellent.

2018: Toffee, sweet, smooth - terrific for a fresh barrel-aged barleywine.

Feb 20, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque black with burnt sienna around the edges when held up to the light. A light brown, two finger, fluffy head with tightly packed bubbles nearly disappears with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing on my snifter as I drink the beer.

Smell: The first thing to hit my nose is syrupy sweet honey right out of the fridge, morphing into toffee and caramel as the beer warms. Smooth bourbon notes of vanilla. A deep, dark bready malt profile with dark dried fruit aromas of raisin and some brighter plum.

Taste: This beer is beyond reproach. The malt profile of the Barleywine, the bourbon, and oak distinctly shine through as separate entities, all while melding to create the perfect marriage of flavors. It is the Mother of All Perfect Storms as these various flavors come together. This is not a beer trying to be something else, like so many are.

Complex and multi dimensional. On the tip of the tongue is sweet dried dark fruit including raisins and dates. Followed in the middle by milk chocolate and cocoa powder, vanilla, toasted coconut and smooth bourbon. After the waves of this storm subside I’m left with a long finish of a semi-dry, oak-forward beer with a slight alcohol hint. Not loving this, but as the beer warms it really opens up nicely and these mid palate dry and woody notes phase out and it becomes a perfect marriage of sweet Barleywine, bourbon and oak. A hint of alcohol to remind you it’s a 14% beer but never distracting.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Super smooth. Warming on the palate and in the pipes. Sweet and sticky residue left on my lips.

Overall: This beer is a gem. Plain and simple. One of the best, if not the best Bourbon barrel aged Barleywines I’ve ever had.

Feb 09, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown into the glass, and therein appears essentially black save for the translucent brown edges... A finger of creamy tan foam on top relaxes into a flimsy collar shortly after the pour... Aromas suggest bourbon-soaked dark fruits like plum, prune, raisin, and fig... On the sip, similar fruity impressions blossom, with a rich malt base and flavor elements of molasses and fruit breads drenched with booze... The feel is full, round and soft, with a little bit of chewy fruit under a light air of vanilla and dark whiskey...

This beer spent far too long on my wants list, but it was every bit worth the wait - one of the best English barleywines out there... Highly recommended...

Dec 28, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a very dark brown color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has a strong Bourbon hints and more subtle toasted malt, vanilla, toffee and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous bourbon flavor, and a more delicately balanced toasted malt, vanilla, toffee and caramel flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-The best Barleywine beer I have ever tried!

Dec 02, 2018
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, thanks T! From a 22 oz bottle, pours an almost impenetrable deep amber. Small mocha-colored head looks very appetizing. Smell and taste are packed with toffee and plums, with just the right touch of barrel. Sips like a fine port. Delicious, the best barleywine I've ever had.

Nov 01, 2018
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scream from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was just great, had everything one could hope for in a barleywine. Probably the best one I have had in a while. Put my name in for a case in November. We'll see !

Oct 21, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle 2011 vintage at barley wine tasting. Dark brown/amber with small beige head. Aroma brings in some boozy notes, sweet fruit, molasses, malts. Taste adds some of the woody barrel flavors, sweet malts, vanilla. Heat come sin late and stays for a while

Apr 01, 2018
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Budlum from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 release.

Whoa. Big chewy toffee mixed with cigar tobacco and a tall pour of smoky bourbon with faint notes of maple in the finish. My mistake was not bringing more back to the east coast. Perfect.

Feb 24, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The new rankings may be a little messed up because this should be a lot higher. Barleywine is life after all (BIL!). It is a great, smoothe drinking BW!

Feb 04, 2018
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Furlinator from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2017.
Bourbon aroma is dominant with burnt sugar and figs. The flavor follows with caramel, dates, toffee and bourbon heat on the finish. Full texture with low carbonation. Outstanding.

Jan 25, 2018
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dertyd from California

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours out a dark mahogany/brown color, with 1 finger of fast disipating dark khaki colored head------------- the aromas are of fudge, whiskey, dark fruits, sweet chocolate covered raisins, Carmel and brown sugar------------- the flavors are of chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, tart dark fruits, Carmel, molasses, vanilla and toffee, this beer has a thick & creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish------------- overall this beer was amazing, so much Carmel, toffee and dark fruit flavors, and for being 14% it was dangerously smooth-

Jan 03, 2018
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2112 ratings