Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

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4.42
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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one twice now, and I finished the 2nd bottle all by myself this time. With that abv, it's drinkable..until you finish it. Buzzz...

Anywho, a rich brown, leather like pour. Off tan head billowed up nicely. Lacing is a touch thin. Looks delish

Aroma is hot at first, singeing some nose hair. Underneath that are whaffs of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, leather and sweet orchard fruit.

Yeah, it's a bit hot. Flavors cover it up. Caramel apple, chocolate, vanilla, wet leather. Rich flavors like a good old ale. It seems there's a fight between the wood tannins and the hops for pucker-power. Moderate amount of each, nothing outstanding. With the malt and other rich, sweet flavors, the puckering serves as a cleanser of sorts. That and the alcohol.

A sipping beer to be sure. Nice dessert beer methinks.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

Special thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way!

A: ruby red to brown with virtually no head, and what head there was dissipates quickly to just a ring around the rim of the glass, no lacing to note

S: very sweet smelling, scents of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and definitely note the alcohol that lurks within

T: flavors of dark fruits are very present, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and of course the booze

M: mild carbonation, medium body, but thinner than expected for the style, a little alcohol burn

D: definitely a sipper, it's good and has a very unique flavor profile.

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of julian
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Really excited to try this. Thanks Jordan for the in person hook up! Cheers brother!

A: Medium viscosity, deep dark color with minimal head. An aggressive pour kicked up a nice light tan colored head and when held up to the light you can see this thing is damn near clear and would be if it weren't for it's dark color. It's not brown however, but more of a deep dark ruby or garnet. Really stunning. Head is disappears after a few minutes leaving a perfectly still surface. No lacing. Not surprising for a barrel aged beer and better than other examples I've had.

S: Lots of malt character here. Very complex. Lots of sweet malt in the form of caramel and toffee mixed with some sherry like vinous notes. Slight alcohol on the nose but for something so high gravity it's extremely well masked. Bourbon is very subtle also but clearly playing it's part. Some dark fruits essence here, perhaps some prunes and fig. Hop bitterness is undetectable.

T&M: Taste follows the nose (love it when that happens). Sweet malt character, some toasted caramel, dark fruits, sherry like vinous notes, followed by some throat warming booziness. Mouthfeel is big and luscious. Carbonation is medium. Some slight harsh alcohols on the finish, but I think that would clear up over time. This is a relatively new bottle.

O: One pretty damn good barleywine and relatively local to me too (even though it was a bitch to get a hold of!). Great barrel aging on this one, it's not over the top but you know it's there which in my book is the mark of a great barrel aged beer. Color is really nice and wish I had seen it in daylight. The dark crystal clear garnet hues look amazing! The aroma and taste share many similarities and this is deceptively drinkable. You will not be disappointed! Is it worth the price? To try for the first time: yes. To buy a case of? I'm not sure...you be the judge of that :)

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottle provided by Ditmier a while back... Thanks buddy.

Sampled side by side with '08 and '09 Stormwatcher.

Pours deep red with a descent tannish head..

Nose shows lots of caramel and toasty malts... good vanilla and barrel presence in the aroma.

Flavor has big bourbon right up front that melt quickly into the expected rich traditional BW flavors... toffee.. caramel.. toasty malts... bits of cherry.. the vanilla comes back in swinging on the finish... with warmth obvious oaky tannins help keep it from getting too sweet.... very smooth medium body with persistent small bubble carbonation.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

Thanks again Eric... pretty happy I got a chance to try this one relatively fresh.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany in color. The beer has a thin light beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a lot of caramel/toffee/molasses sweetness as well as a heavy presence of dark fruits (plums and figs).

T: The beer was very sweet tasting, not quite cloying but still very sweet. There is a lot of caramel/toffee/molasses malt sweetness and a heavy presence of dark fruits (plums mostly but a little fig). Some light bourbon presence and a hint of oakiness. Some very light alcohol present in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: There is a nice complexity in the flavor and aroma of this beer but there is a heavy sweetness and some alcohol presence. This beer is a definite sipping beer and a very nice one at that... Glad to try this and hope to get another vintage at some point in the future.

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Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours a very dark cherry with a thin, bubbly toffee colored head.

The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, oak and caramel. Perhaps some dark fruit notes as well.

The taste follows the nose, with a blend of caramel and dark fruit with oaky bourbon and vanilla. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol heat gives a pleasant warming sensation.

A really enjoyable barleywine with very well integrated bourbon barrel aging. Definitely deserving of the high praises it receives.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to islandboi8204, served in a HF stem.

Pour: Super dark brown body, but not quite black. A very small tan head forms and disappears quickly, leaving only a rim along the glass.

Smell: Big sticky toffe up front, followed by some dark, chocolate covered figs and raisins. A light roastiness. Some boozy caramel bourbon comes through on the finish.

Taste: Follows the nose, but with a big roastiness at first, that quickly morphs into chewy chocolate covered figs and raisins. Heavy, super sticky bourbon toffee and caramel dominates the majority of the palate. A thick sweet booze finishes.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, but relatively well balanced. Booze and sweetness can get cloying, but only serve to make this a lon time sipper, which is enjoyable with me.

Overall: A really decadent beer. Probably best for sharing, which is the way I will go the next time I have a bottle.

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Photo of Admbmb92
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into snifter. No head at all. Smells of dark fruits dipped in bourbon. More of a bourbon than a beer. Too boozy for my taste, had to drain pour half the bottle but still a world class beer. I wish it had just a tad bit more carbonation and the alcohol wasn't as apparent.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage split with Dave and Casey...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours cherry wood with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at decent pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a good dose of oak/vanilla. Very inviting scent...

T - Lots of malt up front. Caramel, toffee, and some figs followed by oak and vanilla. Finishes on smooth Bourbon note. Delicious...

M - Super smooth. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink ...

O - One of the best, if not the best, Barleywine I have had a chance to enjoy. Definitely a world class brew that i'm looking foward to trying again...

Cheers...

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Photo of mistakebythelake
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle reviewed thanks to Urbancaver.

Pours a nice brownish red color with minimal head and lacing. I got a lot of sweet toffee and bourbon on the nose which i thoroughly enjoy those flavors. Tastes of oak, vanilla, maltiness and bourbon. Little carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel finish. Definitely a sipper and probably will be a very good bottle to age.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

2010 Vintage

A: deep dark red with good clarity, zero head, no lacing, very dark for the style

S: sweet malts bombard the front of the nose followed by lots of oak and bourbon, the vanilla notes are hidden behind the prominent oak character, notes of molasses, grapes, and brown sugar. Lots going on, very interesting.

T: bombardment of malts with lots of molasses, some spicy pine notes, very rich. The vanilla comes through in the back . A bit boozy on the finish.

MF: huge body, a bit syrupy, minimal carbonation, a little hot

O: this is very sweet and full of flavored, for what it is, I would say it has decent balance, the heat is a little heavy going down

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Photo of Jwale73
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by jedwards and served in my 25cl Allagash tulip. Poured a deep brown with red highlights that were revealed from each angle and rotation of the glass. Loose, white head quickly dissipates into barely a swirl. Incredible nose - malty, sugary sweet, toffee, butterscotch, a little booze, molasses, prunes and perhaps a little breadiness. Taste follows nose - sugary sweet with the addition of some caramel, vanilla and coconut. Mouthfeel is medium with a lively carbonation. Definitely a little booziness in this, but a big, bold and delicious beer. However, closer to an American Strong than an English barleywine in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with mahogany highlights with a thin head that left good sticky lacing on the glass. Big caramel aromas up front with a good amount of bourbon that also had vanilla accents and slight oakiness. The flavor was big on the caramel as well with vanilla accents and large bourbon notes busting through that made the taste a little heavier alongside slight oak and raisins. The beer was full bodied with a low amount of carbonation that had a swet silky boozy finish. Very good barleywine and was very happy to try out at least once. The drinkability was pretty good considering the ABV on the brew.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into tulip. From notes.

A - A reddish purple with brown and mahogany base colour. Minimal head, decent sticky lacing

S - Distinct sweetness and oakiness. Dark fruits, vanilla, and some graininess.

T - A delicious taste profile. I pick up a bunch of different flavours, with a nice strong woody taste. Plum and currants, vanilla, candied sugars. Get some toffee and butterscotch

M/D - A true sipper. You can tell by some of the alcohol heat that this is a young beer and is a perfect candidate for aging. I am glad I have a few to compare over the years to see how it develops, I am betting on fantastic!

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Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 3 bottles of the 2011 vintage from Matttyce's purchase in the Arizona Cardinals parking lot on 12-11-11. Enjoyed the 1st bottle with my bro celebrating the Cards victory over the Niners that night...drank very hot. Matt - i appreciate all your efforts getting that case!

Beer poured a reddish brown with a small tan head.

Nose is bourbon that is still going pretty good after all these months.

Taste is a nice balance between the bourbon and the malt sweetness. Vanilla notes linger in the back. Hops are barely noticeable. Alcohol appropriately warming but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth.

Overall this brew is doing quite well after a year of mellowing out in my wine cooler. Bourbon heat is just right compared to a year ago. Definitely would recommend the splurge if you have the cash!

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a one finger tan head with poor retention. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, caramel. toffee, and some oak. A very nice aroma.

The flavor is just what I expected, Toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak combine to make a malt lovers dream. Sweet, and a bit too boozy in my opinion.

Full bodied, rich, creamy, with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. At the very least, the carbonation is higher than I expected it to be. This is a nice, drinkable Barleywine, which I am glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle (bomber) poured into a teku glass.

Pours viscous and thick, dark brown and almost black initially. The head is a fizzy dark-khaki that dissipates almost immediately, leaving only a pitch-black liquid. With no lace or head, it appears to be a flat coca-cola almost. 4.25

I think of port with my first whiff. Raisins and booze certainly. Dark chocolate and vanilla mingle. Oak and bourbon are eventually more obvious but they don't dominate the aroma. 4.25

The flavor is pretty true to the nose. Raisin-heavy, suggestive of port or rum raisin pudding (just like HF Aaron I had yesterday), and thick with caramel flavor. Notes of oak and vanilla persist throughout. The finish reminds me of dark fruit and chocolate. 4.25

The mouthfeel is thick and very dessert wine-like. The carbonation is moderate and tickles the mouth a bit before a bit of a boozy feel. Really though, the booze is masterfully buried with this brew. It's exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. 4.75

I think the shining aspect of this beer is how easy it drinks. Beguilingly smooth. I have to say, I think my local Marble barleywine gives this a run for it's money. Either way, I look forward to aging a couple for future consumption.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, an old-school wale

Served in an oversized snifter - muddy garnet body, light cream lace. Pungent aroma fills the room - bourbon, spice, dark fruits. This is a monster of a beer - a rich array of barrel influences dominated by bourbon and oak. Brown sugar, raisins, dates, syrupy booze, thick malt. Very good - i think I favor Central Waters though, for the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to therealnomayo for this bottle!

2010 edition, so you know we ain't steppin' on George and Marky-Mark's toes. It pours a somewhat murky ruby-brown topped by a short-lived half-finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises dark toffee, dark candi sugar, light cocoa, and light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of hot caramel, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, toffee, and a healthy amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. So much spicy maltiness, so much enjoyment. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a very good barleywine, which deftly focuses on dropping a malt-bomb on all of us in a very pleasant way. Get some!

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Photo of stxSS07
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter. Split with lookitsmp as part of our BA barleywine tasting. Thanks to matttyYCE!

*December 2012 Edit*

*Much more balanced and mellow out of the gates this year. THIS is the beer I thought I was trading for last year. Sweet sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, and barrel (coconut) on the nose and taste. If only they didn't switch to stickers instead of painted labels...*

A- Pours a slick dark brown/black with not head to speak of. Leaves a sticky film on the glass along with some big legs.

S- Dark fruit, figs, raw woody notes, sweet caramel/vanilla and not much else. We both thought this was pretty subdued.

T- Sweet caramel, huge boozy hit--insanely hot, toasted barrel character, roasted notes, vanilla.

M- Nice and thick. Velvet-like with minimal carbonation but an insanely hot finish.

O- This is a really tasty BA barleywine, but with the huge amount of hype built up around it I thought it fell wayyy short...especially when directly compared to King Henry and BA Hi Fi. Hopefully some age can mellow out my other bottle.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A-maroonish color with a tan head that fades quickly.
S-light on the bourbon. Very sweet and mellow.
T-very sweet an smooth. Nice burbon taste that is really mellow. Very tasty. Would love to see what age does to this.
M-medium body, smooth with a light burn down the throat.
D-drinkable. Especially considering the abv. Nice.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012: Big thanks tojzeilinger for opening this beast. This poured out as a deep brown color, there was a thin bubbly head on top that didn't last too long. The retention faded and there really wasn't any lacing either but there was some viscosity on the glass after each sip. The smell of the beer wasn't as potent as I was expecting or hoping for. The beer smells sweet and earthy with some subtle booze on the nose. The taste is sweet, there is a touch of maple in there with some earthy peat but it's very hidden. The bitterness is low just a touch of it in the finish but for the most part this beer is very malty and for the right reasons. The mouthfeel is smooth, it's slick and very mellow. Not much carbonation here but just enough. Overall it was a good brew, holds up well to the style, I found it to be enjoyable.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Sweet, boozy, nice caramel notes along with some dark fruit and apparent bourbon barrel. Wouldn't want more than a 2 oz pour.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a muddled brown appearance to it, almost nothing in the way of head. Beautiful mahogany and bourbon aroma with no heat, very immaculate smell, plenty of vanilla.

Taste, bourbon heavy, very low hopping, good mouthfeel carbonation wise, something that wasn't apparent from the appearance. Good amount of toffee to it, caramel to a lesser extent. Mild wood tannin in the mouthfeel, nice vanilla meld with it.

The last beer of the barleywine cabin fest, you chumps should have stayed up later, I couldn't finish the bottle (but came so close).

Probably not as good as Abacus (the standard), this one, if there is a complaint, was just a tad too dominate by the bourbon. But yet, it wasn't hot for 13.5% so what can ya do?

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Photo of iadler
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by existmusic00 at the tasting. Thanks for bringing out this bad boy Matt! 2010 poured into a snifter

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates into a cap

S- Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, ripe cherries, plumb and brown sugar.

T- Bourbon soaked cherries, plumb and raisins as well as vanilla, toffee and caramel.

M- Low-medium carbonation and medium body with a sweet and boozy finish.

O- A nice complex barleywine with the bourbon barrel qualities coming out nicely. Rich, sweet and boozy but not overdone. I wonder what a year or two more would do to this beer.

Thanks again Matt!

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