Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,976
Reviews:
473
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
1,565
Gots:
645
For Trade:
71
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Photo of rypkr
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage.

L - let warm up out of fridge for 20 minutes. Poured into a voodoo teku. Pours a very clear, deep mahogany hued reddish brown. Beautiful luscious head the color of carolina beach sand. Incredibly thick lacing, it runs like honey.

S - cherry and toffee. Subdued vanilla. Definitely smelling mild oxidation. Raisens and figs. Alcohol but not a lot. An almost acetone like presence. Some maple notes. Oakyness/woodsyness. An earthiness like ozone of spring rain.
The faint cardboard oxidation is more obvious as it warms.

T - Raisens and cherries. Toffee. Nuttiness. Warm alcohol. Again, very faint oxidation. Lots of woody oak, not so much distinguishable bourbon however. Carmelized sugar. Some sort of faint old world hop variety. I don't like the "leather" or "tobacco" descriptors but this beer needs them - it embodies both with a pleasant "musty" taste that I think these words describe well. The toffee begins to taste of brown sugar as it warms.

It's incredibly potent in flavor and remains on the palate for ages after the smallest sip.

F - Tremendous amount of alcohol warmth. Thick and chewy. Highly carbonated and creamy. Fairly dry.

O - I think most English barleywines are too sweet (and conversely tend to feel most American classifications are overly hopped). This, while yes still very sweet is a beautiful middle road. Not an absolute sugar bomb, but far, far from the "old ipa" taste I associate most American versions with.

A lot of the bittering presence is no doubt from the oxidation I'm tasting. Which makes me question if this would be a sugar bomb fresh? Either way, I'm happy with it as is 3 years old.

Value - It was a trade so not sure on the price or how hard it is to come by (I know not real easy). I would buy it again on the shelf for sure but have no intentions to seek out another via trade at this time.


*side note. BA needs to update the descriptions on many beers. The last release noted was 2011. To my knowledge this is an annual release so this page has been neglected for 5-6 years.

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Photo of Sporeg
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet

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Photo of Srqb
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with ruby tones. There is minimal head and what there is gives way quickly to a thin collar. The smell is what I would expect from an English barleywine: booze, dark fruits especially fig, and then some lovely malts. The taste is amazing and follows the nose. It is sweet, but then again this is a sipper at 14%, so it does not overpower. The barrel gives it a beautiful finish. The feel is smooth and slick with a lower carbonation. There is a definite alcohol warmth to it too.

Whoa, this is perhaps one of the best barleywines I have had. I should mention it was a 2014, so it had a little age on it. I need to find a source for more.

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Photo of edthehead
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark with very little head. Taste and smell are filled with molasses, raisin, prune, and bourbon. Mouthfeel on this one is the strong point, very smooth and full.

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Photo of deonreds
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of npachl
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Roger. This was poured into a tulip, why, well, because I broke one of my snifters today and I’m an asshole. Here’s the rest; The appearance was a black color with a slim finger-ed filmy head that quickly dissipated to leave barely nothing for lacing. The aroma makes up for lack of show in the aroma to allow a stellar amount of sweet caramel, light toffee, subtle tobacco, eloquent vanilla, sweet boozy/alcohol (almost bourbon-esque sort of underlying aroma). The taste enables a sweet to glossy slide of the malts just riding all along my tongue in a sticky sort of sweet fashion. Definitely a sweet sticky aftertaste of the malts running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body as it’s a good sipper. Carbonation runs extremely light but I’m assuming that’s because of the age of the bottle, so no worries. Overall, English Barleywine, oh hell yeah! Definitely fits the style and am extremely glad I finally got to try this.

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Photo of donovansill
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 5EKF
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertm2152
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours the deepest dark brown with mahogany highlights when held to light. A thin foamy tan head recedes and almost completely disappears. No lacing, yet still beautiful.

A: Oak and strong booze take center stage, followed by dark fruits of raisin, plum, dates, and fig blending into sweet malts showcasing toffee and caramel.

T: Yup! Follows that and then some. All the descriptions above really do share their equal part and the ending result is brilliant. Oak and bourbon sweetness linger in the aftertaste.

F: Rich, smooth, and slick with bitter and sweet battling for dominance in each sip. Alcohol warmth once again is very prominent.

O: Overall, this is amazing BA Barleywine. I find the booze a bit much and very detectable in each of the categories, but don't really think that's an issue nor would I want it dialed down. Cheers!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Egotist
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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