Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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Photo of richj1970
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 11/5/2012. Huge shout out to @cavedave for the bottle!

A: Murky mahogany brown with a purplish tint. Smallish one finger head that settles immediately to a thin ring. Almost no lacing.

S: Raisins, dates, figs, and sweet bourbon front and center. Bits of toffee, caramel, and molasses. A little oak barrel in the back.

T: Rich dark fruits with an almost jam like quality. Dates, raisins, and figs mixed with mellow bourbon notes. Some brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium to full body fairly light carbonation. Finish is a little sweet. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: Excellent English style BA barleywine that has aged very well.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.34/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

***2015 vintage***

L: pours very thick and dark red. It's black in the glass with no head.
A: black licorice/molasses, slight barrel, some typical for the style brown sugar sweetness.
T: just like the nose. Unfortunately not the flavors I seek. Huge molasses on beer his one. The molasses is so over powering it's hard to anything else.
F: high carbonation makes this tingly and I taste a good amount of alcohol. It is thick and syrupy but though.
O: very disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich and robust, deep brown with merely a nickel's width of fizzy khaki head rising to the top. This is a bottle from 2014, stored in a cellar. All things considered, it's a good look. Aroma is huge, with notes of bourbon, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, and barley. Each note hits with power, and is well executed. Flavor profile is bourbon, caramel, toffee, roasted malts with an earthy, barley finish. It's absolutely every bit of robust, and yet slips down smooth. The earthy finish is hearty, and may be a little polarizing. Mouth feel is smooth, and medium-thick. Overall, the presence in this beer is absolutely in the flavor profile. Aroma is great, with a hearty feel, but the flavor profile is deep and complex, and yet slippery smooth. The 14% ABV hides in well.

Served in a teku glass. Consumed and reviewed on 2/17/17. 2014 vintage bottle.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, dark, dark brown, with a nice mocha head upon pouring...nice bourbon nose with vanilla, toffee and raisins...the taste is a wallop of burnt sugar, chocolate, molasses-y sweetness backed by a sticky icky mouthfeel that warms the body on the way down. Just a stellar beer, no wonder it's regarded as a classic. Well deserving of its spot in the BA top 250.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far, one of the most outstanding english style barleywines I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Dominant flavors were caramel and vanilla blended with one of the smoothest barrel tastes I've ever had. Wish I had a way to get this on the regular.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a oversize snifter.

Pours a deep brown almost black, stout looking body with a brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of retention and no lacing.

Aromas are sweet with caramel, bourbon, butterscotch, sweet vanilla, chocolate. On the tongue is an initial sticky sweetness, sweet caramel and bourbon a little boozy, sticky and sweet, chocolate, lightly roasty, vanilla and butterscotch. Thick, rich and low carbonation.

A solid barleywine, super sweet.

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

L: almost looks like a stout. Near black. Nice little khaki head that leaves a ring.

S: huge bourbon and sweet malt. Some sticky fig and raisin as well.

T: amazing BA barleywine. Toss up with FW Sucaba. Tastes just as it should. The barrel is strong but not overpowering. A little bitter bite and sweetness.

F: rich and full. Sticky all over. .

O: top tier barleywine. One that others should try to be.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. 2012.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear dark mahogany hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of dirty leather, dark fruits, light toffee, raisins, sweeter malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of dark leather, light chocolate, big dark fruits, raisins, light old bourbon. Good sweeter English hops.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, no oxidation, alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a very nice English barelywine. Really pleasant. Aged quite nicely. Delicious.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

MOAS ! This beer was one of my most sought after beers in 2014. Once I landed it, in my cellar it went only to be opened for all day consumption today 1/1/17.

Pours deep rustic autumn brown with ruby golden hue. Oily and aggressive looking beer. Aromas are oak, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, figs and dates. Flavors are similar with a very nice aged silky feel. One of the best barleywines I've had.
Pure and simple barrel aged luxury.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- The beer poured a deep murky brown color with some white bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - There was a huge malty, boozy, sweet dark fruit nose.

Taste - I first noted sweet dark rich fruit. Rich dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted nuts. I think what amazed me most was how well balanced the booze was with the diverse palette of taste The richness continues in the aftertaste with a slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Almost syrupy in feel, this coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - MoaS is a fantastic beer. The only barleywine I might like better is Sucaba.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pour was a tad flat, though the other pour had a thin rim.

Nose is baked date bread with a bourbon kick.

Flavor is chocolate licorice sweet/spicy with a bit of fig, and this gives me more of a Quad impression. The bourbon that comes in gives me some alcohol heat, but a pleasant one. Fairly thick and silky feel that coats the palate.

A powerful and full bodied/flavored offering that might just lack a little in nuance. A very general thought would be that of a chocolate covered liqueur candy, though a tasty quad-like one.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown to prune juice. Almost black. Thin khaki bubbles

S: booze bourbon. Figs. Candied dark fruits. Dates. Brown sugar.

T: bourbon. Booze. Dark fruits. Candied orange. Dates. Sweet figs. Burnt brown sugar. Subtle hops.

F: nice medium plus body. Boozy. Good bite.

O: very nice BBA barleywine Glad I finally got my hands on this. Well done

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Photo of wulfie85
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best BA barleywines I've ever had. Excellent caramel flavors from the base beer with excellent chocolate, oak, and vanilla notes as well. Absolutely delicious

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Photo of gshak
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 editions from bottle, at refrigerator temperature into my Delirium tremens tulip.
A - pours a dark murky brown, with an off-white head that quickly recedes into thin ring leaving alcohol legs everywhere it's a gangsta mother that doesn't want to be seen or heard but leaves a trail of dead bodies in her wake.
S - doesn't let the cold temperature bother her one bit. Raisins for days, with liquid caramel, torched brown sugar, dates and prunes by the boatloads. Traces of almonds and toasted wood, which I predict will only grow stronger as the beer warms up.
T- opens sweet and....oh crap... this is one motherful load of malty goodness. Ok.. gathering my senses now.. let's see.. raisins, dried stone fruits(dates, prunes...etc), brown sugar, molasses, almonds, toffee. Getting some vanilla and coconut as well, not quite as intense as the FW ones, but it's definitely there. Warming alcohol noticed as the liquid makes its way down.
M- very full, and welcoming so. A fantastic winter warmer.
O- in the pantheons of the great BBA Barley wines, this brew stands atop.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had 2012, 2013, and 2015 so this is a rating of those as a combo. I think this beer ages gracefully. This is one of the best BA Barleywines out there. The English malts are showcased in superb fashion here. The barrel comes through really likely. Not too boozy but a solid presence. Feels more like a stout being pretty syrupy but in a great way. I love this one.

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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 Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown appearance with just the right amount of head and carbonation. Pleasant bourbon aroma. The taste is a very pleasant smooth bourbon without any hint of alcohol. I would put it in the top 100

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

Bottled 11/2015.

For some reason I'm not in the mood to write a typical review. It looks exactly like it's described in the other reviews. Smells and tastes just like a barrel aged barleywine should. Being an English style barleywine, it's strongly sweet with a firm bread flavor and no noticeable hop balance. There's also a strong booziness, it is 14% alcohol, but not masked. That will probably decrease with age but i don't think I could take the increase in sweetness that would happen. If you like English style beers then step right up.

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Photo of StoutFox
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this one was very good dark fruit qualities, quite strong on the alcohol and very difficult to finish a bottle even between 2 people. I did have it with only about 6 months on it. i want to seek out another and put 2 years on it before cracking it open

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Milky light molasses body, light tan head fades to nothing, notable carbonation around the perimeter. Heavy buttery caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and mild smokiness on the nose. Other mild aspects that weave in and out include a tartness like red fruit, burnt turbinado sugar, and controlled, subtle alcohol. The flavor brings to light that red fruit flavor in the form of dark red cherries, along with molasses, wet wood pulp, a kiss of bourbon sweetness, spice and coziness, very rich caramel and toffee that is offset by burnt malt bitterness. The body is super sticky, only *moderately* heavy and full, and slightly warming. Just a hint of tannins.
I have a hard time believing this thing is 14% when the alcohol is so subtle, but that could also be because there are HUGE yet palatable, varied but balanced, delicious but mature flavors going on as well. Everything was in magnificent harmony and came together to deliver one scrumptious wallop of a beer. Simply incredible.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel brown, darker than I expected.

N: Bourbon with vanilla in the back seat.

T: My first thought, this is just like Backwards Bastard, then as it warms and
as the 14% abv puts a small burn in your stomach, I realize this is Backwards Bastard
on steroids. Bourbon very present in the taste, vanilla moves farther in the background.

F: average for the style.

O: MOAS is less of an English Barleywine to me and more of a Wee Heavy/Scotch
Ale. I like higher abv brews and the alcohol is quite prominent but never harsh. I have another
I will continue to age. This was a 2014 bottle.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 @ 14%

Look: Big deep molasses brown.

Aroma: Its too boozy. The alcohols over power the bounty of subtle aromas. But it smells like bourbon s'mores.

Taste: Some things in this world just taste like quality. This is one of them. It is rich, it is layered, and it is complex. The beer is 14% abv, yet drinking an entire bomber seems effortless. The bourbon flavor is dense, packed between notes of rich cacao and sweet cherries. It finishes long with a fruit leather sweetness and a bourbon bite.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is oaky, tannic, and sticky.

Overall: This is, or should be, the benchmark for massive bourbon barrel aged English barleywines. Its drinkable, its sweet, it bourbony, and its expensive. But the dollar per delicious sip ratio is very favorable.

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

Bottle, 2013. Really quite nice. Has some similarities to brew 1000, but not quite as powerful as the Fremont beer.

Beer pours a dark brown/black, with a very mild head. Smell is of great Kentucky bourbon, backed by a brown sugar sweetness. Taste follows nose - the bourbon here is *extremely* smooth and well-rounded. every sip is laced with bourbon, but never in an overpowering way. Nothing is hot, and everything is in balance with the base beer. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style - moderate carbonation. All in all a great beer, if only it weren't so pricey :).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown appearance, not the most attractive, minimal head, 1/6" off white. Nice woody bourbon aroma, ample vanilla, warming. Very well done aroma.

Taste was a smooth English barleywine with ample barrel notes, char, vanilla, oak. Toffee hitting hard. Not sweet. Really imparts lots of bourbon without being overly hot. Well done. 1st tier barrel aged barleywine stuff here.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is review of 2013 vintage. Bottle is around 2 1/4 years old at this point.

Pours an extremely dark brown, looks closer to an imperial stout than a barleywine. Head is very thin and mocha colored. Head retention was non existent and neither was lacing.

Smell is big on caramel, burnt sugar, brandy soaked figs, vanilla, and oak. Bourbon is slightly present but blends nicely. No hops apparent, this is a malt bomb.

Taste is very sweet and somewhat dry. Burnt caramel, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and slight oxidation are main flavors detected. As beer warms I'm getting big hits of dried fruit, prune, fig, and dates. That along with some warming alcohol gives the beer a false sense of being aged in cognac barrels rather than bourbon. Maybe the prolonged aging is to blame for that. Hops are nowhere to be found, sweet malt and alcohol is the name of the game here.

Mouthfeel is oily, dense, and somewhat undercarbonated. Alcohol is slightly astringent, head was never a factor unfortunately.

Overall, beer was good, solid representation of the style. Just wish there was more head and a bit more carbonation. Maybe 2 years in the bottle have diminished some of the qualities that were present in 2014 when I had this beer at Gabf

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