Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#184
Reviews:
481
Ratings:
2,011
pDev:
8.54%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
1,572
Gots:
651
Trade:
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4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RealDeal
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BColton1
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Eddiehop
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dertyd
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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-

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Photo of Stevem68
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewaddict
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12/10/16, from notes
2015 bottle
L - This pours a dark caramel, almost burgundy color. Has about a one finger mocha head.
S - I get notes of brown sugar, candied dark fruits , smoke, oak, and bourbon. This is not tart or boozy at all.
T - The flavors are barleywine tang through and through. I love that! There is plenty of vanilla and chocolate in the middle. Finishes with a tangy oak, lots of milk chocolate sweetness. But, not sugary sweet like BCBBW.
F - This is super smooth and very well blended. Just a little dry on the finish.
O - Yes, it does have year on it. However, overall very drinkable. Well balanced, smooth, and masks the alcohol very well.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamieCoxx
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black as the starless night. Illuminated by the lightning strikes of aftertaste. In a rough sea of malty deliciousness shines the mother of all storms.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charrel
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpolzin
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 2015 bomber and poured into a tulip glass. Carbonation does not create any head.
Definite bourbon notes on the nose that really comes forward as it warms up. 50 to 55 degrees is ideal.
Booze is fairly muted considering 14% abv.
Excellent barleywine

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HoldenDurden
3.49/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wmartin
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got some 2017 bottles from the brewery. So far as I can tell, they haven't distributed this this year. At least not so far.

This is really great, BTW.

As I was excited to try it, and the bottles were somewhat cool when I got them home, I opened a bottle right away, and poured some into a small Teku. It was probably 10 degrees too warm, so I kept the bottle in the fridge and poured a little every 15 minutes as it cooled down.

So, I tasted this in reverse of the usual manner, starting as it was too warm, and sipping it along the way as it cooled down to the 38F fridge temp (instead of starting at 38F and sipping along to way to 60F). Every sip seemed to be an improvement, down to 45F or so. At the cooler temps, the dreamy bourbon flavors become more prominent.

Did I mention this was really good? The 1 year of aging in bourbon barrels has paid off with a pronounced, almost forward, bourbon flavor; that is nicely balanced with a slightly hopped sweet maltiness. I was surprised by the strong sweet malt flavors, as this is a BW (though an English BW, which has more malt). Had I tasted this blind, I would have guessed "bourbon IS". A very rich and complex concoction. ABV is pretty high, but it is well back of other flavors. It is complex, though not as complex as some things, but the rich bourbon and malt flavors more than make-up for that. You can make a world-class beer without 100 ingredients if you can age it in nice barrels for a year. Adding adjuncts wouldn't necessarily be an improvement if it detracted from the pure smooth flavors here. Perhaps this is a high-end beer for the common man. Please don't change anything.

I had about a half glass of the bottle left after I reached my limit for the day, which I kept in the fridge overnight uncovered. Upon trying this remainder the next evening, I thought it had improved. This surprised me. The bourbon-forward flavor really grabbed me immediately in a way the freshly opened bottle had not. As this required more investigation, I opened another refrigerated bottle (which I had originally planned to age for a year) to compare. The day-old opened beer was better. The only thing I can think of is the effect of losing the carbonation. This beer has little carbonation to begin with, with scarcely any head. The glass that had sat for a day had none whatsoever. Losing the carbonation allowed the malt and bourbon flavors to become more evident. Not only is the carbonation not needed in a beer like this, it is a distraction.

Oh yeah, I really like the new label design, too!

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Photo of Duncian
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oskinker
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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