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:
1,969
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
1,561
Gots:
648
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with moderate head. In a word, well integrated bourbon, this is a knochout punch of dangerously seductive alcohol. I am not the biggest fan of bourbon, but it is good for what it is. Some coconut from the barraling. The English barlewyine takes a secondary role to the bolder bourbon.Thanks Augustgarage.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottling.

Black with no head.

Nose is full sweet dark chcolate to sweet espresso with hints of cocoa that quickly goes to malty assertive whiskey and carmel.

Mouthfeel is initially creamy but with a "fizzy" character on the tongue, some of which is a good deal of alcoholic heat and a strong whiskey mouth. Mouthfeel becomes richer and creamier and loses some of the whiskey heat without losing the character and flavors as it warms to room temperature and as it gets more air.

This one, newly released, greatly improves from the air and is likely to become better with at least a little age.

Flavor is rich and creamy and improves with a bit of time in the glass and improves with air. Flavors go from bitter black chocolate and hot whiskey to roasted grains and coffee with an assertive soy flavor.

Air and some time in the glass really improves flavors to rich roasted grains, big black chocolate and coffee that goes to big black licorice nose and flavor profile. Black bitter coffee/espresso goes to an assertive licorice finish as one sips it.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

2011 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with the bourbon flavor sticking around as the aftertaste. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a light crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine and the bourbon barrel aging is very nice on this beer.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Intense richness exudes from a beer of luxurious proportions that's aptly named the "Mother of all Storms". This is certainly a Barleywine for the ages.

Decanting with a tawny ruby and garnet hue, the beer exhibits bright clairty although with a mystic denseness that's so, so seductive. A surprisingly spritzy head rises to the top but mysteriously evaporates in quite fizzy fashion. Not that it's a big deal for these intensely alcoholic beers to degrade head formation and retention in favor of brandyish legging- but the fizzy way that the head disolves is odd for the style.

Strong malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, and toffee lead the way, but also with the tawny scent of vinous, bourbon, and brandy-like fruits. Complex to the bone, the beer's complementary notes include plumbs, dates, balsamic sherry, walnuts, berries, cherries, apples, and grapes.

As an extention of aromas, the flavor spread offers a similar variance but with an early focus on sweetness: toffee, chocolate, and molasses forms a robust taste that coats the mouth evenly and richly for a savory and lucious flavor. The mid palate introduces the estery notes of cherries, grapes, apples, and berries for added layers of complexity. Balance from bitter alcohols, vinous tartness, tobacco, sherry, balsamic (almost soy sauce savoryness)and tannic bourbony woods round out the sweeter notes and keep the beer from becomming one-dimensionally sweet. As the beer warms, more bourbon notes rise in the forms of vanilla, caramel, and coconut.

Calling the beer "full bodied" is an understatement. Heavy and masculine says it better, expecially with the fleeting carbonation that allows the beer to lay on the tongue and palate in a very dense and velvety coat. An extended finish of malty sweetness and moderate dryness from alcohol and woody tannins allows the enjoyment of the taste through an long lingering aftertaste. Expectations of Port wines should be expected from the mouthfeel of this beer.

With the focus on malt, malt, and more malt, I love the sherry, wine, and soy sauce-like savory notes that provide mild tartness to accompany the warm alchols and balance the beer. Beautifully invisioned and executed by the ever-classy Pelican Brewery!

An enjoyable beer with which to celebrate review #3,000. Thanks a bunch Hopluva1!

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3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold-foil-ed over standard pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a trade and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given Duff27's recommendation and its current 99 rating. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 2012 vintage (Bottled 11/05/12. Reviewed as a barrel-aged barleywine because it's identified as such on the label.

Served cold – straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of rich shiny khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Head retention is poor - about 15 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich dark amber. Understated and classy. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for the style. I’m really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Bourbon character is plentiful, but there's no distinct vanilla/oak character. Nice amber malts, bready/breadcrust-evoking malts, and rich malty character. Not too sweet nor too bitter.

No hop character or yeast character is detectable.

Unfortunately, the bourbon overwhelms the base beer.

A pleasant aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Great bourbon-evocative notes - plenty of vanilla and oak, but not real authentic vanilla bean or toasty oak barrel. Amber malts. Bready malts. Some bread crust. Caramel. Maybe some sherry wine. A hint of marshmallow. A hint of graham cracker.

Has lots of subtlety. Nice complexity, nuance, and intricacy.

Good depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

It's real well balanced. Has a nice pleasant boozy warmth that I really dig. I don't get any spice.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated. Good body, thickness, and presence on the palate. Has a decent softness to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the barrel aging and ABV, but still a sipper. Rich and decadent. I really like it. I'd definitely get it again. Really good stuff. I'll have to seek out more Pelican brews. Many thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. Age I think has done it well. Dead-on for a barleywine. The barrel notes complement the base beer nicely; there's some development of flavour there.

High B+

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with the expected modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toffee, golden raisins, figs, coconut, vanilla and cookie dough; all subsumed by the boozy bourbon

Taste: Toffee, up front, with the dried fruit (fig and golden raisin) flavors prominent; by mid-palate, the coconut and vanilla make a brief appearance, only to be overwhelmed by the boozy bourbon flavors; after the swallow, the bourbon persists but it masterfully incorporates some of the more subtle elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of warmth

Drinkability: This is one you want to share but it really blends all the flavor elements together in a much more subtle fashion than most other bourbon barrel beers

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. I had this at a tasting with finewinemike and Arenbeer. Was super excited to get to try this.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with hardly any head at all. The head goes away completely almost right away.

Smell: Very sweet with vanilla, toffee, dark fruit and some warm booze.

Taste: This is a really nice and complex barleywine. Sweet toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit all show up. The finish has a slight bitterness to it along with some warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side and mildly sticky. The carbonation is mild and the finish is a bit slick.

Overall: A very tasty beer, but I wasn't as blown away as I expected to be. Great depth of flavors and I will seek it out again, but I do think I have had some barleywines I enjoy just a bit more.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one! Been wanting to try it for awhile...

Glisteningly clear, sanguine ruby liquid, a frothy layer of tan foam across the top, leaving plenty of spotty lacing all around the edges. A lasting skim swirls on the surface like cirrus clouds.

Pleasant aroma of dried dark fruits, vanilla, and brown sugar. Nutty and rich with some barrel traces around the edges, though fairly sweet like cotton candy.

Rich coating feel, viscous yet dry and not overly sweet. Big bourbon notes of brown sugar and vanilla, nutty malts, toffee, and spun sugar. Finish is pretty dry, and the abv is felt but doesn't seem close to what it is in reality. Masterfully aged, though a bit more depth would be nice.

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

Bottle: Poured a lightly cloudy dark brown color ale with a medium size head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light whisky notes with some brown sugar, toffee and some pretty robust caramelized malt notes. Taste is a great mix between some toffee notes with some brown sugar and caramelized malt with some whisky notes which kinds of round off the rough edge. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol. Very well done but I would have like the residual sugar to be more subtle which would have provide more space for the malt backbone to shine.

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this one with HopHead84 upon landing in San Diego last Thursday. What a beer to start the weekend with. 2009 vintage.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown, and sits in the glass nearly opaque with a finger of tan head. When held to the light, it has a beautiful crimson hue with perfect clarity.

The aroma is earthy, woody, leathery. There's a bit of tobacco and some noticeable oxidation in the form of sherry with just a hint of soy sauce. There's a bit of boozy heat from the barrel as well, along with caramel and a touch of toasted coconut.

Opens on the palate with moderate malty sweetness, light fruity esters, boozy bourbon, fruitcake and a touch of roastiness. The body is medium-full; this isn't overly rich or sweet as some barleywines can be. The mid-palate brings out more heat and some pleasant oxidation - soy sauce, sherry, and some oaky vanilla. The finish is tannic and dry with a light bitterness.

Drinkability is good for a 13.5% barleywine. While it's very rich, it's not especially cloying and the complexity keeps it interesting throughout.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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