Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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 Xul
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

A: Pours a translucent, darkish brown with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, capped by a half finger of frothy, beige head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles down to scattered lacing.

S: Bourbon notes out front with strong vanilla and oak, followed by a big case ofcaramel and toffee, sweet figs, leather and light tobacco. Some light alcohol heat paints a pleasant hue over the rest of the aroma, everything is well integrated.

T: Caramel and toffee up front with light vanilla, followed by moderate bourbon character on the mid-palate - oaky and stronger vanilla. Dark fruits come in just after the bourbon with figs and dark cherries being evident, followed by leather and a faint charred character. Long finish of dark fruits, bourbon, and burnt sugar.

M: Full bodied with low, velvety carbonation. Could be just a hair thicker.

D: Alcohol is evident but far from overwhelming...it's a sipper, but it's extremely drinkable for its ABV and style.

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Photo of dleigh
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Minimal brown head, dark brown liquid. Caramel, bourbon, and dark fruit in the nose. Caramel rich taste with some nice bitterness from the hops. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel.

I tried a 2014 and a 2015 side by side. I liked the mellower 2014 better--the bourbon is still present but much mellower.

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Photo of macpapi
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 oz. bottle at the brewpub in Pacific City while there for Thanksgiving dinner. Getting around to enjoying it now. Totally worth the wait.

Pours a deep, dark, mysterious mahogany color with a small and quickly fading tannish head.

Wow, this is an impressive aroma. There is a lot of deep maltiness paired with the very notable presence of bourbon, candied molasses, sweet dark fruits, hints of coffee beans, and a bunch of other stuff. The syrupy sweetness present here makes me feel like a kid in a fine chocolate factory who is so thrilled by the aromatic character of the place that he can't wait to indulge in the goodies.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Full maltiness, sweet bourbon presence, bitter alcohol and hop sting all hit the palate. After the initial shock, I can appreciate the combination of coffee, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon added to sweet caramel and chocolate flavors. Once again, there is a lot going on here. All of it is impressive.

Relatively low carbonation with plenty of boozy bite summarizes the mouthfeel. This beer has a definite presence in the mouth.

Overall, this is quite an impressive beer. I quite honestly cannot remember the last time that I have enjoyed a beer this much. This is a very complex and killer brew. You really have to sit down, sip, and savor this one. With a 14% bill, sipping and relishing should probably be part of the option anyway. The Pelican is a heck of a brewery, and this is way more than a heck of a brew. Can't wait to taste my other bottle in a couple of years or so and compare the difference.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 02/28/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009 Perfect Storm
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

This brew has been in my cellar for 2+ years and am eager to sample it.

Poured dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat tan head w/ no lacing on the glass. Prototypical BA BW appearance. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate, molasses, dark currants, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The taste was of warming dark fruits and charred malts, w/ a touch od brown sugar, followed by strong bourbon and vanilla. For me this was still way too boozy even w/ 2+ years of age on it. Medium bodied.

Disappointed majorly by this brew! Very complex in the flavors, but the bourbon barrel aging was simply too much and completely overwhelmed the base beer.

Glad I got a chance to sample, but now really looking forward to sampling the base beer(Stormwatcher's Winterfest).

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Photo of busternuggz
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, bottle date of 11-6-12.

Poured into an etched tulip glass. Opaque chestnut brown with a thin mocha head. Dissipates fairly quick but comes back with a swirl. It's over a year old though, I'll cut it some slack.

Rich, full aromas just spillin out the glass. Toffee, bread pudding, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, fig spread. A little bourbony booze.

Taste follows suit, but with toffee and dates at the front. Caramel, tawny port like notes, sorghum molasses. Ends with some bourbon. Vanilla and dates linger in the finish. A little bit more oxidation than I would have liked. Fairly sweet but not cloying. I caught a little bit of alcohol here and there but generally doesn't taste like 14%.

Medium bodied, smooth, syrupy but not thick.

Rich and complex, drinkable for it's ABV. They don't overdo it with the barrel aging either. I can see why this beer is so renowned. If you have a 2012 around drink it now, mine was already oxidizing and I think a bit past its prime.

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

Mother of All Storms, Barleywine, 13.5 abv.

A: There is an almost bourbon note to it. A mild agitation evidences a some small bubbles but it is clear that this beer is above you, much in the way that Hemingway never seemed to mind the banalities of a normal life. You rock it back and forth and all you see is a wafty character that coats with a scary liquid refusal.

S: There are deep bourbon notes that resound like falling down a mineshaft and hit every peat note on the way down. I don’t want to overstate the wood and bourbon but, wow, this is beer but it feels like a proper gentleman’s drink. This was made in Oregon but its spirit takes its summer vacations in the hateful south. It enjoys conifers in the summer and spraying down protesting hops with fire hoses in the winter. Too far? Ok, let’s stop turning barley wines into social commentary. This has a great heat on it and I don’t even want to age it because I like it for it’s bumbly angry presence. It rounds out this delicious dinner party with a fuck up that you can point out that is incredibly enjoyable.

T: There is a huge panoply of raisins, figs, mild dates and nice waftiness just like envelops like sweet caramel candy. I enjoy this immensely and the retraction from the huge fruits on the finish makes it all the more enjoyable, wait for it

M: AS A RESULT THIS IS THE BEST BARLEYWINE THAT I HAVE EVER HAD. I know I know, this dethroned Abacus, no big deal, you hate Barleywines. Wait a second though, I like the following LESS: Hellshire, Old Dipsea 2009, Bigfoot, etc. This is hands down the most balanced and amazing barley wine I have ever had. I just want to sip on this and watch a Ryan Reynol- CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE.

D: This is not exceptionally drinkable and, you know what? GOOD. This isn’t here for your consumption, this is like a Terrence Malick movie, it is deliberate, slow, deep and amazing. If you drink this alone you are a jerk. Plain and simple. This has such a great resounding spirit to it that begs to be split on a balcony and horrible philosophy discussions will ensure. It is just wafty, boozy, complex and amazing. The thin mouth almost makes me feel like “give me a cigar.” But then I realized that I don’t live in the gilded age, so put out the robusto Grover Cleveland.

Narrative: All of the brackish land lovers said that this take was too ambitious. Sure, there was a school of marlin right off the coast heading for warmer currents, but, for gods sake, did you look at the meterology reports? They didn’t want to end up like the crew of the S.S. Stone Tea, rest in peace, who lost every member in this modern age refusing to deliver tea by protocol. No; no. There was a much more insidious secret that no crew member beyond the first mate could be made aware of. This marlin galleon was commanded by none other than a pelican. To be fair, he was a completely able captain with a curse placed upon him by a Portland witch who converted his form to the omnipresent visage of fertility, well knowing that he was impotent. That, my friends, is a story for another day. Sure there was a cool pressure from one direction and another front with conflicting warm pressures and, wait, who is manning the sextant? Oh that’s right, a pelican. Their cargo of 1200 barrels of bourbon and figs might never make it to port but one thing was certain, with this capta- BGLUB GLUB:::GURBLE::COPYRIGHTGURBLE

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark black with some mahogany tints, letting no light through. Small bubbles cling to the sides. A small tan head sits on top.

S: Sweet caramel candies and dark fruits come through at first. It's aroma is very inviting. A touch of alcohol finishes it out.

T: Very similar to the taste with dark fruits and a caramel sweetness as the backbone. I could sip on this all day.

M: Medium bodied and adequately carbonated to allow the sweet flavors to migrate on the palate. A slight alcohol warming finishes it off.

O: This was really a treat to try on tap. Highly recommend. Close to perfection.

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Photo of Dunkelhund
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[I followed the reports of this release from the "Black Friday Hullaballoo" up to the arrival at one of my favorite bottle shops, and then got a bottle for the Holiday GiftGiving - we opened it up tonight: ]

It pours a deep, rich chocolate-toned color that mahogany only dreams of attaining, but with little time for developing a substantial head... the smells wafting off the top of this invite you in like an unseen siren at the heart of the storm.

The Adjectives: Smooth. Rich. Boozy. Complex. Bourbon. Oak. Overtones of Vanilla Caramelized upon the back of a Great, Dark Malted Beast. (That's the best I can tell you... there is a great deal of complexity here, though it is all subtly woven together.)

Excellent Stuff. (enjoy slowly [edit])

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

Appearance: Pours with a minimal head, but man, the color is great. Brilliant, crystal clear auburn.

Aroma: Mad malty. Caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbony booziness and maple. Dark fruit. Sugary iced tea.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, toasty, bready. A little spiciness, perhaps from the barrel? That iced tea is still there, not at all unpleasant. A scoach of cellar mustiness and beef jerky/savoryness, oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: Works, nothing amazing but it is fine for the beer.

Drinkability: Not a chore at all. Opened up nicely once warmed.

Glad I got to try this but the ~$34 it cost for us to acquire it was a bit steep.

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Photo of MPLS
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for hooking this bottle up, this has been sitting in my dark basement cellar since probably November.

A: Poured into the closest thing I could find to a snifter, a stemless wine glass that is pretty close in shape. The color is kind of a dark raison and the head is rather subdued. This does not come to much of a surprise considering the high ABV. A nice burnt mocha ring persists on the outside of the glass. Lacing is subpar and an almost saliva like half moon

S: The barrel-aging is real apparent in this one, bourbon, dry oak, vanilla, sweetness, and alcohol.

T: This is one big beer, the ABV is more noticeable in the back of the throat than on the tongue. The beer has a lot of flavor to it: bourbon, coffee, cocoa, old grapes...all intense and richly complex. A highy intoxicating brew that benefits from barrel aging. However, despite it's complexity the alcohol is pretty in your face and it's certainly far from graceful.

M: The mouthfeel is great, maximum alcohol delivery in the smoothest of fashion. Carbonation is just right and pretty silky.

D: Whew. The alcohol bit is big, but so is the flavor.

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

At last, a barleywine I prefer even over Olde Curmudgeon!
2012 Bottling
Incredibly complex nose and flavor of caramel, toffee, bourbon (lots of it), sherry, cognac, vanilla, oak, raisins, honey, kumquats, orange zest, persimmons, plums, peaches, strawberries, prunes, dates, figs, cherries, pecan pralines, rhubarb, toasted coconut, leather, tobacco, and a hint of smokiness.

The body is syrupy, but playfully so, not sticky or cloying. This beauty has legs like Angelina, and the mouth becomes delightfully coated as the sipping continues. The finish is one of the longest I've ever experienced, and the woodiness and the alcohol prevent this one from becoming too sweet (as a gentleman before me pointed out).

It's been quite a few years since I was an ardent fan of the barleywine style, but this one absolutely blew me away, even fresh. I can only imagine what a few years of aging might achieve.

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Photo of Marty30
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Huge thanks Evan! Split 3 ways. Poured into a KBS snifter.Served at 55 degrees.

A. Murky,muddy brown body. No head to speak of,just some large bubbles. Big alchohol legs.No lacing as expected.

S. Bourbon hits first,not a blast but strong presence. Followed by sweet fruits kind of apricot. Then you get leather, toffee. Damn good!

T. Wow! Great barell treatment, First thing that you get is a perfect amount of bourbon,it's not overwhelming in any way. Then you get the ripe fruits and leather,brown sugar,toffee,caramal. A touch of alchohol in the end,very well hidden.

M. Feel is thick and heavy,just right. Nice sweet aftertaste that lingers.

Overall So far this is the BA barleywine to measure all too. I have to get more. Just a excellently crafted beer!!!

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Photo of Riccymon
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sinister black color with orange highlights; nice color. Just a smattering of brown head fizzes and then dies atop a half glass of Perfect Storm, as expected. Taking an initial whiff from the bottle, I'm already struck by a powerful blast of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and dead leaves, aromas that I continue to smell after I pour out a few ounces. The aroma is everything I want from a barleywine, with the unique, brawny booze and oak presence lurking at the edges. After a while, the smell becomes a little port-like-- very sweet and a little grapey

Sipping amplifies the bourbon, chocolate, and caramel notes, and vanilla and fruit (cherry, orange peel) flavors are added. Some hot alcohol washes in at mid-sip and brings a segue to a rather spicy finish. It's taking me a while to process everything I taste, perhaps because of the sheer intensity of all aspects of Perfect Storm. I don't taste as much oak, but bourbon is pretty upfront.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body with a syrup-like consistency. My mouth is left tingling after each sip, and now and then the alcohol threatens to become overwhelming after a sip. This is a slow drinker, and I can see I'll be taking a couple hours to polish off the bomber. I guess I can't complain too much about drinkability, even given the sometimes intense aspects-- it's a bourbon barrel-aged English barleywine, after all, and it is what it is.

All told, Perfect Storm is a really great barleywine, perhaps near Midnight Sun Arctic Devil for among the best I've tried. I think some age would have bumped it to #1, as about all I can ding the beer for is a little harshness in taste and feel from the alcohol/bourbon flavors.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my buddy Luke, out of my DFH glass. Don't remember who sent me this, but thanks!

A- Deep ambery brown with a touch of red. It
has a interesting glow to it, and appears quite clear. Pours with a light off white head, which reduces to a ring around the glass.

S- Smells sweet and rich, mostly of caramel and hops. It's a very soft and well balanced smell. Yum...

T- The warm flavor instantly coats my mouth. Caramel and hops are abundant and strong. I also get notes of molasses and bourbon. Very very nice. The barrel aging is evindent, but not overboard.

M- A bit thick and intense, a touch boozy too. It definitely could use some time to mellow out, but certainly is not bad.

O- Very very nice. I've been waiting to try this one, and it was not a let down. I have another that I am going to put a year or so on, and see how it shapes up.

-Gfunk

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Photo of mcgwire756
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Mother of All Storms poured from a bottle into a tulip.

This big beer poured a dark deep red with a 1 finger head that disappers relatively quickly unless you keep swirling it. Not much lacing at all unless you keep swirling.

The smell was terrific with dark fruit lots of bourbon and a little wood in it. The taste is oh so smooth for something that is 13.5%. I can tell this is a big beer, but I would not of guessed anything over 10. A lot more of the bourbon but not as sticky and thick as some other barleywines. It does not coat your mouth or feel overbearing which was nice especially after having a good amount of this beer.

This is a really terrific beer and one can tell how carefully one like this is crafted compared to other barleywines. A must try.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010

Graciously given to me by my man Rochefort10nh

Appearance: Deep mahogany in color with an off white head that vanishes in an instant. A slight ring is all that's left surrounding the outer edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of, it just slides down the side and looks potent.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, caramel and dare I say raisins. It's aroma is simply awesome.

Taste: Vermont maple syrup hits the taste buds head on with caramel, coconut and bourbon in the middle followed by a fair amount of sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied feel almost like syrup. A perfect amount of carbonation no more needed for the style. Finishes clean, bitter and dry.

Drinkability: A definite sipper and quite enjoyable. I was first introduced to this gem under it's former name "the perfect storm" and this one doesn't miss a beat. Next year I'll be stocking up on this one.

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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 Verecund
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Opened on February 3, 2011.

Persian plum with the tiniest ring of tan head. Still; like burnt caramel waiting to be eaten.

Huge, decadent nose. Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, and bourbon booziness. Just the tiniest wisp of raspberry.

Palate is toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, caramelized sugar, and vanilla, with some oak peeking through the huge bourbon notes. Some dark fruit, especially plum strikes mid-to-late palate and shows more as it warms. The complexity is slightly masked by the heat of the bourbon. There's an odd note on the back of the palate I can't quite put my pen to - almost vegetal. Very sweet, very big, with a lingering bitter astringency on the finish.

Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Sticky.

A nice sipper for a cold night, but not as mind-blowing as I had hoped. A little sherry oxidation should benefit MoaS and cool her down enough to appreciate her complexities. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next 60-90 minutes, easily.

EDIT: Fourth bottle opened December, 2011. This has become fairly muddled and one-note. Will update with last bottle.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mother of All Storms 2010

Pours a brown with deep ruby highlights. Low clarity through the beer. There is a half inch of beige head that sat on top but quickly fizzled out to nothing. The ring of foam that usually stits around the edges of my glass is no longer their either. Once poured this beer looks ready to be drank.
The aroma is that of a rich caramel malt with a touch of breadiness. There is plenty of oak and bourbon that follow with just a hint of sweet raisin on the end. It smells slightly hot and sweet.
The flavor is very well balanced yet complex. There are lots of rich malt up front as well as bourbon. I can taste the traces of oak from the barrels as well as a touch of vanilla. The dark fruit flavor I smelled (raisin) tastes more like dark cherry as all of the flavors combine on the finish. The flavors are warm and full bodied.
Lots of body and warmth, with very little sensation from carbonation on this mouthfeel. A very creamy body that bites on the first sip, but really smoothes out the rest of the way. Easy to drink, although not to be guzzled.
I enjoy Barleywine very much and this beer really set the standard for the style (at least for barrel aged). The flavors were bold yet well balanced, a true sipping beer, not because you want to but because you have to.

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Photo of Dajtai007
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

08 TPS (4.8)
A month ago a friend and I took a very long trip to Pacific City. First sight was the amazing Oregon coastline. I have to say that the brewery is one of the sweetest sights I have ever seen. Literally, its right on the beach! I knew I was in for a treat. Pick up a three cases of their finest. I drove home with that silly grin of accomplishment.
Went home served it in my Rochefort glass, I thiought it was fitting.
Deep deep red with a very creamy head that bubbles out.
The smell was deep with a rich malty goodness. I have a hard time deciphering minute aromas. Lets just say " It was divine".
Taking my first sip let me know it was finely carbonated, very clean. To follow up with amazing complex flavors. The great thing was that the high ABV was tamed quite well.
After thew bottle I felt blissful with a warm fuzziness that comes from excellent beer. I'm so glad I know where to get more,

Great beer, one of the reasons I moved to the NW!

09 Batch (5.0)
This years TPS is sublime. The base beer, 08 Stormwatchers, is a lot better than the previous. Thus giving the ale a wonderful creaminess and balance it didn't have before (I didn't realize this until I did a side-by-side tasting). Big notes of vanilla, caramel , prunes, raisins, and a little bourbon makes this years batch worth every drop. I have to give a standing ovation to Pelican for taking TPS up a notch. They have been producing some amazing beers under the radar and TPS is the cream of the crop. Great World Class Beer!!!

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Photo of camil1mj
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into my Bruery snifter at cellar temp.
A: Dark brown. 2 finger tan head. Some lacing present.ppearance: (4.0)

S: Loads of caramel, fig and some sweet booziness.

T: Lots going on here. Sweet figs and caramel on the hose that is followed by bourbon booziness.

M: Thick and full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: A great BBBW. I feel it is a notch below King Henry, but still among the best I have tried.

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Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Big Joel

S: Vanilla, bready, sweet, bourbon

A: Dark ruby brown, minimal brown head

T: Malty, sweet, vanilla, caramel, woody, crackers/bready, strong bourbon/boozy presence.

M: Fairly thin and hot. Like a bit more mouth on my beer

D: High abv, thin and hot. Definitely a sipper.

Overall: A little less body and more heat than I had hoped. Still delicious. I'm sure heat and drink will improve w/cellaring.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Deep mahogany pour with bright ruby highlights and no head. The aroma is Musty bourbon and caramelized dates rounded out with a hint of vanilla and charred oak. The flavor is awesome rich, buttery caramel with notes of fig, vanilla, an accent of char and smoke, and milk chocolate. It finishes with a nice little alcohol kick. The body is sticky and full with low carbonation.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009

A - Pours a ruby tinted root beer stream with a short lived dark tan head that recedes to nothing. Only a few sips in, but no lace. The appearance should be a 4, but I'm adjusting it to bump the taste to ~5.

S - Damn this smells great. As I started pouring this I could smell the sweet sweet bourbon. Fantastic toffee, raisins, oak, vanilla, and I think some nuts?

T - Thick brown sugar, vanilla, and rum soaked raisins. This is freakin' delicious, and is making a great dessert night cap. I might be crazy, but it reminds me of Nutella a little bit...

M/D - There really isn't much of an alcohol presence, but I also enjoy a glass of good bourbon. The mouthfeel is awesome; oily and coats your whole mouth with light carbonation. It's a sipper, but one I seriously can't put down.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,886 ratings.
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