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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 RuckusDu
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. The pour reveals about a finger of head which is light brown in color with a lot of red in it. Body is pretty dark and is also very deep maroon/red. The foam falls quickly to a trace. Aroma is big and sweet. The in-your-face bourbon, raisin, vanilla, and molasses fill your nose quickly. There is a bunch of alcohol burn as well. One sip reveals a lot more bitter chocolate, and dark fruit. Not expecting that. A bunch of molasses and some alcohol. Mouth is quite good with nice carbonation and a very full body. A little syrupy.

I had this right after trying Bligh's and they are completely different. This is not nearly as sweet and has chocolate and bitter/dark fruits. Maybe some time really helps this beer out, but right now I don't think it is the league of exceptional English Barleywines.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station. Split 2 ways. Snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Dark brackish brown with tints of red. No head after an aggressive pour.

N: Malt, licorice, caramel, and toffee. Brown sugar. Has an inviting nose. Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and oak are present, subtly. Biscuity sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Very sweet. Loads of brown sugar, toffee, and licorice. The bourbon goodness of the nose is very muted. There is some oak, but it’s very light. Does become cloying. Wish this matched the nose.

M: Thick and sticky. Coats the palate.

O: Glad this is distributed, because I definitely don’t need more than one and it would've bee a long drive to Pacific City to be nonplussed. Needs a ton more bourbon, otherwise it doesn’t justify the cost increase over the Stormwatcher's Winterfest or even the Wee Heavy. *Sigh* 2009 seems so long ago, though this is better than the 2011/2010 vintages when they were fresh.

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

2012 Bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin light brown head.

S: Rich bourbon aroma, but it's not completely overpowering. Lots of toffee, raisin, brown sugar, toasted coconut, oak and dark fruit. Very complex and very intriguing.

T: Opens with some burnt raisin skin and bourbon. Then leads into some great flavors of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, toasted oak and a dry and warming finish with a touch of booze. Fantastic young, but I definitely can't wait to try an older bottle really soon.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 -The Perfect Storm
A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation.

S: Nose is bourbon, booze and vanilla.

T: Taste is off because I thought it was poorly carbonated. I did find notes of bourbon, toasted grains, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and booze. This beer was all over the place. Not a subtle barleywine and I have had many barrel aged bwines which were capabale of pulling flavors together much better.

M: Mouthfeel is hot and bourbon but mainly because I did not find much on mouthfeel to help balance it out. There is a sherry like quality to it

O: I struggled and wanted to give it an A but no dice
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2011-Mother of All Storms ampled 1/8/2012 and 12/1/2012

A: Poured a medium brown with a nice tan cap and some bubbles

S: I get a unique cotton candy nose on this with toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and booze

T: Immediate atringency with brown sugar and toffee, a little bit of residual sugar, bourbon midway with some pungent heat. I managed to pick up some light leather, vanilla and cocoa

M: Medium body but I still feel this beer was carbonated a bit high for the style, seemed a bit thin on the back end, perhaps due to the heat. Booze and a syrupy sweetness on the back end and an odd twang to boot I can best describe as liquid dirt.

O: Originally I gave this a cut above average. I c have changed my mind. After afting the first runs, vintages and fresh I still believe this beer is thin, hot and off balanced. The tannins on this beer just a killer for me. In no way is this a true to style English Bwine and I feel by taste, experience and BJCP standards this is a poor showing.

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Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 3 bottles of the 2011 vintage from Matttyce's purchase in the Arizona Cardinals parking lot on 12-11-11. Enjoyed the 1st bottle with my bro celebrating the Cards victory over the Niners that night...drank very hot. Matt - i appreciate all your efforts getting that case!

Beer poured a reddish brown with a small tan head.

Nose is bourbon that is still going pretty good after all these months.

Taste is a nice balance between the bourbon and the malt sweetness. Vanilla notes linger in the back. Hops are barely noticeable. Alcohol appropriately warming but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth.

Overall this brew is doing quite well after a year of mellowing out in my wine cooler. Bourbon heat is just right compared to a year ago. Definitely would recommend the splurge if you have the cash!

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Photo of yamar68
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cosmicevan for this one!

Pours like a black cup of coffee... minimal ruby-black clarity. A single finger of creamy tan head fizzles down to a nice lasting collar, oily drapes of thick lace.

Beautiful scotchy caramel and smooth bourbon, ripe raisin, some grape soda, molasses, brown sugar, pancakes, more sweet bourbon... really an incredible smelling beer.

Soft bourbon character, rum raisin, vanilla, some licorice, still pretty damn hot but nothing you have to struggle with... toffee, some biscuit malts, a little bit of fruit... nice.

Fantastic beer worthy of a spot on the top 100. Thanks Evan!

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Photo of sukwonee
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: 2 years must be what it takes. I opened 2012 vintage today (9-8-2014) and boy it's just awesome.

It definitely got sweeter over time and alcohol burn is pretty much gone at this point.

Still ton of barrel character, toffee, vanilla, caramel... wow. Amazing. I am upping my rating.

2011 Vintage bottle - consumed on 11/21/2012.

A: It's almost black - really dark reddish brown but clear body with half a finger head.

S: Wow. Vanilla, caramel, oak, dark fruits, alcohol, sweetness. amazing.

T: Vanilla, toffee, caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, cherries, fig). It's a tad bit hot. Barrel aging on this beer is done to perfection, adding so much complexity. If it was slightly less sweet and less boozy, it would been perfect. I think this could use another year or two of further cellaring.

Update* - I had a chance to try 2012 bottle (fresh) and I have to say that the fresh bottle had much more fruit notes and surprisingly less alcohol burn. It felt sweeter too.

M: Thick, syrupy, with lots of alcohol heat.

O: I think I much refer fresh Abacus/Sucaba over this, but it was pretty solid. Too sweet for me though.

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

Had the 12 at the release, absolutely delicious. Only bourbon notes, not too bourbony, not infact too boozy either. All in all, this gives KH a run for the money. The sweetness drops off quickly, but its a delicious sweet tinge that hits you upfront that really makes this beer unique. A sweet BB aged barleywine!

Can't wait to try this next year after its aged a little

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'11
Pitch black in glass which is a little surprising to me for the style. Bubbly tan head head with pretty short retention.

Solid bourbon barrel character in the nose. Caramel, notes of dark fruit and molasses. Not quite as complex as I'd hoped but nice.

Flavor is pretty big and bright with notes of dark fruit, oak, a bit of anise, caramel and molasses with a mild bitterness. Mildly sweet vanilla wafflecone-like aftertaste.

Mouth is medium-full bodied with low carb. A bit sticky.

Overall it's a very good beer but not quite as good as I had anticipated. I have traded away a few and put off the chance to try this and am finally trying it. Maybe I set my hopes a little too high? Some say it's better fresher??

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Photo of bum732
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage

S: Very rich, bready toffee malt. Intense. Medium bourbon presence, super malty.

L: Dark brown, little to no head. Viscous.

T: Super rich toffee malt, very malty. Sweet caramel, rum raisin quickly follows. Medium low herbal bitterness. Bourbon comes through near the finish, super smooth. Finishes semi-sweet, touch of alcohol and earthy.

M: Rich, medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Amazing, so many rich flavors without being too cloying. One of the best beers i've ever had.

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

2009 bottle, shared with a couple friends, poured into a Duvel tulip.

This pours a deep ruby red color with a small off-white head. Its` nose contains caramel, brown sugar and quite a bit of bourbon. The smell is very fragrant, but those who enjoy bourbon from time to time, it is quite nice. Sipping on this and I taste vanilla, toffee, more bourbon and some oak. And that bourbon really continues to shine it the taste. Mouthfeel is rich, but finishes smooth, a rich, sweet texture lingers on your palate afterwords. Wow, this was a very tasty English barleywine, an excellent beer.

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Photo of Etan
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company wine glass. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a small dark tan head. No lacing or retention.

S: Raisiny with a lot of barrel notes. Prunes, toffee, dark grain, vanilla, pleasant sting of booze.

T: Roasted malt, crushed raisins, vanilla, slight hop oil and bitterness, a bit of oxidation, heavy boozy heat throughout. Tannic and bitter in the finish.

M: Thick with slight, tingly carbonation.

O: The alcohol shows itself a bit too much, leaving a slight astringent bitterness, but otherwise this is good.

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

2009 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

A vigorous pour produces a thin active layer of mixed yellow-browns: khaki/citrine/fulvous which bubble out to a thin lasting collar and smattering of surface slick. Delicate lacing is suspended in viscous tears. The liquid below is an abyssal shade of auburn.

The bourbon barrel contributes immense aroma without any sharpness, redolent of fine tobacco, leather, loam, vanilla, and cocoa for starters...a low fruity note like that of a fine sherry flitters in and out as well.

Deep unctuous palate entry intensifies all the aromas into corresponding flavors and integrates them into a delicately shifting yet extremely potent cascade. Gentle hops contribute just enough bitterness to offset the immensity of the malt which itself is just strong enough to stand as a foil against the bourbon notes. Finishes moderately dry, fruity, and earthy. Surprisingly balanced and clean despite its stunning richness.

Silky mouthfeel is like melted chocolate ganache on the tongue though sufficient carbonation enlivens the mouthfeel.

An inspired and inspiring glass - a truly top tier example of the style...while any one element might be improved upon in theory, doing so would upset the balance of the whole.

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

2010 vintage split with friends.

A: Pours a deep raisin brown with hardly any head. A bubbly film lasted a short while and left spots of lace down the glass.
S: Decadent notes of caramel, raisins, leather, milk chocolate, grapes, with hints of red apples and booze.
T: Sticky flavors, very woody with large notes of leather. Caramel, cocoa and earthy spicy hops come through in the finish. Low alcohol burn in the aftertaste along with more spice. Almost rye-like with just a hint of fruit.
M: Full bodied with a smooth and heavy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation, extremely smooth.
O: I’ve had a few pours from fresher bottles and this is by far the best. A couple years, maybe more, on this does wonders. Very rich, complex and smooth.

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

Another big want that Treebs shared with me. Shared three ways.

Appearance: Deep, but translucent brown with a red hue. No head really to speak of.

Smell: Big caramel malt aromas paired with lots of sweet bourbon. Dark fruits and toffee too. Big nose on this one.

Taste: A big, big flavor that pairs a sweet, smooth bourbon with a huge caramel malt backbone. Dark fruit adds some sweetness and the oak gives even more character. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full-bodied, and syrupy with a bit of booze on the back end.

Overall: An amazing English Barleywine. A big, big beer that would be great to share with some friends on a chilly night.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online purchase

(Aged for 1 year)

A very, very dark brown and ruby, though it's so dark, it's really bordering on black as opposed to a brown. Very small dark brown head/film atop the glass that dies down quickly, then leaves the glass fairly clean, perhaps a bit oily, on the way down.

Familiar, comforting aroma of bourbon and wood, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, vanilla and molasses. Everything comes together nicely, the alcohol is well hidden, and all accents work in concert with one another. Wonderful.

The flavor is similarly nice to the aroma, with the dark fruits and barrel character combining nicely, complemented by some chocolate, roast, and earth. The alcohol is hidden remarkably well for the beer's strength.

Medium bodied with creamy, somewhat oily, low-moderate carbonation.

Superb stuff.

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Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter
2011 Vintage

Thanks to Veldrid for sending this one over in a trade

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, but when held to the light reveals some nice reddish hues, and is surprisingly transparent for how dark it appears sitting in the glass.  Really pretty color once you get towards the bottom of the glass and red and mahogany hues can be better seen.  An aggressive pour yields just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which dissipates down very quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: A big oak aroma, toffee, a bit of bourbon, significant dark fruits including sweet cherries, a hint of booze, caramel.  Intoxicating.  

T: Sweet dark fruits, oak, a bit of hop bitterness, fig and dates, the oak/woody notes are big, but the bourbon characters are surprisingly weak. Some booze comes out as it warms.  Not as complex as some in the style, and I would have liked a stronger bourbon presence, but for a style that tends to lack balance (whether it be cloyingly sweet, smack you in the face bourbon, or booze dominance) this one manages to do a wonderful job of maintaining it.  

M/D: Medium bodied but not as thick as I anticipated.  Carbonation is fairly high for the style, but works well with the thinner body.  Drinkability is just absurdly good, and a huge ABV is brilliantly masked.  

O: So as I was drinking this, I kept trying to compare it to Sucaba, as that's the next highest rated/most hyped English barleywine I've had to date.  And if I remember right, I enjoyed the first part of Sucaba better than the first part of MoAS, however, as I continued to drink (I drank whole bombers of each, as I like to do that when trying a beer for the first time/rating a beer) MoAS seemed to grow on me with every sip, whereas Sucaba became somewhat cloying as I approached the end of the second glass from the bomber.  So as far as which one I liked more, well it's a really tough call, but I think I'd lean towards MoAS.  I think a combination of the two ( with MoAS's insane drinkability combined with more of a bourbon presence and a thicker mouthfeel similar to Sucaba), would be the perfect Barleywine.  Maybe that's what King Henry is like....  That being said, this was excellent, and I will certainly seek it out again.  

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmadd for shading this one.

A - Dark brown with a thin ring of cream coloured head.

S - Very sweet up front. Bug caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours dominate. The barrel is present but is very much secondary in the nose, adding subtle hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak in background.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar up front. The base beer takes centre stage as the nose suggested. The barrel shows up at the end adding some lighter bourbon, oak and touch of vanilla. The ABV is slightly noticeable but cuts through the big sweetness nicely.

M - Full body, somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.

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Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark mahogany wth a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of sweet caramel and vanilla on the nose with oak, toffee, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, and sweet bread. Boozy finish.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being overly so.

O: a god beer, overall. I'd like to try it witb a bit more age, though.

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

A: black with lighter brown highlights, decent head at first, then lacing around the edges

S: toffee, bourbon, dark fruit, and slight alcohol smell

T: bourbon, wood, toffee, and dates. It's sweet, but not too sweet. I get very little alcohol here.

M: heavy body with good carbonation to balance the sweetness and body

O: excellent beer, probably just behind KH in barley wines. Would no doubt have again.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to enjoy this with animortician, my brother and a buddy from work. We tasted this alongside King Henry and Abacus.

A: A nice brown with little lacing that didn't stick around.

S: BOURBON. Then some roastly malt. But the bourbon is right there in your face.

T: After starting with Abacus this one was a little odd for me. It was well balanced and the bourbon wasn't too overpowering. But the finish was left with a weird after taste. It didn't taste bad... Just odd.

M: The carbonation was a little low. Hard to hide that high ABV level. I could definitely taste it.

O: A good English Barleywine. Personally, I would choose Abacus over this. Even though it's rated higher. Might had been a bad batch or something. It was good but the odd after taste killed it a little.

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Photo of BigTomZ
4.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintages poured into a cognac snifter.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a little tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. Decent for the style but certainly not the best head I've seen.

S: Smells lovely. Nice caramel and bourbon up front with some brown sugar, figs, and vanilla character.

T: The smell was lovely and the taste didn't let me down. I am getting the bourbon and caramel that I noted in the aroma, along with some vanilla. The background has some brown sugar and dark fruit. Really well put together.

M: This is a nice hefty barleywine with pretty light carbonation, but well within the range I expect for the style. There is just the slightest hint of booze going down.

O: I really like this beer, probably my favorite barleywine. I usually like my barleywines a bit hoppier, but this was my favorite (so far anyway). I will do my best to age a few.

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Photo of kjyost
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared at a recent bottle share. Poured at ~4C into 5 oz glasses. From notes.

Pours with ruby red edges and head that fluffs up and drops quickly. A smooth body with some heat. Lots of malt, dates & figs. Lighter than expected body. Minimal bourbon notes. Nice, though nothing super special & not worth the hype.

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

Split a 22oz into a snifter

A: Pours a clear mahogany color with a finger of off white head that quickly receded to a very thin ring. Minimal carbonation.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs and raisins and caramel behind with some well integrated bourbon in the background. Not overly sweet though.

T: Similar to aroma, but more toffee and bourbon. I still get a good amount of dark fruit, but well balanced with the toffee and bourbon. Also has a good amount of bitterness to balance perfectly.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low, creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is very well balanced between toffee and dark fruit sweetness and hop bitterness. The bourbon is very well integrated. Probably my favorite Barleywine, definitely more balanced than most of the style.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.
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