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
Ratings:
1,971
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012. Thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Brooding blood-mahogany with an airy saffron head that falls summarily to zip.

Nicely fortified notes of rum 'n' raisin, prunes, caramel, liquorice, sour cherry, cola and mild plastic.

Barrel rises to the fore in the flavours, which are impressively rich. Sticky date pudding, muscatels, toffee apple, muscovado sugar.

Full and syrupy, but in keeping with the ABV. Similarly there's decent booze heat but it's welcome.

Immense barleywine that is easier to drink than the 2011 Stormwatchers that preceded it on the evening, but also lacks a bit of complexity. Would be interested to see whether it opens up with 5+ years of age.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

This was a serious white whale for me. I love the Pelican brews, but never tracked this down. I was surprised to find it a nice little bottleshop, a bit south of the brewery in the summer.

A: Dark chestnut brown, pours with a thin tan head, no retention, no lace/leg. Not surprising for a brew of this weight.

S: Pleasant alcohol aroma (like a sherry), raisins, maraschino cherry, treacle, field berry, light spicing reminiscent of a Christmas cake.

T: Piny resin is up front; raisin, field berry and maraschino cherry through the middle (along with some light rum & spiced Christmas cake); roasted nut and dark toffee in the finish.

M: Full body is a bit syrupy with a drying alcohol finish.

O: Some may consider the malt, hop & alcohol balance a 'perfect storm'... and it is indeed impressive for a brew of this strength. Personally, I could do with a bit less alcohol and residual sweetness, and some more American hops! Though perhaps I was just expecting a more hop-forward brew like most of their lineup. This is seriously good (and improves as it warms).

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, shared with friends at our Barleywine tasting, 2011 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, touches of garnet red when struck by the light with just the slightest touch of head that vanishes immediately yielding no lace but a faint film around the rim of the glass. The aroma is wonderful, lots of rich dark grain, the barrel is perfectly integrated, lots of toffee, bourbon and oak with some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, pitted fruit and a bit of fig with just a light roasty char at the back end. The flavors follow nicely, bourbon and toffee jump out, soft chewy oak and vanilla can be found behind it, brown sugar, fig, molasses and caramel finish it up nicely and sweetly to counter the more earthy and roasty start. The body is nice, lively carbonation, rich and smooth, coats the mouth exceedingly well with a soft and creamy finish that warms ever so slightly.

Verdict: An incredible Barrel Aged Barleywine from Pelican Pub and certainly one of my all time favorite barrel aged beers. A masterclass in complexity and balance, not too sweet, not too roasty, not too boozy, everything in harmony. This beer is aging superbly well and is worthy of any and all accolades.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,971 ratings.
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