Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to unclejedi for sharing this gem.

22oz. Brown bomber poured in to little snifter.

A: Deep mohagony, murky and ruddy. Decent head still with a bit of retention. Some lacing.

S: Great aroma. Amazing barrel, lots of bourbon and oak, very earthy. Some vanilla sweetness and rich malts. Mellow hops, very complex.

T/M: Awesome flavor. Rich malts with the mellow, faint hops. Great bourbon and oak. Everything melds perfectly. Body is full with subtle carbonation.

D: Drinks very well for such a huge beer. Fantastic beer.

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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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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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