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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

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this out, I have wanting to try this for a long time.

Appearance: Mother of All Storms pours a ruby brown color with a fast fading tan cap. No real lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: There is a good amount of booze in the aroma. Caramel, smooth malts, toffee, oak, and vanilla.

Taste: Boozy, yet very smooth and tasty. The malt presence is strong but not overwhelming. The sweetness starts firm, but fades through the sip. Caramel and toffee work well with bourbon, vanilla, and oak contribute to a complex flavor. The finish is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. The alcohol is more noticeable in the throat and stomach than in the flavor. The tongue tingles as well from the strong flavor and booziness.

Overall: A boozy delight. It makes no attempt to hide its identity - thick, sweet, boozy, and delicious.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mother! 2013 vintage, bottled 12/03/13 and enjoyed 02/28/2014. Bottle bought at Full Throttle Seattle for $27.25.

Appearance: Beautiful fizzy pour. Two fingers of solid but ephemeral head. Still and mysterious like a swamp. Enticing dark-auburn color, like an old church pew hidden in the attic of grandma's house.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, brown butter. Nuttiness abounds. Toasted grains, quinoa. Raisin. Old wine, most likely port. As it warms up, booze and wood come out to play. Milk chocolate confection (Milka).

Taste: Follows nose, intensified. More of that toffee, brown sugar, sweetness galore but not overwhelming. Candied bacon, bourbon gastrique. Syrup, fruit cake. Oak, vanilla, black pepper. Chestnut mousse and roasted parsnip. Reminds me of drinking Aventinus Eisbock or Samichlaus, but more refined. The Kentucky barrel is not immediately present but well blended with the overall brew.

Moutfeel: Low carbonation, medium body and full taste. Prickly-spicy feel. Sweetness in check.

Overall: I didn't like it as much as the first time (that 4.75 rating) but this is still a great beer. I enjoyed it more than Sucaba... drinks rather well for such a huge beer. Slighty one-dimensional perhaps, and a tad too filling, but it makes for a lovely sipper. Definitely would buy and enjoy again.

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Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012. Pours much darker than every previous year of MoaS: very dark brown with way more head than its older siblings.

Caramely aroma, strongly malty, a kiss of dark fruits to round things out. Black licorice and molasses join the caramel train across my palate. Meadows of malts are a safe haven for all things barleywine-y.

The 2012 is a clear departure from previous vintages of MoaS, and I like what they've done with the place. Excited to see how this develops with age.

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Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moas 2010

pours dark mahogany and is clear once you hold it up the the light - an aggressive pour renders a 2 finger tan head that rapidly dissipated and left no lacing

smell is not very strong which surprised me but is still quite complex - bourbon oak chocolate dark fruit caramel

taste - this packs some punch some boozy heat and all the notes the nose had - woody dark fruit caramel chocolate malts - the highlight is bourbon barrel aging and what it brings to this beer

mouthfeel is full bodied heavy sticky which works very well since this beer is a sipper(took me over 2hrs to finish) - it had more carbonation the i would have thought and i was pleased

overall - this brew made me wonder why there are not more breweries that barrel aging Bwines - it also reminded me quite a bit of founders backwoods bastard

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Photo of airohead2001
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting a long time for this one. Here's the deal - last year, 2009, I had my order form all filled out for a case of The Perfect Storm. Cases lasted for at least a week or so at the brewery. After mulling it over for a few days, I decided not to spend the cash on an entire case. I regretted that day until about two weeks ago when I got the call that it was my turn to buy a case of MoAS 2010. My second chance!! Glazeman and I were thrilled. I'm glad I took the opportunity this time.

A - Very nice. Dark crimson with a lighter rose colored hue on the edges. Not brown. One finger head that fades to a rim of bubbles.

S - Very complex. The bourbon, caramel, butter, florals, and BOOZE blend together beautifully. Earthy, citrus hops through out.

T - Rich and delicious. Cold Friday night watching the Blackhawks beat the Wings - for this occasion, this is the PERFECT brew. Bourbon through out. The front is candied almonds and the finish is burnt roasts. The hops are much more pronounced in the smell than in the taste.

M - Really great for the style. I rarely rate generously in this category, but the flatness up front and the light bubbles near the finish do an excellent job of bringing all of the flavors to fruition.

D - The taste of this beer is outstanding. I love it. That being said, it is really hot. Ton of booze. The alcohol burn limits the drinkability, but this is still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dvelcich, thanks a bunch.

A - Very deep brown, with reddish hints on the end. Small head, not much, which disappeared quickly.

S - Roasted malts, there is not hops in this like I was expecting. Big molassas and toffee smells. Actually smells a bit like a quad with thie dark fruit smell. Very nice.

T - Great dark fruit taste, mostly raisins and figs. Carmel, toffee, and great cocoa/molassas mix in there. Some interesting bitter hops bite right on the end that only became noticable later after I was drinking it. Some nicely hidden vanilla on the end as well.

M - Nicely carbonated, nice little bight on it in a full bodied beer.

D - Shockingly drinkable with the high ABV. It's still a bit of a sipper, but it's something you can down easily all things considered.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trey was kind enough to share another one of these this past weekend.

Brilliant ruby red with crimson highlights, this beer has an exquisite color.

The nose is big on bourbon with a boozy character. Brown sugar, caramel and some nuttiness are present along with a little coffee. The palate opens big and boozy. Burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, nuts and an astringency akin to nut skins are present. Bourbon, vanilla and oak are quite prominent in the mid-palate, and the finish is mildly drying and boozy. Medium-high in body, low in carbonation with a decent finish, this is great stuff. I can't wait to see how this evolves.

**Edit 27 Oct 2012**

2009 release.

The nose is still pretty big and boozy, with a fairly strong bourbon character. Not yet oxidized (neither pleasantly nor unpleasantly), there isn't much sherry, though there is a moderate date and toffee character. Brown sugar, burnt sugar and some caramel round out the nose. The bourbon is mostly booze with some vanilla and brown sugar in there. The palate is thoroughly enjoyable, a moderate bourbon, date and brown sugar character coming through up front. The mid-palate has the burnt sugar and toffee flavors, and the bitterness from the burnt sugar comes in here. This also does amplify the mild astringency that alcohol can impart. Boozy on the finish with a nice burnt sugar bittersweet character, some toffee and a blend of dates and a little raisin character, this is quite enjoyable. Medium in body with a carbonation level that is initially too high, but when it does die down, the beer is immensely more enjoyable. This seems to be aging well.
3.5/4/4.5/4/4

**Edit 08 Feb 2014**

2010 release.

Less almond-like, more hazelnut like, with a simpler, brown sugar/ toffee aroma. Oxidation is starting to take a hold here, lending some sherry notes that work well with the nutty booziness. Booze is dying down, bringing out the malt a little bit more. A touch flabby on the finish. Solid stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring pretty quickly. Some minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, bourbon, oak, light vanilla, light tobacco, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, bourbon, oak, leather, tobacco, light vanilla, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, bourbon, oak, leather, tobacco, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged English barelywine style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak barrel flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, but I feel that the base beer is more impressive than this one.

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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 Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle shared by mdfb79 at winter gathering of people that also trade beer with people that they have never met by way of this lovely internet webpage. Thanks Dan as I have wanted to try this for some time.

Poured into a Darkness snifter in Thorpe429's living room while whispering sweet and subtly offensive nothings in the ears of my fellow tasters. Looks like and English Barleywine as this beer is a dark mahogany with a bit of off white/tan head.

Smells rather sweet with lots of sticky malts and bourbon. Seems perhaps just a touch hot, but who the hell am I to complain. Taste is very malty and fairly full-bodied, but slightly thinner than I imagined. Lots of toffee and caramel with notes of vanilla and oak.

I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle
2009 vintage
Acquired in a trade with xpimptastikx

Review #575

The beer poured a syrupy, dark caramel color with no head. A few tiny bubbles dotted the top of the liquid but they quickly dissipated.

Tons of bourbony sweetness came through in the nose. Super oaky with strong vanilla and brown sugar notes. Rich caramel malts were apparent as well. Slightly toasty. Some candied fruits were also noticeable.

The flavor profile was intense. Like the nose, the bourbon element was quite potent. Boozy and somewhat hot initially. Maple syrup, brown sugar and candied fruits came through strong. Super malty and rich. Sweet toffee and burnt caramel notes were apparent. The oaky, slightly tannic and dry finish provided a nice balance to this otherwise sweet, alcohol rich brew. As the beer warmed, the booziness subsided and subtle nuances came forth.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and smooth but a bit thinner than I anticipated for a 13.5% ABV barleywine. Creamy and supple on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.

This beer really comes into its own with time. In order to enjoy all its complexities, definitely let this one warm up to cellar temperature before serving. For a barleywine of such magnitude, The Perfect Strom is a unique and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A - Low white head with poor retention and lace. Nice dark caramel body.

S - Sweet plum, brown sugar, cocoa, thick molasses, and a hint of white booze.

T - Booze warms a smooth profile of vanilla, black cherries, prunes, and brown sugar. Light oak on the backside. Stellar integration.

M - Super smooth, medium - full body.

O - Amazing right off the shelf without any time in the cellar at all.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 22oz, 2011 bottle. Thanks to Alieniloquium for the Christmas gift!

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with subtle redness. Centimeter thick, khaki head that dissipates ridiculously quick. Barely any lacing at all.

Smell: Great aromas. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, little bit of bourbon, plums, figs, spices. Huge combination of complex smells.

Taste: Sweet at first and throughout the majority of the sip. Caramel, burnt sugar, some roasted malts. Bourbon is more pronounced in the flavor than the smell. Huge alcohol flavor towards the end. The booze takes away from overall experience.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy drink. It feels like my glass weighs six pounds. Leaves a warm feeling after every sip that lasts for a bit afterwards. Low carbonation. Goes flat pretty fast as it warms up.

Overall: Not as bad as I might make it out to be. It's a good dessert beer. A definite sipper. The aroma and flavors were above average by far. Very good beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear brown reddish color with no head except for a small ring of white foam. Nose is a bit hot, slight bit of hops as well.

Taste is really well balanced, a bit sweet and hoppy. The Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a crisp choppy finish.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for schlepping this one up from chi-town. Haven't had a bottle of this in a year or so, so it will be nice to see how it is doing.

2009 bottling.

Pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights, a little cloudy. Carbonation seems fine.

Nose is still quite boozy, but not as bad as it was a year ago. Also getting big dark fruit notes, a little woodiness, and some sweet caramel/toffee flavors.

Taste follows with huge caramely flavors, big dark fruit and a nice booziness that compliments the flavors and the mouthfeel. Not picking up that much wood, but a nice subtle vanilla note that i didn't pick up in the nose as well. Finish is clean, next to no bitterness, as the style calls for. Booze and thick caramel linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A great chewy viscosity and ideal carbonation for the style.

"overall" uh...good? Really alot like Arctic Devil.

Really enjoyed drinking this, just like the first time around. Thanks again for packing this one up with you Alex, a shame we didn't get to it while you were still here. Great beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear auburn color, with 1/2" of light khaki colored head. pretty nice retention time, and ultimately reduced down to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. minimal lacing.

Smell: Rich, sticky toffee, vanilla, hints of wood, medium amount of oxidation, which does not retract too much, and is reasonable considering this is 4 years old.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, sherry, wood, vanilla, and hints of oxidation, although not as prevalent as the nose. Sweet, but not too much so especially for this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation, sticky with residual sugars. Again, good. Overall, this probably would have been better a year ago, but still has retained much of its quality. A bit oxidized, but does not affect the beer too much overall. I have a 2011 that I will open very soon and hope it has faded a bit less than this.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage shared at a tasting, much thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading this. Had right before King Henry, an English Barleywine showdown!

Pours dark reddish-brown, mostly translucent. Tan head quickly turns to a ring, understandable for the beer.

Nice scent, lots of dark fruit (cherries, red grapes), bourbon, caramel. Lots of goodness without being too bourbon heavy.

Taste is actually an improvement over the smell. Big dark fruits, flavorful+mellow bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, decent hop presence, a bit of vanilla and alcohol. Standout balance with a perfect amount of bourbon vs. barleywine.

Nicely hidden ABV, carbonation is a bit high, maybe a bit thin, but not bad.

Great beer, but not mind-blowing for me. Really nice level of bourbon presence, lets the barleywine really shine through.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass at the pelican feb 2012. Pours a transparent hazel color, only a slight bit of foam exists in the glass as it is brought to me, but I don't there was much to begin with considering the 13.5% ABV. Smell is of raisins, dark fruit, alcohol, smooth vanilla and caramel smell. The smell is really potent, I didn't really swirl the beer at first, and it didn't have much head but it was still very aeromatic. The taste resides in the same vein as
The smell, once again one of the most potent flavor was that of raisins/dark fruit. I let my glass warm for a good bit before I drank it, so it may have different notes when onsumes colder. I also get some notes of bourbon. This was still really hot, I'd like to get a bottle of this age for a while then try it in two years once it has mellowed. While it was very aggressive when I tried it, I thing it would come out very smoothly with some age. Mouthfeel id relatively thick, with mild carbonation. If you enjoy a boozy beer and you like those sweet dark fruit notes, give this a try.

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Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz gold foil capped bottle served in a Jacobin tulip. Split three ways. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a once finger, light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar and doesn't really leave on lace, just some brown stick.

S: Dark fruits and malts with some burnt sugar, light barrel presence (Oak and bourbon. The barrel isn't as pronounced as I anticipated.

T: Well this took a big, complex jump. The barrel really shines here. Caramel and oak with nice sweet bourbon undertone is up front. Burnt sugars and booze soaked fruits start to mix with a mild leather and tobacco. There is slightest piney hop presence on the back end.

M: Smooth and creamy. This is heavy bodied. Slightly warming in nature with a medium to low carbonation.

O: Very delicious. One of the heavier English barleywines out there, it was very complex and the ABV was pretty well hidden save for a slight throat warming that was more than welcome. A must try for any English Barleywine fan.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, opened 01/2012. From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured a deep brown with a thin film of eggshell head. Big aroma with bourbon, vanilla, sugar cookie, and caramel.

Moderate-to-high carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. On the sweeter side with lots of toffee up front, but there's a nice balance with notes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and boozy warmth. The finish seemed a little "off" with a vague chalky quality or something else that I couldn't pin down.

This was really tasty and I'm glad I got to try it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one didn;t live up to the hype so much, but was solid...

Had a dark crimson color with a small ring of head thats a little tan tinged. The lacing didn't really stay so much.

The smell has definite leather qualities you find on many barleywines with notes of dark fruit, prunes and cereal-bran malts. I don't get a lot of bourbon character in the smell.

The taste is nice. Raisin and rum notes prevail with banana, slight bourbon sweetness + alcohol sweetness; Prunes and some dried berries as well.

Smooth feel but a little hot for me.

Drinkable for a barleywine for sure.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2012 vintage I'm drinking. Very deep brown and when the light hits it a deep red garnet color created. Initially a reddish deep brown head is formed and fades away, a thin ring remains around the class. Not surprising given the alcohol content. Aroma is jammy, with raisins. Alcohol is rather present even after two years. Some barrel presence remains. Port like. Flavor is heavy on the booze, port and sherry like flavors waft in and become heavy and prominant. Burnt caramel, raisins, and toffee mingle with the sherry and port flavors. Complex flavor, really it is, way beyond a barrel bomb. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Thick. Not cloying however. The alcohol creates a sharp and clearly burn like quality. There is no doubt this is an exceptional ale. Downsides, the alcohol keeps coming back and reminding me it is there, the burnt caramel flavor is rather strong and can be off putting, the palate is left muddy.

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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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this courtesy of bret27 at the central coast BA gathering last night. Thanks a lot Bret!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A very small pile of khaki foam is all I got for head off the pour. It quickly dissipated to a thin halo. Body is clear, but very dark: deep reddish brown with shades of ruby. Looks very syrupy. I don't see any carbonation.

Smell: Cereal, toasted grains, caramel, bourbon, oak syrup, and brown sugar. Very sweet and sugary, but the light toastiness and hints of bourbon do a lot for this smell. Not as deep or complex as I had hoped, but unique.

Taste: Brown sugar, caramel, sweet oak and bourbon, a touch of pine, and even... roasted malt? Lots of residual sugars in here, but it's less sweet than all other English barleywines I've had (many of which I find to be unbearably sweet). Once again, unique. More complex than the aroma. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Oily, full, gritty, and awesome! Not too hot, not too dry. Lightly carbonated, syrupy, and rich.

Drinkability: English barleywine is certainly not my favorite style, but I can see why this one stands out. I think the sweetness would overwhelm me after a while, but as ~4oz. sample this was great.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter/taster. Awesome little glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish notes. Khaki head retains nicely and settles to an island of foam and naught else.

Smell - Lots of bourbon goodness. Oak and vanilla. Deep brown sugar and caramel. Everything you'd like in a BA barleywine. Maybe some hops come through as well.

Taste - Everything the nose belies, with an intense boozy and strange aftertaste. Bourbon up front, but it doesn't linger. Lots of caramel and dark brown sugar. Hop bite in the back with an intense nutty/oaky flavor. It's kind of unpleasant and I don't get it out of other BA barleywines.

Mouthfeel - It's quite boozy and that aftertaste is harsh. Not really sure what it is.

Overall - I have had different vintages of this beer from 2010 to 2012 and all of them have had the same off-putting aftertaste. It's not awful, but it could be so much better. Not sure if it's a nutty malt or an oaky flavor, but it keeps this from being the perfect BA barleywine. That said, it's still incredible.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,901 ratings.
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