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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
Ranking:
#184
Reviews:
478
Ratings:
1,998
pDev:
8.54%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
1,569
Gots:
648
Trade:
68
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4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 2015 bomber and poured into a tulip glass. Carbonation does not create any head.
Definite bourbon notes on the nose that really comes forward as it warms up. 50 to 55 degrees is ideal.
Booze is fairly muted considering 14% abv.
Excellent barleywine

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.49/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wmartin
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Duncian
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oskinker
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sbrock22
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage poured into a tulip. Pours dark brownish red. Small tan head forms. Tons of dark fruit...raisin, figs, bourbon in the aroma. Flavor follows...LOTS of raisin and fig with bourbon. Delicious. Feel is med bodied. Not syrupy. Overall, phenomenal BW. Really like this a lot!

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Photo of nvbrew
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoreyC
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, 22 months old. Excellent Barrel Aged English Barleywine. Sweet, complex, and smooth. One of the best of this style I've had (and this is my favorite style).

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4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Game of Thrones skinny tulip glass, vintage 2015 at near room temperature. Pours a very dark mahogany with a massive 3 plus finger dark tan head, that leaves behind very little if any lace, but is still striking.

Smell is caramel, dates, worthers, vanilla beans, and warming alcohol/bourbon.

Taste folllows caramel, toffee, dates, Oaked vanilla, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, mild carbonation, slightly dry as it should be, and at 14% ABV very drinkable.

Overall this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had. Really a treasure and I need to thank @jzeilinger for this incredible bottle.

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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage.

L - let warm up out of fridge for 20 minutes. Poured into a voodoo teku. Pours a very clear, deep mahogany hued reddish brown. Beautiful luscious head the color of carolina beach sand. Incredibly thick lacing, it runs like honey.

S - cherry and toffee. Subdued vanilla. Definitely smelling mild oxidation. Raisens and figs. Alcohol but not a lot. An almost acetone like presence. Some maple notes. Oakyness/woodsyness. An earthiness like ozone of spring rain.
The faint cardboard oxidation is more obvious as it warms.

T - Raisens and cherries. Toffee. Nuttiness. Warm alcohol. Again, very faint oxidation. Lots of woody oak, not so much distinguishable bourbon however. Carmelized sugar. Some sort of faint old world hop variety. I don't like the "leather" or "tobacco" descriptors but this beer needs them - it embodies both with a pleasant "musty" taste that I think these words describe well. The toffee begins to taste of brown sugar as it warms.

It's incredibly potent in flavor and remains on the palate for ages after the smallest sip.

F - Tremendous amount of alcohol warmth. Thick and chewy. Highly carbonated and creamy. Fairly dry.

O - I think most English barleywines are too sweet (and conversely tend to feel most American classifications are overly hopped). This, while yes still very sweet is a beautiful middle road. Not an absolute sugar bomb, but far, far from the "old ipa" taste I associate most American versions with.

A lot of the bittering presence is no doubt from the oxidation I'm tasting. Which makes me question if this would be a sugar bomb fresh? Either way, I'm happy with it as is 3 years old.

Value - It was a trade so not sure on the price or how hard it is to come by (I know not real easy). I would buy it again on the shelf for sure but have no intentions to seek out another via trade at this time.


*side note. BA needs to update the descriptions on many beers. The last release noted was 2011. To my knowledge this is an annual release so this page has been neglected for 5-6 years.

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3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet

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4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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