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

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Avg:
4.42
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8.82%
 
 
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Photo of Swimsum
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with largadeer. Thanks again. Split with a buddy and poured into a NB Globe. 2010 vintage of Mother of All Storms.

Pours out a murky medium brown. Settles into glass a murky dark brown and a very thin bubbly head emerges. The head doesn't even stay around long enough for me to pour the second glass for my buddy. A ring around the glass is the only thing that stays. Head is medium tan in color, swirling doesn't even bring a much head. No lacing is produced.

The nose certainly lets you know that this sat in bourbon barrels. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar and caramel. There is a lot of caramel in this. At times I get some dark fruit smells but can't really decide what specifically those fruits are. Very sweet smelling overall.

Much like the smell but much more of the dark fruits come through. First taste a very sweet but by the end of each sip the alcohol harshness becomes very present. The bourbon flavor itself is very pleasant and I think is done really well because it's not overpowering all the other flavors. The alcohol heat however, makes this a bit rough at times.

Medium bodied and slightly slick feeling. There is a sugary stickiness that is left on the lips after each sip. The alcohol burn is not very easy to try to ignore. Warming on the way down.

Overall this is a great tasting beer but it is a bit hot and harsh. If I had another bottle I would hold on to it for at least a full year before opening it. If you decide to open one, this is still pretty young so be prepared to taste the alcohol heat. All that said, my friend and I finished our glasses very easily and enjoyed it all the way.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear, dusky burgundy, the stuff behind obscured by the darkness. Cranberry highlights. A one-finger head of tightly packed light khaki foam quickly dissipates to a thin, persistent ring leaving horizontal lines of lace.

Smells like an old ale. Cranberry, plums, leather, substantial oak, tons of vanilla, caramel, overripe oranges, earthy English hops, toffee. Well-integrated bourbon. Very smooth.

The flavor is similar: plum sauce, quickly ripening oranges, earthy hops, vanilla ice cream, caramel, oodles of toffee, some light leather. Interestingly dry finish. There's also a hefty amount of ethanol. This needs to lay down for a year or two.

Light massaging carbonation, very light fizziness. Medium-full body, nice creaminess. Heavy alcohol warmth in the throat, tongue-numbing and chest-warming. The booziness is unavoidable, but I don't mind it too much.

Mother of All Storms packs incredible flavors into an alcohol-soaked whole. It's great for how fresh it is, but a year in the cellar will make this beer phenomenal.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day felt like I needed something special to open tonight. 2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a a dark, murky, mahogany color, with a thin tan ring sticking to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice mix of flavors to it. Brown sugar, molasses and vanilla all come out along with some raisin, cherry and plum flavors. The woody oak and moderate bourbon alcohol give it some excellent complexity. The barrel aging is very well done, it adds some great flavor but manages to integrate very well and not overpower the beer. Excellent aroma overall.

The taste shows a lot of dark fruits to it throughout the flavor. Figs, plums and raisins show through more at first, while some cherry comes through more in the finish. Some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness comes through as well towards the finish. The woody oak and bourbon alcohol seem more subtle compared to other barrel aged beers, but still add some very nice, complex flavors to the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with carbonation being moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, I really loved the flavors to it. The barleywine flavors were very good, the dark fruits and malty sweet flavors were especially nice in it. The barrel aging was also done very well. It added some nice depth and complexity, but still allowed the beer to shine through. Fantastic beer overall.

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

2010 bottle reviewed thanks to Urbancaver.

Pours a nice brownish red color with minimal head and lacing. I got a lot of sweet toffee and bourbon on the nose which i thoroughly enjoy those flavors. Tastes of oak, vanilla, maltiness and bourbon. Little carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel finish. Definitely a sipper and probably will be a very good bottle to age.

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

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing!

A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a small head that dissipates very quickly to a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. No lacing at all.

S: Very sweet and rich. Lots of caramel/toffee and some molasses. I also get lots of dark fruits - raisins and a slight oak component. Really nice and complex.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of dark fruits again, the raisins return, and I also taste some cherries. A little bit of alcohol, but more subdued than other barleywines I have had.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with a good carbonation, balanced very well. There is a slight alcohol burn, but not a problem at all, and expected. Overall, I found this beer to be really good. Very complex flavor profile with a lot going on.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A-maroonish color with a tan head that fades quickly.
S-light on the bourbon. Very sweet and mellow.
T-very sweet an smooth. Nice burbon taste that is really mellow. Very tasty. Would love to see what age does to this.
M-medium body, smooth with a light burn down the throat.
D-drinkable. Especially considering the abv. Nice.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very reddish brown. Not very dark. A decent amount of head. Dissipates quickly. No real lacing. Smells very bourbon heavy. Tastes strongly of bourbon with lots of malt presence. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Too potent to be that drinkable. Vry overwhelming but also quite good! Needs some age before it will settle into it's prime

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

A. Pours dark brown with amber edges and a creamy tan head.

S. Caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, and some alcohol heat.

T. A nice rich dark barleywine with caramel sweetness, bourbon, brown sugar

M. Fairly thick with low to medium carbonation.

D. A bit hot, but very drinkable.

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Photo of rye726
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice silky tan head, light lace over a dark woody mahogany. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark pitted fruits, candy, malts and pecans. A bit boozy, but should age well. Full body, great finish. This will age very well for years to come. Wish I could get more!

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

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color with a moderate tan foam head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Lots of toasted grains, caramel, oak, caramel, dark fruit and a hint of burnt brown sugar. Very powerful and inviting.

T: Lots going on with this beer, but it is quite balanced. Starts out with a boozy bourbon taste that is quickly balanced out by the prunes, raisins, toast and caramel. Very balanced througout the tasting.

M: Slightly slick and boozy. NIce full body and nice amount of carbonation.

D: This is a nice sipper, extremely high ABV, but it is quite enjoyable. The taste has an alcohol presense because of the bourbon, but it is not a hot alcohol taste.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dak amber to brown-ish color with a small tan head. In the aroma, oaky bourbon, caramel, and dark fruits. In the taste, bourbon stands out, with some dry dark fruit and a sticky caramel. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a lingering bourbon and caramel like sweetness. A sipper for sure, big bourbon and quite nice.

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

Mother of All Storms 2010

Pours a brown with deep ruby highlights. Low clarity through the beer. There is a half inch of beige head that sat on top but quickly fizzled out to nothing. The ring of foam that usually stits around the edges of my glass is no longer their either. Once poured this beer looks ready to be drank.
The aroma is that of a rich caramel malt with a touch of breadiness. There is plenty of oak and bourbon that follow with just a hint of sweet raisin on the end. It smells slightly hot and sweet.
The flavor is very well balanced yet complex. There are lots of rich malt up front as well as bourbon. I can taste the traces of oak from the barrels as well as a touch of vanilla. The dark fruit flavor I smelled (raisin) tastes more like dark cherry as all of the flavors combine on the finish. The flavors are warm and full bodied.
Lots of body and warmth, with very little sensation from carbonation on this mouthfeel. A very creamy body that bites on the first sip, but really smoothes out the rest of the way. Easy to drink, although not to be guzzled.
I enjoy Barleywine very much and this beer really set the standard for the style (at least for barrel aged). The flavors were bold yet well balanced, a true sipping beer, not because you want to but because you have to.

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

Look - Very little head appears on an aggressive pour but the color is great it's a very dark amber color.

Smell - A very nice bourbon smell the oakiness comes thru but it is not over powered but the slight alcohol smell, there is also some dark fruit and a little caramel

Taste - The taste is amazing great bourbon taste just like is the nose. The first thing you taste is bourbon then some dark fruit, and finally some of the caramel. I find that the alcohol is very well hidden for being 13.5%

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation for the style, the body was a little thin when compared to others in this style but I found the medium body to well complement the flavors. Just like in the taste you can tell the alcohol is there but it is very nicely done.

Drinkability - This has scary good drinkablilty for 13.5% this is hands down my favorite English Barley wine that I have ever had.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

Special thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way!

A: ruby red to brown with virtually no head, and what head there was dissipates quickly to just a ring around the rim of the glass, no lacing to note

S: very sweet smelling, scents of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and definitely note the alcohol that lurks within

T: flavors of dark fruits are very present, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and of course the booze

M: mild carbonation, medium body, but thinner than expected for the style, a little alcohol burn

D: definitely a sipper, it's good and has a very unique flavor profile.

Cheers!
The CPJ

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

Got to taste the bourbon barrel aged @ the jacki os release feb 2011.
Appearance - little to no head, dark.
Taste - mostly malts when cold, change and became softer as it warmed up.
Smell - malts, oats, dark fruits
Mouthfeel - nice taste up front and on the finish, solid beer nice feel on the palate
Drinkability - good.

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Photo of Verecund
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Opened on February 3, 2011.

Persian plum with the tiniest ring of tan head. Still; like burnt caramel waiting to be eaten.

Huge, decadent nose. Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, and bourbon booziness. Just the tiniest wisp of raspberry.

Palate is toasted malt, bourbon, toffee, caramelized sugar, and vanilla, with some oak peeking through the huge bourbon notes. Some dark fruit, especially plum strikes mid-to-late palate and shows more as it warms. The complexity is slightly masked by the heat of the bourbon. There's an odd note on the back of the palate I can't quite put my pen to - almost vegetal. Very sweet, very big, with a lingering bitter astringency on the finish.

Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Sticky.

A nice sipper for a cold night, but not as mind-blowing as I had hoped. A little sherry oxidation should benefit MoaS and cool her down enough to appreciate her complexities. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next 60-90 minutes, easily.

EDIT: Fourth bottle opened December, 2011. This has become fairly muddled and one-note. Will update with last bottle.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a minimal head, but man, the color is great. Brilliant, crystal clear auburn.

Aroma: Mad malty. Caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbony booziness and maple. Dark fruit. Sugary iced tea.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, toasty, bready. A little spiciness, perhaps from the barrel? That iced tea is still there, not at all unpleasant. A scoach of cellar mustiness and beef jerky/savoryness, oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: Works, nothing amazing but it is fine for the beer.

Drinkability: Not a chore at all. Opened up nicely once warmed.

Glad I got to try this but the ~$34 it cost for us to acquire it was a bit steep.

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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 tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OG 13.7 degrees Plato
40 IBUs
22 oz bomber of 2010 vintage, received as a generous surprise from lurchingbeast, poured into a big snifter. Thanks Frank! This beer was one of my top wants since it tops Beeradvocate's list of English Barleywines, and I love me some J.W.Lees - super excited to try this one!

Appearance 4/5
Deep garnet and clear with a big brown head that gave away rather soon and settled into a thin collar, without any lacing. However it should be noted that this beer has spent time in barrels and is quite high in alcohol, so poor retention is not a problem.

Aroma 4/5
The usual suspects are present: Toast, caramel/toffee, figs, sweet alcohol and bourbon, and then there are some off putting notes of green potatoes. Alcohol gets a little too strong at warmer temperature.

Taste 4/5
Sweet, but flavorfuly so, with a sharpness of character. Despite the dominantly sweeter notes, this beer is quite bitter and astringent and would complement fatty food very well. A long and vinous sweet finish with a slightly bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Disappointingly thin!

Drinkability 4/5
Good, but this beer didn't wow me in any respect. I will definitely revisit it if I get a chance to!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to sweemzander for opening this bottle at our last tasting. 2010 release.

A: Almond brown with dark red edges. About one finger of beige head. Small amount of lace left behind. No cap.

S: Smooth buttery toffee and caramel are the opening act. Mild tart fruit, vanilla, oak and smooth bourbon follow. Malt and hops are sort of an after thought. Smells terrific.

T: The flavor is just as smooth as the nose. Toffee and caramel rolled in slightly bitter hops. Dark fruit, brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, wet wood and bourbon. Hardly any heat.

M: Creamy smooth medium body. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D: This is my second time enjoying this beer. The wait between tastings was almost a year. I really hope I don't have to wait that long to try it again.

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Photo of seeswo
3.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

MOAS (2010) bottle provided by CaseyK at a Madison tasting.

Pours a clear brown with the booze/sugar shimmers and very little head. Smells of oak, booze and vanilla. Another bourbon barrel beer *sigh*. Tastes strongly of booze, complemented with vanilla and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is not ready yet. Like a little kid who is freaking out, this beer really needs some time to lay down and chill out. Features a medium bodied, sugary mouthfeel with lower to mid carbonation, which is not unexpected. It is way too boozy, sugary, etc. to call altogether that drinkable. Seriously, this beer was made for the long haul. In the future, I don't think I would touch it until it had a year on it. Then, I am certain my review and experience would be more pleasant. That being said, I think it has tons of potential and was enjoyable as is, despite it being a bit of a mess. Let's call it currently an enjoyable mess.

EDIT: Had an opportunity to try another 2010 bottle in September 2010 it is not aging gracefully. The big, bright excessive bourbon flavor which was both hot, but tasty has lost some of the positive edge to it and instead has gotten more abrasive. Review above adjusted accordingly (-1 for taste).

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Auburn with a red hue. No lacing, no head.

Burnt chocolate, caramilized sugar, brownie, grape, raspberry. Distinct, unique and intriguing.

Chocolate fudge, vanilla, caramel - was this brewed with hops? Cant taste them - which is fine by me.

Thick, sexy mouthfeel. Not overly dense.

Quite an amazing barleywine. Decadent, balanced and incredibly tasty - great to sit down with and slowly enjoy (but I won't do that).

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Beachwood BBQ during the Bruery RS Post-Party (can't remember who brought it, but BM me so I can give you proper credit). 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured red-brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, cream, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma were quite complex and all aspects seemed to work quite well together. Not really a whole lot could be added to make it better. This is an absolute must try.

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

22 oz bottle poured into tulip. From notes.

A - A reddish purple with brown and mahogany base colour. Minimal head, decent sticky lacing

S - Distinct sweetness and oakiness. Dark fruits, vanilla, and some graininess.

T - A delicious taste profile. I pick up a bunch of different flavours, with a nice strong woody taste. Plum and currants, vanilla, candied sugars. Get some toffee and butterscotch

M/D - A true sipper. You can tell by some of the alcohol heat that this is a young beer and is a perfect candidate for aging. I am glad I have a few to compare over the years to see how it develops, I am betting on fantastic!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. A big thank you to black13 and hopsbreath for bottles of this; been a big want for me for awhile!

(A)- Pours a rather dark burnt sienna color that produced a rather good sized tan colored head despite its ABV. Dissipated to a low layer of froth. Certainly a darker representation of the style, but it does not bother me any.

(S)- A decadent rich profile. Wonderfully sweet and rich caramel/toffee/brown sugar front. Raisin, molasses, cocoa, and a smooth syrupy-like charred oak roastedness that could only have come from the bourbon barrels. Such a dynamic yet delicate and rich aroma that I could smell all day; my description does not do it justice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A sexy rich profile of raisin and molasses with bits of caramel/toffee/and brown sugar. A blend of cocoa and charred oak. Again, my description fails in comparison to what this is really like.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It is so smooth yet rich and smooth for a barleywine with only a minimal warmth despite is massive 13.5% ABV.

(D)- This is just a wonderful example of a barleywine despite how fresh it is still. Smooth despite its ABV. My review does not do it justice; rich and dynamic with really the perfect body for the style. I so want to just give this perfect 5s, but this really cannot be too drinkable since it just needs to be sipped and savored to fully appreciate just how good this really is in my opinion.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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