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
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,943
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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1,559
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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger khaki head forms, and recedes to a smaller ring. Light lace.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, chocolate, vanilla and oak aromas. While nothing is particularly surprising, it is all excellent.
T: Again, toasted malts and baked bread. Caramel/toffee flavors, and dark chocolate. Vanilla and oak flavors that are incredibly balanced with everything else. Love it.
M/D: A big full body that is not overly viscous. Though perfectly weighty. Silky smooth and velvety with that perfect oak tannin character. Incredibly easy to drink. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol. Mix that with the malt, and this is so warming, welcoming, and enjoyable to drink.

An incredible balance of malts and oak barrels. I could curl up with this on a cold night and be happy all night. I have always loved this, and just a treat to drink again.

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Photo of roger617
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a small tulip glass. Excited to try the 2014 World Beer Cup Champion for a small brewing company.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown in color with just a thin line of khaki head that reduces quickly and leaves the tiniest collar I've seen. Viscosity appears super thin for the ABV, by appearance alone I wouldn't put this over 10%.
S: Wafting aroma of bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, oak. As it warms, it becomes a sweet bourbon bomb.
T: Mimics the aroma. The bourbon stays on the after taste, making each sip very sweet up front.
M: Carb level is on the lower end, and is a perfect fit for this beer. It lingers as semi-dry semi-rich, which given the large flavor profile is very enjoyable.
O: I appreciate this beer for it's bold qualities throughout. I am not a barleywine guy, but I love bourbon. This delivers the best of the beer and bourbon world, making a barleywine that I find highly drinkable.

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Photo of BWCampbell
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smelled of dried dog food and didn't taste much better. Perhaps I'm missing something here, or I had a bad bottle. Nevertheless, I certainly prefer others.

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Photo of rongcsc
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian for the tasting! This beer is exceptional. From its dark color and perfectly sweet aroma to its complex flavor profile and balanced finish, it is a winner. I look forward to many more opportunities to sample the Mother of all Storms!

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/5/2014 Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a deep amber with a single finger of amber head. The head is very short lived leaving minimal lacing. No sediment.
S - Smells of bourbon and sweet malt with a hint of hops and soy.
T - Fairly bitter at the fore with medium malt and bourbon in the middle and a bite at the end.
M - Very viscous with a small amount of carbonation. Quite mouth coating.
O - A good barley wine but one that is heavy on the hops. I would give it a higher score were it more balanced.

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Photo of Harvest06
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed fresh on release in 2013 and 2014. I'm waiting to see how the 2013 will be with some more age on it. More like an old ale along the lines of HOTD Adam except bigger, tastier and more complex with the bba and a nice dry finish. Takes the best of stout characteristics, fruityness of a barleywine and oxidized characteristic of a barrel aged old ale. Evaporates on the tun. Full review to follow.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped bottle from BeerShip.com. 2014 vintage, bottled 10/5/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, chestnut brown with burgandy highlights and a little less than one finger ecrue head. The bubbles quickly shrink to a thin collar, leaving only a few occasional dots of lace.

Sweet, inviting nose. Toffee, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and port.

Taste is spot on. Bourbon, toffee, toast, brandy soaked raisins, caramel, cereal, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, leather, earth, faint char and of coarse a healthy dollop of booze. So rich and flavorful that it goes down with an ease that belies its mid teen abv.

Near-syrupy, full feel with mild carbonation. Finishes sweet with booze doused dark fruit, toffee and caramel.

Mother Of All Storms is a top tier barrel aged English barleywine. This one is well worth a hunt/chase. Very glad that I procurred multiples.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%

Nietzsches_Horse really nails it: a dessert beer if ever there was one, this beer is so intensely sweet that it teeters between being undrinkably sweet and thoroughly delicious. Sipper, sipper, sipper.

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Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

More, perhaps, than any other beer I've yet tried, this one manages to walk the fine line between being utterly undrinkable (on account, mostly, of its intense sweetness) and being utterly delicious (on account of its rich, malty flavors). A memorable offering, but if you have it in a bottle, plan on sharing that bottle one or two ways if you can.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle (bomber) poured into a teku glass.

Pours viscous and thick, dark brown and almost black initially. The head is a fizzy dark-khaki that dissipates almost immediately, leaving only a pitch-black liquid. With no lace or head, it appears to be a flat coca-cola almost. 4.25

I think of port with my first whiff. Raisins and booze certainly. Dark chocolate and vanilla mingle. Oak and bourbon are eventually more obvious but they don't dominate the aroma. 4.25

The flavor is pretty true to the nose. Raisin-heavy, suggestive of port or rum raisin pudding (just like HF Aaron I had yesterday), and thick with caramel flavor. Notes of oak and vanilla persist throughout. The finish reminds me of dark fruit and chocolate. 4.25

The mouthfeel is thick and very dessert wine-like. The carbonation is moderate and tickles the mouth a bit before a bit of a boozy feel. Really though, the booze is masterfully buried with this brew. It's exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. 4.75

I think the shining aspect of this beer is how easy it drinks. Beguilingly smooth. I have to say, I think my local Marble barleywine gives this a run for it's money. Either way, I look forward to aging a couple for future consumption.

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Photo of jds16
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

2014 vintage, poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

Dark reddish-black, head quickly faded to a ring. Smells of molasses, vanilla, oak, and a little boozy. Tastes how I anticipated from the smell, but better. Same flavors as in the aroma, with some dark dried fruits in there as well. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Exceptionally smooth, hides its alcohol well (though clearly a sipper). Lived up to the hype and then some.

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Photo of Serenity_Now
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

I'm more of an IPA guy, but I just had the 2014 Mother Of All Storms on it's first day released...really good, smooth, full of flavor, strong w/o tasting too strong...good beer!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark ruby color when looking into the light. Very nice aroma: toffee, caramel, dark malts, bourbon. Taste starts sweet with dark sugar and molasses and finishes more balanced with caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is syrupy with just a bit of carbonation to make it easily drinkable. One of the best English style barleywines I had.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

2012 vintage. "Bottled 121712." Been aging in my cellar for the past year and a half. Have another there I'm saving for maybe in a year or two.

Wow. That's a lot of beer. Huge malty sweet flavor bomb. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Chocolate, caramel , molasses , brown sugar , vanilla ice cream. Lots of rich leathery sweet flavor profiles and some reduced balsamic. Flavor finishes long and tangy with bourbon and toasted oak along with a rich dark earthy muddiness. Almost compost flavored, but more like black nutrient rich soil.

Finish is syrupy and sweet and coats the mouth. A tingly carbonic/graphite crispness tries to cover the syrupy finish, but it can't hold up to it.

Smell is big sweet and syrupy again. Bonilla and brown sugar again. Viscosity is out of this world. Ridiculously thick.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. Though, it looses points in my mind for the texture. It's too viscous for me, though I understand developing this sort of flavor profile has its drawbacks. I can't imagine how much grain went into making this!

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Photo of unclekeith
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bomber in a Teku

L: Dark ruby fighting to keep all light from passing through, thin white head that builds to 1 finger before slowing dissapating
S: Oak, booze, caramel
T: Sweet, oaky, with a nice malt backbone, spicy
M: Viscous, chewy, with a mild alcohol burn lingering on the lips
O: This beer is right up my alley - even after 4 years it is still aggressive, no mistake this is a big beer that doesn't deal in subtleties

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

This was an absolute standout at last night's beer share, and as a result I still vividly remember the flavour the next morning. It is full of toasted coconut and quite a bit of roastiness for a BW, and breaks to a big salted toffee back end. Smell was vanilla, coconut, and general sweetness. This was almost cloyingly sweet, but still delicious.

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Photo of mabermud
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This English style barley-wine was served to me in a 12 oz snifter, without a head. The serving was the darkest brown you could imagine, it was impenetrable. Aside from the very few bubbles spotted when this beer was served, there was nothing there besides the darkest brown liquid.

The smell was of heavy malt syrup, soy sauce, and some vanilla. Super sweet smelling soy sauce :)

The taste = malt syrup, vanilla, soy sauce, faded rich dark fruit, and sweet bread.

The mouthfeel for The Mother of All Storms was decadent. How? It was smooth, no carb, syrupy, and rich feeling.

Overall, this is a decidedly, smooth, rich, balanced, well-crafted, English Barley-wine that is perched atop the barley-wine food chain. It is easy drinking and dangerous. I have not had a comparable barley-wine.

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

A-dark orange brown color with a smallish light tan head and a little lacing

S-toffee, raisins, bourbon, oak, vanilla, little caramel

T-raisins, figs, toffee, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon

F-medium body with light to medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, and a little boozy

O-one of the benchmarks for the style, a great sipper which will mellow nicely over time

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Here it is. We cut the foil and pop the top on a bomber of their 2012 stock, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It pours thick and syrupy, settling the color of the brown bottle it came in. A brief finger’s height of a head is produced, but this fades quickly into the ether. No real haze or sediment is appreciated. The aroma screams toffee and bourbon at the top of its lungs. Otherwise, the nose is titillated by notes of raw honey, dark and juicy plum and black cherry flesh, huge buttery diacetyls, thick curtains of slick oakiness, deeply roasted chocolate, caramel, and dank amber grain, vanilla bean, malted milk balls, spicy ethanol burn, and a smoldering cedar character. The flavor…oh, the flavor!! It is incredibly sweet, but absolutely perfectly balanced. Malts come in the form of heavy chocolate, caramel, and amber grain, and roasty barley, with intrinsic sweetness of the bourbon and oak, pound cake, dense plastic phenols, ceramic, warming butters and toffees, slick and metallic coolness of vanilla bean, chalks, vinous white grape skins, and the baked, flakey crispiness of fresh croissants. The body is thick and chewy, with lighter carbonation to match. Slurp and sip are big, giving the old mustache, despite lower creamage or frothage. The mouth is coated a foot deep, dripping into only mild astringency after a few minutes. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains at a snail’s pace the entire night.

Overall, this is the mother of all mothers of beer, and the anticipation and excitement levels were obviously through the roof. Contrasting against some of these whales that may taste the same as its top-tiered brethren stylistically, this is a sure standout for barleywines. As soon as you open the bottle, the aromas hit the room from corner to corner, enticing you with every breath. The flavoring is extremely pure and full, with absolutely nothing offensive about it. There is almost no aftertaste, due in part to the thick coating of sugar left around the mouth, but more so due to the fact that the blend is so utterly perfected. If you’ve had Westy 12 you’ll know what we mean when we say that this should be the basic prototype for the style. There are no bells or whistles you’re not expecting, but rather you are presented with something so pure and unabashed. We keep using the word “pure”, but there really isn’t any other way to put it. This is one of the most palpably slow drinkers in recent memory. You don’t want to guzzle or pound because the flavoring is so amazing, but rather you want to finesse this one, and perhaps take it out for a nice seafood dinner, by candlelight, followed by a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Oh, yes. You want this experience to last forever.

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Photo of dgilks
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark mahogany colour with a small tan head. Nice.

Big bourbon and lightly fruity aroma. Lots of caramel and nut.

Big and malty. Creamy caramel, toffee and nuts.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

Really solid. Great flavour and balance.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage poured into a whisky glass and shared with a few friends.

A monstrous, decadent beast of a beer. Pours a rich carmel cola shade of brown; some real boozy legs, too. Kind of an intimidating-looking brew. Aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, and burnt brown sugar. Lots of wood from the barrels. Based on appearance and aroma, double-checking your glass to make sure you're not drinking straight bourbon would be entirely understandable. Taste is wonderful: mellow vanilla marshmallow, sweet dark fruit, butterscotch, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous, but heavy and domineering; would be near impossible to crush this one in a solo op (however I'm tempted to try it if I can land another bottle). To repeat: a monstrous, decadent beast…and one of the finest barleywines I've had.

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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 snaotheus
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014-04-04
22oz bottle poured at 41 F into a large chalice. Bottled on date is 12.03.13.

Pours dark brown, but translucent, with little or no head, not much carbonation. Doesn't look cloudy, just dark. Smell is mostly alcohol for me (although my wife can't smell it). I get dark fruit, a little smoke. Yeast. Overripe fruit.

Taste is hella sweet. Some alcohol, masked well by the incredible sweetness. Some smokey flavor. Woody. Something is really nice about this, but I can't nail it down with a descriptor. Maybe some slight vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Overall, I like this beer, but I still can't describe why.

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2016-01-10
2014 bottle served in a snifter. Lots of the fruitiness mentioned above, less plain alcohol presence. Something very sweet and fruit juicy about it. Still like it, still not good at picking out why.

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Photo of timc100
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage had at 2.5 years old.

Incredibly rich, dark and sticky barleywine. Dark chocolate macaroon with an undercurrent of rich plum and other dark fruit. Macaroon taste comes from the caramelized oak and bourbon - vanilla cream, coconut and nuttiness. Very nice bourbon on this as well.

Worlds better than the 2013 and a top barleywine no doubt.



2013 vintage, had at a half a year about. Rated 4.23

Very dark barleywine - opaque black in the glass. When held up to a light it's surprisingly clear with a dark ruby/red wine color. The burnt khaki head fades immediately.

Lots of bourbon oak, red wine, musty, booze, some caramel and overpowered dark fruits. Aroma seems restrained, this is the first time having it so that is an odd comment to make - pretty hot and disjoined but still very good.

Huge flavor - booze, bourbon soaked oak, some slight vanilla and dark fruits in the back ground. Prominent red wine note. Dry for the style, which is interesting - not very sweet. Feels great - full bodied, very soft carbonation - carries the flavors well.

Very good beer, excited to see what age can do. Can imagine it improving - mellowing out and blending together. Time will tell.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,943 ratings.
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