Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms
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
Ratings:
1,971
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
646
For Trade:
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ffejherb
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 3/11/10.

A - Poured a really deep, dark brown liquid with burgundy highlights and a wispy burnt tan head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left virtually no lacing.

S - Aroma is quite chocolatey with woody notes and a warm bourbon presence. The nose is rounded out with hints of dark fruit and earthy hops.

T - Like the aroma, chocolate dominates the flavor profile (especially in the backend as the liquid warmed up) although the bourbon presence is really apparent, imparting a huge amount of alcohol warmth. Finishes with a blend of earthy, herbal and woody hop notes amid all of the boozy attributes.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, robust and syrupy texture and prickly carbonation. Sticky and boozy mouthfeel overall with a burning sensation on the lips and tip of the tongue. Finishes dry with a really warm, boozy presence, which delivers quite a bit of heat to the palate.

D - While this is a very good barleywine in its own right, I am perplexed that this is a top ten beer and (at the time of my review) the highest rated barleywine on BA. I can think of several others that were more enjoyable. Some that come to mind are: Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, Cambridge Blunderbus, and Bullfrog Whiskey BA Old Toad.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tbone1384
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly dark cola-brown; minimal mocha head, quickly disappearing to a thin residue. Clear on the edges.

Strong bourbon, boozy aroma. Plenty of toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and oak. Nuts and caramel grain. Coconut and vanilla. The more I sniff this brew, the more it reminds me of BCBBW, which is very high praise.

Flavor follows. It's strong and sweet, with chocolate and bourbon up front, and a massive, coconut-and-vanilla bourbon finish. All along, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and fruit ride along the bourbon wave.

Shockingly thick feel. Very full bodied, but still lively. Clearly a hot brew, but easy drinking considering the 14% ABV.

As a very rare occasion, this is the kind of brew that truly lives up to the hype. I mentioned that the aroma reminded me of BCBBW; the flavor and feel do, as well. Exceptional BA BW.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mychalg9
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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 richj1970
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 11/5/2012. Huge shout out to @cavedave for the bottle!

A: Murky mahogany brown with a purplish tint. Smallish one finger head that settles immediately to a thin ring. Almost no lacing.

S: Raisins, dates, figs, and sweet bourbon front and center. Bits of toffee, caramel, and molasses. A little oak barrel in the back.

T: Rich dark fruits with an almost jam like quality. Dates, raisins, and figs mixed with mellow bourbon notes. Some brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium to full body fairly light carbonation. Finish is a little sweet. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

O: Excellent English style BA barleywine that has aged very well.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MacQ32
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a deep rich brown with a tint of mahogany in my oversized DFH snifter. Nearly a finger of somewhat vibrant cream brown/yellowish head (the yellow tint was new to me). The head disappeared within 2 minutes leaving only a thin outer ring and virtually no lacing that hangs onto the glass for more than a few seconds.

S - Lots of oaky alcohol burn, sweet caramel, dark fruits (prune/date) and vanilla. Brown sugar/molasses and bourbon are obvious as well.

T - Ohhhh my, Initially it's super oaky/vanilla/bourbony and the dark fruits (cherry and dates are killer), burnt molasses kicks in shortly after and all the flavor sticks around through the flavor with the addition nice alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied and incredibly smooth, minimal carbonation.

O - Fantastic, the mouth feel of this could not be any better, complex and the flavors are damn near perfectly blended with one another. Will definitely hang on to a few of these for a nice dinner.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a bling-esk gold foil top poured into my newly acquired Darkness snifter.

A - Pours black with a super-fizzy head that quickly vanishes right after I complete the first pour. A few stray bubbles here and there, but otherwise, it's just complete darkness (in the Darkness snifter...okay, not funny).

S - Amazing nose. Plums, raisins, cherries, oak/wood, bourbon, roasted malts, brown sugar. So sweet but yet all meld together perfectly. The bourbon is there, no doubt about it, but it's not so in-your-face as to not appreciate all the other things going on with this one.

T - Not quite as sweet as the nose suggests. Dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Lots of bourbon on the palate, but it doesn't kick you in the face as bad as I thought it would. ..it's very smooth. Some alcohol burn on the way down but hey, it's 13.5%, so what was I suppose to expect? Bitter hoppy dark chocolate finish. Whew, I'm getting the sweats putting this one down. This is one BIG beer.

M - Medium to full bodied. The carbonation tingles a bit but quickly smoothes out and engulfs the palate. Pretty dry on the finish. Just like motor oil, only better!

D - The alcohol is hidden pretty darn well, if I do say so myself. It's a sipper, no doubt about it, but probably one of the best (if not THE best) BA Barleywines I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Right there with Wooden Hell, IMO

This beer is going to be near perfect with a couple of years in the cellar.

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

Photo of halo3one
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark murky caramel, little to no tan head, leaves fast to disk. No lace.

S - Soy and pineapple - basically teriyaki. TONS of booze too.

T - Cocoa adds to the smell attributes, chocolate chips cookie feel.

M - Heavy body, decent carb, pretty good balance considering the flavors and the abv.

D - Cmon, palatte killer and will put you on the floor.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

2010 Vintage

A: deep dark red with good clarity, zero head, no lacing, very dark for the style

S: sweet malts bombard the front of the nose followed by lots of oak and bourbon, the vanilla notes are hidden behind the prominent oak character, notes of molasses, grapes, and brown sugar. Lots going on, very interesting.

T: bombardment of malts with lots of molasses, some spicy pine notes, very rich. The vanilla comes through in the back . A bit boozy on the finish.

MF: huge body, a bit syrupy, minimal carbonation, a little hot

O: this is very sweet and full of flavored, for what it is, I would say it has decent balance, the heat is a little heavy going down

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Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via online purchase

(Aged for 1 year)

A very, very dark brown and ruby, though it's so dark, it's really bordering on black as opposed to a brown. Very small dark brown head/film atop the glass that dies down quickly, then leaves the glass fairly clean, perhaps a bit oily, on the way down.

Familiar, comforting aroma of bourbon and wood, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, vanilla and molasses. Everything comes together nicely, the alcohol is well hidden, and all accents work in concert with one another. Wonderful.

The flavor is similarly nice to the aroma, with the dark fruits and barrel character combining nicely, complemented by some chocolate, roast, and earth. The alcohol is hidden remarkably well for the beer's strength.

Medium bodied with creamy, somewhat oily, low-moderate carbonation.

Superb stuff.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,971 ratings.
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