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
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
1,935
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage from a large bottle share. I don't like BW in general, but this was one of the best I have had. Very balanced and not as boozy as most. Recommend

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Photo of TheBeerTruck
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured into a snifter:

Appearance: - not much head, but a great oil rubbed bronze color.

Smell: Nice scents of figs, rich malt, bourbon, wood, but all over powered a little by a woody raisin bran aroma.

Taste: Diverse! Some many flavors! Bourbon, malt, oak, vanilla, barley, dried candied dry cherries, but damn that raisin bran!

Mouthfeel: For 14% - nice bite, but smoothness that makes it hard to feel that abv. It also reflects far more carbonation than its appearance does.

Overall: This is my first time have MOAS and I wish I had never read any reviews on previous years. It's hard to think this one compares.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120th Review
Bottle to snifter
2010 Vintage

From notes. Thanks to exitmusic00 (I think) for contributing this to our tasting.

A: Dark caramel/tan. Single (creamy white) fingernail head on soft, gentle pour.

S: Burnt fig, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and loads of malt sweetness. Hint of booze coming off the nose, but very inviting.

T: Loads of caramel sweetness up-front followed by a combination of dark fruit, bourbon, and vanilla. Hint of spice towards the tail-end along with oakiness.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Well put together and definitely worth seeking out. I think this beer can be enjoyed now or cellared for many years to come.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from 2010 bottle with about a year on it. Thank you OakedCanuck for this beauty.

Appearace: Gentle pour into SA perfect pint. Dark ruby brown. Minimal head, some wispy swirls from nucleation point float on top of the liquid.

Smell: Bourbon, toffee, caramel. The nose is potent, and I like it.

Taste: Bourbon, malt, sweet fruit, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol. There is so much going on here, and the taste is sublime. Heavenly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderately carbed, and very nice. You can't really hide 13.5%, but while the alcohol was there, it wasn't offensively so.

Drinkability: Split with a friend! But, it's good enough that I wouldn't blame you for drinking it all yourself.

Overall: There is really not much fault to be found with this guy. Not only an awesome beer, but easily the best barrel aged barleywine I've ever had. I can't wait to try the 2011 fresh.

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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 trappistlover
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of Dak!!). I almost passed on this because it was getting late in the day and I have a bottle at home. That would have been a major mistake. This beer is unbelievable!! Pours a clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and caramel dominate. Taste follow suit with a sweet blend of bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Did I mention coconut?? Medium bodied wit ha slick texture. Super smooth. This is a kick ass beer!!

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Photo of jdklks
3.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark mahogony with amber hues and very little to no head. Not a great looking barleywine, but a decent looking beer. The smell is fantastic. super complex with vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet dark fruit.

The taste of this beer was a big disappointment, given the high overall BA rating and the aromas eminating from my glass. There are still the toffee, caramel, bourbon and brown sugar flavors, but none of them blend very well. The alcohol is SUPER-hot, and the barrel aging has not done well for this beer. Again, super-hot alcohol throughout, and a dry, bitter aftertaste that does not compel you to drink more. 3+ years would do wonders for this beer.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, but there is very little carbonation and it is way too hot all around. I'm glad I split this, because it would have taken me a few hours to finish a bottle by myself.

Give this one at least three years and maybe it will be worthy of its BA rating.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was saving this for a special occasion and since my girlfriend likes barleywine we decided to open it on her birthday. Cheers babe!

A: pours a very clean dark ruby reddish/brown with almost no head and no lacing at all.

S: as soon as I popped open the cap the smell came flying out. strong scents of oak, bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, malts and molasses

T: wow, unreal. strong presence of oak and bourbon with under tones of vanilla and malts. as it warmed the fruitiness became much more tart and smooth. Raisins and figs make their presence know as well. again, wow

M: feels thick and syrupy with a medium carbonation that tingles my tongue.

D: a big time sipper but that was ok since it became much more complex as it warmed up. The alcohol was very noticeable as it warms the mouth and throat. That being said, it was extremely smooth for 13.5%abv.

Overall, I'm very happy to have gotten the chance to try this amazing barleywine. One of the best I have ever had. Very much worth the Darkness I gave up to get it in trade.

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

an already outstanding barley wine gone barrel aged? ridiculous. on tap at the end of a vertical flight of stormwatchers at the beautiful pelican.
it takes you to a mystical land, a dream world of murky depths and heavenly summits. pours dark red and a bit murky, pungeant, bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt, caramel, dates, and figs. its aroma is surpassed by the flavorful assault. the sweet malt and bourbon ride in first, flanked by vanilla. the fruit flavor and caramel then storm to the sides, capturing your entire match in ecstasy. it finishes with just the right bourbon bite and malt sweetness, leaving you desirious for more.

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Photo of glazeman
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle spilt with airohead2001. I vividly remember him coming into our psychiatry lecture with a dejected look on his face and saying, "we're on the list, but a long ways down." Luckily, it worked out for us. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with very dark, but vibrant ruby red tones, especially when held up to the light. The head on this beer measured about ¾ of a finger and was off white in color. There was excellent head retention, but minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon notes prevail, but there's also a earthy character that smells somewhat like dog food. I know that this sounds gross, but when combined with the bourbon, it actually smells quite good. There's also some caramel and burnt sugar on the nose.

T: Wow, I was so surprised that this is not hot whatsoever. The alcohol is completely hidden. There's beautiful flavors of bourbon, maple syrup, and butterscotch. Deeper down there's cinnamon, some hop bitterness and a faint hint of alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel was on point. There's an excellent visocity, aftertaste, and an appropriately low level of carbonation (although the carbonation could be slightly higher).

D: So happy that pelican let's you order this by mail! Also, excited to try the 2009 perfect storm that I have sitting in my cellar at some point.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter. Split with lookitsmp as part of our BA barleywine tasting. Thanks to matttyYCE!

*December 2012 Edit*

*Much more balanced and mellow out of the gates this year. THIS is the beer I thought I was trading for last year. Sweet sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, and barrel (coconut) on the nose and taste. If only they didn't switch to stickers instead of painted labels...*

A- Pours a slick dark brown/black with not head to speak of. Leaves a sticky film on the glass along with some big legs.

S- Dark fruit, figs, raw woody notes, sweet caramel/vanilla and not much else. We both thought this was pretty subdued.

T- Sweet caramel, huge boozy hit--insanely hot, toasted barrel character, roasted notes, vanilla.

M- Nice and thick. Velvet-like with minimal carbonation but an insanely hot finish.

O- This is a really tasty BA barleywine, but with the huge amount of hype built up around it I thought it fell wayyy short...especially when directly compared to King Henry and BA Hi Fi. Hopefully some age can mellow out my other bottle.

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Photo of vic21234
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 2012 Vintage, bottled on 11/5/12. I was lucky enough to get a case of this shipped from the Pelican Pub.

A- Pours a very dark red/ maroon with a small amount of a khaki colored head that quickly fades. Some light comes through but overall it's the darkest barleywine I have seen.

S- Aromas of oak and bourbon are most apparent to me. As it warms some vanilla seems to come through as well.

T- Starts off smooth with oak and bourbon notes like the smell. Drinks hot but is an easier sipper as it warms. I get notes of vanilla and toffee, as well as some bready malts and raisin/ dark fruits. This one drinks very nice.

M- Medium to heavy body, low on the carbonation, a nice sipper that drinks hot but smooth.

A nice beer for sure. This and Sucaba are up there as my favorite English Barley Wines I have had. Luckily I have several more bottles of this to age and see how it mellows out.

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

Been itching to try this brew.

2011 Vintage

A: Completely black bodied brew (surprisingly so), 1+ fingered, khaki colored head with little retention settling to a thin ring around the beer. No lacing, but I was just so blown away by how black this brew was.

S: Dark fruits, nuts, bourbon, molasses, toffee, vanilla, and toasty malts. Extremely well balanced smelling brew.

T: Bourbon notes are still a bit hot I think. Some dark fruits are apparent, but are overshadowed by the strong flavors of toffee and vanilla. Toasty malts are underlying and really help round out this very tasty brew.

M: Probably the heaviest barleywine I've ever tasted, very creamy and easy to drink.

O: I'm so glad I have more bottles, because I think the 2011's are still too fresh. I just couldn't wait any longer!

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This luscious brew was served up by none other than Gillard! Thanks Ryan. Pours clear deep mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruitiness heading into solid boozy nose searing heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth and sweet with prunes, ripe plums and raisins. By midway solid heat like booze tries to take over the flavor right into the finish. Very nice stuff that could use a few years of aging to bring it into perfection.

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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 beerandcycling88
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the southsound gathering.

A Pours a nice brown color.

S Very sweet with a sugary note that reminiscent of cotton candy. Odd but it worked.

T Again quite sweet almost sugary with some bourbon and vanilla present.

M pretty full body with some good carbonation.

Overall I was kind of dissapointed, it is a good barleywine but nothing about it stuck out except for that odd cotton candy thing. That being said its still a good barleywine worth seeking out.

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Photo of output01x
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beerhan for this awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped and gold foil-lined bottle (2011 Vintage) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger reddish brown head that completely dissipates in less than a minute. The body is a dark brown similar in color to the bottle it was poured from. Traces of bright crimson shine through when this beer is held to light. As the beer is consumed, a thin foam ring forms that leaves strings of lacing that quickly fall back down to the body.

The nose is dark, rich, and boozy. Strong aromas of bourbon-like alcohol impact the nostrils with each whiff. Once you get past the booze, aromas of oak, vanilla, and dark fruits do well to round out and complicate the news.

Like the nose, this beer starts out dark, sweet, and full of alcohol. Flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits all present themselves. As the beer is held in the mouth, alcohol stings the sides of the tongue. Upon swallowing, a warming alcohol envelops the entire tongue and is quickly greeted by flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, raisins, and black currant. As these flavors taper off, an alcohol warmth emanates from the back of the throat. This beer reminds the drinker time and time again of its 13.5% ABV. However, this is welcome as the alcohol flavors add to the experience.

This beer is thick, and delightfully messy. The body is coating, syrupy, and quite sticky. The carbonation is subtle at best but is definitely doing a lot of work in the background. The mouthfeel is slick, sticky, and syrupy but matches the taste perfectly.

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

2010 Vintage thanks to jwinship83

A- Dark brown in color, small off-white/brown head that quickly fades and moves to a ring around the glass.

S- Ah that all familiar barleywine aroma. This one is potent and sets a good expectation of a delicious beer. Big bourbon and bourbon barrel on the nose. Followed by syrup, and some fruits.

T-Along with smell.. bouron on the nose some hints of caramel, syrup, vanilla, fruits, sweet malt, slight barrel earthy finish. Everything is so very well balanced, I see why this is the #1 barleywine.

M- Medium/thick body, medium carbonation. Excellent coating on the palate, not to sticky. Just right.

O- A perfect storm indeed. This thing smells awesome and tastes just as great. What a pleasure to drink.

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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 Centennial
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, shared among friends, poured into a snifter. Thanks to LIVEFAST for sharing this.

A.Deep mahogany in color, nice and clear, carbonation low but it is not an issue on the mouthfeel or the flavor.

S. Caramel, Bourbon and oak and toffee

T. Mild sweetness, with notes of cherry, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Hop undertones even this one out.

M. Silky smooth, much lighter then I imagined

O. Very good and complex. Remarkably drinkable barrel aged Barleywine. I recommend seeking this out.

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Photo of MarkFy
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to my neighbors at DLD '10 for sharing a bottle of this beauty. Going based off of memory....

A: Color is dark brown, yet somewhat clear.

S: Vanilla, toffee, slight whiskey. Very good.

T: Wow! The barleywine brings a nice vanilla and toffee flavor and the bourbon comes through very nicely, not overpowering at all.

M: Very nice, rich, a little sticky but full bodied.

This is exactly what I look for in a good sipping beer. Everything is there, not too boozy. To have this be a memorable experience from an event like DLD says a lot. Well done.

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

Courtesy of jwjon1--Thanks Jason! Served at ~55F in a 22 oz DFH Snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby/brown. Hard to tell in this glass, although I would guess it to be only slightly cloudy. Almost non-existent head hints toward low carbonation.

S: Rich bourbon and caramel layers greet the nose. Vanilla/oak makes an appearance as well. Spirit-like boozy character works itself in well. Very well integrated, reminds me of Central Waters BBBW, but perhaps a bit heavier on the malt and easier on the hops.

T: Sweet caramel and vanilla up front, moving along to intense but not overwhelming (or cloying) layers of sweet caramel flavour. Bourbon comes near the finish, cleansing the palate with a spirit-like dryness.

M: While initially it seems a bit thick, it proceeds to glide along with a velvetesque smoothness. A little sticky, but near perfect for a beasty barleywine such as this.

D: Fantastic for the style. It integrates the alcohol very well with the varieties of flavour. The carbonation is very accommodating as well. A storm I would gladly weather when reaching for a big brew such as this. Delicious.

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

2011 vintage. Really excited to try this. Thanks Jordan for the in person hook up! Cheers brother!

A: Medium viscosity, deep dark color with minimal head. An aggressive pour kicked up a nice light tan colored head and when held up to the light you can see this thing is damn near clear and would be if it weren't for it's dark color. It's not brown however, but more of a deep dark ruby or garnet. Really stunning. Head is disappears after a few minutes leaving a perfectly still surface. No lacing. Not surprising for a barrel aged beer and better than other examples I've had.

S: Lots of malt character here. Very complex. Lots of sweet malt in the form of caramel and toffee mixed with some sherry like vinous notes. Slight alcohol on the nose but for something so high gravity it's extremely well masked. Bourbon is very subtle also but clearly playing it's part. Some dark fruits essence here, perhaps some prunes and fig. Hop bitterness is undetectable.

T&M: Taste follows the nose (love it when that happens). Sweet malt character, some toasted caramel, dark fruits, sherry like vinous notes, followed by some throat warming booziness. Mouthfeel is big and luscious. Carbonation is medium. Some slight harsh alcohols on the finish, but I think that would clear up over time. This is a relatively new bottle.

O: One pretty damn good barleywine and relatively local to me too (even though it was a bitch to get a hold of!). Great barrel aging on this one, it's not over the top but you know it's there which in my book is the mark of a great barrel aged beer. Color is really nice and wish I had seen it in daylight. The dark crystal clear garnet hues look amazing! The aroma and taste share many similarities and this is deceptively drinkable. You will not be disappointed! Is it worth the price? To try for the first time: yes. To buy a case of? I'm not sure...you be the judge of that :)

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Photo of iadler
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by existmusic00 at the tasting. Thanks for bringing out this bad boy Matt! 2010 poured into a snifter

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates into a cap

S- Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, ripe cherries, plumb and brown sugar.

T- Bourbon soaked cherries, plumb and raisins as well as vanilla, toffee and caramel.

M- Low-medium carbonation and medium body with a sweet and boozy finish.

O- A nice complex barleywine with the bourbon barrel qualities coming out nicely. Rich, sweet and boozy but not overdone. I wonder what a year or two more would do to this beer.

Thanks again Matt!

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Photo of boralyl
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage

A - Pours an inch of tan head into a tulip glass. The head fizzles away quickly with little to no lace. The beer has a dark licorice color to it, a combination of blacks and browns.

S - The nose is a wonderful mix of bourbon, vanilla, and sweet malts. The alcohol isn't too in your face which is surprising for the abv content of this beer.

M - Full in body with mild carbonation. There is a bit of a syrupy feel which isn't at all surprising for the style and abv.

T - Big sweet malts greet the taste buds first. It's followed by toffee, and hints of dark fruit. Vanilla and bourbon shows up next in just the right amounts. It finishes with oak tannins and a smooth alcohol burn.

Masterly crafted. It has just the right amount of barrel flavor without being overwhelmingly alcoholic. Perfect brew for this Christmas eve.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,935 ratings.
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