Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms
BA SCORE
96.7%
Liked This Beer
4.45 w/ 1,979 ratings
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
Ranking:
#181
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
1,979
Liked:
1,914
Avg:
4.45/5
pDev:
8.76%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
1,566
Gots:
644
Trade:
69
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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +0.4%
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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Photo of Prost76
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of nrbw23
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown red color with a nice tan colored head. Head is gone pretty quick, becomes a thin cap and leaves some faint lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel malts, a touch of tart fruits, vanilla, oak and bourbon.

T- Very smooth and follows the nose really well. Dark fruits, sugary, wood and bourbon.

M- Medium in body and light carbonation.

O- Very outstanding beer for sure. I really enjoyed this one. Not as complex as some of the others but every thing comes together so nice.

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 aged one year and poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

A - Pours a clear, mahogany with a short, light tan head that quickly dissipates to some small bubbles at the edge due to light carbonation.

S - The nose is sweet, buttery, bourbon, vanilla/oak, a touch of seaweed, and some booze. It's a 13.5% beer and it reminds you right off the bat. It's an interesting mix that is extremely pleasant.

T - Lots going on here. Sweet figs and caramel on the hose that is followed by bourbon booziness.

M - Full body and mild carbonation

O - A great barleywine, that is a definite sipper at 13.5%. Glad I got to try and that I have one more bottle.

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Photo of harrymel
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 - Thanks Jamie!
Pours a cherry leather with a rim of dark tan foam. Smells nougat, bourbon, raisins, chocolate and chewy caramel. Aromas of cake and sugar - a sincerely exquisite nose. Mmmm, cherry, tawny, sweet vanilla cake, rich mousse and caramels. Goddam, this is a good beer. Full bodied for the style with just a hare more carb than I prefer with a good, sticky and chewy finish. This is a truly excellent beer. I think I prefer this to KH, which is a great beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 version, big thanks to OHLRangers for the chance to try this amazing brew.

a: This was a dark, chestnut brown and it poured with a large off-white cap.

s: Perfect barrel aged b-wine aroma. Plenty boozy but in an aromatic way, it wasn't at all hot. Lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, raisins, borbon, and a touch of oak. Not subtle in the least.

t: Incredibly rich overall, there are so many bold flavors here its almost overwhelming. There were stronger raisin and dark fruit flavors present than is typical for a BA barleywine, yet the bourbon flavors were quite strong as well. This was sweet without being cloying. Flavors of caramel, molasses, and vanilla were all prominent. There was even some chocolate coming through.

m: Big, sticky body with fairly active, creamy carbonation.

d: This absolutely lives up the hype. Thanks Ed, for advising me to wait until this had a year on it. It was worth it.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ade at a bottle share

Look: Dark mahogany color with only about a 1/4 inch head with good retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Great nose lots of toffee and brown sugar. Backed up by the barrel characters of oak bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Much of the same as the nose with layers upon layers of flavor. Upfront is a nice caramel sweetness backed up by a great bourbon character which brings with it oak and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body and mild carbonation

Overall: Great barleywine and to date the best I have had

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought the Stormwatcher barleywine was amazing, so I'm more than a little curious to try this highly-praised barrel-aged version. Thanks a zillion to msubulldog25 for the chance.

Pours a glimmering toasted gold head, which lasts about a minute and isn't all that thick, but at 13.5%, hey, no problem. Colors is an extremely dark brown with dark rusted hues.

The aroma is a thing of wonder, a surprisingly subtle meeting between vanilla, toffee, caramel, whiskey-soaked wood (more wood than whiskey), dark cherry, cinnamon roll, sherry and graham cracker. Considering the hefty alcohol content, and the fact this sat in bourbon barrels four months before bottling, the smell of alcohol is hardly cloying here. Amazing.

Taste offers a wide variety of impressions, all of them good. First, it's nice this still resembles a barleywine, rather than teetering too far into the bourbon and/or wood part of its character. Those elements simply lift the barleywine up into a new plateau, while the original Stormwatcher's intense flavors of caramel and toffee reign over the tongue. Toasted malt threads deep into the flavor, and there's a healthy splash of vanilla as well. Plum, raisin, and fig roar big and bold here too. Tons of balance, incredible depth of flavor, and an insanely well-incorporated 13.5% alcohol. There's something here, possibly the yeast, that occasionally reminds of a big Belgian dark ale. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit and mellow bourbon-soaked wood all carry through in the finish. Malt-lovers rejoice.

Texturally it's fairly sticky, full-bodied, big and round; a rather chewy feel that perfectly fits the flavor profile.

Kudos, Pelican. I'll still be savoring this two hours from now, no doubt. A slow-sipper, one to be taken slowly and respectfully. Simply one of the best beers I've ever had, and I'm far from a bourbon aficionado. I was hoping the bourbon wouldn't overtake what was one of my favorite barleywines, and it doesn't. And I would've easily believed this was in the 9-10% range, judging by what's going on in the flavor. Uh, hey Brian, you have 10 more of these to send my way? :)

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Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pour a deep ruby brown, one inch tan head with retention around the edges, slightly hazy

s - very complex, leather, tobacco, oak, bourbon, caramel malt, vanilla, one of the best smelling beers I've experienced

t - caramel, tobacco and bourbon sweetness, very well integrated, amaretto and vanilla on the mid-palate, finish is lingering oak, bourbon and caramel with a nice boozy warmth

m - full-bodied, low to medium carbonation, well-balanced finish, lots of alcohol warming

d - definitely a sipper, but quite drinkable for a 13.5% barleywine, incredibly complex and interesting

This definitely lived up to the hype...incredibly complex barleywine that will certainly improve with age.

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

Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 96.7% out of 100 with 1,979 ratings
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