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
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467
Ratings:
1,950
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Photo of ragnar3
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Sweet, boozy, nice caramel notes along with some dark fruit and apparent bourbon barrel. Wouldn't want more than a 2 oz pour.

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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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Photo of billyshears
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from notes. vintage 2009
a: Dark brown/amber with light tan head. Closest to black I've seen for a barleywine (that wasn't a black barleywine).

s: Quite intense vanilla/coconut bourbon barrel smell to it; caramel/toffee malt.

t: Heavy bourbon barrel tone; I'd say probably the closest to bourbon I've tasted from a beer. A bit of darker fruits also present along with the caramel malts. Quite a bit of alcohol noticeable.

M: Thick chewy mouthfeel; as expected for a barleywine like this.

D: Sipper for sure. Quite boozy.

A very intense brew. Bourbon lovers rejoice. I felt like it was on the edge of being a tad too boozy for me though.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Bottle Date: 12/5/13

A: Pours a ruddy, almost opaque brown color. Small tan head quickly fades to nothing.

S: Earthy caramel and dark fruit leap out of the glass. A fresh bourbon aroma quickly follows. Molasses, figs, vanilla. A touch of biscuit.

T: Opens with sweet dark fruit. Raisins are very prominent throughout. Burnt caramel and vanilla lead to a decent dose of bourbon flavor. Oak is also present. Alcohol adds a bit of heat near the finish.

M: Thinner than most beers of this strength, which makes it surprising drinkable. Moderate but effervescent carbonation.

O: A wonderful beer. Grabbed a case and had to try one fresh. I think this will definitely improve with a little age. Delicious now, but with the alcohol heat rounded out and the flavors more integrated it would be truly world class.

Also, my girlfriend tried a sip and immediately told me it smells like dog food. Now when I smell it, I pick that up, too. Damn you Deana!

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

A - Very dark ruby body with a 1/4 inch coffee head that doesn't stick around to long.

S - Fruity and caramel up front with a solid bourbon nose mixed in. Some vanilla and oak is also noticeable.

T - Lots of bourbon flavor and a little burn but very little for an almost 14% abv. It is pretty rich and intense.

M - Thick body with a meduim body.

D - Very enjoyable but a sipper for sure.

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Photo of BWood
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: almost looks like a stout. Near black. Nice little khaki head that leaves a ring.

S: huge bourbon and sweet malt. Some sticky fig and raisin as well.

T: amazing BA barleywine. Toss up with FW Sucaba. Tastes just as it should. The barrel is strong but not overpowering. A little bitter bite and sweetness.

F: rich and full. Sticky all over. .

O: top tier barleywine. One that others should try to be.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage split with Dave and Casey...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours cherry wood with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at decent pace. Lacing is minimal...

S - Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a good dose of oak/vanilla. Very inviting scent...

T - Lots of malt up front. Caramel, toffee, and some figs followed by oak and vanilla. Finishes on smooth Bourbon note. Delicious...

M - Super smooth. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink ...

O - One of the best, if not the best, Barleywine I have had a chance to enjoy. Definitely a world class brew that i'm looking foward to trying again...

Cheers...

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

2011 vintage, originally tasted on tap, but review from bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich brown color with dark amber notes. Thin tan head disappears quickly, leaving a flat coca-cola appearance. Oh, looks can be deceiving!

S: Wonderful, beautiful bourbon shines through. Woody, vanilla, with hints of toffee, caramel or molasses. Some booziness, but not distracting. Just inviting.

T: More bourbon continues to shine. Similar to smell, lots of oak, vanilla, caramel, smooth malty sweetness. Followed by more bourbon.

M: Rich, perfectly balanced with just enough carbonation. Gently warmness. Fresh, this is amazingly smooth and tastes more like a 8.5 rather than 13.5% beer.

D/O: Amazing. Love this beer, all the way around. Wish it wasn't quite so expensive though.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter. Shared with Mike on Christmas day 2011, 2011 vintage.

A: Poured a deep brown/almost burgundy color with a very thin, one finger khaki colored head. KH and MoAS appear very similar. The ring at the edge of the glass dissipates quicker than the KH did. There is more of a reddish hue to the MoAS. As the beer warms, there is a brilliant coating that lasts on the glass, with some real tight legs. Brilliant. Slow moving, thin, viscous.

N: Some slight metallic notes bookend a big caramel, vanilla, and bourbon body. The oak is very apparent, in a good way. The metallic sensation eventually reveals itself to be some nice and mild English hops.

T: Big hop presence provides some nice bitterness, backs up a big raisin body, sweet malt, bourbon, and some vanilla. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: The body in this beer is massive. It doesn't look as big as it is once it fills your mouth. Great carbonation level to hold up this beer. Really fantastic. Awesome creamy texture, with a good amount of crisp dryness to balance.

D and O: Well, this is my second bottle of the 2011 MoAS. Extremely pleased. It's a truly great beer. Has alot of personality, and I feel like it's true to style. Great drying qualities, with a huge body, full of flavor. A really nice treat.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split 3 ways. 2010 version. Reviewed 31 January 2011.

Ar: Rich caramel, floral, whiskey spice and alcohol, toasty malt and barrel character, excellent aroma, herbal/spicy hop with citrus, berries, tobacco

Ap: Beautiful red, crystal clear, low tan head, good retention

T: Bourbon, rich caramel, very present but appropriate alcohol, drying bourbon, toffee, mild fruit, date/raisin/prune, alcohol takes over a bit, unique, earthy cellar-esque dankness, jolly rancher fruitiness, sweet iced tea, fruit increases with warmth, cherry, spice, slight oxidized notes, cellar must and wet wood

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, very viscous, alcohol warm/hot, rough finish and lingering character

O: Aroma and appearance are excellent, alcohol takes over in taste, unique and interesting

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

Mother of All Storms, poured into a large snifter to reveal a deep ruddy brown body, almost opaque in thickness, with half a finger of airy cream head that fades quickly. Darker than the English barleywines I am used to but pretty as it is. Smells sweet and malty with a big caramel presence. Surprisingly not syrupy-smelling given the consistency and style; more bready than fruity with a slight hop presence on the nose that suggests robust bitterness. Very strong smells. Very nice lacing.

Tastes decently sweet but with a decently strong bitterness and an almost savory bread-like slightly salty umami that would I think lend well to aging. Caramel and some warm date rolled in as well. Mouthfeel is just slightly abrasive with a tingly small carbonation, otherwise medium-bodied. Pretty drinkable for a fresh-ish English Barleywine, very sip-able. Very excited to see where this one goes with aging.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here we are, my white whale, laid before me by generous first-mate fvernon. Infinite thanks to you, my friend. Split into tulips to share on this evening of my birthday.

Pours a deep brown, burgundy color that captures 99% of the light that enters the glass. About a half inch of khaki-colored head develops following a moderately aggressive pour. Retention is minimal - unsurprising for a 14% brew - but there is a good amount of lacing to remind you of its existence.

The aroma is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, a bit of chocolate, a hint of ubiquitous "dark fruit" (e.g. date, raisin, maybe some plum), and some other muddled, earthen, malted barley. Still, not a single scent dominates the nose, rather a balanced bouquet of delicate aromas greets the eager patron.

It tastes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee up front, with oak, bourbon, and a some nuttiness following suit. A vague hint of once citrusy hops fades into some richer date, raisin, and plum flavors. The slightest hint of ethanol is detectable if one actively searches for it.

The mouthfeel is tremendous, bringing enough carbonation to cut through the heavily-bodied beer and create a lively sensation on the tongue. Though it readily coats the mouth, the finish is clean, neither overly dry nor residually sticky. The consistency is thick enough to slow the drinking rate to a comfortable evening sip, but thin enough to keep those sips spaced only briefly apart.

So this is it, my personal white whale finally slain. After years of navigating the high seas of the craft beer world, the great beast lies dormant in my belly. It possesses everything I hoped it would: balanced flavors, ample bourbon, readily noticeable vanilla, and all that English Barleywine goodness that I crave. Ultimately, this is one of the best I've had, and while the ethanol is still slightly pronounced in this most recent batch, I'm hopeful that it would have mellowed with a bit more time.

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Photo of dleigh
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Minimal brown head, dark brown liquid. Caramel, bourbon, and dark fruit in the nose. Caramel rich taste with some nice bitterness from the hops. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel.

I tried a 2014 and a 2015 side by side. I liked the mellower 2014 better--the bourbon is still present but much mellower.

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Photo of Xul
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

A: Pours a translucent, darkish brown with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, capped by a half finger of frothy, beige head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles down to scattered lacing.

S: Bourbon notes out front with strong vanilla and oak, followed by a big case ofcaramel and toffee, sweet figs, leather and light tobacco. Some light alcohol heat paints a pleasant hue over the rest of the aroma, everything is well integrated.

T: Caramel and toffee up front with light vanilla, followed by moderate bourbon character on the mid-palate - oaky and stronger vanilla. Dark fruits come in just after the bourbon with figs and dark cherries being evident, followed by leather and a faint charred character. Long finish of dark fruits, bourbon, and burnt sugar.

M: Full bodied with low, velvety carbonation. Could be just a hair thicker.

D: Alcohol is evident but far from overwhelming...it's a sipper, but it's extremely drinkable for its ABV and style.

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

Purchased a 22 oz. bottle at the brewpub in Pacific City while there for Thanksgiving dinner. Getting around to enjoying it now. Totally worth the wait.

Pours a deep, dark, mysterious mahogany color with a small and quickly fading tannish head.

Wow, this is an impressive aroma. There is a lot of deep maltiness paired with the very notable presence of bourbon, candied molasses, sweet dark fruits, hints of coffee beans, and a bunch of other stuff. The syrupy sweetness present here makes me feel like a kid in a fine chocolate factory who is so thrilled by the aromatic character of the place that he can't wait to indulge in the goodies.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Full maltiness, sweet bourbon presence, bitter alcohol and hop sting all hit the palate. After the initial shock, I can appreciate the combination of coffee, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon added to sweet caramel and chocolate flavors. Once again, there is a lot going on here. All of it is impressive.

Relatively low carbonation with plenty of boozy bite summarizes the mouthfeel. This beer has a definite presence in the mouth.

Overall, this is quite an impressive beer. I quite honestly cannot remember the last time that I have enjoyed a beer this much. This is a very complex and killer brew. You really have to sit down, sip, and savor this one. With a 14% bill, sipping and relishing should probably be part of the option anyway. The Pelican is a heck of a brewery, and this is way more than a heck of a brew. Can't wait to taste my other bottle in a couple of years or so and compare the difference.

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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 mikeyv35
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 02/28/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009 Perfect Storm
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

This brew has been in my cellar for 2+ years and am eager to sample it.

Poured dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat tan head w/ no lacing on the glass. Prototypical BA BW appearance. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate, molasses, dark currants, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The taste was of warming dark fruits and charred malts, w/ a touch od brown sugar, followed by strong bourbon and vanilla. For me this was still way too boozy even w/ 2+ years of age on it. Medium bodied.

Disappointed majorly by this brew! Very complex in the flavors, but the bourbon barrel aging was simply too much and completely overwhelmed the base beer.

Glad I got a chance to sample, but now really looking forward to sampling the base beer(Stormwatcher's Winterfest).

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Photo of StoutFox
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this one was very good dark fruit qualities, quite strong on the alcohol and very difficult to finish a bottle even between 2 people. I did have it with only about 6 months on it. i want to seek out another and put 2 years on it before cracking it open

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Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown appearance with just the right amount of head and carbonation. Pleasant bourbon aroma. The taste is a very pleasant smooth bourbon without any hint of alcohol. I would put it in the top 100

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Photo of busternuggz
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, bottle date of 11-6-12.

Poured into an etched tulip glass. Opaque chestnut brown with a thin mocha head. Dissipates fairly quick but comes back with a swirl. It's over a year old though, I'll cut it some slack.

Rich, full aromas just spillin out the glass. Toffee, bread pudding, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, fig spread. A little bourbony booze.

Taste follows suit, but with toffee and dates at the front. Caramel, tawny port like notes, sorghum molasses. Ends with some bourbon. Vanilla and dates linger in the finish. A little bit more oxidation than I would have liked. Fairly sweet but not cloying. I caught a little bit of alcohol here and there but generally doesn't taste like 14%.

Medium bodied, smooth, syrupy but not thick.

Rich and complex, drinkable for it's ABV. They don't overdo it with the barrel aging either. I can see why this beer is so renowned. If you have a 2012 around drink it now, mine was already oxidizing and I think a bit past its prime.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,950 ratings.
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