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Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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449
Ratings:
1,872
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
18.1%
 
 
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Photo of jbaker67
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/ruby shade with ring of tan foam. Aroma is heavy on dark, sticky fruits, adding wisps of chocolate, smoke and a lighter-than-expected bourbon presence. Taste is brimming with sticky toffee and barrel influence. Hint of anise spiciness in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with no real trace of heat. I think I’ve had more complex barleywines, but few as delicious and easy to drink. A superb example.

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Photo of akorsak
3.32/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Foofaa for sharing this bottle at the Brass Rail last night.

A: The barleywine is a coffee look-alike, dark and brown and opaque. The depth of color makes me think of a stout. Surprisingly, at least to me, there is really no head whatsoever. All that remains, from first pour to last sip, is a miniscule off-white band.

S: The nose has plenty of toffee to go around. The malts are unmistakable, thick and rich. I'd even posit that molasses is sitting there. There really isn't any indication of a barrel.

T: The barleywine is very hot, leaving a burning sensation with each sip. The booze can't hide amongst the excessive malts. Those malts have toffee and molasses, paired with some chocolate, and are heavily roasted. Very thick, I feel like I should be chewing what is in my glass. As in the nose, there really isn't anything that screams barrel, or even barrel-blended.

M: Beware the heat, this baby isn't afraid to drop the booze on you. The maltiness is blindingly thick, drowning out any barrel and any real enjoyment.

D: Number 10 (as of right now)? Really? Give me JW Lee's Harvest Ale or Gratitude any time of this. Too messy, I just can't get into it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bottle to glass at Shannon's Big Bad Barleywine Tasting on 4/9/11.
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Imagine you've accidentally added a heaping dollop of molasses to the richest red velvet batter you've ever seen. That my friends is what this Mother looks like. A careful, straight pour yields an eye opening 1.75 finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: Like the best vintage port you've never had. The bouquet on this one is simply marvelous. I can't begin to explain quite how complex this is. There are so many wild and crazy nuances exploding within my nostrils: figs, plums, dried apricots and hard caramel candy. I think I spent more time inhaling this godly concentrate then I did drinking it.

T: Buy a farm. Once you've settled in and cultivated the soil, spend the next fifty years growing the choicest fruit trees the world over. Figs, dates, plums, morello cherries, persimmons and more. Their roots will grow deep into the earth. The heavenly fruit these trees will bear will vine ripen, and once at their peak, you'll harvest them by hand. After a long day in the field, take your prized crop home and dry them. Allow the sugars to crystalize, the skins to shrivel and the flavors to concentrate. With your old, weary and wrinkly hands, squeeze the dried fruits, wring every last drop. And once you've painstakingly completed this arduous task, bottle the Godly nectar and call it the Mother of All Storms.

M: It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. It's extremely thick and cloying. From the moment it enters my mouth, it explodes with a sticky nature not seen in many brews.

O: I'll keep it simple: Pelican's Mother of All Storms is best Enlgish Barleywine I've ever had.

Period.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Adam last night. '14 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like a big old bourbon bomb, tons of bourbon, oak, and alcohol, with typical barleywine. This smells pretty "hot."

It seems like this one might need a little time to mellow out. As it is now, it's a stellar barleywine, but I think with 2 years on it, this could become god tier. Now, there's a good amount of spicy booze and oak, some char, caramel, dark fruit, coconut, and an absolutely insane amount of bourbon flavor here. Bourbon bomb for sure.

This is medium bodied, with a thick and syrupy mouthfeel, with a crisp alcoholic bite at the end of each sip. It's definitely a slow sipper, due to how strong the booze is.

I'd love to try a '12 or '13 of this, or try a '14 in a few years. Now, it's slightly too hot, and needs a bit of time to mellow out. However, even at this stage, its still delicious and clearly well-crafted.

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

650ml 2012 bomber poured into tulip 17/12/13, thanks OakedCanuck for the long time want

A reddish brown that I can just barely see through when I hold it to the light, fast falling three fingers of noisy tan foam leaves no lace but that's to be expected at this strength, some wide legs and a few streams of tiny bubbles going up the side make it look like a slow boiling pot of oil

S lots of brown sugar, some anise, wood, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel, some booze and I get some sawdust of all things, some sugar coated raisins burnt marshmallow, and spiced rum

T more boozy bourbon, lots of toffee, some fruity notes, a little coco, leather, plenty of booze and wood, everything I smells still there but with some welcome additions

M not as thick as expected but quite syrupy and sticky, lots of heat and a little tannin, has enough bubbles to give it some life but it stops short of creamy

O booze is noticeable throughout but that's my only complaint, everything else is working well for this one but I wouldn't put it as high as it is on the top 250 list

I'd love to revisit this one a few years down the road, shes a big ass boozy sipper and If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for ages. Its a great beer don't me wrong I just don't think its built to be drank fresh, and by fresh I mean a little over a year old.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Having this with couple years on it compared to the '09 Vintage, the fresher bottle was better.

A big barrel character up front with rich toffee and caramel sweetness throughout. A balanced beer with oak tannins and drying on the back. The 14% is decently hidden behind this.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. A big thank you to black13 and hopsbreath for bottles of this; been a big want for me for awhile!

(A)- Pours a rather dark burnt sienna color that produced a rather good sized tan colored head despite its ABV. Dissipated to a low layer of froth. Certainly a darker representation of the style, but it does not bother me any.

(S)- A decadent rich profile. Wonderfully sweet and rich caramel/toffee/brown sugar front. Raisin, molasses, cocoa, and a smooth syrupy-like charred oak roastedness that could only have come from the bourbon barrels. Such a dynamic yet delicate and rich aroma that I could smell all day; my description does not do it justice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A sexy rich profile of raisin and molasses with bits of caramel/toffee/and brown sugar. A blend of cocoa and charred oak. Again, my description fails in comparison to what this is really like.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It is so smooth yet rich and smooth for a barleywine with only a minimal warmth despite is massive 13.5% ABV.

(D)- This is just a wonderful example of a barleywine despite how fresh it is still. Smooth despite its ABV. My review does not do it justice; rich and dynamic with really the perfect body for the style. I so want to just give this perfect 5s, but this really cannot be too drinkable since it just needs to be sipped and savored to fully appreciate just how good this really is in my opinion.

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Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, foiled top, 09 release. HUGE thanks to MasterSki for breaking this one out a few weeks back, huge want.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, some brown, very thick tan head forms, huge and chunky, settles down to a thick ring, some lace spots stick, legs on the glass, looks great.

Smell is insane, tons of oak and vanilla, bourbon, brandy, huge toffee notes, butterscotch, coconut, lots of raisin and dark fruit, lightly spicy, alcohol, this is intense.

Taste is similar, huge toffee and brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, bourbon and brandy, alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, butterscotch, more vanilla, more bourbon and alcohol in the finish, supremely malty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some big warmth going down but I would expect no less. This stuff is serious, huge rich malts in the one, amazing. Thanks Alex!

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

2011 bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with red-ruby streaks throughout the edges. A small dark tan head forms and moves rather quickly to the edges.

S - In order of hitting me: Whiskey, carmel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T - Vanilla then followed by carmel and a dark, almost burnt toffee. Then the boozey whiskey and oakiness sink in.

D - Smooth and silky in the mouth. Nice body and carbonation.

O - A total delight. It warms my chest. I am so glad I have more of these.

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

Kind of a muddled brown appearance to it, almost nothing in the way of head. Beautiful mahogany and bourbon aroma with no heat, very immaculate smell, plenty of vanilla.

Taste, bourbon heavy, very low hopping, good mouthfeel carbonation wise, something that wasn't apparent from the appearance. Good amount of toffee to it, caramel to a lesser extent. Mild wood tannin in the mouthfeel, nice vanilla meld with it.

The last beer of the barleywine cabin fest, you chumps should have stayed up later, I couldn't finish the bottle (but came so close).

Probably not as good as Abacus (the standard), this one, if there is a complaint, was just a tad too dominate by the bourbon. But yet, it wasn't hot for 13.5% so what can ya do?

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trey was kind enough to share another one of these this past weekend.

Brilliant ruby red with crimson highlights, this beer has an exquisite color.

The nose is big on bourbon with a boozy character. Brown sugar, caramel and some nuttiness are present along with a little coffee. The palate opens big and boozy. Burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, nuts and an astringency akin to nut skins are present. Bourbon, vanilla and oak are quite prominent in the mid-palate, and the finish is mildly drying and boozy. Medium-high in body, low in carbonation with a decent finish, this is great stuff. I can't wait to see how this evolves.

**Edit 27 Oct 2012**

2009 release.

The nose is still pretty big and boozy, with a fairly strong bourbon character. Not yet oxidized (neither pleasantly nor unpleasantly), there isn't much sherry, though there is a moderate date and toffee character. Brown sugar, burnt sugar and some caramel round out the nose. The bourbon is mostly booze with some vanilla and brown sugar in there. The palate is thoroughly enjoyable, a moderate bourbon, date and brown sugar character coming through up front. The mid-palate has the burnt sugar and toffee flavors, and the bitterness from the burnt sugar comes in here. This also does amplify the mild astringency that alcohol can impart. Boozy on the finish with a nice burnt sugar bittersweet character, some toffee and a blend of dates and a little raisin character, this is quite enjoyable. Medium in body with a carbonation level that is initially too high, but when it does die down, the beer is immensely more enjoyable. This seems to be aging well.
3.5/4/4.5/4/4

**Edit 08 Feb 2014**

2010 release.

Less almond-like, more hazelnut like, with a simpler, brown sugar/ toffee aroma. Oxidation is starting to take a hold here, lending some sherry notes that work well with the nutty booziness. Booze is dying down, bringing out the malt a little bit more. A touch flabby on the finish. Solid stuff.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage; shared by TATURBO. Thanks Chris!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with a whiteish tan colored cap of head that goes around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Malts, Oak and vanilla. All barrel notes and all malts. This beer is assertive!

Taste: Very malty and very bourbon barrel forward. This beer is just aggressive and on a cold winter night I have been wanting a substantial beer just like this! Tons of caramel sweetness and candied fruits. Mild toffee notes and lots of vanilla complimented by moderate oak notes.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. It is a syrupy beer and I think it just needs some time in a cellar. Its really nice, but has some decent boozey heat. A little time to mellow will make this beer amazing.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer and look forward to tring it when it is a year or two down the line! It will only get better and it is already fantastic!

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

2010 edition sampled 12.12.12.

Aromas are much less boozy than I remember from the aged bottled. Lots of dark prunes, toffee, dark bakers cocoa and molasses (almost leather). Some oak and alcohol heat emerge as it warms.

The tastes has lots of dark and milk chocolate, with emerging coconut bourbon and a little vanilla. A huge base of toffee and brown sugar. Finish is semi sweet and slick with ample sugar and oak coating your palate. Bitter molasses and some sweet maple also emerge as it warms.

Overall I think think version is more refined than the original, maybe the refined the base beer or improved or altered their barrel aging but this example is much better than I remembered. Still a beast and should be shared; just a monster flavor wise.

2008 bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Still says The Perfect Storm on the label (original name).

Pours a viscous dark, dark brown with a small khaki head that recedes rapidly leaving adequate lacing.

Aromas begin with a decent amount of alcohol surprisingly even after 3-ish years of cellaring. I also get some chocolate and the usual barely wine smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit are there as well, along with some oak. But the booze is quite apparent here.

The tastes follow the nose of this monster. The booze can't hide amongst the excessive malts. Flavors of toffee and molasses, paired with some chocolate, and a boat ton of Evan Williams bourbon. Very thick, I feel like I should be chewing what is in my glass. This must have been a fresh barrel because it is very prevalent. Not overly offensive, just a really big beer and I am glad I only had a small sample.

The mouthfeel very nice and smooth, despite the alcohol bite in the finish. The carbonation is quite low and the body is quite full but not the fullest I have ever had and I wouldn't classify it as chewy by any means.

Overall this despite being 13.5% alcohol, it is surprisingly drinkable in small quantities. Definitely a sharing beer to be sipped and savored and a good one to contemplate the world with, if that makes any sense. I wonder if newer versions are equally as strong or if they are toned down a little. Glad I have two to find out down the road.

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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 jrallen34
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this second release from a 22.oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer is a dark brown with medium brown head that rises about 1 finger is gone quite quickly. The lacing is heavy but watery in substance is gone quickly.

The aroma is strong and complex you get bourbon, wood and vanilla right off the bat but then some nice rasian, toffee, and sadly a touch too much alcohol at the end.

This beer tastes very comples and wonderful. The front is very malty lots of raisins, then it fades to bourbon and and ton of vanilla at the end. For 13.5% you taste some alcohol but it could be a lot more.

The feel is incredibly it coats your mouth like syrup almost numbing you to the bone. This is by far the best mouthfeel ever.

Overall, I'm not a barleyfine at ALL! But this great beers may just change my mind, or just is it this beer? This beer is tasty, complex and has the best mouthfeel I've ever had. I would recommend this beer up and down all day.

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

A - Pours a dark burgundy color with very nice carbonation and a thin tannish green head that eventually subsides to a thin lacing ring.

S - Big nose with a healthy dose of vanilla, toasted toffee, oak, bourbon, and slight traces of maple. The nose is sweet and for the strength, while boozy, it's not obnoxiously so.

T - Slightly medicinal, boozy, and sweet. Bourbon takes the front seat immediately and doesn't let go, dominating throughout. Fairly heavy oaky wood flavors, roasted toffee/caramel, toasted brown sugar, and bourbon with some dark fruitiness added in. Everything blends together very nicely without being cloyingly sweet. There's a substantial boozy effervescence during and after the sip.

M - Thick, full bodied, syrupy, and leaves a massive sticky coating of sugar on the lips. The mouth is filled with oak and bourbon for a lingering and sweet finish.

O - This is a very bold barley wine, next time, I will most likely split the bottle as it is a little intense to drink all 22 oz in one sitting! Bottom line, this is an awesome beer and well worth it if you're lucky enough to get some.

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

22 oz bottle, 2009, part of a BIF from mikey711. Didn't think I'd try this, don't generally like barleywines, but due to mikey's generosity I'm now tackling it.

The beer is dark mahogany color, brown with a ruby shade to it when held up to the light, with about 1 finger of tan foam. The beer smells strong and rich, lots of malty sweetness with toffee, dark fruit, and only a little bit of bourbon. The taste is all of the above, rich and complex, sweet with a burning aftertaste. The definition of a malt bomb.

The body is medium-plus, low but peppery carbonation. This beer is massive, glad to have the chance to try it.

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

2009 bottle, shared with a couple friends, poured into a Duvel tulip.

This pours a deep ruby red color with a small off-white head. Its` nose contains caramel, brown sugar and quite a bit of bourbon. The smell is very fragrant, but those who enjoy bourbon from time to time, it is quite nice. Sipping on this and I taste vanilla, toffee, more bourbon and some oak. And that bourbon really continues to shine it the taste. Mouthfeel is rich, but finishes smooth, a rich, sweet texture lingers on your palate afterwords. Wow, this was a very tasty English barleywine, an excellent beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts with smooth butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Also present are hints of oak and even lighter hints of booze-soaked medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly sweetened by the addition of vanilla and toffee. Midway through the sip the flavors lighten up a bit with hints of butterscotch. Slight amounts of oak bring everything together near the end of the sip, fading out into a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It’s got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also great. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the second time I’ve had this beer and it lived up to its memory. A nearly perfectly well balanced English barleywine with nice notes of barrels. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by jedwards and served in my 25cl Allagash tulip. Poured a deep brown with red highlights that were revealed from each angle and rotation of the glass. Loose, white head quickly dissipates into barely a swirl. Incredible nose - malty, sugary sweet, toffee, butterscotch, a little booze, molasses, prunes and perhaps a little breadiness. Taste follows nose - sugary sweet with the addition of some caramel, vanilla and coconut. Mouthfeel is medium with a lively carbonation. Definitely a little booziness in this, but a big, bold and delicious beer. However, closer to an American Strong than an English barleywine in my humble opinion.

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

2011 version shared generously by Chico1985.

A- Dark red brown with a nice tan head, about a finger for the beer style. Creamy pillow stays around atop the ale. Spotty lace sticks to the glass.

S- Deep strong caramel and vanilla over an awesome toasty oak barrel whiskey note. Some roast, raisin and slight alcohol.

T- A great, fairly mellowed out blend, nothing really jumps out intensely. Balance of charred oak, deep caramel sweets, vanilla, peppercorn spice, raisins, dark fruit cherries, whiskey and slight alcohol.

MF- Silky thick oily body with low smooth carbonation. Fairly warm feel rounds it out quite nicely.

Awesome balance of flavor. Once I'm done with King Henry the scores will come through, what is the true king of bourbon barley wines. Can't compare them in retrospect. A truly balanced master craft.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

Special thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way!

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.

Cheers!
The CPJ

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

Huge thanks to dogfishandi for sharing this bottle... 2011 vintage.

A: Pours out a super dark mahogany red with a thin khaki colored head. There isn't much lacing to speak of, but the color is exceptional.

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: The initial hit is seaweed and booze. But that transitions to some really nutty and fruity notes. These flavors come as a shock considering I didn't pull any fruity notes out in the nose. It almost has a raspberry and cashew mix to it. The finish is sweet and mellow. The alcohol fades in the finish, which I really appreciate.

M: Full bodied beer. The flavors are silky and smooth. Everything coats the palate and lingers nicely. It's thick and chewy but not overly cloying.

O: Fantastic. This is one of the best BA Barleywines that I've ever had. The fruity and nutty characteristics were unexpected but very enjoyable and the barrel aged on this beer was done to perfection. It's just right.

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge malty thanks to lothore for this bottle via trade. I traded for this in ignorance, just figuring it was another decent barrel-aged barleywine, not knowing that it was bringing in a king's ransom. Lothore, I owe you one. 2009 vintage of "The Perfect Storm" bottle split with my wife on a bitterly cold Minnesota evening.

Pours light black, with surging, bubbling, turgid red snapping around the edges of the goblet. The smell is a slapshot of bourbon. I tried really hard, honest, but that's all I could come up with. But it's a really nice smell, somehow dominant without being overwhelming.

The Perfect Storm radiates warmth like an Amish fireplace. Booziness soaks into the pores before anything else is evident. Then the beer unfolds like a spring rose in my warm, welcoming mouth. Big caramel notes waltz with great shots of sweet, sweet malts. Drying oak is sly enough that I almsot missed it, but upon recognition, it's evident in every sip. Vanilla, figgishness or something, round out the sample, before the bourbon steps back in front for one last curtain call.

Strong. Wicked. Thick enough that if it weren't so good, I'm pretty sure I could dump my motor oil & use this. Despite the freak-show ABV & heavy-heavy-monster-mash sparks The Perfect Storm throws off, I could sip this all night. Or as long as my night would last. Not very.

This did not disappoint. A masterpiece that I'm intensely happy I've been able to sample, & now I'm really looking forward to the new batch of Mother of All Storms!

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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