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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Review #900.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with some red-amber coming through at the edges of the glass. Topped with a finger of orange-tan head.

Smell. Sweet toffee, woody bourbon and vanilla, some brown sugar and molasses with just a hint of dark fruit.

Taste. Brown sugar and caramel, bourbon and fresh barrel wood, a little molasses and burnt sugar. Not as sweet as it may sound from this description. A little hop bitterness in the finish, but not a ton of hop flavour. Nice stuff, just a little boozy.

Mouthfeel. Full body, just a bit sticky. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A really nice barleywine that could probably stand another year or two at least to mellow. That being said it's very tasty right now.

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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.


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Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Vintage 2012. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.

Ruby glints. No head.
It smells deep and boozy, with toasty brown sugar.
Sugar deep and rich and spicy fun. It's a bit flat, but the burnt fruity booziness carries throughout everything.
Good but not great. Wouldn't have again.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, an old-school wale

Served in an oversized snifter - muddy garnet body, light cream lace. Pungent aroma fills the room - bourbon, spice, dark fruits. This is a monster of a beer - a rich array of barrel influences dominated by bourbon and oak. Brown sugar, raisins, dates, syrupy booze, thick malt. Very good - i think I favor Central Waters though, for the style.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
13.5% ABV, 2012 vintage. Bottled 110512

Thanks to KAlvarez for doing the legwork on this one!

A - Perfectly clear ruby mahogany in color with a fast-forming tan head, it's thick but there's almost no retention, due to the high alcohol level, and no lacing left on the glass. Give this beer a swirl and you'll see legs slowly dribble down, though.

S - Rich molasses and toasted pumpernickel bread arise with a rich and smooth warm alcohol bourbon barrel aroma that adds light oak and vanilla. This is aged to perfection without being hot. A plethora of fruity notes enter as well; raisin, fig newton, and chocolate covered dark cherry.

T - Maltiness overwhelms with a punch of sweet caramel and dry toasted bread following behind. Notes of milk chocolate emerge with grace as the attention shifts towards the smooth barrel-aging. Oak and vanilla pull from the aroma to flavor easily and are flanked by warming bourbon while the beer finishes with the aroma's fruity notes.

M - Gentle carbonation caresses the tongue, keeping the beer from syrupiness because it's one full bodied barleywine. Smooth on the palate, the feel is robust and sweet but nicely balanced by alcohol heat and dryness on the finish as this beer lingers for quite a while, slowly turning lightly bitter and gritty.

O - Mother of all Storms is a quintessential barrel-aged barleywine, showcasing exceptional malt flavor and layers of complexity with bready notes, chocolate nuances, and bourbon wamth. Sip gingerly, soaking in the uniqueness and depth of this one-of-a-kind beer, and share with others, for it's a heavy hitter begging to be split and savored.

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Photo of ccrida
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber (1 of only 500) poured into my my Delirium snifter, The Perfect Storm is a dark garnet with a smaller, light tan head that leaves a pretty thick collar but no lace. Still, it had a great amber glow and the head was impressively sized, with a nice crackle to it.

Smell is loads of vanilla, some caramel and light wafts of bourbon. I was going to ding it a 1/2 point for not being overly complex, but it's just too good.

Taste is very rich and complex but very smooth for the heft. Like the nose, I'm getting a lot more vanilla then bourbon from the barrel, which I really love. There are some nice raisin and prune notes as well, and a light touch of herbal hops, super tasty. I think this was the 07 Stormwatchers before the 4 months in the barrel (the '11' in sharpie on the cap indicates when it was bottled), so it's at least a year in aging, even though it's labeled an 08 release - and you can tell, even though there's obviously a nice belly warming from the high ABV. Paired nicely with a variety of sharp cheddar's from Tillamook and Dubliner.

Mouthfeel is has a sugary stickiness and some very fine carbonation, but a relatively light body for the size.

Drinkability is dangerously high for such a hefty barleywine, super tasty and a real momentum builder. I kept having to remind myself of the hefty price tag and extremely limited availability so that I really savored the aftertaste of every sip, rather then compulsively chase it with another! Good enough in fact to let them slide for the condofication of Pacific City. The price though, is prohibitive, and really the biggest knock on this beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Jerriko, thanks a million man! I split this with a friend and 11 ounces is too much for me but your mileage may vary. This beer is a monster. Dark brown/black like cola. Smells like whiskey barrels, caramel, pretty good. The flavor is nice but intense whiskey barrel, caramel, barleywine, and then oddly enough a cola flavor. This is a good beer but it is hot and for sipping only.

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Photo of Resuin
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Edition poured from a bomber into a Westvleteren Goblet. Bottled 2.5 months ago.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black with a very small dark tan head (less than a finger). Pours relatively thick, but looks quite appetizing.

Smell: Chocolate and bourbon meet the nose first, with a kick. Some caramel, vanilla and figs/raisins as well. The aroma finishes with some alcohol. Quite an interesting smelling beer.

Taste: Pretty complex tasting beer: bourbon up front, along with possibly a toffee-like flavor. Definitely some chocolate in there, along with a bit of vanilla. This one packs a ton of flavor into each sip, awesomely complex.

Mouth-feel: Perfect amount of carbonation for a beer of this depth and complexion. Fairly thick but not quite as thick as the nose suggests. A very well balanced beer for what it is.

Overall: This beer exceeded my high expectations and is an excellent version of a BA Barleywine. So many flavors, and they balance very well together. Definitely a beer to sip and enjoy as it opens up over time. I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - 2010 vintage

Pours a caramel copper color with some slight reddish hues when the light hits it. Thinner beige head dissipates into a filmy collar and some spotty lacing.

Bourbon and vanilla notes in the nose with oaky tannins. Earthy and robust with a thick malty character and toffee. Some hints of raisin and dark fruit. Boozy and sweet.

Big and burly up front with a caramel and toffee attack. Light touches of pine hops and sticky sweetness. Oaky bourbon tones with vanilla and burnt sugar. Definitely an earthy feel to the backbone, which continues with bread crust, caramel, and brown sugar. Finishes with another wave of oaky booze.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky, lingering and chewy on the palate. Holy crap this is a big beer - insanely delicious and satisfying but a definite sipper. I've had the 09 before and I think this was better.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 12/4/10

A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color.

S-the nose has bourbon and wood up front, burnt caramel and lots of roasted qualities with notes of chocolate malts. Hints of malt sweetness in the back.

T-roasted malts and chocoalte malts are rather strong, notes of wood and bourbon come in behind. hints of coffee and a light bitterness. somewhat sweet, toffee and brown sugar.

M-full bodied and thick, very syrupy and slightly coats the mouth. juicy finish and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish.

D-decent balance, lots of malt presence and a well integrated barrel presence. strong roasted malt presence with light sweetness, pretty tasty stuff.



A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color.

S-big malty sweetness and some notes of alcohol, notes of caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar, dry oak and faint bourbon in the middle with notes of cherries and plums in the back.

T-nice malt body, slightly earthy, lots of sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, chocolate, oak and vanilla, notes of booze and bourbon around some dark fruit sweetness of cherries and plums.

M-smooth and creamy full body, chewy, lucious, well balanced by a moderate carbonation.

D-very solid beer, good balance of malts and a great mouthfeel. very solid beer!

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

This was the first buzzy barrel-aged barleywine I remember reading about. It’s good and all, but frankly I’m burned out on barrel-aged things. It tastes like vanilla. Or—OR, it tastes fiery like whiskey. And also a little like beer. Whoopie.

I mean, again, it tastes good and all, but I kind of miss the days when we got excited because beer tasted like beer.

Back when I brewed, I sucked. I could understand brewing on paper and had a decent enough nose and palette to tell between different hop and yeast varieties. But I’m impatient and have ADD and am 1/18th basset hound and therefore prone to running through glass porch doors in pursuit of sparkly butterflies. Where was I going with that? Oh, yeah! Impatience! That and brewing do not mix, and so I’d always do something stupid or forget something important and my beers would turn out not very good.

But one time I brewed a high-acid double IPA and I put a cheesecloth sack full o’ oak chips in the secondary. It tasted pretty damn good. All of the off nodes—which, trust me, simply must have been there—were blotted out by vanilla and alcohol and citrusy hops. I cheated, and so I won.

Extremity erases character. That’s why it’s so weird to think that at one point Hitler was a sensitive painter type. Not to say this is the Hitler of beers. I mean, yeah, it gets Shit done, however messily—but I’m going down a weird road, here.
Again, this is not the Hitler of beers.

It does, however, win the award for most annoying shit I’ve ever seen written on a bottle. I’m too full of worms to get up and see what it actually said, but it was something like “you got to wait years on the ocean to see a storm this intense.” Breweries should hire writers. I could do much better. Like, I’d said “this beer is like vanilla and barleywine like a pelican’s salty, barnacled beak.” That sucked. Fine. But it was still less lame than what they wrote.

Full review: http://mynie.com/?p=374

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

2009 perfect storm – really thick looking, almost sludgy, very barleywine like, dark brown, tannish, almost copper in color. Wow, smells of syrupy hops, good malt backbone. that’s a good tasting barleywine though. very balanced hops with good sweetness, nutmeg. It’s good. Mouth is very thick. Seems like the year on it probably did it some good (although I haven’t tried this year’s yet to know for sure). Overall, solid barleywine and I’m VERY happy got to try it. Cheers.

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revisited this review with the 2011 vintage and was pretty blown away. firing on all cylinders. i envision that my first taste was more in the swarm of a ton of beers, but this is a fantastic barleywine. looks smell taste and feel...probably would give it 4.5s across the board today. great nutmeg caramel malts and the barrel adds a really nice element. just as good as the other big boys. vanilla, toffee, and caramel wonderfulness.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hell yeah! Thanks to whomever opened this one up at a recent tasting (forgot who brought it). Never thought I'd get to try this one. Pours a deep-ass ruby-red color, appearing jet black underneath dim lighting. The tan head reaches about a quarter-inch, but fades quickly into nothingness. Aroma is dense, heavy, and robust as fuck. Loaded with sweet caramel, toasted brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, oak, wood, light vanilla, and candied dark fruits. There's no mistaking thing brew - it is powerful as all hell, and you'll know it after taking one whiff.

The first flavor to go to work on the palate is a delicate, yet strong display of booze-soaked raisins, dates, and juicy plums, with the booze, of course, being a whiskey-bourbon type blend. Malt bomb, incoming - melted brown sugar, thick syrup and molasses, more juicy dark fruits, and plenty of clashing cocoa and oaky vanilla flavors. This beer is sweet as hell, but never hits the point of being cloying, as it's kept in check by the dense oak and warm bourbon profile, making it insanely drinkable, even at a whopping 14% ABV. Nice, sweet molasses, vanilla, and booze in the finish; thick, syrupy mouth feel with a low level of carbonation.

Hot damn, this was an amazing brew. 2012 vintage. Absolutely delicious and dangerously drinkable given the pretty high ABV. Wonderful display of flavors clashing together with an addicting sweetness than never becomes overbearing. Well done.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Beachwood BBQ during the Bruery RS Post-Party (can't remember who brought it, but BM me so I can give you proper credit). 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured red-brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, cream, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma were quite complex and all aspects seemed to work quite well together. Not really a whole lot could be added to make it better. This is an absolute must try.

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

2010 vintage split with friends.

A: Pours a deep raisin brown with hardly any head. A bubbly film lasted a short while and left spots of lace down the glass.
S: Decadent notes of caramel, raisins, leather, milk chocolate, grapes, with hints of red apples and booze.
T: Sticky flavors, very woody with large notes of leather. Caramel, cocoa and earthy spicy hops come through in the finish. Low alcohol burn in the aftertaste along with more spice. Almost rye-like with just a hint of fruit.
M: Full bodied with a smooth and heavy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation, extremely smooth.
O: I’ve had a few pours from fresher bottles and this is by far the best. A couple years, maybe more, on this does wonders. Very rich, complex and smooth.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dak amber to brown-ish color with a small tan head. In the aroma, oaky bourbon, caramel, and dark fruits. In the taste, bourbon stands out, with some dry dark fruit and a sticky caramel. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a lingering bourbon and caramel like sweetness. A sipper for sure, big bourbon and quite nice.

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

Shared by dvelcich, thanks a bunch.

A - Very deep brown, with reddish hints on the end. Small head, not much, which disappeared quickly.

S - Roasted malts, there is not hops in this like I was expecting. Big molassas and toffee smells. Actually smells a bit like a quad with thie dark fruit smell. Very nice.

T - Great dark fruit taste, mostly raisins and figs. Carmel, toffee, and great cocoa/molassas mix in there. Some interesting bitter hops bite right on the end that only became noticable later after I was drinking it. Some nicely hidden vanilla on the end as well.

M - Nicely carbonated, nice little bight on it in a full bodied beer.

D - Shockingly drinkable with the high ABV. It's still a bit of a sipper, but it's something you can down easily all things considered.

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Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark mahogany wth a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of sweet caramel and vanilla on the nose with oak, toffee, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, and sweet bread. Boozy finish.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but avoids being overly so.

O: a god beer, overall. I'd like to try it witb a bit more age, though.

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Photo of Dope
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle.

A: Pours a dark murky reddish-brown. Big fizzy dark tan/almost brown head. Interesting coloration on the head, haven't really seen exactly that shade before. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving no lacing at all behind. Minimal head retention, fizzes out quickly.

S: Whoa. Big, huge malty notes. Loads of brown sugar, caramel and molasses primarily. A bit of vanilla too. Touch of dark fruits, mainly raisin. Super sickly sweet. Wonderful.

T: Notable bourbon up front with caramel and toffee and vanilla. Mixes in with brown sugar, molasses, even honey? Just brief hints of raisin and fig but the sugary sweetness is really what stands out here. Sweetness fades into the finish, leaving a bit of oak, toffee and the bourbon burn. Lingering bourbon and oak between sips.

M: Low carbonation and very heavy body makes this one thick and syrupy

O: This is big and malty and ultra sweet. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a 14% bourbon barrel english barleywine. Wonderful beer, the only real fault I could find is when the bourbon stands alone in the aftertaste, it tastes kinda like cheapish bourbon. I'm guessing evan williams like previous vintages. Regardless, not nearly as hot as you'd expect for a fresh 14% barrel-aged barleywine, hell this bottle is barely 3 months old. Honestly, sucaba has nothing on this beer, this should be #1 handily.

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Photo of gford217
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, 2009 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a short-lived cap of big bubbles that recedes to a small collar and leaves very little lacing, though there are boozy legs down the glass after each sip.

The aroma is massive and has plenty of bourbon sweetness and alcohol burn in the nose which mixes well with the sugary caramel malt and dark fruit in the nose.

The underlying caramel malts are the first thing I notice with some toffee and dark fruits. There is definitely plenty of bourbon especially in the finish where there is a noticeable burn in the throat. Overall, it's like a caramel and chocolate dessert with raisins and plums soaked in bourbon.

The mouthfeel is stunning, one of the best I've ever felt, like velvet. It's smooth with ample, but soft, carbonation and slightly dry and woody in the finish with a sweet bourbon presence on the palate as well.

I wasn't sure what to expect on this one. I saw everyone raving about it but just figured it wouldn't live up to the hype. Well, it lives up to the hype. It's a wonderful beer that drinks fairly easily for the high ABV. The bourbon is strong right now and I think this one becomes even better with time. Superb.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to a few folks for this.

3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. A huge ABV will do that to you, I guess.

4.0 S: The aroma is good, but the bourbon overshadows the barleywine. Leathery, a touch of peat, oak and vanilla, and an almost nutty vibe. Underneath that there are hints of tobacco and dark fruitiness, molasses, brown sugar, booze, and a good helping of caramel.

4.0 T: The taste is more barleywine-forward for sure. Lots of tobacco, raisin, plum, prune, and date. Again somewhat nutty (perhaps from the bourbon, but who knows). Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The bourbon kicks in after becoming accustomed to the malt flavors. Leathery, somewhat peaty in a smoky sense, and oak and vanilla from the barrel. Definitely sweet, but not cloying. The booze is very apparent, though. All 13.5% is realized.

3.5 M: Heavy body with a syruppiness to it. Just a touch chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too hot to be as smooth as I'd like.

4.0 D: This is a good beer, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype (at least not this vintage). I think this will be vastly improved in a few years after it is allowed to cool down a bit.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle into tulip to celebrate timbers victory. Really great barleywine...rich and complex but a tad bitter. Overall pretty phenomenal. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.24/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy Joel. Pours a gorgeous shimmering copper color with a fading beige head. Aroma is sharp bourbon, lots of heat here, charred oak, vanilla. This is more bourbony than any barrel-aged beer I've had. Over the top. Flavor is caramel and bourbon, vanilla, leather, and wood. I don't know if I'm drinking beer or if a plane dropped a barrel on my face. Needs a lot of age to gain a modicum of drinkability. Also rather thin from the spirit influence.

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

In Oregon.

Struck by a nectar dark and ruby red.

Little head, but better can be said.

Delicous aromas of alcohol and bread.

In the mouth nothing can be said.

I'd like to drink more of this before that I am dead.

Thanks be to my Oregon friend Fred.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

While it may be English is style it displays a bit of rebellious Americana with the bourbon barrel aged character. Much mellower than previous years, not saying it is any less flavorful but perhaps a bit easy going on the palate. So many layers, very complex and with each sip comes a new nuance to pick out. Exceptional.

STYLE: American Barleywine
ABV: 14.0%

LOOK: Dark brown, red glow, minimal lace, has legs

SMELL: Wood, toffee, barrel juice, fusel, figgy, sweet, very aromatic

TASTE: Chewy, creamy, full bodied, toffee, toasted wood, vanilla, boozy, rose water, ripe cherries, christmas pudding, brown sugar, hint of spiciness, woody dryness, roasted cocoa nibs, semi-sweet finish


From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

You can hear the head crackle as the remnant fusel oils lower it quickly, not uncommon depending on the freshness of the barrel from spirit to beer. Mahogany darkness in the glass, good clarity when brought to the light. Big bourbon nose from the first whiff, boozy with charred wood and vanilla. Some caramel and ripe fruitiness in the aroma as well. Semi-syrupy, full body; prickly, moderate carbonation. The taste buds scream of bourbon from the first sip--soon after is the Barleywine alcohol with its fruity esters that tag along with the fusel bourbon character. Sweet maltiness plays off of the note of vanilla. Modest hopping, though the alcohol and wood keep any trait from going cloyingly sweet. The wood flavor actually cuts deeper than we thought, but not to the point of puckering, just at a perfect level. Finishes with some residual sweetness, peppery alcohol and a smack of wood.

Nothing subtle about this beer. If you are going to name a beer "The Perfect Storm," it better live up to it, and Pelican without a doubt came through. Beer geeks, hunt this one down.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,894 ratings.
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