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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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2008 (The Perfect Storm): Stormwatchers Winterfest 2007 aged in Evan Willliams bourbon barrels.
2009 (The Perfect Storm): Stormwatchers Winterfest 2007 aged in Evan Willliams bourbon barrels.
2010 (Mother of All Storms) - Stormwatchers Winterfest 2009 aged in Evans Williams bourbon barrels.
2011 (Mother of All Storms) - Stormwatchers Winterfest 2010 aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

There are many storms out there, all of them perfect in their own way. But there is only one Mother of all Storms and it only happens in Pacific City, Oregon. Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-style barleywine, Mother of all Storms spent many months aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, Mother of all Storms delivers deep flavors of toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. Best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft at Big Wood 2014 at Brouwer’s. Jet black, small gorgeous white ring. soft oaky chocolate, subdued hops. Rich deep chocolate, some espresso. Crisp and clean, all told. Toasty grain, oatmeal. Really tasty, I’d love to try this again soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gad905 (198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2012 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Clear ruby amber brown, cream to tan head that dies. Massive toffee caramel bourbon nose, loads of figs and dates, plus some hot booze. Starts hugely sweet, layers of caramel and toffee and more rich fruit, then dries out a bit with oak, tobacco, spice, and some hop bitterness. Sticky and thick, soft carb. Very nice, though I think another year or 2 to dry it out and it would’ve been better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2014
2013 bottle, cellared for a year at ambient basement temps. Served chilled in a Spiegelau snifter. Dark reddish, nearly brown with a one fingered head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is dark caramel, toffee and booze. Taste is caramelized turbinado sugar, non-distinct booze, subtle prunes, maybe a touch of oak. There doesn’t seem to be an excess of bourbon notes, but a general booziness that could detract from the other flavors. A bit too sweet. Quite honestly, I could see this being a much more interesting beer after 5 years, the oxidation will hopefully add some depth to the flavor, tame the booziness (which is not over the top by any means) and unaccentuate the sweetness. Right now it is just not that interesting. I would like to try the un-BA version, Stormwatchers Winterfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2012 bottle purchased from Let’s Pour. Dark brown body with almost a head, but not quite. Rich, complex aroma. Alcohol, cognac, maple sugar, raisins. Very sweet and syrupy. Flavor otherwise matches the aroma. Gotta sip this one slow like an Avery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (101) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 3, 2014
Dark ruby color when looking into the light. Very nice aroma: toffee, caramel, dark malts, bourbon. Taste starts sweet with dark sugar and molasses and finishes more balanced with caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is syrupy with just a bit of carbonation to make it easily drinkable. One of the best English style barleywines I had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Surly Darkness Eve 2014. Perfect balance of sweet and tart and booze and malt. So good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1266) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle from Darrel in a trade. Thanks!! Shared with Peter and Gail. Snifter pour was deep dark cherry wood with a small mocha head. No real lacing. The aroma was divine with toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon, booze, and a hint of tobacco. The taste was just as pleasant with the caramel and toffee malts hitting first and then the barrel aged oak and bourbon at the end. Also it almost had a brandy flavor. Serious smoothness and delicate on the palate. Full body, full flavors. Damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2009 bottle opened in 2014. Smells like the barrel it was housed in - smoky, woody, dark fruits. Taste is the same. Creamy and thick with a distinct alcohol "burn" and some good toffee notes. Strong and a real kick in the teeth. I think oxidation played more of a role here than I would have liked. Still decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"2011. Sweet fig and caramel beer, and a large dose of bourbony vanilla. The body is thinner than expected for such a strong beer, but it’s pretty smooth. A little alcohol showing, more so in the aroma, but that’s expected at 13%. Pretty nice."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (614) - Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2011 bottle. Beautiful aroma of decadent toffee, caramel, a touch of old cardboard, a hint of smoky oak and mild yet delightful bourbon. Pours murky dark mahogany with a tan head and crystal-like lacing. Nice, smooth taste of medium chocolate, almond butter, caramel fudge with very mild bourbon — there’s barely any hot booze — with notes of vanilla and subtle oak popping up late. Incredibly smooth texture with a medium body and light carbonation. A delicious beer, but I may have aged it a smidge too long, for it tasted better to me a few years back (except for the velvet palate).

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