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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours burnt ruby with a khaki head. Aroma is heavy malt with milk chocolate, caramel, delhi dates, tobacco, and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with some definate barrel presence. Overall body is moderate to full, and the finish is warming. Damn good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Full aroma of Bourbon and sweet malt under a veil of pleasant, softening oxidation. The huge alcohol component is kept in check by the excellent barrel-aged qualities which really allows for the complex vanilla, toffee, caramel, and subtle ripe cherry notes to emerge and express themselves. Warm and smooth on the palate with a lovely long finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2010 MAOS bottle. Nose is dominated by whisky with minor chocolate and caramel notes. Pours a deep amber to brown with no head. Complex in the mouth. A big chocolate and caramel sweetness punctuated by whisky throughout. Long, drawn out flavor with a silky but very full mouthfeel. Intense but well-balanced. Slight alcohol heat but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7352) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
22 ounce bottle shared with the New Year’s crew. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky dark brown almost black color with a small beige head. A nice aroma; sweet vanilla and bourbon barrel, hops, rich fruit and caramel. A great flavor; massive malts, fruity and dry, bourbon, some heat, light fruity hops, dusty, very sweet and dry. Lovely. A sipper for sure, loads of heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8348) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle via Shane, thanks! Poured a clear cherry mahogany/garnet with a foamy eggshell head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had notes of sweet caramel and sweet chocolate with a surprising peat backing. There was also a bourbon burn. Flavor was full of caramel, rich sweet chocolate and had a nice bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Mother of All Storms. Poured into a tulip glass a dark mahogany brown color wih reddish highlights. Minimal head. Strong aroma of bourbon, oak, and molasses. Nice rich flavor blended flavors of bourbon, malt, oak, some bitterness, caramel, and dark fruit. Very rich but very good. Nice sipper. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Butters (3967) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
One of the absolute most delicious beers I have ever tasted. Smoother than anything with this abv ever should be. Hige molassis and woody flavors. Simply fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2010 Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits, vanilla and caramel. Very dark bourbon brown that sits almost black in the glass. Small light tan head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a nice bourbon Barley Wine with a noticeable alcohol presence. Sweet and bourbon characteristics dominate. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle of the ’09 release generously shared by bmanning at a tasting in November 2009. A: Pours a dark caramel with nice light tan head and lacing. S: The initial whiff brings forward quite a bit of bourbon and alcohol. Underneath there is caramel, wood, vanilla, toffee, and a bit of dark fruits. T: Again, the first taste brings forward tons of hot bourbon. The underlying flavors are all quite nice and complex, but it takes a while to sort through the hotness of it all. This is what keeps it down at a 4.0, although I could see an aged version of this absolutely creeping up to a 4.5 or even a 5.0, depending on how the heat recedes. M: Even though this is fairly hot, the complexity is outstanding, begging me to slowly chew every sip of the beer. D: This was a hard one to put down; sip after sip news things are developing. Would love to try this down the line with some more age on it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-21-2009

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VertBaconStrips (2200) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 2010 on tap at Pelican - The Mother of All Storms is an epic brew! After 3hrs of wandering the coastline in the rain taking pics I am finally delving into this brew. Weak coffee brown in colour, no cap. The aroma is stunning in complexity and appeal: bourbon, wood and a chocolate / caramel blend are really awesome. Vanilla and a burnt character have been arranged to perfection. Brown sugar sweetness rounds out the awesome aroma. Maybe a hint of berry and muted spearmint. Awesome favor and smoooooth and soothing. Incredible complexity and a perfect balance of flavor. Cocoa, vanilla - the best vanilla I’ve ever had in a beer, light charred oak - lots of oak, dark caramel, brown sugar, light light roast, almond, toasty marshmallows. Goes back without even a hint of alcohol. Ultra smooth and velvety finish. A mind blowing brew! 2009 MOAS on tap at Pelican. Got only a 2oz sample of this but and wish I could do up a pint. Noted differences: Oddly there is a bite on the nose that was not found in the 2010. More brown sugar, less fruit but pretty much the same awesome aroma. The taste is more marshmallowy, thicker sweeter dark caramel, more oak and a hint of alcohol that vanishes before swallowing. I could bathe in this.

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