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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8120) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Butters (3963) - 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.

4
   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.

4.1
   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

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VertBaconStrips (2179) - 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3479) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Pours a clear dark brown with a tanned head. Very sweet with aromas of coacoa, vanilla, oak and dried fruits. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Deep ruby, very dark, thin spritzy off-white head, dies quickly, very little lacing.   Seemed to be more at the beginning of the bottle than at the end.   Strong dark pitted fruit, Bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, and alcohol on the nose.   Seems fairly hot and boozy.   Oh yeah, definitely warming on the tongue.   Some fire is there.   Make that a lot of fire!   If you have a bottle of the 2009, I suggest you sit on it for at least 6 months, maybe a year.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Warming finish.   Very flavorful, but also boozy.   I see great things for this beer if you wait on it for a bit.   Enjoyable, but the alcohol and heat detract a bit.   However, it is a really tasty sipper!   Thanks Bob!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Huge dark caramel aroma shot through with quite a bit of vanilla. Lightly sweet - not at all cloying as beers of this type can get. Lots of powdered cocoa notes in the finish. Far too drinkable for 13 and a half percent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
big thanks to stfun for getting me this gem, finally! pours a very dark, nearly opaque brwon with a small brown head that fades fast. very viscous. the aroma is very salty, briney, peaty, smokey, earthy, excellent! the taste is match. this is a true crusher of a barley wine, not just the abv, but very dark malty, very syrupy, long lasting after taste, very oily palate. intense port like sipper should keep you warm for quite a while!!!


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