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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Pours chestnut brown with reddish edges and a tan head that fades into nothing. Sweet lacing. Huge aroma of malt and booze, cherries, raisins, dark fruits. Big flavor, just really big sweet English toffee, malt, bourbon. A bit of hops keeps this from being the least bit cloying. A bit hot but balanced. Huge, bold flavors. Really similar to Wooden Hell and Bullfrog Old Toad. An English-style barleywine with heavy bourbon influence that remains balanced but is quite strong and boozy. Good stuff. ******************************************Second bottle, opened 7/15/10. Pour is a fairly dark brown, not much head or lacing. Still quite boozy on the nose. Flavor has refined to a pretty nice chocolate liqueur thing going on. Of course it’s malty, a bit boozy, but it’s more refined now. Doesn’t really have the fine pipe tobacco quality of Wooden Hell at this point. A fine beer though, and comparisons between the two are warranted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Name: Perfect Storm
Date: December 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, ORF
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, lots of chocolate, touch of vanilla, long oak finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6905) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
This luscious brew was served up by none other than Gillard! Thanks Ryan. Pours clear deep mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruitiness heading into solid boozy nose searing heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth and sweet with prunes, ripe plums and raisins. By midway solid heat like booze tries to take over the flavor right into the finish. Very nice stuff that could use a few years of aging to bring it into perfection.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. pitch black with a cream head. nose is light alcohol, wood, fruits and chocolate. great thickness with flavors of wood malts, chocolate and dried fruits. very tasty stuff

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
POurs brown/red. Nose is boozey bourbon, sweet toffee, raisin, prune, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Flavor is sweet toffee, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, dry wood.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2009
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, crimson muddy brown color, boozy butterscotch aroma, flavors of caramel SloPoke, malt whiskey, chocolate, a little hot but great flavors

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. Dark reddish pour. Heavy smell with sharp malts and small tart flavors. Taste is heavily flavored with caramel malts and sweetness. Hot with ABV that tingles on the palate. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours dark reddish brown. Nose is boozy, raisin, burnt sugar, bourbon, and green apple peel. Taste is just not meshing for me, i think its just way too boozy, a little too thin, raisin, toffee, caramel, toasted marshmallow, bourbon, tanins, and just heat. A few years would do this beer wonders.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1307) - Riverview, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Thanks to corby and Gillard for this one. I have been lucky enough to have it twice in the past month. A: Pours a nice deep shade of brown with amber highlights. Medium tan head leaves behind some nice thick spotty lace. S: Nice sweet malt notes. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Bourbon soaked apples with hints of oak, and vanilla. T: Same as aroma. Wonderful malt sweetness, with the bourbon providing a great compliment. The flavors meld so wonderfully. M: Full in body, rich, smooth, creamy, EXCELLENT! D: A damn fine brew, one I could sip on for hours.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a medium tan head that fades to a ring and leaves good lacing. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, wood, toffee, dark fruit, and spice. Really pungent and awesome. Flavor is caramel and lots of toffee and wood, in addition to vanilla, spices, cherry raisin, fig, date, malted milk balls, and a little mildly boozy bourbon. Very complex and very, very tasty. Full body with a smooth mouthfeel, only ever so slightly boozy but very warming. This is easily one of the best barleywines I’ve ever tried.


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