Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
VertBaconStrips (2226) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!!!
rayg1 (585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, thanks to daknole for this trade!!! Pours out a deep ruddy brown with a rather thick tan head that subsides after some time to just a ring of bubbles. Aroma is dark and powerful of tobacco, dark chocolate, oak, prunes, molasses, and a hint of bourbon. After tasting the beer one gets a flavor of cramelize sugar almost to the point of nearly burnt, a rather unusual flavor that I found to be awesome. Follow this by more oak notes, vanilla, dark fruit, and a presence of bourbon that warms you but does not overpower. I will be the first to say that I hate over-the-top bourbon barrel aging but this one seemed to be aged at just the right intensity, enough bourbon to let you know it is there but allows room for the base beer to shine through. This is a great beer. Lastly, after looking at some of the reviews I feel this beer may be misunderstood, this is very much a sipping beer. You must share this or be prepared for the 22 oz bottle to be your only beer of the night. I took the later option and it took me 4+ hours to drink the entire thing. If you slow your pace down and savor the beer becomes much less "hot", the alcohol subdues, and it becomes overall really wonderfully flavorful.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 Bottle the perfect storm from 2009, thanks Levi! Deep brown black pour, big aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some booze. Big taste of sweet molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some bourbon and a touch of booze. For how strong it is, there’s no booze on the taste. An excellent BB barley wine.
Rerate 2011 mother of all storm bottle, 22 oz bottle is dark black pour with tan head, aroma has big whiskey and bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, hints of oak. Taste is vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel, nice bourbon, hints of earth and dark fruit, finishing very nice and dry but slightly sweet. Delicious. 949518