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RATINGS: 406   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SrSilliGose (3277) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle shared with kan and ky at the big fight. shawn, kan, and ky against the perfect storm. we won! but barely. Bunch of vanilla, prune, dates, bourbon, toffee, and oak notes. very smooth. awesome booze compliment. flavors flow and meld together quite nicely. Well crafted. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (745) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Pours black with a small tan head. Fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is of bourbon, wood, chocolate, sugar, dark fruit, grass, and malt. Taste starts off with lots of bourbon and wood. The alcohool kicks you in the ass right away, but isn’t overpowering. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and for some reason lots of sugar. Big malt flavor as well. Has a strange grassy taste to it, but it doesn’t detract too much from it. Lingering taste of bourbon and chocolate. Sharp alcohol burn at the end of each sip. Thick, very sticky mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper, but damned if it isn’t good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1730) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2010
Thanks to Skyview for sharing at DLD. Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is complex-dark fruit, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is the same, but you get some wood in the drink. The alcohol is warming but not overpowering, A nice balance of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2010
Shared by Skyview on DLD 2010. Pours orangey with some tan head. Nose is some vanilla and caramel candies. Same with the flavor. Dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle graciously shared by Pepsican. Pours a deep reddish brown with very little head. The aroma is wonderfully complex with some toffee, some cherry, some pecan, lots and lots of bourbon, & the booziness while present is very mild. The flavor is plenty of the vanilla and bourbon thing but not in an insanely overbearing way, this is well balanced with a very nutty and roasty character. The beer has some great candy sweetness, some resiny notes and a bit of coffee. The palate is very full and luxurious.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2010
2009. Dark brown, almost black with a small beige head. Really off-putting grainy aroma with extremely sharp and totally crazy bourbon tones alongside some nuts, light chocolate, cocoa, cherries and way too much alcohol. A friend said "dried dog food" which basically sums it up. Flavor is simply too intense and bourbon hot with sharp alcohol, light fruit, caramell, fudge and vanilla but all these components is rather well hidden in there totally raped by the alcohol and the barrel. Ends on a sharp, hot and sweet note. Slightly sticky but smooth medium full mouthfeel, the better aspect of the brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Vintage 2008. Poured a clear mahogany red color with a thin off-white head. It pours thick. Sweet thick malty aroma with notes of vanilla, bourbon and sugar. Sweet vanilla flavor with bourbon and dark fruits. Very tasty. Medium to full bodied and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle shared by pepsican. Thanks! Poured a slightly hazy ruddy orange-brown color. The head was thin and off white. Nice aroma tat included the likes of whiskey, vanilla, dried fruits, and toffee. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet with a warming alcohol effect. There was a rum-like flavor with dark fruits, vanilla, and toffee. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
22oz bottle at Woodshop 5.0, generously shared by someone from BA. My first new beer of the day. Pours a deep, oily brown color; thin light-tan head with decent lacing. Lots of oily brown sugar, dried dark fruits, and caramel in the aroma; pleasant, slightly warming. Medium-to-full body: lots of dense dried dark fruits, oiliness, sweet brown sugar; generous, oily, creamy presence in the mouth, with some lively acidity and effervescent cola notes; tasty, intense, reasonably well-integrated barrel character. Tasty. Lasting finish of brown sugar, warming alcohol, and creamy dark fruits; lightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (12002) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, dark brown with some nice reddish highlights. The head is mild in volume and tan in color. S: There is a surprising amount of chocolate (oxidation) in the aroma, but it works quite well. The usual suspects of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit are there as well, along with some oak. T: Like the aroma, there is a ton of chocolate to this beer--something I don’t normally expect from a barleywine. The sweet, malty flavors, dark fruits, and barrel contributions (vanilla and a nice oaky flavor) make this amazingly complex. I just had to give it a 5. M: Very nice and smooth. The carbonation is quite low, and the body is incredibly full. D: The only place that this beer takes a bit of a hit. This shouldn’t be surprising, however. But despite being 13.5% alcohol, it is surprisingly drinkable. I’ve not been the hugest barleywine fan in the past, but this beer has changed my perception of the style. Absolutely fantastic.

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