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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1845) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Not really a barley-wine lover, but this one I really enjoyed. Good sweet mixture with the malts, some booze. Liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2015
Sweet caramel and hazelnut aroma. Candy sugar, honey and sticky sugar finish. High liquor aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whale_hunter (10) - - JUN 12, 2015
Pours a dark amber brown. Aroma is caramel and molasses. Overall has a beautiful complexity and delicious sweet, malt flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (625) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
2013 vintage from a trade. Thanks ye nameless one! Pours dark brown/red-brown with a small khaki coloured head. Aroma is sweet, bready, caramel malty with bourbon and liquor-marzipan candy. Taste is sweet, caramely with well balanced bourbon notes, some peppery/spicy notes, well balanced bitterness. Full body, low carbonation, smooth and soft mouth feel. Short warming after taste.

Wow! This BA Barley Wine has the usual elements that you’d expect but everything is just that notch better than any other I’ve had. Top notch beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2355) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steebo on February 13. I’m not sure on the vintage that was here. The pour is a nice black color with a khaki colored head that falls quickly. Looks like a strong porter or decent stout, rather than a barley wine. The aroma has lots of caramel and dark fruits. Heavy, heavy on the booze, but there is also a gorgeous vanilla and a decent wood presence. The flavor is damn. Lots of bourbon again. Dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and a bourbon heat. The mouth feel is viscous and clingy, which is excellent. The carbonation is just such to help fizz up beautifully. The aftertaste is lingering dark fruits, a light roast, and some good bourbon heat. This is a pretty damn good beer, but I’d pit it more of a porter/stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2015
2014 vintage into a tulip. Pours a dark brown/black with some thin khaki edging. Nose is toffee, caramel, vanilla, and barrel. Loads of dark fruits and some residual char and booze that almost borders on savory. Taste is dark fruits and butterscotch into smooth oak and vanilla with some marshmallow and alcohol warmth. Lingering dates and bourbon with a touch of oxidation. Very well integrated. This is an excellent BA BW, and a long time want which I randomly found in a wine cooler in VT. Steep price tag but well worth it,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2815) - California, USA - APR 11, 2015
Cola colored... Aroma of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, raisins, bourbon... Flavor is dark fruits, candi sugar, bourbon, vanilla, slight booze on finish... Some coca cola and raisiny notes... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2015
Now we’re talking... Looks as black as sin with rose highlights in the dimple of the glass. Virtually no head to speak of though. Aromas of molasses, carob (I hate carob) and beef consomme. It smells rich and mellow and a taste confirms as much. God, what a treat. Rich, oily body with traits of treacle and crude oil. Such a massive beer but still smooth enough to enjoy. A thick, viscous treasure with flavours of aged bourbon, mulberry, elderberry, toffee, coffee and lust. One of the greats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle: 2012 vintage, under a year old. Thanks, Ed. Deep, ruby-red & brown color, edging its way to darkness. Tan head grows to a quarter-inch before quickly receding to a small film. Dense aroma, heavy & robust as fuck. Sweet caramel, toasted brown sugar, molasses, heavy bourbon, woody oak, vanilla, candied & honey-drizzled dark fruits; prunes, figs, dates... This thing is a beast. The flavor is no different. The boozy warmth is amplified. Huge flavors of bourbon-soaked raisins, dates, plums, dipped in molasses & rolled in a charred brown sugar bath. Huge back-end flavors of wood, vanilla, faint char, & a little bit of cocoa dust. Malty sweet finish with lots of caramel & toffee, all whilst showing that big underbelly of bourbon. Syrupy, thick body. Great barleywine.

Bottle: 2013 vintage, relatively fresh. Delicious, tons of super sweet caramel, butter toffee, molasses, brown sugar, & dark fruit, cut perfectly with warm barrel tannins, oak, & soothing bourbon. Great beer as always, & lovely fresh. Maybe the best bottle I’ve had.

Bottle: 2012 vintage, a little over two years old. Even with two years, the bourbon is a heavy hitter, full-force warmonger. I’ve never had an issue with the booziness of MoAS, though, because it balances so well with the offsetting malty bomb sweetness. Honestly, aged isn’t too much different from fresh. Delicious either way.

Bottle: 2010 vintage, about three years old or so. Thanks, Mike. Surprised that this one showed a minor bit of oxidation with a touch of papery staleness in the finish. Likely an issue with the bottle capping or the way it was stored. Carbonation a little lower than normal, also. Overall, still far from bad, but this one was an outlier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2134) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2012 bomber pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts, mild bourbon and oak, with dark dried fruits. Taste of sweet dark fruits, great caramel and toffee malt, with vanilla and oak, ending with a nice punch of bourbon. Very nice!

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