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RATINGS: 454   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 Stormwatchers 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle at RBWG- Pour is light black with thin head...Nose is sweet candy, Vanilla, wood, toffee..Taste is sugar,caramels,wood and spice..Palate is thick and oily..very solid aged barley wine

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5542) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Had this at Ratebeers Horny Devil Pittsburgh Winter Tasting 2012. Big thanks to mrchopin for this gem. Very dark beer with no head. The bottle had a very nice gold foil on top. First taste is some oxidation in there I think. Quite alky overall. Its a little rude to my taste buds. Smell is boozy and alarming. Burns going down the hatch. Strong and rather over the top for this lager lover. Very little co2 in there. Very winelike on the finish. Thanks Kevin for the chance to try this beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Reddish brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is light chocolate with some vanilla and maybe wood. Taste is licorice, caramel, molasses, and other varying sugar-filled things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2010 I think. Red-brown, beige foam. Aroma is sweet, light prune. Taste is sweet again, bready caramel, light oxidation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (12550) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with small off white head. The aroma is vanilla oak. Medium mouthfeel will oak vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Slightly hazed amber pour with a small khaki ring of head. Rich aroma of sweet, dark fruits paired with some vanilla and wood. Very sweet, verrry sweet flavor of dark sugars and dark fruits. Tooo sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8179) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
been wanting to try this for years! just wish it wasnt at the ass end of an old ale tasting .. . deep brown .. light head, medium lacing .. . caramel, toffee, and light wood soaked bourbon barrel .. . light stickiness, coats the coat nicely .. . enjoyable experience and a humdinger to end a good day! .. . . Wipe out all thought? My God! Theyre like flying televisions!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (9746) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle, generously traded by Savvy1982 and shared with Parksy and Gripp. Pours a lustrous deep chocolate brown with a dense, finely bubbled golden brown head. Aroma is rich and full of promise: caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and hops, but more than that, evoking creme brle, and date cake with bourbon sauce and creme fresh. Beautiful flavour structure, high intensity, thick and chewy; sponge toffee, burnt marshmallow, chocolate, oaky vanilla, dates, ill-defined spices or perhaps just the suggestion thereof, and an assertive bitterness that has coniferous and citrus pith qualities. This beer is enormous, but carries itself elegantly. For me this was close to perfection in its balance, flavour profile, and its adept use of barrel aging to compliment the underlying beer. Im probably in the minority amongst Ratebeerians in that I am not tired of barrel aging beers, and this brew is an example of why-- when done well, it can elevate the end product to become something extraordinary. I know the product monograph describes this as an English style BW, but to me it exemplifies the best in American craftsmanship, taking every component of an established style, elevating them and combining them in such a way as to give new life and fresh awareness to an old favourite. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Very nice color and has a very sweet smell. The bourbon is very present and almost unbalanced. Taste is huge bourbon barrel goodness. Caramel and tannin notes mixed with some toffee. Very sweet but the alcohol is rather pronounced. I think age will do this one well, still a fantastic beer for the style and one to break out for a special occasion.

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