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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
Sample at SBWF 2011. Bottle. Very dark amber/brown clear liquid with small tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel, chocolate, raw sugar, vanilla, roasted malt, booze, oak and light earthy hops. Delicious aroma, very balanced. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter and malty with great complexity. Notes of caramel and unrefined sugars. Medium to full bodied with OK carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Wow, really well made barley wine with absolutely no alcohol in the taste and great balance and complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear dark mahogany colour, small head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Sweet and full bodied with dense mouthfeel .Treacla and bourbon, somewhat sticky with marked bitterness and warming alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gyllenbock (8623) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle at SBWF, October 6, 2011. Dark brown with a small head. This was a very nice Barley Wine. Sweet with oak, reisin, roasted malt, wood. Thick mouth feel but still very drinkable. Would love to have a bottle or two at home.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2011
Sample at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2011. This is without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever tasted, and undoubtedly the best barley wine. The aroma had loads of vanilla, toffee and caramel combined with the oak and bourbon aromas from the cask. It tastes so much it is hard not to get overwhelmed when sipping it, there is sweetness but so much more complex, it reminds you of toffee and bourbon and marshmallows and fireplaces and of all that is good and great in the world. Despite the high ABV there is no hint of alcohol anywhere in the beer, so well hidden. Amazing beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (1013) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Sample @ SB&WF 2011. Very dark, almost black with a brown head. Elegant robust aroma with barrel notes, raisins, roasted, caramelized sugar. Nice balanced oak and bourbon notes in the taste with lots of roasted malts. Yes, a bit stout like. Complex but quite smooth mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5592) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
Bottled, bomber. Thanks Noize for the share. The aroma has bourbon, caramel sweet malts, raisins, wood. Dark brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel malts, raisins, wood bourbon. Very full, sticky and sirupy. Yeah, nice!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Just noticed that these were separated. 2009 bottle. Pours with a slightly murky deep red-bronze hue a tan head that leaves excellent lace and legs. Aromas of dark fruit and barrel with some caramel, dark fruits, coconut and boozy notes. Very complex. Flavors show an amazing balance of alcohol, caramelization, dates, figs, barrel, dark fruits. Great beer! . Syrupy with light carbonation. That said I like the Mother of All Storms a bit more
Earlier Rating: 1/10/2011 Total Score: 4.3
Rating number 4500. 2010 Mother of All Storms thanks to DA (and BA: billschmeinke). Pours with a garnet to maroon body with a tan head that leaves excellent lace and legs. Aromas are boozy with raisins, dark fruits, coconut milk, sherry and toasted grain. Flavors are a great medley of alcohol, dates, dark fruits, nuts, bourbon, brandy, barrel, caramel, and coconut. Syrupy with light carbonation. Absolutely excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finol (3262) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle at SBWF 2011. Pours oily black. Very imperial stoutish for a bw. Licorice, oily, raisins. Would have loved to enjoy it at home in a comfy sofa instead of at a festival.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (3045) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Samples @ SBWF 2011. Superb barley wine! The aroma has got notes of vanilla, raisin, salt and alcohol. The flavor has got notes of mint chocolate, vanilla and wood. Creamy, soft texture. This is a massive beer in all aspects. Surprisingly easy to drink, yet very complex.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aasher (113) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Review is from notes. This bottle was graciously shared at DLD by some top notch BAs. Ive been looking for a world class bourbon barrel aged barleywine for some time now. It was probably my favorite beer of the day. It poured a dark brown/amberish color with a light off white head. It instantly smelled of oak, bourbon, vanilla, carmel malts, and alcohol. It made the hair on my neck stand up. I instantly knew that I was in for a treat! The flavors were a nice blend of woody earthiness, vanilla, molasses, Evan Williams, and slight roasted malts. The complexities of this one are something I havent seen from a barleywine yet. It drank very easily and smooth for the high alcohol content. My only complaint is that I only got a four ounce pour and it disappeared too quickly. Massive thanks to those BAs who shared this on Saturday! You forever etched this memory in my mind! Cant wait to see you guys next year!


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