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RATINGS: 457   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1061) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
From bottle at Holiday Wine Cellars private tasting in January 2011. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. The nice dark beige head has good retention and regeneration. Aroma is very bourbon-y; also some caramel and a distinct whiff of pumpkin pie with Cool-Whip brand sweet cream on top. Flavor is initially boozy bourbon, then a whole lot of fruit (dark fruits as well as cherry, berries, apple, pear) along with vanilla, caramel, creamy spice, and molasses. The huge ABV is well hidden here. Great barleywine and very nicely complex. (29, 558)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6770) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 22oz Bottle 2009 vintage thanks to ditmier for sharing this one. Next to the 2007 Strom Watcher (the base beer). Pours out dark brown topped with a small sand head. Aroma was very nice lots of the barrel notes vanilla, bourbon, pit fruit, wood, and some light hops. Taste was more of the sweet barrel notes along with some heat and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14615) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bomber - possibly from Bottleworks. Pours clear dark garnet with a transient tan head. Sweet aromasof bourbon/vanilla. Full bodied. Sweet, but not sticky. Mild heat. Touch of oak. Flavor is somewhat dark fruit with smooth bourbon, and perhaps a touch of brown sugar. Barleywine as it should be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9687) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours ruby with very little head, just a few bubbles, and a pleasant fruity and oak aroma. There is a smooth dark malt flavor with plum, a little vanilla and a fierce alcohol trail. Its like drinking a very nice brandy with lots of mellow fruit flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1669) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bomber thanks to maltomeal-great find!! Pours dark brown but looks filtered/clear. not much head. Nose is very sweet, full of spiciness and whiskey but complex-tough to label this one. Taste first off reminds me of some of the Firestone anniversary beers. Taste of whiskey, sugary notes, some spiciness. A bit cloying but this stays with you all the way through. Complex and immensely interesting. I usually dont prefer sweeter beers but too bad Ill have to finish this bottle by myself.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle at Papss, vintage 2009
The color is very dark brown, almost black, with a small head. Strange aroma, burnt wood, ruhbarb candies, cut branches, phenol... But the flavor is excellent, starting with a full body, then powerful chocolate flavor, and a stingy alcohol presence that actually fits well in the picture; a woody character; strong bitterness, the final also shows some liquorice and more chocolate. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG pours brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet toffee and molassis with lots of bourbon notes. Flavor is very sweet, the alcochol is masked well. There is sweet oak, vanilla and bourbon notes mixed in with bread and caramel malts. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
Brown pour side by side with Perfect Storm. Basically the same, awesome beer. Pour is dark brown with aromas of toffee, caramel, date, dried fruits, some light oaky vanilla. Flavor is much the same with a bit more perceivable booze that Perfect storm. Decadent richness of caramel malt, some slightly burnt toffee notes, and light charred vanilla barrel. Delicious.
Earlier Rating: 4/3/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Dark Brown pour. Aroma is Loaded with caramel and dark fruit, definite bourbon presence, but laid back, not in your face. Fig, date, caramel, a flutter of oaky vanilla. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium, rich, a bit boozy, but not as boozy as 13.5% suggests. Flavor is rich burnt caramel, complex date and oak vanilla. Damn good

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
The beer is a dark brown with medium brown head that rises about 1 finger is gone quite quickly. The lacing is heavy but watery in substance is gone quickly. The aroma is strong and complex you get bourbon, wood and vanilla right off the bat but then some nice rasian, toffee, and sadly a touch too much alcohol at the end. This beer tastes very comples and wonderful. The front is very malty lots of raisins, then it fades to bourbon and and ton of vanilla at the end. For 13.5% you taste some alcohol but it could be a lot more. The feel is incredibly it coats your mouth like syrup almost numbing you to the bone. This is by far the best mouthfeel ever. Overall, Im not a barleyfine at ALL! But this great beers may just change my mind, or just is it this beer? This beer is tasty, complex and has the best mouthfeel Ive ever had. I would recommend this beer up and down all day.
Earlier Rating: 3/24/2011 Total Score: 4.5
The beer is a dark brown with medium brown head that rises about 1 finger is gone quite quickly. The lacing is heavy but watery in substance is gone quickly. The aroma is strong and complex you get bourbon, wood and vanilla right off the bat but then some nice rasian, toffee, and sadly a touch too much alcohol at the end. This beer tastes very comples and wonderful. The front is very malty lots of raisins, then it fades to bourbon and and ton of vanilla at the end. For 13.5% you taste some alcohol but it could be a lot more. The feel is incredibly it coats your mouth like syrup almost numbing you to the bone. This is by far the best mouthfeel ever. Overall, Im not a barleyfine at ALL! But this great beers may just change my mind, or just is it this beer? This beer is tasty, complex and has the best mouthfeel Ive ever had. I would recommend this beer up and down all day.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7239) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Dasilky1 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy brown with a nice sized beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits, bourbon and oak
Taste: Dark ripe fruit, sweet caramel, bourbon and vanilla
A nice easy drinker, the 13% is well hidden.


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