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RATINGS: 461   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Gathering. Rich aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses and faded hops. Sweet flavors of maple, brown sugar, cherries, very malty. Full bodied with low carbonation. Overall a good beer, the flavors were nicely melded together but could have been more intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2010 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to a few folks for this. 3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. A huge ABV will do that to you, I guess. 4.0 S: The aroma is good, but the bourbon overshadows the barleywine. Leathery, a touch of peat, oak and vanilla, and an almost nutty vibe. Underneath that there are hints of tobacco and dark fruitiness, molasses, brown sugar, booze, and a good helping of caramel. 4.0 T: The taste is more barleywine-forward for sure. Lots of tobacco, raisin, plum, prune, and date. Again somewhat nutty (perhaps from the bourbon, but who knows). Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The bourbon kicks in after becoming accustomed to the malt flavors. Leathery, somewhat peaty in a smoky sense, and oak and vanilla from the barrel. Definitely sweet, but not cloying. The booze is very apparent, though. All 13.5% is realized. 3.5 M: Heavy body with a syruppiness to it. Just a touch chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too hot to be as smooth as Id like. 4.0 D: This is a good beer, but it doesnt quite live up to the hype (at least not this vintage). I think this will be vastly improved in a few years after it is allowed to cool down a bit. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-22-2011 03:35:48

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Thanks for this Ryan. 08. This is a big bastard, tasty, and very much malt-inclined. Pretty damn yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Dark crimson, garnet, ruby red brew with a tightly packed caramel head that left some lacing. Aroma was aggressive bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, and chocolate. Flavor shows intense bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, and toffee. So sweet, so full of alcohol. The ABV seems so much more present than in Perfect Storm. Not very well rounded. Still quite sharp when sampled. Good but was hoping for better.
Earlier Rating: 9/13/2010 Total Score: 4.6
Bottle shared by Sparky27...ERIC, YOU ROCK!!! Extremely dark mahogany body with crimson highlights that finishes with just a small eggshell ring for a head. Molasses, leather, tobacco, smoke, wood, vanilla, and bourbon entice the senses. Very "dark" aroma. Very complex flavor. Tend to get something new on every sip (and this definitely is a sipper). The bourbon influence is definitely present but its not "hot" at all. Creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1062) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7354) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14972) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (10049) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1680) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (20266) - 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.

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