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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle of the 09 release generously shared by bmanning at a tasting in November 2009. A: Pours a dark caramel with nice light tan head and lacing. S: The initial whiff brings forward quite a bit of bourbon and alcohol. Underneath there is caramel, wood, vanilla, toffee, and a bit of dark fruits. T: Again, the first taste brings forward tons of hot bourbon. The underlying flavors are all quite nice and complex, but it takes a while to sort through the hotness of it all. This is what keeps it down at a 4.0, although I could see an aged version of this absolutely creeping up to a 4.5 or even a 5.0, depending on how the heat recedes. M: Even though this is fairly hot, the complexity is outstanding, begging me to slowly chew every sip of the beer. D: This was a hard one to put down; sip after sip news things are developing. Would love to try this down the line with some more age on it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-21-2009

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VertBaconStrips (2361) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2016 **comments from right now***

Last 2011 bottle - a good time as any to point out the awesomeness of this beer. Slight oxydization, alc sticks out a bit aaaaaaaaand not long later I am durunksssssss.isn t as good as it was and ahsnt been for 2 or 3 yrs but hey, im trying to put back the entire fuckinh botel. Ids give this a 2yr shelf life tops.

2010 on tap at Pelican - The Mother of All Storms is an epic brew! After 3hrs of wandering the coastline in the rain taking pics I am finally delving into this brew. Weak coffee brown in colour, no cap. The aroma is stunning in complexity and appeal: bourbon, wood and a chocolate / caramel blend are really awesome. Vanilla and a burnt character have been arranged to perfection. Brown sugar sweetness rounds out the awesome aroma. Maybe a hint of berry and muted spearmint. Awesome favor and smoooooth and soothing. Incredible complexity and a perfect balance of flavor. Cocoa, vanilla - the best vanilla Ive ever had in a beer, light charred oak - lots of oak, dark caramel, brown sugar, light light roast, almond, toasty marshmallows. Goes back without even a hint of alcohol. Ultra smooth and velvety finish. A mind blowing brew! 2009 MOAS on tap at Pelican. Got only a 2oz sample of this but and wish I could do up a pint. Noted differences: Oddly there is a bite on the nose that was not found in the 2010. More brown sugar, less fruit but pretty much the same awesome aroma. The taste is more marshmallowy, thicker sweeter dark caramel, more oak and a hint of alcohol that vanishes before swallowing. I could bathe in this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4013) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Pours a clear dark brown with a tanned head. Very sweet with aromas of coacoa, vanilla, oak and dried fruits. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Deep ruby, very dark, thin spritzy off-white head, dies quickly, very little lacing.   Seemed to be more at the beginning of the bottle than at the end.   Strong dark pitted fruit, Bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, and alcohol on the nose.   Seems fairly hot and boozy.   Oh yeah, definitely warming on the tongue.   Some fire is there.   Make that a lot of fire!   If you have a bottle of the 2009, I suggest you sit on it for at least 6 months, maybe a year.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Warming finish.   Very flavorful, but also boozy.   I see great things for this beer if you wait on it for a bit.   Enjoyable, but the alcohol and heat detract a bit.   However, it is a really tasty sipper!   Thanks Bob!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Huge dark caramel aroma shot through with quite a bit of vanilla. Lightly sweet - not at all cloying as beers of this type can get. Lots of powdered cocoa notes in the finish. Far too drinkable for 13 and a half percent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
big thanks to stfun for getting me this gem, finally! pours a very dark, nearly opaque brwon with a small brown head that fades fast. very viscous. the aroma is very salty, briney, peaty, smokey, earthy, excellent! the taste is match. this is a true crusher of a barley wine, not just the abv, but very dark malty, very syrupy, long lasting after taste, very oily palate. intense port like sipper should keep you warm for quite a while!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (592) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2009 bottle, thanks to daknole for this trade!!! Pours out a deep ruddy brown with a rather thick tan head that subsides after some time to just a ring of bubbles. Aroma is dark and powerful of tobacco, dark chocolate, oak, prunes, molasses, and a hint of bourbon. After tasting the beer one gets a flavor of cramelize sugar almost to the point of nearly burnt, a rather unusual flavor that I found to be awesome. Follow this by more oak notes, vanilla, dark fruit, and a presence of bourbon that warms you but does not overpower. I will be the first to say that I hate over-the-top bourbon barrel aging but this one seemed to be aged at just the right intensity, enough bourbon to let you know it is there but allows room for the base beer to shine through. This is a great beer. Lastly, after looking at some of the reviews I feel this beer may be misunderstood, this is very much a sipping beer. You must share this or be prepared for the 22 oz bottle to be your only beer of the night. I took the later option and it took me 4+ hours to drink the entire thing. If you slow your pace down and savor the beer becomes much less "hot", the alcohol subdues, and it becomes overall really wonderfully flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 Bottle the perfect storm from 2009, thanks Levi! Deep brown black pour, big aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some booze. Big taste of sweet molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some bourbon and a touch of booze. For how strong it is, theres no booze on the taste. An excellent BB barley wine. Rerate 2011 mother of all storm bottle, 22 oz bottle is dark black pour with tan head, aroma has big whiskey and bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, hints of oak. Taste is vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel, nice bourbon, hints of earth and dark fruit, finishing very nice and dry but slightly sweet. Delicious. 949518

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 Review from 12/4/10 A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color. S-the nose has bourbon and wood up front, burnt caramel and lots of roasted qualities with notes of chocolate malts. Hints of malt sweetness in the back. T-roasted malts and chocoalte malts are rather strong, notes of wood and bourbon come in behind. hints of coffee and a light bitterness. somewhat sweet, toffee and brown sugar. M-full bodied and thick, very syrupy and slightly coats the mouth. juicy finish and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish. D-decent balance, lots of malt presence and a well integrated barrel presence. strong roasted malt presence with light sweetness, pretty tasty stuff. ***************** 8/10/10 A-pour a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color. S-big malty sweetness and some notes of alcohol, notes of caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar, dry oak and faint bourbon in the middle with notes of cherries and plums in the back. T-nice malt body, slightly earthy, lots of sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, chocolate, oak and vanilla, notes of booze and bourbon around some dark fruit sweetness of cherries and plums. M-smooth and creamy full body, chewy, lucious, well balanced by a moderate carbonation. D-very solid beer, good balance of malts and a great mouthfeel. very solid beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3718) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2010
100th rater. 2009 bottle. Tasted side by side with the Winterfest07. No head and a hairlike halo lacing. Color is more reddish than brown. Aroma is astringent barrel and lots of alcohol. Then there is a very thick toasted maltiness. Flavor is thinned out by the barrel and full of cherry-alcohol. Has some cola flavors. very thin and boozy and undercarbonated.

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