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Pelican Pub and Brewery: Mother of All Storms

Released: November 2010

Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged English Barleywine

ABV: 13.5%

Available once per year at the Pelican Pub and Brewery in the coastal town of Pacific City, Oregon, Mother of All Storms is a bruising English style barleywine weighing in at 13.5% alcohol. Formerly known as The Perfect Storm, the third release in 2010 saw a name change due to copyright issues with the popular Warner Brothers film of the same name.

Utilizing the brewery’s Stormwatcher’s Winterfest (another special release available around the same time) as the base beer, this takes the style to new heights by aging the brew in Evan Williams bourbon barrels for a number of months. This imparts a boozy flavor filled with oak, vanilla, and sweetness on top of layers and layers of rich, dark malt.

While this was technically considered a brewery-only release, Pelican does sell some of their beers online, and leftovers were sold by the case after the party in November. However, there are 18 states they don’t ship to, and the whopping price of $240 per case plus shipping dramatically limited the amount of people outside the local area who got their hands on Mother of All Storms.

With only 2880 total bottles released, this quickly shot up the ranks on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer, finding a spot on many people’s beery wish list, and the respective near-perfect ratings sure didn’t hurt either. There’s hope though, as Pelican will be dropping this gem again in November 2011.

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