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Broad Street Barley Wine - Appalachian Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 97
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jarod on 10-22-2002

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 97
Photo of dueserdo
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

As I sit here drinking my 22 Oz. bottle, I am disappointed as I usually have this at the brew pub in Lititz, PA. Love the draught taste but this is just Ok and would not purchase again. My bottle says 10.9% ABV, and it taste and feels like 10.9%ABV. The only reason I bought the bottle is because they would not let me fill my growler with the draught. This has been their policy for years, and I don't know why. The draught version in my opinion is far better.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. 2010 vintage.

Poured deep chestnut color with a light beige head. Ruby hues in the light. The head diminished quickly, leaving a thin trail of bubbles. Lots of deep, dark dried fruits. Hard to discern specifics though. Caramel malt is prominent and there is but a decent undertone of bitterness and pine. Maybe some vanilla and chocolate in there too. Pretty intense alcohol nose and bite. Perhaps this is a bit young yet, having just picked up a dozen of these fresh from the brewery 2 weeks after bottling, but it definitely has potential to age into something beautiful.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served draft into a goblet, at the Collegeville brewpub location.

appears a dark amber almost brown color. no head whatsoever.
sweet aroma of caramel malt and just a hint of dark fruit. malt dominates the taste as well, sweetness is balanced. little hop presence. body is fairly thick, with lower carbonation, which works well.

overall - an average barleywine. but I think this is mis-classified as an American style. without a strong hop presence, I think it's better described as an English style.

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Photo of ottovon
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to whiterascal for sharing this. 2010 vintage.

A: pours out a murky, orangish-brown with a light brown head. the head fell quickly. you can see bubble running up the glass.

S: big, rich malt aroma. i get raisins and plums. there is molasses and toffee in the aroma. mostly sweet at first, then you get some hop aromas in there, with a touch of bitter aroma. hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: bread pudding, toffee, molasses, big malt flavor. i get chocolate and roasted malt as well. raisins, cherries, and a hint of alcohol. it does finish a bit dry and bitter. i pick up the roasted malt and burnt sugar in the finish, and that flavor lingers. there is something in the after taste that I am not a big fan of. Not sure exactly what the flavor is though.

M: medium-thick body, with low carb. creamy and goes down smooth.

O: this isnt a bad BW, i enjoy the initial flavor, but the after taste is a bit off for me. it is almost like roasted/burnt malt and scorched chocolate with some tobacco mixed in.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice light brown color with a modest head of tan across the top that fades and leaves light lacing in its wake. Aroma is hot, loads of alcohol here with hints of caramel, lots of hops and a just a biting malt nose as well. Really a very odd profile from both sides. Very hot on the palate again with minimal balance to it, just seemed like it was terribly off balance. Flavors were all over the place with hints of everything but the kitchen sink and just an very hot, hoppy, dry finish that really did not work well for me at all.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Asked the waiter what the strongest beer they had available, he responded with this beer. So I ordered one to start me off at the brewpub while I waited for my meal to come. This beer was very dark in color, I was surprised actually. The head and lacing were non existent by the time the glass got over to my table. The smell of the beer was a little sweet and a little roasted also. I felt that it had a pretty good aroma for a barley wine. The taste of the beer had a sweetness upfront of some sugars and fruits but faded into a dry roasted flavor. The mouthfeel was slightly thick but nothing too heavy really. Overall I thought it was a good brew, not my favorite but still not too bad.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broad Street Barley Wine ontap @ Harrisburg Appalachian Brewpub

Pours a dark blackish ruby. Off white head forms and fades quickly. Aroma of plum, roast, raisin and dark fruit. In the flavor, dark fruit with a pronounced roasted malt edge. Almost breaks into the stout category but has enough sugary fruit to convince me it is a solid barleywine. Mild coffee and dark fruits. Full bodied a little syrupy. Very tasty.

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: A deep murky brown with reddish highlights at the edges when held to the light. Coffee and cream colored head.

S: Strong malt, syrupy with a hint of roasted malt. Brown sugar and raisons, with short bread. For an American barley wine there is a lack of hop scent, it smells good, but is a little out of character.

T: Plenty of fruity notes, there is almost a harshness from the roasted malt. Notes, of syrup and dark bread. A tough of booze in it as well. Classified as an american barley wine it is off, but it seems pretty on target for an English style.

M: Fairly thick and chewy. Carbonation seems good.

O: Overall this is good, but it seems to me to be mis-classified. A good brew, enjoyable, a touch of booze seems to fit in pretty well. Good sweetness and a touch of roasted malt.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2008 vintage, pours out a deep, ruddy brown. Head rose and fell quite quickly. Tan ring of bubbles remains around the glass. Appears to be close to black in color after looking again.

S: Could smell the sweet, caramel malts from this one without even taking a whiff. Has certainly aged nicely, great raisin and fig aroma. Buttery bread and some spice. Almost resembles an old ale in aroma.

T: Fantastic sweet malts, hops have taken a back seat here...if they were even there in the first place. Haven't had this one fresh. Very nicely balanced between the sweetness and the alcohol heat. Caramel and brown sugar, not overly sweet.

M: Held up pretty well over time, good carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel. Good example of what the style can be.

D: Taking it slow with this one, definitely a dessert beer or a night cap beer. Big old body and viscosity that can only be consumed slowly.

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Photo of stonelis
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 pack at the Harrisburg brewpub/restaurant. I was told at the brewery that this is 12%. Pours a deep dark brown/red color. The head dissapates quickly. Very smooth, no complexity. Caramel malts, not much hop. Easy to drink, alcohol well hidden. Not really a typical barleywine but still a great beer.

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Photo of stakem
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken on 6/16/10.

On tap at the Harrisburg location, the barleywine was served in one of their spiffy new mini goblets. It appears a dark brown color with a finger of creamy tan, almost brown head. Around the edges the color of this barleywine appears a lighter color of brown and includes some redish highlights. The head receeds fairly fast leaving a pattern of lacing about the glassware.

Aroma is quite fruity smelling quite similar to grapes upfront with suggestions of chocolate malt in the background. Taste includes a bit of the fruity flavor tasting quite faintly of a fruitiness like grapes as the aroma indicated. Other flavors of minorly citrus hops bitter upfront with a flavor of dark grain through the body and hints of coffee grind.

Medium feel with a very limited amount of carbonation that leaves the feel of this beer quite watery and a disappointment. As it warms, some chocolate notes come out and linger in the mouth a bit like dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

This brew was previously my favorite offering from ABC as it always seemed more like an imperial stout than a barleywine (except for the booziness.) As of late I have noticed changes and it is upsetting that I am only getting to review this beer as a shadow of it's former self. Almost no alcohol character to speak of. During my last visit, I ordered the BW and it was served to me partially mixed with root beer because they switched the lines without cleaning them. To go from soda to beer on the same line is rediculous and shows a lack of careness and respect for the beer and the customer. Insane how they actually served this to me. Maybe some careless flaw recently with wine or grape soda explains the grape character in my experience this time.

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Photo of CaptYellow
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

There was a surprising lack of complexity here. I didn't particularly care for the taste either. But it was crazy drinkable. I didn't detect a hint of alcohol. It came in a small snifter which I could have easily downed at once. And the body was light. I would have expected medium. Perhaps this helps in the drinkability department.

Looking at it as a beer and not as a barleywine, it has an interesting taste and is very drinkable but perhaps not worth the money. This drinks more like a liquor (for me, anyway).

By the way, growler fill is $22.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle...
Appears a chestnut toned amber with a small off-white cap that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, ripe fruit,fig preserves, cocoa, caramel, and light bing cherries covered in dark brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary vanilla flavor pulling through with a touch of mocha and toasted nuts. Munich malt holds true with an Old Ale flavor and a touch of spruce.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, lip smacking, sticky, and chewy.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a small tulip of the BW ($3.35) for my third Appalachian offering of the day (27JAN10).

Broad Street was a deep, dark, opaque brown. Had a creamy, light brown head, fine and tight. Lacing was on and off. Nose has lots of dark fruit, a touch of rum and almost whiskey-like. Body was almost medium, and it was smooth. Could be thicker, though.

Dark fruits and a smidge of sweetness first arise. It was a little raisiny, a little rummy, with currants and a hint of "hotness". Black licorice is quite noteworthy here, as well. Some light hoppiness makes a late appearance in this most-different take on a barleywine. Not a west-coaster, and not English in style. As it warms, more toffee-ish malt comes forth. Not bad; not bad at all. Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Harrisburg location. I was told this was aged in a Merlot barrel.

Pours an opaque brown color with a cascading two-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust and sticky caramel malts with a good amount of medium to dark fruits - dark cherries, raisins, and plums. Also present are hints of toffee and vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with toffee and butterscotch up front. Midway through the sip hints of raisins and other assorted dark fruits enter into things. Vanilla and a very light tartness make an appearance right before a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. A well done barleywine that does nothing but improve with the barrel aging. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After being aged one year.

A- dark bourbon red color. Very little head.

S- strong presence of figs and raisins and caramel malts. Triple the scent on the figs. Grain is at the forefront as well.

T- wow! huge burst of figs, raisins and toffee with grain that smacks you in the face. Awesome!

M- carbonated and thick and creamy. Goes down silky smooth.

D- this bad boy takes a bit to put back after being aged a year. I threw it back in 15 minutes without i being aged.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2008 vintage (courtesy of RB's own Beerman6686, thanks again) pours deep clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is a bit boozy, to be expected considering the youth of the beer and its ABV, followed by prunes, cherry compote and some sticky malts. The taste is full and rich with prunes, figs, cherries and a full load of malts and roast. To midway it gets a little grape jam like and sends this into richer and more complex territory. I get mild caramel rolling around in the background too. This is going to be frikin' amazing with more time on the shelf (in fact, I'm putty this back onto my "wants" list). Plenty yum now.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in an 8 oz wine glass. It's very dark brown, nearly black, with a hint of purple. There is a thin, light brown head. There are some floral tones in its light, crisp aroma. The first thing I tasted was some sweetness, followed by some toasted malt flavor in the finish. You can also taste the alcohol, reminding you why you only got an 8 oz pour. It has a full body and low carbonation, as you'd expect with this style.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep brooding garnet color with ruby highlights... A thin veil of dark tan lacing swirls on top... Moderate carbonation can be detected...

S - Butter... Burnt sugars... Caramel... Raisins... Chocolate... Plums... Bing cherries... Wonderful aroma...

T - Dry roasted malts... Caramel... Raisin... Chocolate... Tootsie Roll... Some very minor piney hop notes...

M - Slightly burnt texture... Medium to full bodied... A decent bit of carbonation can be detected on the tongue... Decadent and fairly smooth... Slightly syrupy...

D - A very solid offering from Appalachian... A sturdy sipper that deserves to be savored... Not a top tier Barleywine, but one that I would gladly recommend and seek out in the future... Perfect after a nice meal as a "desert" beer...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label on the neck reads: Notably Fresh 2008. I wish it said notably aged instead.

Pours a clear but a bit dark ruby hued brown. Tan head. Nose is molasses. Flavor is nice and robust. But this is a bit young. Earthy and leafy but still a bit tight. Slight booze tone there. Feels nice. But this would be better after a few years.

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Photo of JamesS
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a great dark brown with indigo hints, with some very nice head and nice lacing. Great deep scent, very thick, dark, and sweet, with slight chocolate hints; fills the nose. Wonderful taste, a great thick and deep barley wine with huge malt flavors, but has some nice imperial stout attributes, such as a slight fig and bit of cocoa flavor. Goes down great with just the slightest hint of its high ABV. The only disappointment was that it was served in a small wine glass (6 ounces, maybe 4) instead of a pint glass.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at thirsty's in York.Bottled on Oct 08 poured chilled into a snifter and allowed too rise to cellar temp.

A - deep brown w/ a 1/2 inch light tan cap that is rocky and settles to a ring + random pattern in the center. No lace clings, not really expected though.

S - Very strong of diacetyl, like butterscotch w/ mild raisin, sweet almond and prune w/ an alcohol and brown toast aroma

M - A sweet malt feel w/ moderate carbonation, gentle hop spiciness and mild alcohol warmth and relatively clean dry finish.

T - The barleywine taste is malty but has a pine flavor from the hops w/ a slightly dry toasted malt flavor which is sweet and fruity like dark cherries in cocoa which has a mild astringent taste. The flavor is mildly medicinal w/ a nutty biscuit flavor underneath. There is mild citrus notes w/ tinges of coffee and dark caramel as it warms. The flavor/aroma is slightly meaty w/ gentle woody essence.

D - I was actually pleasantly surprised and yet still found myself wanting more. The smell and taste are slightly less than outstanding, but I think it is just a matter of not pushed to the limit or optimal extent of the style. A very good barleywine but I feel this deserves 7 months of cellaring to take some of the 'green' away. Worth a try at the very least.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark mohagany beer with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is dark fruits.Taste is the same with some sugar cane and warm alcohol on the back end.Overall this is pretty good and something I can see myself buying again in the future.I would recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of treyrab
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have driven past the brewery on my way to Troegs bust never stopped in. I found a bottle at a local shop and wasted no time snagging it. Poured into my snifter tonight...

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a head that is almost non existent. Some tan carbonation forms at the top but not enough to call it a head. No lacing on this one.

S: Smell is fantastically spectacular. Tons of dark figs, plums and raisins come to the forefront and are matched beautifully by the mellow, sweet caramel. Some nice toffee sweetness and hints of bourbon come through also.

T: Magnificent. Starts with a nice caramely sweetness followed by sweet chocolaty toffee and tons of dark fruits: raisins, plums, figs, prunes all blended great. The finish is some warming alcohol and bourbon. Not much in terms of hops.

Overall, this is a great English Barleywine. Smooth, rich and flavorful. I will definitely be grabbing some more of these.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby red that was black until I held it up to the light. There is an off white fluffy head that leaves a thin layer and thick ring. The smell is amazing with licorice and dark fruits as well as some roasted malts but not much of any hops. There is some slight alcohol on the nose as well. First off on taste, there is no real hop presence in this for an American Barleywine. There is a large amount of fig, dark fruit, licorice and roasted malt but no bitterness to balance it out. It has an amazing flavor but doesn't fit the category. The alcohol is very present and this one taste more like a Blegian Strong Dark Ale or a Quad or an aged Barleywine. The mouthfeel is great with a slick and smooth body and great carbonation. The alcohol is present but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel or drinkability.

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Broad Street Barley Wine from Appalachian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.