Broad Street Barley Wine - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jarod on 10-22-2002

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to DIM for the chance to try this barleywine. 1 review since 2005? I think we have ventured off the beaten path here. Excited, I pour this brew and see what they are all about. A mahogany colored beer pours with a nice light tan head. Aromas are dark malts, some alcohol and a roasty undernote. Taste follows the nose, dark malts, some sweet caramel, burnt caramel notes and a slight warming effect. A full bodied nicely carbonated beer which drinks nicely.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 1/2 gallon growler, sampled with beergeek279 and cupbeerman. Appearance: Dark caramel amber with ruby highlights tan mountainous head leaves behind nice scattered lacing. Aroma: Rich syrupy layers of sweetness alcohol and overly ripened fruit profusely swarms my sensses, within the blast of sweetness comes some nutty chocolate edges a well. Taste: Amazing stuff, the fruit entwined with alcohol, chocolate, and caramel is awe-inspiring finishes with an alcohol soaked raisin quality this beauty was also aged in oak giving it subtly smokey characteristic, very well done I hope to sample more ABC brews. Mouthfeel: Medium body incredibly smooth a must try damn good in all regards all with even carbonation. Drinkability: Excellent barleywine beware of the abv this one can get you I settled for one glass of it but believe me I wanted another.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled over the Memorial Day weekend at the ABC in Harrisburg. This beer was served in a 5 oz wine glass. The beer poured a deep brown color with a slight brown head that made a ring around the top of the glass. The beer was very thick, like oil. The aroma was a bit toasted and malty with some sweetness and potent alcohol. The taste has some resemblence to a port, a bit of raisins and alcohol, balanced with a hoppy flavor. The body is thick but drinkable in moderation.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is apparently still being brewed, or was resurrected, as I got this on tap in April '07. Filled a growler and took it to share with a friend in Syracuse.'s a good beer, but one of the least barleywine-ish barleywines I've ever had.

Nearly opaque in color, just the faintest light can get through. Small tan head reduces to a crown, and forms light lace. More porter/stout looking than barleywine.

Aroma is faint chocolate-covered/alcohol-soaked cherries. But mostly chocolate. Again, nice aroma, but is it a barleywine?

Dominant chocolate in the flavor has me further confused. Also reminiscent of liqueur-filled chocolate covered cherries. I'm seriously questioning how true to style this is. The warming alcohol glow and aggressive hops of a barleywine are here...but it's closer to a Russian Imperial Stout, really. Would be a "4" for pure flavor, and it's very enjoyable. But a barleywine? Got to give it a 3.5 at best.

Big, thick and round in the mouth, a wonderfully crafted brew in terms of feel and texture.

Too chocolatey and not close enough to a true barleywine to rate it higher...but a nice flavor, if we're not playing "style nazi" (a game I don't usually condone).

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hop Devil Grill. Very dark brown with lace. Good roast aroma. Good hops and berries and dark fruit worked. Very nice and smooth.Full mouthfeel with bagel dough, tabacco, toffee, molasses, roast malt sweet but not cloying. Complex and unique, a beer geek out-of-mug experience. Wow at 13% alcohol.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an oak-aged version of Broad Street Barley Wine, served in a 3 oz. snifter at ABC in Harrisburg, PA. The ale is slightly chilled (but not a lot).

Appearance: The barleywine has a deep brown color, coming across as quite thick and syrupy. There is no head whatsoever.

Smell: The buttery flavors of the oak aging really shine in the aroma, giving the normally malty ale a sweet chardonnay smell.

Taste: The oak aging has done wonders to this ale, giving it a depth and sweetness rarely seen in a barleywine. The barrels have imparted a sweet butter rum flavor that completely overshadows the maltiness of the beer. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: The barleywine has lost the malt bomb kick that it normally has. That kick has been replaced by oak-aged sweetness and that is a nice replacement.

Drinkability: The higher abv and sweetness can be a little much, but overall the ale is a perfect after-dinner drink.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, darker than any barleywine I've seen. Looks like a stout. Fine head - big roast nose & alcohol. The fine carbonation lingers. The mouthfeel is silky, initial taste is again - roast. This is beginning to make me think "Imperial Stout - Barleywine." Flavors of dried fruits are in back, can't overtake the complex roast malt and chocolate malts. Alcohol provides a nice warming charachter.

A big, flavorful beer. Fine warmth for the coldest PA nights.

It really doesn't remind me of any barleywine I've ever had - much closer to Imperial Stout. Not that there is anything wrong with that! Tasty beer, just don't think it is of the barleywine style.

Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was absolutely impressed by this one. It arrived as a really frothy, creamy drink with lots of CO2 bubbles, indicting a still-active beer. It comes served in a wine glass, which is just right for the style. I smelled vanilla notes on the nose, which immediately made me curious as to how this was aged. The first sip was absolutely alive with flavors. There was a lot of sweetness, like chocolate, caramel, and toffee. I also got coconut at the finish. I remembered back to early June, when Artie laid some on me at the end of the Penn Brewfest. That was a growler of his private stash, well-aged and at room temperature. I recommend letting the brewery-served drink warm up to room temp. As it wrmed, i began to taste of raisins and/or plums. A very complex drink, which should be savored.

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nutty, citrus, and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, citrus, chocolate, and some roastiness. Light alcohol in the finish, but not giving way the almost 13%. Well done ABC.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am re-editing this one. I pour a chilled sample into a snifter. IT pours pitch balck and no lite gets through.

A solid tan head foams up easily and fades to a nice edge and surface layer.
Aroma is malt dominated rich toffee and chocolate with some undertones of ripe fruit and even a little syrupy scent to it.
First sip is incredible! Very smooth and rich heavy body with a slight syrupy texture. Great quality in this brew I think.
Flavor is chocolate malty and some roasty hints with ripe pears and plums. Again incredibly smooth. Very faint soft carbonation. No real hop presence till I burp then I get a little bit of grassy hop presence. This brew is scarily smooth and is one of my if not my very favorite barleywine out there.

Photo of Gavage
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear brownish black in color with a spotty surface head. Spot or two of lacing.

Smell: Mild combination of roasted malts and alcohol.

Taste: roasted malts, hints of chocolate, molasses, raisins, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and syrupy throughout. Alcohol tones linger long on the tongue after swallowing. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: average overall. The very noticeable alcohol keeps the score down.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with only the shadowy wisp of a head. Served on draft, at the brewery, this beer is dark and thick. It has a notable alcohol aroma, mixed with fruit, raisins, and an intense of malt smell. Unfortunately, it also has a misplaced roasted grain characteristic. In some respects, it smelled a lot like a stout. To me, it seemed a little too roasted, burnt, and coffee-like. Still, this is one solidly flavorful beer. It’s strong, sweet, and syrupy. Moderate bitterness for a barleywine…it seems to be placed somewhere between the West Coast and England. This was a fine dessert after a nice meal.

Photo of CaptYellow
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.