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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 200
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 12-18-2006)
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Reviews by TooleBurger:
Photo of TooleBurger
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased two bottle of the barley wine and enjoyed one on Christmas Eve. When I drank the first one, it did not even appear to look like a traditional barley wine. It had a smooth taste and an excellent nose.

I had the second bottle before going out to dinner with some friends. It tasted even better this time around. They love beer and noted the same characteristics, a smooth taste, great nose.

Perfect cold weather beer!

Overall this is an excellent beer I would recommend to anyone. Luckily, when I was at the store I got the last bottle. I wish I had more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with a finely beaded white head, which soon leaves but a trace of its former glory. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon, faint earthy hops, and toffeeish malt, with an alcoholic component coming on strong as it warms.

Starts with a combination of toffee-like, almost marzipan-like, maltiness - I've noticed this sweet-almond flavor in more than one bourbon aged beer and really enjoy it - with an underlying bitterness and a fruity, aromatic warming surge o' alcohol. The alcohol grows as it warms, as it should IMO. There are hops, but their presence is solely flavor and bitterness, contributing an apricotlike flavor in the middle somewhere. This baby's got a lot of cool flavors going on and manages to tie them together very nicely. Finishes as it started. Great, slick, smooth body - not lacking at all. The sheer weight of the thing prevents more than two at a sitting.

I wonder how this would age - it tastes like it's had a lot of time to self-contemplate already, and I don't know that another year or two would do much for it.

Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a monsterous head that has lots of breaks between bottles leaving big gaps. The beer itself is a murky looking brown, but there is some transparency when held in the light. Also one the head settles there is only a mild amount of lacing left behind

S: At first all i could smell was caramel and toffee without a hint of barrel, but as it warmed a bit more there were nice vanilla notes and a touch of smokiness as well as a nice whiskey boozy aroma. A touch of breadiness is also present

T: heavy vanilla note to start that is quite agressive and overpowers but of the caramel and toasted flavors. A very nice whiskey flavor is present as well. A bit more earthy wood presence would have been nice.

M: It has a very nice and smooth feel with no heat present aside from the whiskey. It could be a bit creamier but overall is solid

D: Splitting this bottle is the way to go, but a few glasses would be ok

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone - don't remember who - at DLD. Thanks to whoever it was.

Pours a clear medium reddish-brown color with a small off-white head.

Aroma is very nice: sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, oak, whiskey, and slight fruity notes.

Flavor is also great. Way better than the non-bal aged version, but then again, what isn't? Barrel aging is the best invention since...I don't know...the Sun or something. Sweet caramel malts and toffee - but not too sweet - with brown sugar, candied dates, coconut, oak, whiskey, and vanilla. Very complex. Just the right amount of barrel.

Medium-full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation.

A great barrel-aged barleywine overall. I am impressed, Stoudt's.

Photo of russpowell
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Massive kudos to Zrrbrt for this one!

Pours an efferevescent caramel/amber with 2 fingers+ of sand colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Doughy, oaky with vanilla raisins (sic), rum, bourbon& general goodness!

T: Bready, fruitty, oaky & yummy up front! Dates, rum, & charcoal follow. A slight piney hop bite follows with some toffee

MF: Chewy/bready with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks like original sin, love this to pieces! A great barley wine; I could drink this all night or till I go to sleep! This is my shining example of barleywine!

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 765 mL bottle purchased at the brewery approximately one year ago. This has been sitting around so long that I realized I need to check it out.

A: The barleywine is deep amber color, a shade or two lighter than the bottle it was served in. For the record, the bottle is a darker-than-normal amber. The ale appears crystal clear with only a thin strand of carbonation appearing. The head was sizeable, even in this Sam Adams glass and laces nicely all around the mouth.

S: The aroma is barleywine, thick with grainy malts that have a vegetal/tart aroma. Only on deeper searching do some vanilla notes emerge that suggest barrel aging.

T: The first sip is a bit of a disappointment. Despite the evidence of carbonation in the head, the flavor lacks the kick that carbonation would deliver. Getting over that, the barleywine has all the calling cards of some time spent in the barrel. Vanilla notes appear prominently, adding a sweetness to the already sweet barleywine body. As the ale warms the lack of carbonation situation improves, revealing a soft bourbon flavor. The ale is far more bourbon than barleywine, leaving a corn mash finish long after the sip is gone.

M: The sweet bourbon has done wonders on the beer, even with the distinct lack of carbonation. This is a great sippin' beer, one that Stoudt's should repeat regularly.

D: The 9% abv is well hidden within the beer. The mixture of barleywine and bourbon is a nice pairing and this beer does it right, preventing either flavor from dominating.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 received from DIM quite a long while ago.. I shared this one on Saturday at the Pennsylvania vs. Ohio beer tasting.. Thanks a Ton Dan... Probably my most favorite trader ever.. no shit.

Poured into a big balloon wine glass.. good head and lace.. the brew is a crystal clear amber... pretty..

The nose is nice and very balanced.. caramel with toasty malts.. once it warms up a tad, there is a bunch more wood and vanilla blossom

More "English" than American for sure.. fruity esters really are present with some toffee and perhaps too much lite caramel.. a really firm pale malt essence is present from the beginning to the end... the wood is much more "American".. slightly tannic and just enough vanilla.. The body seems a tad light.. maybe the carbonation is a touch high.. but the flavors and the aromas are very very pleasing... Sam seemed to think that I was being to hard on this one.. ehhh.. maybe.. This is actually a 750 that I could probably finish over a couple of hours and never really feel sorry for not sharing.. it takes some time to really open up.

Thanks Dan for the incredible trades... I truly appreciate the sentiment... a good man and a better BA.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown color with some light highlights of orange and red around the edges. Small off white head rises up and settles quickly with only minimal lacing and a bare top is left after only a few minutes. Aroma is rich, caramel, toffee, light hops and hints of oak all coming through fairly easily. Nice balance here but not getting that overwhelming barrel aged aroma I was hoping for. Warming does not do much now either as it just seems to bring in more of the hop and hints of boozy alcohol. Light carbonation masks the medium body and leaves the flavor to work its magic now. Smooth, even malts are stealing the show. Rich caramel and earthy tones round out a lightly hot flavor. Almost a popcorn like flavor coming through for me mid palate, buttery and creamy with a boozy finish that was slightly dry

Photo of rallison
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated with a 3" tan head on 1" of reddish brown beer.

Nose is full of vanilla and whiskey notes. So far, nice.

Sweet vanilla, whiskey and dried fruits in the taste. Dates and raisins. Some brown sugar. Pleasant alcohol heat at the end.

Super carbonated mouthfeel. Swirl this a few times and then a few more times so that you can actually appreciate the flavors present.

Nicely done whiskey barrel aged beer. Recommended.

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Chill hazed medium reddish brown colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with lots of fig, plum and cherry scents. Chocolate and light vanilla and a trace of Bourbon, for a barrel aged beer this one is quite restrained in the whiskey department.

The taste starts out fairly sweet with a substantial brown sugar flavor like a Belgian brown ale. No over powering bourbon flavor here just a slight trace in the aftertaste. Doesn't taste boozy but the burn in the chest suggests otherwise. Slightly smoky but not that much and there is a little bit of oak tannins present.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad beer but not one I would buy again either. Nothing wrong with this but now that I have tasted it there are many others like it out there that are better. Worth a try once but not good enough that I would seek it out again.

Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It poured a deep amber ruby color beer with an attractive frothy cap that lasted throughout the entire duration of the beer.

Smell: Divinely sweet caramel, lightly toasted malts and sweet gently grapefruity English hop character filled the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The taste and mouthfeel ran together. The beer was so remarkably silky smooth it was heavenly. It was so easy, relaxed, quaffable, I couldn't imagine a better tasting (or feeling) Barley Wine. The tastes were all so magnificently balanced it is almost hard to describe. There a lightly toasted sweet malt base on which a fruity citrus hop character flowed. It was almost like a bit of grapefruit juice in some apple juice. The citrus was mild (muted) so that is was not cloyingly tart. Just a gentle nibble of tartness on the tongue. Then it had a smooth clean finish with very little aftertaste. At 9% ABV I couldn't tell at all. The alcohol was totally masked.

Drinkability: This is certainly not a chugger, it is a sipping beer but that said it is remarkably easy to drink! Each sip is so smooth and enticingly silky it begs another one. After one glass (which took most of dinner to sip)I could have easily had another. Truly exceptional! Well done Stoudt's!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so, huge thanks to DIM for hooking me up with this fine barleywine.

A - initial pour is all foam. Usually for me this means no score better than 4, but this one settled out to a nice clear reddish brown color with a steady offwhite head.

S - oak notes, whiskey and whifs of caramel.

T - nice caramel, whiskey, oak, vanilla and slight toffee notes abound. the blend is definite barrel aged but subtly and nicely blended with the based of the regular old version of this barleywine.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, slightly warming with a nice whiskey note.

D - a smooth, well blended barrel aged barleywine. Yes sire, may I have another.

Photo of noel2977
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from hopdog via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" dark beige head above the almost clear reddish amber brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, especially for a BAed BW, with plentiful lace. Aroma is moderate sweetness with an oak presence. Taste is lightly spicy maltiness upfront, which mellows on the tongue, and vanilla and oak notes come on at the end, along with an alcohol warmth. If it wasn't for the end, I'd wonder if it really was barrel-aged. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, although looking past that the drinkability is superb. If they could tone down the bubbles on these BA brews, we'd be pretty near ideal.

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. at least two years old.

pours slightly hazy reddish brown with a small dense tan head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. big caramel. light alcohol. vanilla and bourbon, but nice and mellow. everyone else is mentioning rhubarb, but i don't really get that. bit of cherry.

taste is great. big caramel. bread and biscuit malt. light alcohol. vanilla and a hint of bourbon. nice mix of fruit - date and dried cherry. low bitterness level. hazelnut.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. fairly mellow. seems that this one has flattened/mellowed with time, but it's very nice. glad i got to try this one!

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dirty brown with a little reddish tint. Big head with left a little bit of lacing behind.

S - Caramel, toffee, sweetness. The barrel aging is evident in some vanilla notes.

T - Woody barrel influence comes through strongly with strong vanilla and bourbon taste comes through and then is mixed nicely with the caramel and sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Feels a little sugary.

D - Fairly drinkable, although I find barleywines get hard to do fast.

Photo of waltonc
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll start with the mouthfeel and appearance. Major gusher alert here. I had to use pliers to get the cork out, and then a volcanic eruption of foam gushed from the bottle. Not a good start. WTF? WAY too much carbonation in this beer. Absolutely absurd four inch head.

S/T: Not a very complex beer. Sweet dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Taste is also kind of nutty, with woody tannic flavors.

D: Not drinkable enough to sell in a 750 ml bottle, but that's what Stoudts did anyway, for some bizarre reason. I wouldn't bother with this, given the price.

Photo of srothblum
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HipHopsHooray
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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