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

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 199
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Phatz on 12-18-2006

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Reviews by goatgoat:
Photo of goatgoat
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the opportunity, DIM.

Pours with a head that explodes out of the glass. It starts bubbling up and I think "hell, it's a barleywine, not much will come of it..." seconds later I have a pool of tan foam on my counter and a whiff of whiskey in my nose. The rocky head falls slowly into a thick cap, leaving sticky lace. Color is a clear deep garnet red.

A deep inhalation reveals a spicy wood character. Other players are sweet fruits and a boozy alcohol. Fairly simple in the malt section, but boosted by the barrel aging.

Taste has the whiskey woodiness center stage while the malt character is waiting in the wings. There's a brief flash of citrus American hops late in the sip, but that's quickly shushed by the spicy alcoholic finish.

Seems light for a barleywine, though much of that could be contributed by the carbonation and alcohol dryness.

For me, the balance between whiskey and barleywine is skewed too much to the former. Though I haven't aged any beers, seems like it would mellow that and bring back to center.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 TooleBurger
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of mikey711
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +21.4%
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 akorsak
4.02/5  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
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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
4.27/5  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 Zorro
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +9.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 grub
4.42/5  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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.34/5  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 rayjay
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original release, no idea who sent me this beer it was so long ago! Possibly akorsak or zrrbrrt?

Deep carmel colored beer, almost dubbel looking without being so brown. Throws an attractive looking cask-like foam.

Oxidized at this old age. Once you accept and/or learn to overlook the oxidation a wonderful beer appears. Smells and flavors of old school british brewing. None of the heavy, angry alcohol and viscosity of many big American barleywines, this is a big, round, Marris-Otter based ale that remains tamed but expresses it's wild side. Dried fruit esters, but they are balanced. Lots of hops, but the bitterness is gentle and the aroma is mild. Dusty and woody like an old book, and a slight tart note in teh finish as the beer warms. You even learn to enjoy the oxidation in this case.

Stoudts Double IPA is more of a barleywine than this in terms of aggressiveness and alcohol presence, and this beer is more like a big brother to the (retired and sorely missed) Y2K IPA.

Photo of DNICE555
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Landed this through a trade about a year or two ago. Stoudt’s hasn’t brewed the barrel aged version in quite a while so this must be an old bottle.

Copper color with a huge white foamy head that came out of nowhere like the old abominable snowman sneaking up on an unsuspecting victim. Huge pop when I pulled the cork – didn’t expect that from such an old bottle.

Some nice barley, malt, and surprisingly some hops as well. Smells like I’m hiking in deep dense forest during a snowstorm. I can almost smell the old abominable lurking in this beer just like he does in depths of the woods.

Barley and malt up front with a nice hop finish. This beer has held up very well. A big thanks to Stoudt’s for having the courage to venture into the snowman’s territory and bottle this rare gem.

Chances are I will never have this beer again… especially with this kind of age on it. Very smooth and enjoyable. Def a sipper. Split with R Moe Nay and Greg. We went out onto the balcony and called for the old abominable to give him a sip… but our yells did not reach him.

Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark copper color with a medium off white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Rich biscuit malts with a touch of vanilla and oak. Upon warming spicy/herbal hop notes poke through

T-Rich, chewy biscuit malt and prominent vanilla notes. With warming strong bourbon notes start to dominate with more alcohol and a dry oak finish.

M-Medium bodied, VERY smooth...a real "sippin" beer! Nice lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-Well done BBA BW...not too much againg, not too little. The bourbon augments and compliments this, good to start with, barleywine. The right way to take a good beer and make it even better, well done Stoudt's!

Photo of mcallister
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a mahagony touch with slight redding, a very cloudy mideval look. Head is tan and tightly wound, pours at about a half inch and fades into some very spotty lace.

Quite the nose on this and the reason I love barley wines. That big sweet toffee caramel malty goodness. A very nice toasty oak aroma sticks out laced with vanilla, than a hint of bourbon. From the nose seems Stoudt's barrel master did a really good job of integration with this one. Sweet candies prunes, rum soaked raisin, dried smyrna fig, and more of that vanillan oak. This is a damn fine aroma.

This is just a damn good beer and an excellent example of barrel aging and what it can do. Really tamed this barley wine and brought everything to a land of calm serenity. Milk chocolate covered raisins with malted milk balls, brown sugar, and a maple fig reduction. Caramel blended with vanilla and a slight bit of diacetyl. The toasty oak flavors tamed the sweetness and made the drinkability of this as good as I've ever seen for a barley wine especially a barrel aged one. Only minor flavors of bourbon that bring out the toffee, caramel tones.

Very feminine in style and full of finesse. SLightly creamy yet a little thin mouthfeel but it fits this beer to a tee.

Thank God I have another bottle of this. Not sure how well this one will hold up for the long haul but looks like my other will be getting drunk sooner than later regardless as I really can't see this beer getting any better.

Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Christmas tasting with biegaman, grub and ThatWineGuy. 750 ml bottle provided by biegaman.

Pours a cloudy orange, light brown, thick off white head, lots of lacing on the glass, settles to a very thick layer and doesn't want to go away. Smell is neat, toffee, lots of wood, fruits, vanilla, rhubarb, apples, some spice, bread, very cool. Taste is very woody, dates, toffee, lots of fruit, vanilla and oak, bread, spicy bitterness, very oaky finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low, soft carbonation, very smooth. The wood is pretty well integrated, this was quite a treat, thanks a ton Jan!

Photo of joepais
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dim
This bottle is from the second release.
I spilt the bottle with a few fiends we poured into Portsmouth tulips and it produced a large tan head on top of a reddish brown body.

The aromas of the whiskey barrel are strong on this brew I also picked up some light hops as well. It really became more pronounced as it warmed.

The flavor of the barrel was also the fist to hit you I'm glad I like whiskey. The bitter from the hops and heat from the alcohol come into play as well. This had great carbonation, if you swirled the glass the head would revive all over again. The feel of the brew in your mouth was medium as well

I liked this barleywine but I was glad I spit it. One glass is enough at a sitting. The general conscientious was that this brew is still young and need's some age. I would have to agree. I am glad I have another to due just that. Thanks Dim, I'm sitting on the next bottle for a few years

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle corked and caged, poured into an imperial pint

Pours deep ruby in color with a two finger light tan head. Head was big and foamy and left some moderate lacing. A mild amount of active carbonation is visible.

The smell is dominated by the barrel aging, Whiskey, oak, figs, plums, raisins, vanilla, cherries, brown sugar, and some lightly toasted toffee. Very broad nose.

The whiskey hits you off the bat then settles to a bready, brown sugar flavor. The fruits, figs/raisins and warm vanilla leave a lingering sweet finish. Very mellow and a little boozy. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but I really warmed up to it.

A medium body with a big, silky feel. The vanilla, cherries and plums really allow for a warm, creamy mouthfeel. A decent amount of booze in the finish.

This guy drinks like a 13%'er. A definite sipper, but very enjoyable. I'm keeping my eyes open for this guy again.

Photo of shamrock1343
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle since Xmas 2010. Stoudts is a great stop after going to Hershey.

Nice copper color with a great nice white foam head.

A nice barley smell.

The barley at first with a nice hop finish.

A nice smooth mouthfeel

This is a great English Barleywine.

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