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

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old AbominableStoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 201
Gots: 9 | 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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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

07-03-2013 15:12:56 | More by duceswild
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noel2977

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.5%

01-13-2012 02:03:08 | More by noel2977
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

07-01-2013 18:45:02 | More by oline73
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

07-01-2013 04:40:35 | More by oriolesfan4
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waltonc

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 05:48:44 | More by waltonc
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:05:15 | More by goatgoat
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-02-2012 01:38:48 | More by JohnK17
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

08-09-2013 11:59:43 | More by mikeincharleston
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HipHopsHooray

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-13-2014 00:47:08 | More by HipHopsHooray
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Robdrinx

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-21-2012 23:41:48 | More by Robdrinx
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-13-2013 22:38:28 | More by spycow
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of todd1. Thanks!
Clear, tawny brown with a fine beige cap. Good head retention, a bit of sticky lace. Aromas of caramel and vanilla, a little wood, citrus and grass, slightly cheesy. Moderate bitterness, citrus and orange hop flavour hit up front, followed by caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced with some alcohol, oak, and toast. Full bodied, lowish carbonation that gave it a creamy texture, warmth, dry from wood tannins. Solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:03:26 | More by DrJay
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to tpd975 for bringing another in a long long line of amazing brews to the weekly tasting. Pours clear copper with thin tan head. The aroma has pulses of sweet dark fruity esters moving into vanilla, oak and booze. The taste is smooth and near silky with malt and dark fruity ester sweetness followed by wood, vanilla and booze. This is just so smooth and tasty and carries a fairly full wood sensation from front to back. It seems to achieve a nice balance between barrel and barleywine notes. Upon further inspection it does lean some toward barrel rather than beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 14:19:02 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jettanbass9 for hooking me up with this Christmas in July beer! 750mL split amongst four people. Poured into snifters.

A- Pours copper, amber color. Produced a fingers width of off-white, cream colored head. Dissipated pretty quickly. Mild, soap-like lacing.

S- Very, very nice. Combination of various complexities. Big, sweet malt character with hints of dark fruit in the background. A bit of vanilla and toffee come in the mix as well. The whiskey and toffee almost give off a nutty wood like aroma.

T- The taste suffered tremendously from the extremely high carbonation. From what I was able to pick out, the ingredients in the nose were definitely here, just somewhat muted from the carbonation. After 15 minutes of swirling my glass was I finally able to get a glimpse of the full potential of this beer. Had sweet malt background, with a soft vanilla, wood flavor. A touch of whiskey in there as well with some caramel.

M- As stated above, WAY too much carbonation.

D- For such a big beer, the whiskey barrel aspects had mellowed very nicely and gave off nice vanilla flavors. However, the overcarbonation really kept this beer from giving off its full flavor.

Overall, this was a good BA barleywine, but it did have the potential to be great. Sadly, I will most likely never get to find this out.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 16:11:25 | More by rhinos00
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mikey711

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:36:00 | More by mikey711
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-08-2013 13:32:27 | More by SpdKilz
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-01-2012 19:49:09 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:36:08 | More by Zorro
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-05-2013 22:25:29 | More by IPAchris
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:30:01 | More by AgentZero
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MaltRoomAssoc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-11-2011 15:15:01 | More by MaltRoomAssoc
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-13-2013 18:45:10 | More by Slatetank
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-25-2011 19:55:50 | More by JAHMUR
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rtepiak

Poland

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pretty textbook english barley wine. Pour of a murky amber brown brew with a small head. A finger of off caramel head. Nose of bit-o-honey, pollen, malt, and brown sugar. The palate is nice and malty sweet and a nice lemon zest tart. A nice blend that doesn't get separated alcohol/malt liquor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 03:33:46 | More by rtepiak
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:59:49 | More by akorsak
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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable from Stoudts Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.