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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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.

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3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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