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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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!

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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 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.

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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 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.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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 woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a mini-nonic; shared at a tasting.

A: Cloudy brown body with a moderate off-white head that sticks around for a while, eventually forming a nigh-solid cap.

S: Malty and spicy, with caramel, ginger, and raisins. Simple and delectable.

T: Starts out smooth and sweet, gets slightly hoppy, then finishes with smooth spice. Awesome.

M: Medium-full with ample carbonation.

D: Amazingly easy to drink for a barleywine.

Notes: Great beer, but where's the barrel? I didn't get any oak or whiskey at all, try as I might. This fact was only highlighted by drinking a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine in the same tasting - both great beers, but you couldn't get farther apart in terms of bourbon influence. Big thanks to Knifestyles for bringing this one.

Cheers!

Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright! A fresh EBW. See what all you limeys have been talking about...

Slow pour, but it's still a little wildly fizzy. Nice head, deep amber that's very opaque.

Smells of smooth aging in a whiskey barrel. Like "whiskey aging," not like whiskey. This is kinda how rotisserie became a flavor back in the 90s, instead of just a way of cooking chicken. This has the woody smoothness of whiskey aging but not the burn of whiskey. And there's not all that much else there, actually. (EDIT: As it warms it gets gorgeous)

Tastes great, though, much more complicated than the aroma. The firmness of an EBW is found in its strong malt profile, which is woody (even without barrel aging) without being thick or syrupy. This is balanced--not raped--by a firm blend of noble hops. Here, thankfully, the hops are a wee bit more aggressive than your average English barley, but not enough to ruin the spirit of the style. And when you smooth everything out with whiskey burn it's just heavenly.

Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks goes out to Dim for sending over this rare treat.

A: Pours an orangish hue with a full one finger head. Good retention and lots of floaties in this one. Nice spotty lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nice sweet caramel malt up front. Darkened brown sugar, toffee, and resinous pine with a touch of barrel goodness.

T: Barel comes through nicely in flavor. Nice sweetness from the malt. Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar duel equally. Nice fresh oakiness with a touch of vanilla and a boozy burn.

M: Medium in body, smooth, rich, with great carbonation.

D: Damn fine Barleywine!

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good grief, been sitting on this BW for years - sent by zrbrrt (wow, he hasn't been on BA for a year now 
In the Get Bombed BA club. MANY THANKS JOSH!

Crisp and clean mahogany brown from the cork and caged 750ml, thin ivory head jumps up but dies quickly. The high alcohol is holding down any lacing.

Woody and resinous barleywine (perfect English style), the orange liquore taste has really mellowed over the years. The barrel aged sherry hints sneak in and add to a marvelous brew. No way this is a 9% brew, way to light tasting.

A great day for this great brew, this sipping brew went down way too easy and quick.

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable from Stoudts Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.