Broad Street Barley Wine | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Broad Street Barley WineBroad Street Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jarod on 10-22-2002

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler from ABC. The color was black, with a nice beige head. The smell was a nice raisiny malt, with a good smokiness and a bit of alcohol. The taste was a very strong barrel smokiness, with a raisiny and slightly chocolatey maltiness, and there was a noticable, if not overwhelming, alcohol in the beer. Mouthfeel was nice and chewy. As for drinkability, this would just be far too overwhelming for sustainability.

This one was listed at 12.8% ABV at the brewery, instead of the 8.7% on the site. Either way, it was a damn good beer. Nice barrel aging adds a very nice smoky character to the fairly sweet beer. This is one that I would gladly have again!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ryser2k
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 1/2 gallon growler, sampled with beergeek279 and cupbeerman. Appearance: Dark caramel amber with ruby highlights tan mountainous head leaves behind nice scattered lacing. Aroma: Rich syrupy layers of sweetness alcohol and overly ripened fruit profusely swarms my sensses, within the blast of sweetness comes some nutty chocolate edges a well. Taste: Amazing stuff, the fruit entwined with alcohol, chocolate, and caramel is awe-inspiring finishes with an alcohol soaked raisin quality this beauty was also aged in oak giving it subtly smokey characteristic, very well done I hope to sample more ABC brews. Mouthfeel: Medium body incredibly smooth a must try damn good in all regards all with even carbonation. Drinkability: Excellent barleywine beware of the abv this one can get you I settled for one glass of it but believe me I wanted another.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Harrisburg location. I was told this was aged in a Merlot barrel.

Pours an opaque brown color with a cascading two-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust and sticky caramel malts with a good amount of medium to dark fruits - dark cherries, raisins, and plums. Also present are hints of toffee and vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with toffee and butterscotch up front. Midway through the sip hints of raisins and other assorted dark fruits enter into things. Vanilla and a very light tartness make an appearance right before a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. A well done barleywine that does nothing but improve with the barrel aging. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled over the Memorial Day weekend at the ABC in Harrisburg. This beer was served in a 5 oz wine glass. The beer poured a deep brown color with a slight brown head that made a ring around the top of the glass. The beer was very thick, like oil. The aroma was a bit toasted and malty with some sweetness and potent alcohol. The taste has some resemblence to a port, a bit of raisins and alcohol, balanced with a hoppy flavor. The body is thick but drinkable in moderation.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is apparently still being brewed, or was resurrected, as I got this on tap in April '07. Filled a growler and took it to share with a friend in Syracuse.'s a good beer, but one of the least barleywine-ish barleywines I've ever had.

Nearly opaque in color, just the faintest light can get through. Small tan head reduces to a crown, and forms light lace. More porter/stout looking than barleywine.

Aroma is faint chocolate-covered/alcohol-soaked cherries. But mostly chocolate. Again, nice aroma, but is it a barleywine?

Dominant chocolate in the flavor has me further confused. Also reminiscent of liqueur-filled chocolate covered cherries. I'm seriously questioning how true to style this is. The warming alcohol glow and aggressive hops of a barleywine are here...but it's closer to a Russian Imperial Stout, really. Would be a "4" for pure flavor, and it's very enjoyable. But a barleywine? Got to give it a 3.5 at best.

Big, thick and round in the mouth, a wonderfully crafted brew in terms of feel and texture.

Too chocolatey and not close enough to a true barleywine to rate it higher...but a nice flavor, if we're not playing "style nazi" (a game I don't usually condone).

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hop Devil Grill. Very dark brown with lace. Good roast aroma. Good hops and berries and dark fruit worked. Very nice and smooth.Full mouthfeel with bagel dough, tabacco, toffee, molasses, roast malt sweet but not cloying. Complex and unique, a beer geek out-of-mug experience. Wow at 13% alcohol.

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jeremy_Zim
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Darwin232
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an oak-aged version of Broad Street Barley Wine, served in a 3 oz. snifter at ABC in Harrisburg, PA. The ale is slightly chilled (but not a lot).

Appearance: The barleywine has a deep brown color, coming across as quite thick and syrupy. There is no head whatsoever.

Smell: The buttery flavors of the oak aging really shine in the aroma, giving the normally malty ale a sweet chardonnay smell.

Taste: The oak aging has done wonders to this ale, giving it a depth and sweetness rarely seen in a barleywine. The barrels have imparted a sweet butter rum flavor that completely overshadows the maltiness of the beer. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: The barleywine has lost the malt bomb kick that it normally has. That kick has been replaced by oak-aged sweetness and that is a nice replacement.

Drinkability: The higher abv and sweetness can be a little much, but overall the ale is a perfect after-dinner drink.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep brooding garnet color with ruby highlights... A thin veil of dark tan lacing swirls on top... Moderate carbonation can be detected...

S - Butter... Burnt sugars... Caramel... Raisins... Chocolate... Plums... Bing cherries... Wonderful aroma...

T - Dry roasted malts... Caramel... Raisin... Chocolate... Tootsie Roll... Some very minor piney hop notes...

M - Slightly burnt texture... Medium to full bodied... A decent bit of carbonation can be detected on the tongue... Decadent and fairly smooth... Slightly syrupy...

D - A very solid offering from Appalachian... A sturdy sipper that deserves to be savored... Not a top tier Barleywine, but one that I would gladly recommend and seek out in the future... Perfect after a nice meal as a "desert" beer...

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: A deep murky brown with reddish highlights at the edges when held to the light. Coffee and cream colored head.

S: Strong malt, syrupy with a hint of roasted malt. Brown sugar and raisons, with short bread. For an American barley wine there is a lack of hop scent, it smells good, but is a little out of character.

T: Plenty of fruity notes, there is almost a harshness from the roasted malt. Notes, of syrup and dark bread. A tough of booze in it as well. Classified as an american barley wine it is off, but it seems pretty on target for an English style.

M: Fairly thick and chewy. Carbonation seems good.

O: Overall this is good, but it seems to me to be mis-classified. A good brew, enjoyable, a touch of booze seems to fit in pretty well. Good sweetness and a touch of roasted malt.

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Photo of thomscottson
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After being aged one year.

A- dark bourbon red color. Very little head.

S- strong presence of figs and raisins and caramel malts. Triple the scent on the figs. Grain is at the forefront as well.

T- wow! huge burst of figs, raisins and toffee with grain that smacks you in the face. Awesome!

M- carbonated and thick and creamy. Goes down silky smooth.

D- this bad boy takes a bit to put back after being aged a year. I threw it back in 15 minutes without i being aged.

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Photo of Kilroy1701
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice light brown color with a modest head of tan across the top that fades and leaves light lacing in its wake. Aroma is hot, loads of alcohol here with hints of caramel, lots of hops and a just a biting malt nose as well. Really a very odd profile from both sides. Very hot on the palate again with minimal balance to it, just seemed like it was terribly off balance. Flavors were all over the place with hints of everything but the kitchen sink and just an very hot, hoppy, dry finish that really did not work well for me at all.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle...
Appears a chestnut toned amber with a small off-white cap that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, ripe fruit,fig preserves, cocoa, caramel, and light bing cherries covered in dark brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugary vanilla flavor pulling through with a touch of mocha and toasted nuts. Munich malt holds true with an Old Ale flavor and a touch of spruce.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, lip smacking, sticky, and chewy.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to DIM for the chance to try this barleywine. 1 review since 2005? I think we have ventured off the beaten path here. Excited, I pour this brew and see what they are all about. A mahogany colored beer pours with a nice light tan head. Aromas are dark malts, some alcohol and a roasty undernote. Taste follows the nose, dark malts, some sweet caramel, burnt caramel notes and a slight warming effect. A full bodied nicely carbonated beer which drinks nicely.

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, darker than any barleywine I've seen. Looks like a stout. Fine head - big roast nose & alcohol. The fine carbonation lingers. The mouthfeel is silky, initial taste is again - roast. This is beginning to make me think "Imperial Stout - Barleywine." Flavors of dried fruits are in back, can't overtake the complex roast malt and chocolate malts. Alcohol provides a nice warming charachter.

A big, flavorful beer. Fine warmth for the coldest PA nights.

It really doesn't remind me of any barleywine I've ever had - much closer to Imperial Stout. Not that there is anything wrong with that! Tasty beer, just don't think it is of the barleywine style.

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Photo of weaselchew
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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