Broad Street Barley Wine
Appalachian Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #242
Ranked #17,440
3.9 | pDev: 10.77%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2015
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2019
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a small tulip of the BW ($3.35) for my third Appalachian offering of the day (27JAN10).

Broad Street was a deep, dark, opaque brown. Had a creamy, light brown head, fine and tight. Lacing was on and off. Nose has lots of dark fruit, a touch of rum and almost whiskey-like. Body was almost medium, and it was smooth. Could be thicker, though.

Dark fruits and a smidge of sweetness first arise. It was a little raisiny, a little rummy, with currants and a hint of "hotness". Black licorice is quite noteworthy here, as well. Some light hoppiness makes a late appearance in this most-different take on a barleywine. Not a west-coaster, and not English in style. As it warms, more toffee-ish malt comes forth. Not bad; not bad at all. Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Feb 02, 2010
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Suds from Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with only the shadowy wisp of a head. Served on draft, at the brewery, this beer is dark and thick. It has a notable alcohol aroma, mixed with fruit, raisins, and an intense of malt smell. Unfortunately, it also has a misplaced roasted grain characteristic. In some respects, it smelled a lot like a stout. To me, it seemed a little too roasted, burnt, and coffee-like. Still, this is one solidly flavorful beer. It’s strong, sweet, and syrupy. Moderate bitterness for a barleywine…it seems to be placed somewhere between the West Coast and England. This was a fine dessert after a nice meal.

Jun 13, 2005
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Nov 24, 2012
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Jarod from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small 3 oz. Aperitif style glass.
Edited on 03-06-03

This beer came to the table in a different glass then I would have thought, but the color was a dark burnt red, no visible clarity and no head except for a small beige ring around the rim. Served colder then I would have liked or thought so I rolled it in my hands. Very little aroma present at the colder temperature, as it warmed some dark fruits, earth, malts, and slight alcohol and citrus hops came to be present. The taste was better as well at the warmer temperature. Flavors of semi-sweet malt, dark fruits, ash, earth and hops at the end, which left a slight dry feeling across the tongue. Would have liked to had a bit more as the flavors were starting to come out more near the end where it was able to warm up, but decided against it for various reasons. Only grips on this style is that it needs to be served at proper temperature, like there cask beers are, served in a slightly larger glass so that you can get a good feel for the beer instead of having to purchase another glass then waiting for it to be right again while time passes and you lose what you had at the last sip of the last glass, and a staff that knows what they are serving when it comes to brews like this. If you are at ABC and get a chance to try it, absolutely do so, it is a good beer they did well with it.

Oct 22, 2002
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Jul 06, 2004
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged kef on-tap @ the brewery in Harrisburg. Dark bloody rust colour with a nice head of deep off-white foam that lasts and leaves some nice lacing as well. Aromas are lovely and superbly complex. Full bodied aroma of a stand out barleywine with dates, walnuts, dark fruits, sweet syrups, big brash malts, and not a hint of booze in the mix. Taste is lovely with all of those nutty dark fruit and molasses flavors melding together to form a brew that has a wonderful melange of tastes. Mouthfeel is thick, and warming, but this one is not too sweet or overly-cloying, so it is quite drinkable. I always thought this brewery was less than amazing. This really changed my mind on that opinion. Recommended highly if you find it on tap somewhere by you. Seems to improve greatly with age, but it also seems to peak quite early in it's sleeping phase. You gotta time it just right and than Whammo!

Jul 29, 2005
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lackenhauser from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost brown in color. The description on the menu card says garnet but this puppy is one dark beer and I saw little or no garnet notes in there. Big malty aroma. Sweet with a trace of alcohol. Nice, smooth malt flavor. Not overly hopped. Somewhat complex-good mix of flavors-raisons, vanilla and some sherry notes. Just a slight lingering alcohol presence in the finish. Decent body. Overall an enjoyable beer and a damn decent effort from ABC.

Note-the menu card says it has an over 12% abv versus what their web site says. Served in a 5 ounce glass.

Oct 18, 2005
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Mar 01, 2010
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am re-editing this one. I pour a chilled sample into a snifter. IT pours pitch balck and no lite gets through.

A solid tan head foams up easily and fades to a nice edge and surface layer.
Aroma is malt dominated rich toffee and chocolate with some undertones of ripe fruit and even a little syrupy scent to it.
First sip is incredible! Very smooth and rich heavy body with a slight syrupy texture. Great quality in this brew I think.
Flavor is chocolate malty and some roasty hints with ripe pears and plums. Again incredibly smooth. Very faint soft carbonation. No real hop presence till I burp then I get a little bit of grassy hop presence. This brew is scarily smooth and is one of my if not my very favorite barleywine out there.

Mar 15, 2004
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Gavage from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear brownish black in color with a spotty surface head. Spot or two of lacing.

Smell: Mild combination of roasted malts and alcohol.

Taste: roasted malts, hints of chocolate, molasses, raisins, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and syrupy throughout. Alcohol tones linger long on the tongue after swallowing. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: average overall. The very noticeable alcohol keeps the score down.

Apr 29, 2006
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +21%
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!

Jul 02, 2004
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Jun 01, 2006
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Sammy from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

May 05, 2007
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macster from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After all these years my first BW on tap. I guess I don't get out much. In fact, I would venture to guess there's not a BW to be found ON TAP in the whole state of Florida!! Anyway, enjoyed this at the Gettysburg Brewpub. An extremely dark brown pour, almost black. Decent tight and durable light tan head with good lacing. Aroma very "stout-like" being heavy on the roased malts with moderately assertive notes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and dark dried fruits. Enjoyable full, round and creamy mouthfeel. Rich, sweet flavors much like the aroma but a bit more agressive. A flavorful myriad of chocolate, burnt malts, molasses, figs, prunes and a touch of vanilla are noted. The alcohol on this one is very well hidden, so the finish is fairly sweet, but not cloying in anyway. Really enjoyed this Barley Wine-Imperial Stout hybrid.

Aug 17, 2006
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simmons from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This barley wine is decently barely taste thick and looks pretty much like their stout with a huge tan head. You can taste the sweetness in this “beer” and for the aroma you can smell that nice strong sweetness with a light mask of hops. When you drink this beer you sit back and appreciate this very smooth good tasting barley wine. You can any of the alcohol in it over the nice roasted maltyness. The Broadstreet Barleywine is a specialty that you need to ask for its availability. This is a good barley wine worth trying but beware it is strong. Too much with have you walking up to the state capital right down the street from their brew pub trick-or-treating on their front step trying to waste time until alright to drive….(what a night).

Feb 24, 2004
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was absolutely impressed by this one. It arrived as a really frothy, creamy drink with lots of CO2 bubbles, indicting a still-active beer. It comes served in a wine glass, which is just right for the style. I smelled vanilla notes on the nose, which immediately made me curious as to how this was aged. The first sip was absolutely alive with flavors. There was a lot of sweetness, like chocolate, caramel, and toffee. I also got coconut at the finish. I remembered back to early June, when Artie laid some on me at the end of the Penn Brewfest. That was a growler of his private stash, well-aged and at room temperature. I recommend letting the brewery-served drink warm up to room temp. As it wrmed, i began to taste of raisins and/or plums. A very complex drink, which should be savored.

Jul 27, 2004
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sweethome from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jan 29, 2005
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nutty, citrus, and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, citrus, chocolate, and some roastiness. Light alcohol in the finish, but not giving way the almost 13%. Well done ABC.

Jan 11, 2009
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jun 04, 2006
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 5 oz. snifter on 8/14/06 (I don't believe this beer to be retired).

A - Deep ruby, almost black, with a small ring of head. No lacing.

S - Caramel malt and very dark chocolate.

T - Chocolatey, lightly hoppy (pine) and a slightly chemical / grassy flavor. Very full and delightful.

M - Smooth, thin, very refreshing.

D - Not bad at all. This is full of interesting and enjoyable flavor, while being a smooth and refreshing beer. I just wish they actually served it in pints.

Aug 16, 2006
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 05, 2013
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -9%
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).

Apr 16, 2007
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mar 24, 2014
Broad Street Barley Wine from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 102 ratings