Abita Select Barleywine | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Barleywine is made with generous amounts of pale, red, and caramel malts. These malts give it a deep brown color and intense malt character and flavor. It is hopped in the brewhouse with Apollo, Cascade and Amarillo hops. It is then dry hopped in the aging tank with Cascades. In all we used about 3 lbs of hops per barrel. This blends wonderfully with the flavors from the malt to give the beer a very balanced profile. The result is a brownish colored beer that is very robust, malty, hoppy and flavorful.

60 IBU

Added by LSUPT on 12-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 38
Photo of welldigger888
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a nonic, hazed opaque reddish brown with some honey highlights.Very nice thick white head that is sooo leggy in the glass with sheets of lacing.

Thick malty caramel sweetness that is not that pronounced, very little hop aromas.

Smooth caramel sweetness that plays well with the fruity alcohol notes and yeast. Firm bittering that balances the sweetness very well. Very limited hop flavor and aroma, prolly due to being at least a year since kegging.

A full bodied brew that has some chew to it, yet is very drinkable. Thick sweet bitter goodness that calls for another. Well played abita, well played.

I am fortunate to have some fine gents properly storing and aging BIG beers here in South Carolina, so huge shout out to them. This might have been a nose hair burner when young, but this seems to have come of age NOW.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abita Select Barleywine.

Beautiful looking beer. Bright crimson, shining beautifully. Gorgeous, lush head of foam, a large mound of creamy foam, leaving lace. Angelic. Lovely. Exemplary.

Aroma: caramel, fruit, and rather quiet. Nice, but unimpressive.

Taste: Now, here we go. Bright, fresh fruit. mixed with deep, delicious malt. This is a grate cross between the malty English style barleywine and the hoppy American style. Plenty of hops here, much bitterness bracing against the palate, matched with oh, so tasty rich and delicious malty flavor. But, you know what? Really balanced, despite the huge alcohol.

I'd call this one a heavy medium. It's not huge, not obtrusive, not overwhelming, but it is forthright and not shy or withering in any way. This is not timid, and does not characterize a brewery not going all the way with a big, fat, full style like a barley-wine. Putz out on a barley-wine, and we know who you are, dude. This is good one. Plenty of huge, full fruit flavor, incredible multitude, ginormigantic alcoholic stature. Damnittiy, damn, damn. Loads of luscious caramel malt, tons of delectable bitter hops, a perfect match for the high alcohol, and utterly lovely.

I think I like this.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Summits' Wayside Tavern Snellville. Reviewed from Notes.

(Appearance) Pours a dark sunset orange, very hazy with a near solid white head of a thick foam consistency. Thin lacing. Retention is slightly above average. Beer looks thick in substance and promising. 4

(Smell) Aroma complete with orange, dark fruits, caramel, subtle fruity tones, a touch of booze and floral hop smells among a mild malty base.potency is a mild/medium, which is the underwhelming part of this beer. Balance is slightly sweet but there's lots of substance here to appeal to me. 4

(Taste) much more bitter than expected. First wave of flavors is bitter piney hops followed through with a pretty intense alcohol flavors, almost solvent-like in delivery. Pretty bizarre and rather boozy. The middle tones are hardly there to find at all. Finish is nearly pure alcohol with a meager touch of hops. Way too boozy to savor other flavors. Not that great. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) mild prickly carbonation really magnifies the intensity of the boozy flavors in this beer, and tingles the tongue. It could be milder. Body is a medium.Alcohol presence is a medium as well. Mouthfeel not a great compliment to this beer. 2.5

(Overall) Really a bummer after the last treat (Oyster Stout) from Abita's selects line. Far too boozy and not enough flavor content elsewhere. On the contrary, should a few barrels of this be aged for some time, we might have a much better beer. In its young ages, however it is largely a disappointment. 3

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper-amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of burnt malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toffee along with hints of burnt malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is noticeable.
O: This beer is a fair representation of the style; the burnt malt aromas and flavors adds a little uniqueness.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red tinted brown, somewhat cloudy, little head. Scent leads with caramel note and a solid piney and grassy hop presence, light splash of orange and whiff of whiskey. Taste is somewhat one dimensional as it is not nearly as malty or as hoppy as i prefer in the style. Medium bodied, light on carbonation, very thin for the style. Just not what i look for in a barleywine.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with some light visible carbonation. the beer has a finger tall beige head which reduces to a layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Not as sweet smelling as a lot of other barleywines but still very malty. There are hints of caramel as well as toffee but the beer has a very light aroma overall.

T: Caramel and toffee malt sweetness along with some slightly burnt malts as well .The flavor really does follow the aroma.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Good, one of the better Abita beers that I have had (though recently they have been coming out with some better and more interesting offerings). Definitely one to get another time.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Abita brewpub. Served in a pint glass.
The beer was a deep amber-brown color with a decent khaki colored head. Good lacing as the pint was consumed.
The aroma was a bit muted, piney notes and a touch of citrus, intermingled with caramel and malt. Nothing aggressive or too outstanding.
The beer was tasty but not overly impressive. Malty, a touch on the sweet side, notes of caramel and toffee. Balancing piney resin from the hops. Rich and warming and on the strong side.
A decent offering from Abita. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the Barley Oak, Mandeville, LA. My wife decided to try one and it was so good, I had to get my own.

Appearance: Ice-tea brown with a yellowish, 2 finger head that hung around for the view. Great lacing.

Smell: I'm getting subtle jabs of citrus and chocolate; nothing overpowering.

Taste: A complex, malty brew that settles in for the afternoon. Caramel sweetness tinged with slight grassy hops that bring in a bit of bitterness. Alcohol creeps in for a strong finish. Smooth. Very different from the standard Abita taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick. Chewy. Not much carbonation, though.

Overall: this was a nice surprise from Abita. A strong, decent barleywine.

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Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA. Poured reddish brown color with generous white head that hung around for awhile. Aroma was of Cascade hops and malt. Taste was good, but alcohol was a bit prevalent. Mouthfeel was good. Prety good beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium garnet/rust color, not totally see through, unlike most Abita beer. Head was a yellowish cream color, small. The aroma wasn't very pronounced, but primarily caramel malt sweetness with a touch of grassiness. The taste was sweet, with caramel malts, sticky sweetness, some noticeable alcohol heat and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was kinda middle of the road. It had a slick creaminess to it, but it leaned more towards medium body with elevated carbonation rather than being rich and robust. Not bad though, and overall, while nothing spectacular, a solid deviation from their regular line up. Nice to see an Abita beer almost break the 10% mark!

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Photo of LSUPT
1.82/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

On tap at The Avenue Pub, served in a 10oz cervoise.

Pours a reddish dark brown with a 1 1/2" beige head. Decent retention with some lacing.

Smell is pretty average. Mild, with mostly caramel, toffee and roast malt. Wow, the alcohol. Close to a spirit in taste. Overly bitter with no real hop taste. Hints that it is a barleywine behind the alcohol. Malts, slight toffee, licorice, but mainly alcohol.
Grossly overcarbonated and quite thin for a barleywine.

I approached this beer with cautious optimism, given the hit or miss nature of Abita brews, but this was just an awful beer. Other than the appearance this one totally misses the mark. They need to seriously up the malt bill to mask that alcohol.

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Abita Select Barleywine from Abita Brewing Co.
3.36 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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