Old Abominable | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Old AbominableOld Abominable

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Phatz on 04-30-2006

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Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter

No bottle date, but judging where I got it from its probably 3-5 years old

A- pours a deep Amber-ruby color with a thin creamy khaki colored head that retains nicely, leaving some short lasting lace behind.

S- dark fruit aroma up front of fig and raisin. Sweet caramel & fruit bread, brown sugar, earthy & herbal

T- almost had a saltiness to it up front with notes of oxidization, cardboard. Mid-palate gives some dark fruity notes of raisin and fig, Christmas fruit cake, brown sugar. Finished with toasted bread crust, more dark fruit and a salty linger

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and salty finish

O- I'm beginning to think that this bottle is older than 3-5 years, strange saltiness keeps it off balance

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large bottle, caged and corked, I could find no bottling date, nor vintage info.

Pours clouded and dull looking darker amber. Moderate fine lacing left on the glass.

Malty and ripe fruit nose

Pleaseing Bwine,note of rum saoked raisins, caramel, malty notes. Soft, mellow and satisfying. Easy drinking for the ABV

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Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
Recent tasting at Stoudts

Ruddy-brown pour with a half inch or so of frothy off-white head that sank to a thin layer; minimal lacing. Toasty aroma, bready, earthy, caramel malts. Toasted grains and malts in the taste, brown sugar, earthy, light notes of raisin and herbal hops, with a bitter bite. It's not as smooth as I like my barleywines, but it's drinkable, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent, but not amazing.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at alcove temp. Dark rusty orange squash color. Loose powder head tightens up as it shrinks and holds out until glass bottom. One squiggle of foam left on top of my glass. Good bad bottle art.

Smells like rum raisin, caramel, orange peach yogurt and granular sugar. Tastes like caramel soaked raisin bread. We aged this one for about a year, waiting for a snowstorm and any heat has settled into cozy giddiness.

Really solid overall except that there was a lot of yeast at the bottom so decant carefully. Our last pour looked like Bud mud.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, me! I got this many years ago in a trade with dashirey. 2007 vintage.

Copper amber woth a dense, off-white head falling off to a disk, this looks nice. The nose is floral with a pretty bit blend of rose and jasmine, along with caramel, butterscotch, candy, brown sugar, burnt sugar and toffee.

The palate is nice. Toast, floral notes, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee and butterscotch are all present, in nice balance. Nice malt palate here. The mid-palate, OTOH, is a little thin. Drying on the finish with toffee, this beer is medium-light in body and has a medium-low level of carbonation. Nice stuff, I really enjoyed my pour.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Dyan. Thank man, we're gonna miss you.

2007 vintage.

Copper hued with an eighth inch of tan head. Slight haze. Aromas of toffee, a touch of butterscotch, malt. Smells aged. A bit of dampness / rain water. Cool. Taste follows suit. Mellow and easy drinking. Smooth on the palate. Thin to medium bodied. Nice beer, cool to have one five years old. Thanks Dyan.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good but unexeceptional old school barleywine with nice malty sweetness but lacking in overall complexity. Pours deep amber with good clarity and a small cream colored head that settles down rather quickly. Patchy lacing. Malty toffee aroma with faint herbal hops; very subtle booziness, toasted bread, caramel.

Flavor follows nose; bready, lightly toasted malts, subtly herbal hops and a mild bitterness, sweet toffee and caramel. Booze makes a restrained appearance in the finish. Hints of dark fruits like raisins and dates.

Medium body and carbonation, smooth enough; kind of an unremarkable mouthfeel. Felt like it could have used a little more heft and stickiness.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger-high light beige head that gradually died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and fruits in the nose—raisins seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel and raisins along with some malty sweetness.
M: It feels relatively full-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice sipping beer because it has some complexities in the flavors but the alcohol isn’t very prominent in the taste.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep garnet. Not too dark, not much head. Looks like a good Barleyiwne.

A - Some dark fruits and malts. No hops. Nothing especially pronounced.

T - Bite of dark fruits, plenty sweet. Nothing especially well-developed here. There's a little heat. Not much to speak of, though.

M - Chewy, very sweet.

O - The flavors aren't offensive, but they're kinda unrefined. Nothing here stands out as foul, but the beer is so challenging to drink. It's missing a few things. Nothing really sets this apart.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy toffee colored body with a little sediment. Good head.

The smells are toffee and earthy hops. There's a little bit of wood in there, too.

The taste is subdued and doesn't really pop. Toffee and caramel malt with some earthy hops. There's a strange aftertaste that I couldn't put my finger on, but was almost salty.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a barleywine. It's on the lighter side of medium bodied. Good carbonation.

It's a ok barleywine, but there are a lot better ones out there. When considering the price point, I say just stay away from it.

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Photo of haazer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle. Picked this up last year in December.

A- Nice cork pop and a decent amount of gun smoke. The beer is a hazy orange marmelade color. Fairly opaque and shads of apricot. The brew appears to be well carbonated, with a decent 2 finger offwhite head forming. The head settles down to a nice lasting layer.

S- Big smells of caramel, molasses, and toffee. Some sweet sugar, and a faded aroma of earthy hops. A little bit of vanilla in here also. It smells quite nice.

T- The taste is a little more mellow than the aroma. It has some sweet caramel malt, vanilla, and a smooth molasses flavor. It seems to have mellowed in just one year. It may be best to drink this fresh. I don't believe this is the barrel aged version(doesn't appear to indicate it on the bottle) but I do get a nice sense of oak.

M- Light to medium bodied brew with a medium amount of carbonation. Theres a nice smoothness. The booze is barely felt with a tiny bit of heat on the backend.

O- A good barleywine. I was hoping for a little bit more, and let it sit for a little over a year till this review. I'm bumping the appearance soley because of the awesome, awesome bottle label. If you love the Rudolph Christmas classic you'll appreciate it. Glad I could pick this up at the brewery a year ago, wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes
Had it on-tap at paridise by the slice.
The body was a reddish brown color body with not head but a thin lace around the top. The smell was sweet and fruity, had a bubble gum hint to it. The taste was sweet but had some hop bitterness to it. Very well balanced of the sweet and the bitterness. The mouth feel was nice and crisp. Overall this is a really good beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Still one of my favorite labels. So basic and crass.

Poured into tulip at cellar temp. Solid 3F head that sits over a deep orange to amber body - quite clear, with some carbonation flowing up.

Lots of sweetness in the aromas - bubblegum and fruit are prevalent... strawberry puree, white grape, and fermented apple.

Very soft on the palate. Flavors include lots of red licorice, strawberry candy, slight hop bitterness, and cherry juice finish. Virtually no carbonation - which hurt the mouthfeel.

Pretty good gateway beer for Barleywines, as most English styles should be, but they need to work on the bottle conditioning if they're going to charge north of $20/bottle. Violation.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes

The label is glorious. The beer pours a cloudy, ruby red with brown highlights. A small tan head quickly subsides, but there is very nice lacing.

The smell is, at first, rich with hops. There's actually a very strong citrus fruit component here. As it warms, more rich malt comes through, but it's restrained. No alcohol presence.

Though I find the aroma average, I adore the taste. Wonderful flavors of brown sugar and sweet molasses. Prunes and caramel. Surprisingly, it never seems cloyingly sweet, there's is just the right amount of flavor. Zero booze.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is a spot-on low/medium level. Combined with the imperceptible alcohol taste, this is one easy barleywine to put down.

A really tasty beer, one I'm glad to have tried. I acquired this bottle over the summer, and I can't imagine it's too old. In any event, it is drinking wonderfully now.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I find everything about the label art on this bottle cool. Not sure who shared it, but thanks.

A - Copper colored beer, somewhat transparent. Off-white head left a bit of a ring and partial collar.

S - Some sweet fruits, a little dark fruit, brown sugar, sweet ethers.

T - Tastes like it smells. It's pretty sweet, lots of sweet and dark fruits. Little bit of booze. Straight foward.

M - Medium bodied, a lot of carbonation.

O - This is okay, too sweet for me, booze not particularly well hidden. Not bad, but if I'm drinking other things I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan, served in a Bruery snifter.

Beer is brown / ruby at the corners iwth a lazy head of small off white bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, malty, mild yeast character. Smells fine.

Beer is medium in body, sweet on the front, nice finish on the back, the beer is slightly raisin-y flavored, I enjoyed it but there's nothing special about it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 10/02/11 notes. Got this in a trade a long time ago, I believe it is an 09 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, dark fruits, caramel malts, and bready malts. Nice, but a lot fruitier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and very sweet molasses and dark fruits. Again, lots of sweet fruits.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Really nice and easy to drink barleywine.

o - Overall a good barleywine. This one seems to be a big sweeter and fruitier than most, but the dark fruits are nice. Super easy to drink and nic emouthfeel, something I would have again. Would really like to try the BA version again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderately-clear copper-red with a thin off-white head. Thin cap and a nice collar throughout. Nose brings some light malt plus a bit of cherry and fruit. Light booze Flavor is slightly malty with a bit of sweetness. Light grainy dryness. Moderate body with low carbonation. A bit of booze and a slightly-dry finish. A bit of sweetness. Decent barleywine.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see this come to a local store in RI. 750ml bottle...

A: Super clear ruby red with a 1+ inch tan head that fades at a decent pace with light airy bubbles left on top. Good.

S: A nice sugary malt and sweet light caramel. A mild grain scent hidden in the middle with some more malty sweetness on the back. Decent.

T: A bitter malty sweetness upfront followed by some mild spices in the middle. More bitter wateriness on the backend. Ok.

M: Light body with a heavy carbonation. A bitter finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a decent brew. Nothing super special. Very bitter for a barleywine. Definitely try if you have access and like hoppy barleywines.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at east end ale house in Harleysville, PA.

Appearance- Ruby orange color with good head.

Scent- Aroma is thin anda little malty...

Taste- A balanced ale with some barleywine qualities.

Mouthfeel- Medium, however very approachable..

I honestly expected a lot more flavor all considering... Not a bad brew however it left a lot to be desired. In this world of extreme brews it doesn't really fit in, however I do see it as a balanced staple.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap in a 10oz glass.

appears a clear burnt orange brown color, with thin white head. head fades to a whispy covering.

aroma is very piney- but not sure if its hops or not, as this is a english-style barleywine. taste is definitely malty, but with an odd flavor that I can't put my finger on what it is. perhaps some type of herbal spice? Just doesn't work for me.

body is on the tinner side, moderate carbonation. overall, not a bad beer, but I probably won't look for it again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crown and corked bottle picked up at the brewery...

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of tightly packed creamy egg shell colored froth mixed with some chunky bubbles... Solid retention gives way to a full creamy lacing... The color is a deep rich, slightly murky, reddish amber... Loads of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Muted grape juice... Candied sugars... A touch of piney hop resins... A touch of grains... A vague alcohol presence... A rather pleasant aroma, but a tad bit to subdued for both my liking and the style...

T - Sweet raisins... A bit of fig... Toffee... Some nuttiness... Molasses... A minor piney hop component... A touch of booziness on the finish... Some red wine like tannins...

M - Dense and medium bodied... Perfect carbonation levels... Clean throughout... A tad bit of a dry finish...

D - Good balance... A decent enough English Barleywine... Seems to be lacking some of the "malt bomb" qualities I look for in the style... Seems to be stuck somewhere in no man's land between the English and American style interpretations... Enjoyable none the less...

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-sized growler from New Beer. Ommegang anniversary glassware. All the corned beef is long gone. Go easy on the cabbage please.

Pours with barely a tickle of off-white head. A dazed-looking orange amber.

Smell is big on ethanol, leather, caramel, & a faint mishmash of dark fruit. This one really needed to warm up before I got anything significant.

Taste is bittersweet, twiggy, & tannic. Sweetened black tea, leather, bushy greens, & a dry biscuit grain backend. Not all that bitter actually. Bit oxidized. Tastes a tad watered down, but easier to pronounce.

Alcohol isn't as much a factor as I thought it would be. Carbonation could definitely use some work, but that's on the draft system, not Stoudt's. At least it's not syrupy.

Decent mellow flavor. Fill wasn't too bad(I believe it was somewhere around $8). Easier to reach for then some of the overly sweet things you see in the English BW category on BA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/22/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit, brown sugar and caramel followed by a hearty malt character. The hops presence in mild but complementary enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it might not be the best EBW out there but it's solid enough to be worth drinking for a while if you want a poundable high-octane beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A more subdued barleywine than what you'll generally find in the states. Noticeably drier than the norm, this allows the earthy hops and subtle vinous fruity esters to be highlighted rather than big sweet malts and boozy burn. Not tasting any traces of whiskey flavors, as this is said to have been aged 7 months in a barrel - perhaps some wood. It may drink clean and easy, but it left me wanting some more malt body and just a lil more sugar. Representative of an English rather than American barleywine for sure.

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Old Abominable from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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