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Old Abominable | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Old AbominableOld Abominable

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Funny thing is... I figured it would probably be classed as an american BW and I'd have to slam it all over the place. It's much better classified as english!

Hazy brown, low head.

Smells like English Barleywine. Like... Spot on. That, exactly. Plumb brandy and sweet candy. Heavy malts. Raisins and syrup and other sweets...

The flavor... Well. It's weird. The mouthfeel is there - nice and thick and rich. But there's no flavor. Not even sweetness. Really weird and kind of sad, too, given the huge nose it has.

Ah well. Better luck next time?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of daveshawley
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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 KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Past draft at Bocktown Beer and Grill, since the Burgh didn't receive any bottles I was thrilled to see this tap handle instead. Appears a cloudy ruby amber brown, and it forms with a large cream hued head that leaves thick lacing all around my chalice. Aromatics contain vanilla and oak notes with herbal pine and citrus fruit along with a mild spicy tartness that's kind of hard to nail down completely. Flavor is somewhat mild compared to other Barleywines out there, everything blended pretty well mild alcohol with a mix of ripe fruit and deep herbal citrus hop edges brings it all together no cloying malt sweetness but sturdy stand up caramel malt edges were nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not cloying or syrupy yet enough body to get it done, moderate carbonation allows this beer to flow well. Drinkability takes a few to get this beer after you get it though beware it's hard to stay away from good barleywine draft offering from the folks in Adamstown, PA.

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Photo of alamode
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the trade.

Sorry to bring down the average on this one folks, but this is very odd for an english barleywine. this to me seem very american in style, and somewhat light even for that. Pours a deep ruby red with pretty good head that dissipates quickly. nose is weak hops with a good malty backbone. Taste is defenitey american barleywine, just seems toned down to me. decent smooth mouthfeel and very good drinkability, but lacking in flavor, especially when catagorized as english BW. Good beer for sure, just seems like a barleywine flavored session ale in taste. Excited to see if the barrel aged version is better.

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of nickd717
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle generously shared by Arbitrator - thanks, Mihir!

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a large beige head that leaves thick foam and great lacing. Really looks awesome, much like BA Fat Dog.

Aroma is sweet caramel, earth, and faded resinous, piney, and citrusy hops.

Flavor is pretty much the standard profile for the style with caramel malt, toffee, malted milk balls, earthiness, and a complex hop profile, mainly citrus and resin.

Medium body, mildly syrupy and sticky, with nice bitterness.

Drinkability is decent. Above average for the style overall, but not great.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at the brewpub.

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger width of light tan foam that lingers around with a creamy retention and nice sticky lacing . Aroma is fresh hops and citrus with some slight sweetness behind it and just a smidge of heat.

The taste is pungent up front with hops and citrus but is nicely balanced by mellow malt sweetness. The malt backbone, while very supportive, is still subdued enough to allow the hops to really shine. It finishes with some lingering hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a soft creamy feel. That 9% ABV is present but stays behind the scenes for the most part which helps keep it very drinkable.

This is a great American Style Barleywine with an assertive hop presence that seems to come out even more on cask. Get this at the brewpub while you can.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 wspscott
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml GREEN bottle with no date poured into a Duvel tulip
(no date, but I purchased this the beginning of last December, so almost a year old at least.)

Why would you cork/cage a beer that you are going to charge $18 for and then use green glass? If I had been paying attention to either price or container I would not have purchased this. Oh well, let's see what's in the bottle.

A: Very dark copper, almost light brown, very hazy. Pours with a thin off-white head that doesn't quite fade, but leaves very little lace.
S: No sign of a skunk :) Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar, some yeast fruitiness, no hops.
T: Some caramel sweetness, makes me think of a light version of a Scotch Ale, no hop character, just a little bit of bitterness in the background. There is a weird bitter raisin flavor in the background, it makes me think there is a weird interaction of the yeast and malts. Slightly metallic at the end.
M: More carbonation than I usually associate with a barleywine, there is "creaminess" in the mouthfeel that seems to be fighting the carbonation.
D: This is a fine english barleywine, but not a great one. I will have no problem finishing the bottle, but I would not purchase again, even if it was significantly cheaper, there are many better examples of the style out there.

In the end, this doesn't seem to have suffered from the green bottle, but I still wonder what they were thinking.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shbobdb
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very kind gift from Sephiroth, I got this very fine beer at the opening of Hot Shotz in Indy.

Well, I just crashed my car today, so I figured what says, "Awwww, hell" like a 750 of barleywine? Now, I know I say this everytime I have a barleywine, but this is an absolutely amazing beer -- possibly the best barleywine I've ever had.

It pours a rich garnet with a head that lasts and lasts. At the very least, you get a solid ring-around-the beer.

The smell is quite boozy. But it tastes absolutely fantastic. Just an onslaught of malt. Rich maple syrup and dark fruit concentrates. There is also a pleasant burnt-oak taste which provides most of the astringency necessary for this beer. There are just enough hops to balance out the beer.

Wow. Good times, good times.

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Photo of kwgduke
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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 hippityhops85
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the Blue Dog in Lansdale. $4 a tulip.

Pours a clear deep mahogany with an almost-white head that lingers for a while and then dissipates to a ring around the minescus.

Aroma is initially a nice, spicy hop character backed with a huge malt backbone.

Taste is infinitely complex. Hoppy tones doing battle with a maltiness ending in a tie. Very well balanced. A bit of alcohol heat as well but it definitely does not distract from the taste. So freaking good.

Mouthfeel is very moreish. Carbonation is perfect for the style.

This is a renoun beer for Stoudts and well deserved. An excellent American example of the style and highly recommended.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 765 mL bottle purchased at the brewery over Christmas. This beer is not labelled as barrel-aged and therefore I am reviewing it as the regular ol' Old Abominable (also, the taste and nose support the lack of barrel aging).

A: The barleywine is deep amber color, revealing dark reds when held to light. The deep color makes the ale semi-opaque, yielding only the occasionaly thin strand of carbonation. The head neared a finger and quickly receded.

S: The nose is vegetal, full of lush grains with a nice green freshness. There is a noticeable lack of hops (it is English after all).

T: Nice 'n' malty, this beer is a good sipper without a blast of hops. The graininess is strong, bready with a slight touch of rye darkness. Hop bitterness emerges mid-sip to balance out the malts but they quickly recede and allow the malts to return. A slight molasses sweetness adds a further flourish of flavor near the end of the sip.

M: The graininess is the most defining aspect, a sweet vegetal taste that is deceivingly strong.

D: The abv is high and you can feel it mid-way through a dinner bottle. The grain flavors are strong and nicely define the ale. Good for a cold night.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Hunture
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer during the New Year’s Eve party (2006-2007) at Stoudt's brewery/beer hall. It was served on-tap and in a pint glass, which is not my first choice of glass for a barley wine but for this type of event it was more than fine.

Appearance: A beautiful orange-brown but cloudy, damn near opaque even upon warming. The pour was good with a 0.5-1 inch head.

Smell: Very soft malt, somewhat bready but with few esters and even fewer caramel notes…..overall, not very aromatic.

Taste: Starts with a very nice soft malt palate which fades into soft fruit (pear, peach?). Slight bitterness in the aftertaste balances the malt sweetness quite well although the balance is toward the sweet malt overall…..little to no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice, viscous (less so than 90-minute IPA however) with an alcohol warming sensation late palate. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: impressively drinkable for a barley wine. I had two pints and they went down almost too easy.

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Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bret717
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottled 10/8/18, reviewed 11/14/18

Look- ruby-orange liquid with a white head that dissipates quickly

Nose- muted fruit up front, like cherries, also getting leather and prunes under that. The alcohol is also quite noticeable and detracts from the other attributes

Taste- leather, muted cherry and prunes and a light earthy flavor. Also getting a mild herbal/medicinal hoppiness that contributes some bitterness as well. Alcohol also present in the flavor, although not as distracting as in the nose

Feel- medium-light bodied and surprisingly dry for a barleywine. Just a bit of lingering sweetness and bitterness in the finish

Overall- unique barley wine that is full-flavored, yet light and easy drinking at the same time

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Old Abominable from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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