Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old AbominableStoudt's Barrel Aged Old 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 12-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of russpowell
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Massive kudos to Zrrbrt for this one!

Pours an efferevescent caramel/amber with 2 fingers+ of sand colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Doughy, oaky with vanilla raisins (sic), rum, bourbon& general goodness!

T: Bready, fruitty, oaky & yummy up front! Dates, rum, & charcoal follow. A slight piney hop bite follows with some toffee

MF: Chewy/bready with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks like original sin, love this to pieces! A great barley wine; I could drink this all night or till I go to sleep! This is my shining example of barleywine!

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Photo of mdfb79
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of TooleBurger
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased two bottle of the barley wine and enjoyed one on Christmas Eve. When I drank the first one, it did not even appear to look like a traditional barley wine. It had a smooth taste and an excellent nose.

I had the second bottle before going out to dinner with some friends. It tasted even better this time around. They love beer and noted the same characteristics, a smooth taste, great nose.

Perfect cold weather beer!

Overall this is an excellent beer I would recommend to anyone. Luckily, when I was at the store I got the last bottle. I wish I had more.

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Photo of mynie
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright! A fresh EBW. See what all you limeys have been talking about...

Slow pour, but it's still a little wildly fizzy. Nice head, deep amber that's very opaque.

Smells of smooth aging in a whiskey barrel. Like "whiskey aging," not like whiskey. This is kinda how rotisserie became a flavor back in the 90s, instead of just a way of cooking chicken. This has the woody smoothness of whiskey aging but not the burn of whiskey. And there's not all that much else there, actually. (EDIT: As it warms it gets gorgeous)

Tastes great, though, much more complicated than the aroma. The firmness of an EBW is found in its strong malt profile, which is woody (even without barrel aging) without being thick or syrupy. This is balanced--not raped--by a firm blend of noble hops. Here, thankfully, the hops are a wee bit more aggressive than your average English barley, but not enough to ruin the spirit of the style. And when you smooth everything out with whiskey burn it's just heavenly.

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Photo of mcallister
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a mahagony touch with slight redding, a very cloudy mideval look. Head is tan and tightly wound, pours at about a half inch and fades into some very spotty lace.

Quite the nose on this and the reason I love barley wines. That big sweet toffee caramel malty goodness. A very nice toasty oak aroma sticks out laced with vanilla, than a hint of bourbon. From the nose seems Stoudt's barrel master did a really good job of integration with this one. Sweet candies prunes, rum soaked raisin, dried smyrna fig, and more of that vanillan oak. This is a damn fine aroma.

This is just a damn good beer and an excellent example of barrel aging and what it can do. Really tamed this barley wine and brought everything to a land of calm serenity. Milk chocolate covered raisins with malted milk balls, brown sugar, and a maple fig reduction. Caramel blended with vanilla and a slight bit of diacetyl. The toasty oak flavors tamed the sweetness and made the drinkability of this as good as I've ever seen for a barley wine especially a barrel aged one. Only minor flavors of bourbon that bring out the toffee, caramel tones.

Very feminine in style and full of finesse. SLightly creamy yet a little thin mouthfeel but it fits this beer to a tee.

Thank God I have another bottle of this. Not sure how well this one will hold up for the long haul but looks like my other will be getting drunk sooner than later regardless as I really can't see this beer getting any better.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Landed this through a trade about a year or two ago. Stoudt’s hasn’t brewed the barrel aged version in quite a while so this must be an old bottle.

Copper color with a huge white foamy head that came out of nowhere like the old abominable snowman sneaking up on an unsuspecting victim. Huge pop when I pulled the cork – didn’t expect that from such an old bottle.

Some nice barley, malt, and surprisingly some hops as well. Smells like I’m hiking in deep dense forest during a snowstorm. I can almost smell the old abominable lurking in this beer just like he does in depths of the woods.

Barley and malt up front with a nice hop finish. This beer has held up very well. A big thanks to Stoudt’s for having the courage to venture into the snowman’s territory and bottle this rare gem.

Chances are I will never have this beer again… especially with this kind of age on it. Very smooth and enjoyable. Def a sipper. Split with R Moe Nay and Greg. We went out onto the balcony and called for the old abominable to give him a sip… but our yells did not reach him.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown color with some light highlights of orange and red around the edges. Small off white head rises up and settles quickly with only minimal lacing and a bare top is left after only a few minutes. Aroma is rich, caramel, toffee, light hops and hints of oak all coming through fairly easily. Nice balance here but not getting that overwhelming barrel aged aroma I was hoping for. Warming does not do much now either as it just seems to bring in more of the hop and hints of boozy alcohol. Light carbonation masks the medium body and leaves the flavor to work its magic now. Smooth, even malts are stealing the show. Rich caramel and earthy tones round out a lightly hot flavor. Almost a popcorn like flavor coming through for me mid palate, buttery and creamy with a boozy finish that was slightly dry

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Photo of jampics2
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for the bottle. Opened at the perfect time on a perfect night and split with great friends.

Pours a dark copper color with nice head.

Smells of bourbon, hops, and a wonderful toasted malt.

Taste follows but is sublime. Carmel, bourbon, molasses, hops, everything dancing wonderfully together. A bit hot, but not young - this has got to be getting near its peak flavor. Everything melts together.

Mouthfeel was good but a little too carbed for my liking. But enjoyable and good body.

My buddy (who has caught the beer bug after a solid few years of my urging) said "this is it. The single most complex and challenging beer you've ever served me". Certainly something for brave, this is highly recommended. Great stuff!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a mini-nonic; shared at a tasting.

A: Cloudy brown body with a moderate off-white head that sticks around for a while, eventually forming a nigh-solid cap.

S: Malty and spicy, with caramel, ginger, and raisins. Simple and delectable.

T: Starts out smooth and sweet, gets slightly hoppy, then finishes with smooth spice. Awesome.

M: Medium-full with ample carbonation.

D: Amazingly easy to drink for a barleywine.

Notes: Great beer, but where's the barrel? I didn't get any oak or whiskey at all, try as I might. This fact was only highlighted by drinking a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine in the same tasting - both great beers, but you couldn't get farther apart in terms of bourbon influence. Big thanks to Knifestyles for bringing this one.


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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It poured a deep amber ruby color beer with an attractive frothy cap that lasted throughout the entire duration of the beer.

Smell: Divinely sweet caramel, lightly toasted malts and sweet gently grapefruity English hop character filled the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The taste and mouthfeel ran together. The beer was so remarkably silky smooth it was heavenly. It was so easy, relaxed, quaffable, I couldn't imagine a better tasting (or feeling) Barley Wine. The tastes were all so magnificently balanced it is almost hard to describe. There a lightly toasted sweet malt base on which a fruity citrus hop character flowed. It was almost like a bit of grapefruit juice in some apple juice. The citrus was mild (muted) so that is was not cloyingly tart. Just a gentle nibble of tartness on the tongue. Then it had a smooth clean finish with very little aftertaste. At 9% ABV I couldn't tell at all. The alcohol was totally masked.

Drinkability: This is certainly not a chugger, it is a sipping beer but that said it is remarkably easy to drink! Each sip is so smooth and enticingly silky it begs another one. After one glass (which took most of dinner to sip)I could have easily had another. Truly exceptional! Well done Stoudt's!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from hopdog via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" dark beige head above the almost clear reddish amber brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, especially for a BAed BW, with plentiful lace. Aroma is moderate sweetness with an oak presence. Taste is lightly spicy maltiness upfront, which mellows on the tongue, and vanilla and oak notes come on at the end, along with an alcohol warmth. If it wasn't for the end, I'd wonder if it really was barrel-aged. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, although looking past that the drinkability is superb. If they could tone down the bubbles on these BA brews, we'd be pretty near ideal.

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Photo of srothblum
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of gigoat
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. at least two years old.

pours slightly hazy reddish brown with a small dense tan head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. big caramel. light alcohol. vanilla and bourbon, but nice and mellow. everyone else is mentioning rhubarb, but i don't really get that. bit of cherry.

taste is great. big caramel. bread and biscuit malt. light alcohol. vanilla and a hint of bourbon. nice mix of fruit - date and dried cherry. low bitterness level. hazelnut.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. fairly mellow. seems that this one has flattened/mellowed with time, but it's very nice. glad i got to try this one!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A snifter filled (several times over) from a 750ml bottle; I pulled this from the dusty clutches of the cellar, a bottle saved for 3+ years from one of my earliest trades. Needed a strong SEPA brew to soften the shocking blow that comes with learning that one of my best friends from high school died today (he was killed by a car while riding his bike in his adopted hometown of Philly ~ a toast to Russ).

The goofy 'Abominable' cartoon made me smile on an otherwise somber day...

A: Lovely and leathery, an alluring chestnut/garnet, barely translucent. No signs of yeasty bits nor other fatigue from the years in captivity. Starts with about a finger of fizzy but firm khaki cream. A slow droop, then a small break in the topping, then a crescent ring. Slick speckles of lace.

S: Sweet and nutty, toffee and candied fruit - er, fruitcake. A 'buttered rum' quality, but little notable woody/oaky aroma.

T: The requisite toffee, mellowed fruit form a dreamy, dessert-worthy concoction. A little butterscotch (or creme brulee?). Fruity apple pie, something a little brandy-like. Oak, though tame, still holds a fair vanilla bean and charred woodiness. Very well balanced.

M: Velvet, pure velvet...sweetly coating. Modest carbonation and trace amounts of lip-smacking stickiness. Medium thickness. Easy on the tongue, as they say...

D: Love the beer, hate the occasion for opening it. Definitely worth saving, as it's damn delicious and oh so drinkable. Wish I had another; cherish it while you can. That goes for beer and life, both.

Thanks to zrrbrrt/jyoungsbcp, aka Josh for sending way back when...

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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark copper color with a medium off white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Rich biscuit malts with a touch of vanilla and oak. Upon warming spicy/herbal hop notes poke through

T-Rich, chewy biscuit malt and prominent vanilla notes. With warming strong bourbon notes start to dominate with more alcohol and a dry oak finish.

M-Medium bodied, VERY smooth...a real "sippin" beer! Nice lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-Well done BBA BW...not too much againg, not too little. The bourbon augments and compliments this, good to start with, barleywine. The right way to take a good beer and make it even better, well done Stoudt's!

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, ruby/mahogany color. It poured with a huge, craggy, sticky, off-white head.

s: Plenty of tannins from the barrel and whiskey in the nose. I also got some well done toffee.

t: Lots of whiskey and tannin tobacco here as well, more of the latter. There is a pleasant charred quality here that I guess is from the barrel. Sweet toffee and a hint of vanilla.

m: This has a good texture from gentle carbonation. The lingering, slightly boozy, oak is nice.

d: Stoudts does barrel aging right.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep brownish red color. POured with a massive 3 fingers of white head. Incredible lacing.

S: Nice spicy malt nose up front. A nice smell from the whiskey barrel.

T: The barrel really complemented this beer well. Nice big hop blasts tempered by the malt and barrel.

M: Really nice and smooth. Almost had a cask mouthfeel to it.

D: Really incredible beer. Nice and smooth. Not in love with the $20 price but we were on vacation and at Capone's so...

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so, huge thanks to DIM for hooking me up with this fine barleywine.

A - initial pour is all foam. Usually for me this means no score better than 4, but this one settled out to a nice clear reddish brown color with a steady offwhite head.

S - oak notes, whiskey and whifs of caramel.

T - nice caramel, whiskey, oak, vanilla and slight toffee notes abound. the blend is definite barrel aged but subtly and nicely blended with the based of the regular old version of this barleywine.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, slightly warming with a nice whiskey note.

D - a smooth, well blended barrel aged barleywine. Yes sire, may I have another.

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Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade with mymrngjckt, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, shared with Drake last night, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

A-Medium brown with dark red highlights, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention and no lacing

S-Faint whiskey, figs, plums, cherries, raisins, toffee, vanilla, oak, some chocolate, sweet malty aromas, sugar, bread, and caramel

T-Started off with a fairly strong bourbon taste, then mellowed into some brown sugar and bready malt, the finish was a bit watered down and weak but fortunately it was not hot and boozy, beer got a little sweeter as time went by with some dark fruit and milk chocolate coming to the surface, oak and vanilla could be faintly identified in the aftertaste later on, finish had a little more whiskey in it once the liquid fully warmed, nicely balanced overall and mellow for a barrel aged barleywine

M-Smooth mouthfeel, some warming going down but not too hot on the tongue, thin to medium body, taste lingered, lots of carbonation surprsingly

D-Could have gotten close to drinking this whole bottle by myself, pretty light for a barleywine, booze are hidden well, goes down easy, subtle

Did not like as much as the Barrel Aged Fat Dog but this was still quite good, one of the better beers I have had from Stoudt's, would definitely drink again, recommended

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Photo of rallison
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated with a 3" tan head on 1" of reddish brown beer.

Nose is full of vanilla and whiskey notes. So far, nice.

Sweet vanilla, whiskey and dried fruits in the taste. Dates and raisins. Some brown sugar. Pleasant alcohol heat at the end.

Super carbonated mouthfeel. Swirl this a few times and then a few more times so that you can actually appreciate the flavors present.

Nicely done whiskey barrel aged beer. Recommended.

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Photo of sponberg
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with a finely beaded white head, which soon leaves but a trace of its former glory. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon, faint earthy hops, and toffeeish malt, with an alcoholic component coming on strong as it warms.

Starts with a combination of toffee-like, almost marzipan-like, maltiness - I've noticed this sweet-almond flavor in more than one bourbon aged beer and really enjoy it - with an underlying bitterness and a fruity, aromatic warming surge o' alcohol. The alcohol grows as it warms, as it should IMO. There are hops, but their presence is solely flavor and bitterness, contributing an apricotlike flavor in the middle somewhere. This baby's got a lot of cool flavors going on and manages to tie them together very nicely. Finishes as it started. Great, slick, smooth body - not lacking at all. The sheer weight of the thing prevents more than two at a sitting.

I wonder how this would age - it tastes like it's had a lot of time to self-contemplate already, and I don't know that another year or two would do much for it.

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Photo of Jenna
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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