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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old AbominableStoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable
70 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phatz on 12-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of waltonc
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll start with the mouthfeel and appearance. Major gusher alert here. I had to use pliers to get the cork out, and then a volcanic eruption of foam gushed from the bottle. Not a good start. WTF? WAY too much carbonation in this beer. Absolutely absurd four inch head.

S/T: Not a very complex beer. Sweet dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Taste is also kind of nutty, with woody tannic flavors.

D: Not drinkable enough to sell in a 750 ml bottle, but that's what Stoudts did anyway, for some bizarre reason. I wouldn't bother with this, given the price.

 559 characters

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.

 648 characters

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of todd1. Thanks!
Clear, tawny brown with a fine beige cap. Good head retention, a bit of sticky lace. Aromas of caramel and vanilla, a little wood, citrus and grass, slightly cheesy. Moderate bitterness, citrus and orange hop flavour hit up front, followed by caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced with some alcohol, oak, and toast. Full bodied, lowish carbonation that gave it a creamy texture, warmth, dry from wood tannins. Solid overall.

 455 characters

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.

 569 characters

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle corked and caged, poured into an imperial pint

Pours deep ruby in color with a two finger light tan head. Head was big and foamy and left some moderate lacing. A mild amount of active carbonation is visible.

The smell is dominated by the barrel aging, Whiskey, oak, figs, plums, raisins, vanilla, cherries, brown sugar, and some lightly toasted toffee. Very broad nose.

The whiskey hits you off the bat then settles to a bready, brown sugar flavor. The fruits, figs/raisins and warm vanilla leave a lingering sweet finish. Very mellow and a little boozy. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but I really warmed up to it.

A medium body with a big, silky feel. The vanilla, cherries and plums really allow for a warm, creamy mouthfeel. A decent amount of booze in the finish.

This guy drinks like a 13%'er. A definite sipper, but very enjoyable. I'm keeping my eyes open for this guy again.

 906 characters

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.

 510 characters

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

 1,422 characters

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through a trade with Northertimber.

Chill hazed medium reddish brown colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with lots of fig, plum and cherry scents. Chocolate and light vanilla and a trace of Bourbon, for a barrel aged beer this one is quite restrained in the whiskey department.

The taste starts out fairly sweet with a substantial brown sugar flavor like a Belgian brown ale. No over powering bourbon flavor here just a slight trace in the aftertaste. Doesn't taste boozy but the burn in the chest suggests otherwise. Slightly smoky but not that much and there is a little bit of oak tannins present.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad beer but not one I would buy again either. Nothing wrong with this but now that I have tasted it there are many others like it out there that are better. Worth a try once but not good enough that I would seek it out again.

 889 characters

Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Christmas tasting with biegaman, grub and ThatWineGuy. 750 ml bottle provided by biegaman.

Pours a cloudy orange, light brown, thick off white head, lots of lacing on the glass, settles to a very thick layer and doesn't want to go away. Smell is neat, toffee, lots of wood, fruits, vanilla, rhubarb, apples, some spice, bread, very cool. Taste is very woody, dates, toffee, lots of fruit, vanilla and oak, bread, spicy bitterness, very oaky finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low, soft carbonation, very smooth. The wood is pretty well integrated, this was quite a treat, thanks a ton Jan!

 595 characters

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!

 824 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 765 mL bottle purchased at the brewery approximately one year ago. This has been sitting around so long that I realized I need to check it out.

A: The barleywine is deep amber color, a shade or two lighter than the bottle it was served in. For the record, the bottle is a darker-than-normal amber. The ale appears crystal clear with only a thin strand of carbonation appearing. The head was sizeable, even in this Sam Adams glass and laces nicely all around the mouth.

S: The aroma is barleywine, thick with grainy malts that have a vegetal/tart aroma. Only on deeper searching do some vanilla notes emerge that suggest barrel aging.

T: The first sip is a bit of a disappointment. Despite the evidence of carbonation in the head, the flavor lacks the kick that carbonation would deliver. Getting over that, the barleywine has all the calling cards of some time spent in the barrel. Vanilla notes appear prominently, adding a sweetness to the already sweet barleywine body. As the ale warms the lack of carbonation situation improves, revealing a soft bourbon flavor. The ale is far more bourbon than barleywine, leaving a corn mash finish long after the sip is gone.

M: The sweet bourbon has done wonders on the beer, even with the distinct lack of carbonation. This is a great sippin' beer, one that Stoudt's should repeat regularly.

D: The 9% abv is well hidden within the beer. The mixture of barleywine and bourbon is a nice pairing and this beer does it right, preventing either flavor from dominating.

 1,532 characters

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.

 1,484 characters

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.

 701 characters

Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, muddy copper and rust color with a good size cream head that very slowly recedes. Aroma of raisins and dates, a soft sweetness, somewhat caramel like mixes with an appley alcohol. Also a little leathery in the aroma. Prune and sweet fruity plums taste hits the palette first, a soft powdered sugar sweetness gently glides across the tongue. Nice leather and woody characteristics are easily noticeable in the taste as well. Definitely not huge in body, on the heavy side of medium, soft and creamy with a decent drying finish and a hint of alcohol at the back of the throat. Very nice beer, decent amt of fruit aroma and taste and the ba characteristics were a nice complement.

 691 characters

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!

 564 characters

Photo of fartingdog
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with minimal head- a deep rich color with a deep ruby hint. Not too much going on in the aroma- maybe subtle vanilla notes. First impression was that it was a little thin in flavor and on the mouthfeel, but after a few sips it starts to show the complexity. The whiskey flavor is quite subtle. Slight bitterness to the finish.

My first impression was of being a little dissapointed as the maltiness and robustness wasn't there (being more accustomed to the American BWs), but as I work thru the glass, I am finding it quite enjoyable- the flavors are very well balanced and there is no one that dominates. This is somewhat mild compared to US barleywines, but it is definitely in line with an English BW, and a damn fine one at that.

 742 characters

Photo of Sephiroth
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hopdog for this bottle. The cork puts up a fuss before coming out, looks like a tobacco sunburst Gibson Les Paul in my glass. Some foam clings to the side. Smells buttery, a little toffee also.

Tastes very restrained for a barrel aged barleywine, but right on for an English one. The bourbon is barely perceptible by itself, instead it melds with the malt to create a puree of flavors, caramel and toffee, vanilla, no tannins from the oak. There are some leafy hops in the background. The beer does not feel thick in the mouth, but maybe a little syrupy. I think this would go well with food, unlike most beers for me. I bet this is great from the cask.

 671 characters

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.

 1,071 characters

Photo of HimerMan
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice corked and caged bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens.

Very nice pour, a very nice offwhite head that is fluffy and very aromatic. A ruby brown color, not too dark, with a really nice redish hue in the light and a copper/tan head.

Smell - the hops smell young, as though the finishing hops was really added at the very end of the boil, or an insane was put it. Smells a bit like Kent, but not sure.

Taste - This is a really great aged barleywine, and definitely has the ability to be aged for a while. Nice malts mixed in the the flavor from the barrel, actually really well balanced. Many time a lot of breweries want to make a beer that is barrel aged - this is one where the marriage of barrel aged and a nice barlwywine go together without err.

Overall - this is an excellent brew. I hesitate to give it more than it is worth right now as I believe that this will benefit tremendously from some time in the cellar. As mentioned before, the hops smell very young, and with proper aging and patience, this has potential to get very new characteristics.

Find these, but try them in a few months. You will not be disappointed with this now - but you should love it in time.


 1,206 characters

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.

 1,282 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Stoudt's Barrel Aged Old Abominable from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 70 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.