Old Abominable Barley Wine Stoudt’s Brewing
Tasting: July 21, 2013
Style: Barley Wine
Beer #: 479
Old Abominable Stoudt’s Brewing
During my two-week alcohol hiatus, I passed on numerous chances to enjoy a beer for the sake of better health. However, I didn’t pass up on the opportunity to buy some new samples on my vacation. I made what has become my annual stop at Stoudt’s Brewing in Adamstown, PA and picked up three different bomber-sized bottles labeled as “brewer’s reserve”. Old Abominable is advertised as an English-style barley wine. English-style barley is malt-centric highlighting the flavors of dark fruit (raisins, dates, prunes). California-style barley wine tends to amp up the hops to balance out the thick sweetness. This one checks in at a modest (for a barley wine) 8.5% ABV
It has a simple label and a cork and cage presentation. Label mentions bottle-conditioned which is the addition of more yeast at bottling. Pours a ruddy brown with a fairly active head. Upfront I get some clove from the yeast followed by some modest raisin and caramel. Some oaky, earthy notes but it finishes with a whimper mostly alcohol burn and an off bitterness. A let down to say the least – 78 points.
I’m not sure what the future will hold for this blog – admittedly, the air was sucked right out of my enthusiasm. Right now, I’m zeroing in on hitting five-hundred different beers. Beyond that – who knows. Right now, my plan is no more than three bombers per week and I’ll probably stick with my favorites and anything new that intrigues.