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Nils Oscar Barley Wine (-2010)

Formerly brewed at Nils Oscar
Style: Barley Wine
Nyköping, Sweden
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Translation from website: "A beer with a strong, and obvious sweetness. Drink it now, or why not save it a couple of years? It will only improve with time."

This classic hearty ale started out a gold medal winner in the Swedish Homebrewing Championships in 1993, and went on to win gold in the World Beer Cup in 2000. A little something to see you through the longest darkest night.

mrmekon's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany. Very thin off-white head that quickly faded to soapy bubbles. Strong malty aroma, full of toffee, caramelized sugar, and pitted fruits. Taste does not disappoint: huge dark malt base with plum, fig, and cherry flavors. Alcohol noticeable in the swallow, but clears way for a syrupy malt linger. Medium body and low carbonation. A little sticky. Solid for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2666) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
On tap at Akkurat. Pours light ruby with a large frothy white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, rye bread, figs and dates. Taste is medium sweet, very English in execution. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1435) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
Very fragrant Barley with thin foam. It smells warm and pleasant caramel malt, fruit and easy alcohol. Taste of ripe fruit (peach and plum) and has a great round, gentle and rich malt flavor. Despite the high alcohol strength lies alcohol only in wait, destroying in any way the pleasant fruit which is this barleys main taste. As all Barleys this will probably be much better over the years, but as a young Barley it is surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (458) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Been sitting on this for years. The aroma is sweet, some raisin, licorice. Pours a cloudy copper/brown with a large off white head fully diminishing, no lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter and abrupt. Not bad, probably aged a little too long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1683) - SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear amber body with a minimal white head. Caramel, honey, figs, grass and dark sugars. Finishes a bit dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours light amber with minimal head, albeit high carbonation. Rum and herbal spices in aroma and taste. Some "faulty" phenols in finish. The high ABV is not warranted by taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (8130) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2014
33cl Bottle from my beer cellar. 2009 vintage I think. Hazy amber pour. Thin off white head. Pretty good. Noticable alcohol but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (6317) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2014
How: Bottle, 2002 vintage.
Where: At Halle´s.
Appearance: Light brown colour with lots of yeast sediment. Minimal head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, raisin, some alcohol.
Body: Medium body, very little carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet, dried fruit, some hops, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (7668) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2014
26/XII/13 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home, 2nd Christmas tasting - BB: VII/2014 - 2007 vintage (2013-1185) Thanks to Nisse666 for the trade!

Clear orange to amber beer, small aery irregular yellow head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: toast, caramel, honey, bit dusty, walnuts. The ageing has taken it’s toll, and it already starts in the nose. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of caramel, honey, bit sugary, very fruity, hints of sherry, orange peel, but also some chocolate. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, sweet malts, honey, little sourish, spices, some aniseed, caramel. It’s a nice beer, but was probably much better a bit fresher. The best by date is a lie! :p

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3496) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
330 ml shared bottle. Vintage 2007. Clear clear caramel colored body with a white rim. Sprucy raisin on the nose. Notes of dog fodder in the mouth. Pungent sweet and bitter. May have passed it’s prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7516) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting, 2007 Vintage. Pours clear dark golden, no head. Aroma is malty, deep dark fruits, raisins and plums. Taste is sweet, plums and raisins, fodder, strange but good.

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