phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 and 2006 vintages shared by dbsdelight- thanks a bundle, Dan! The 2005 was a 330 ml and the 2006 was 500 ml. Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head on either. Aroma of brown sugar, maple, raisins, nuts, and earth. Flavor is right along the same lines- very sweet and mapley. The 2005 is lighter bodied and more sugary, while the 2006 as more of a medium body and syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation in both. Pretty cool English barley wines, and even though they have 5-6 years on them and show it, they’re drinking pretty well.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle that’s been cellared for 3 years, consumed 12-28-10.
"Best by 22 Feb 07." Ooops! Pours a very deep ruby, nearly opaque. Very full head, plenty of carbonation. Lacing is full. Nose is raisins, toffee, brown sugar, ever so slight hint of staleness, but not as much as I was expecting. On the thinner side of mouthfeel, a bit slick and creamy. Sweet, slight oxidation present but not much, really easy drinking. Not a trace of hop bitterness left, but there is some resiny hop notes on the finish. Pretty decent for a 7% strong ale with this much age on it. Bonus points for lasting far past the best-by date.
rubbishystuff (1564) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, not too much hop flavor. Dried fruits. Malty. Yummy. Serving: Bottle (Does any one else much prefer the old Young’s imaging/branding?)
Metalchopz (1747) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best before date on label is 22 Feb 07 (originally rated November 2006). Pours a clean deep amber colour with a great tanned frothy head that is long lasting. Decent web lacing comes out of this, and carbonation is slow with tiny bubbles. The aroma is mild at first, but becomes much better and strong as the beer gets warmer. Written to drink at room temperature. The bar I was at served it cold. Nice caramel nose that overpowers the dark fruit. Very smooth mouthfeel with no burn at all. Good hoppy taste without being bitter. Caramel malt is present with roasted malt in the background. Alcohol slightly shows up in the finish, but disappears as fast. The aftertaste is kind of dry. Like most beer from Young’s (I’ve tasted)... greatly brewed and easy to drink for any level of beer lovers. Very, very smooth.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Young & Company Brewery, P.L.C.--Ram Brewery Wandsworth--Young’s Old Nick Barley Wine Style Ale.
1999 16.9 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Clear red rootbeer color. Rich sweet malt body and thick texture. Huge familiar aroma is not quite hoppy but more apple cider. Finishes with light alcohol bitterness. Needs aging. Sampled 6/14/1999.
2002 16.9 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear dark red bronze color. Sweet raisin floral fruit hop front. Sweet thick roasted malty spicy doughy cherry toffee body. Mellow smooth Barleywine flavor. Rich finish with hot hop end. Winter Ale rich. Sampled 12/13/2002.
2003 16.9 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Hazy dark amber brown color. Mild lace head. Malt spicy floral fruit mild hop front. Thick sweet rich creamy malty toasted caramel fruit body. Tangy lingering malt citrus mild spice hop end. Rich, doughy. Sampled 3/29/2004.
2005 16.9 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--45 IBU’s.? (4.0 /5.0) Barleywine?? Lacy head. Dark clear amber brown color. Spicy malt mild hop front. Thick sweet rich toasted tangy toffee biscuit mild earthy body. Mild hop smoke EtOH malty smooth end. Sampled 7/11/2006.
curly (2395) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby brown, thick tan head. Aroma is sweet fruit, berry, alcohol. Taste is raisin, burnt biscuity malt. Bitter finish. Medium thick body, soft carbonation.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Deep ruby red with a small off white head and little lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Flavor has alcohol that shows through, lots of malt and caramel, and some prunes and raisins. Not much hops. Complex and interesting.
SanfordBrewer (1343) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Br-btl, W/R-lbl w/ flames)
amber & lucent, alchl-warm, ^malty T1&T2, bitter T3, spicy-hint, med co2
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brewed in England... Halloween bash 2009 !!! Pours reddish in color with a thin off white head. Aroma of fruit, malts, earth and sugar. Taste of really bad cough medicine( yukk ) malts, alcohol and spices. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a lingering bitter / wine finish. Not sure if this was a bad bottle or if Youngs should stay clear of barley wines.
KyotoLefty (4727) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown. Little head. A very hoppy aroma, full of malt as well. This is one of the best-balanced big beers I have tasted。Very malty and creamy, with restrained sweetness, and with a lot of hops, although not over the top. Lots of nice malty after tones. An excellent barley wine with manageable alcohol.