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Youngs Old Nick

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Formerly brewed at Wells & Youngs
Style: Barley Wine
Bedford, England
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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
Production moved from London to Bedford.
This fabulous barley wine is a malty, velvety smooth and full bodied beer with a rich dark ruby colour. Old Nick is overflowing with sumptuous flavours of fruit and hops, with a complex bitterness on the finish.
Pale ale and crystal malt together with Young’s unique mix of cane sugar and Fuggle and Goldings hops.
Try it with cheese as a delicious and flavourful alternative to port.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13511) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
(Br-btl, W/R-lbl w/ flames)
amber & lucent, alchl-warm, ^malty T1&T2, bitter T3, spicy-hint, med co2

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6739) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle. 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled. Amber-brown with off-white head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, alcohol and spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle. Someone suggested to try a few more English Barleywines, so here it is. This may be one of the best looking barleywines I’ve seen in a long time. Deep dark ruby red, borderline brown, with a perfectly formed, thick off-white head. It almost looks like a Belgian strong ale or Abt. The aroma is sweet and fruity... and I’ve never claimed to pick up on any smell of "dust" in a beer before, but that’s something that definitely came to mind in this one. Not an offensive aroma though. The flavor is an extremely smooth balance of malt, dark fruits, caramel. I couldn’t find much hops at all. It was not bitter in the least. I think this was a 2007 bottle. I would like to try a fresh one.

I am a little undecided about this beer though. Something about it really impressed me, and something kind of turned me off. Definitely interesting though, and more complex than some give it credit for. I will probably try this one again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Poured amber brown, simple, caramel, malty, little dark fruit, little alcohol, slight hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3474) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
This one is from the old Youngs Ram Brewery that was in London and has been aging in my cellar for four year and was a year past the "drink me" date on the bottle. Poured dark brown tending toward black with a fat tan head and thick gluey lacing rings. Nose of ripe fruit and floral hops. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is caramel malts with good hop bitterness. This one aged well and was a delight to drink.


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