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Youngs Old Nick

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Formerly brewed at Wells & Youngs
Style: Barley Wine
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 780   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9997) - 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 (6186) - 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 (5346) - 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 (3324) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Very nice. A strong, bitter flavor followed by a warm, pretty long finish. A bit more carbonated than I like, though, and the alcohol content seems a bit low for a barleywine.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (1884) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Sweet and poopy on the nose. The nice outweighs the nast slightly. Flavor and mouthfeel are rough and scratchy. Dont recommend it. Them limeys dont know barley wines apparently.


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