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Young’s Old Nick

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


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RATINGS: 783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
Production moved from London to Bedford in 2006 when Wells and Young’s merged. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 4, 2001
Dark fruit, tobacco, and raisin aroma accompany this dark-amber, smooth, medium-bodied beer. The taste is slightly underwhleming; a bit watery and bitter without much flavor. The bitter plum finish almost saves it, but alas it does not attain ’great’ status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2001
tasty barley wine specialty with an enticing banana-like finish. Not a bad price, either!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2001
This was definetely some hard stuff. It was pretty good though i had alot of other fine beers prior to having this and my judgement may be off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2001
’Oh this is yummy’ was my first quote when I had my first sip. From the devil on the bottle, I thought this was an IPA before I read the bottle! So the first sip was a bit of a shock. This is rich, thick, almost syrupy. Yum. It has a slight alcohol bite which knocks a point or two off. This is a very nice deep, flavorful, rich beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2001
Very strong malt flavor, smooth, easy drinking for a barelywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 20, 2001
Hot on the palate. Brown sugar flavor with a light (for a barleywine) body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2001
My first barleywine and it seems a darn good one to start with. Wonderful malty aroma and toffee-like flavors. Just the tiniest bit of an alcohol bit. Really enjoyable for a nightcap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2001
Pours with a nice strong head. Intriguing depth and colour. Butter malt nose. Very complex flavour. Molases, brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2001
A very smooth, quite delicious barleywine. Flavor profile was more balanced than Bigfoot, however, in my opinion I’d like it to lean more towards the hoppy side. Nice mellow carbonation, and again, for such a high alcohol content, it was not apparent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2000
ruby colour, nutty nose, full-bodied, smooth, nut flavor

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