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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jeronimus99 (35) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 5, 2001
One of the most beautiful beers I have ever tasted! Everything is beautiful in this Barley Wine, everything! I’ve bought it in Cologne in the very small beer shop (but with the nice beer selection and the best one in Cologne), called ’Beer Museum’ (Antwerpener Strasse). This beer is quite strong but like the most English beer is very soft and pleasantly! Everybody can find in this beer something nice and the different palates. Recommended to all the beer fans! Super!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Heaven in a bottle: this is simply incredible. This is one of the best barleywines I’ve ever had and barleywine is one of my absolute favourite beer styles. It is a beautiful, deep ruby red with brown elements and a very thick, long-lasting tan head with incredible lacing that lingers on the glass. The aroma is very nice, the palate rich & thick, and the flavour incredible, rich, and well balanced with sweet, bitter, toffee, and hops. I can’t believe that this is being retired & pray with all my heart that this is resurrected. Let us hope.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 5, 2003
As soon as it's opened, I can smell Vanilla, Caramel, & Toffee aromas. Smells very sweet, sort of a malty background. It has a sweet malty taste, with apricot, caramel & toffee notes as well. Excellent head which lasted to the bottom of the glass. Decent lacing along the sides as well. No hop aroma in my batch. Low bitterness, with no discernable alcohol burn or tastes. A nice rendition on the style, but a little short on the ABV for the style. All in all, a great beer, but it has the tendency to sneak up on you & slam you over the head if you drink too many at one time, like I did.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Ooooohhhh Baby!!!!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2008
Young’s Ram Old Nick Barleywine Style Ale ABV: 7.2% Calories: estimated at 300 C Volume: 16.9 Glass: Tulip Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor Price per fl oz: $2.99 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.17 per fl oz Consumed at: Home sensory first impression: Aroma and flavor is rich, malty, roasted, bitter, and tasty. Beautiful, rich ruby color with a lasting off white head. Dark, active, and very clear. Rolls around luxuriously, a heavy weight, and a weighty presence. A great beer. Aroma/Olfactory: 10 out of 10 Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, bread, chocolate, cherry, coffee, nuts, roasted Hop flavor is: resin, citrus, peppers Yeast flavor is: crumbs, nibs, mold, leather, crisp finish Other flavors include: alcohol, clove, licorice, raisin, slight smoke Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5 Color is: dark, red, fiery, ruby Liquid is: clear Head and lace are: bumpy, frothy, tan Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10 Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy Sour level is: light Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5 Body or Mouthfeel is: full Texture is: oily, creamy, muddy, oceanic, filmy Carbonation is: lively Finish is: long, dark, bitter, delicious Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the color, flavor, head, bite, hops, signature flavors, depth, just about everything. This is just my kind of thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2001
The midpoint between barley wine and brown ale. Great malty aroma, and the flavor is just incredible. Let it play around your tongue and you’ll discover an amazing complexity: malt, chocolate, raisins, fruit, wine.. Alcohol is not really noticeable. Sweet but on the good side. Very satisfying, good to finish you off for the evening. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - DEC 25, 2001
Excellent Barley Wine. Has an almost Port flavor and nose. Not bitter like American styles. Thick and good feeling palate. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - MAY 15, 2002
I don’t think this qualifies as ’real’ barley wine. It’s not strong enough, dark enough, hoppy enough / etc. It is one heck of an ale though. Rich, syrupy and deep red. Hardly bitter at all. Very warming. I’ve nocked down two of these on at least a couple occasions - very tasty. Definitely worth my deal to the guy with the horns and the cape...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
By far, the best brew from Young’s. I love the sweet start and strong finish. I can’t seem to get enough of this beer. Love the Goldings!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2003
One of the best barleywines, in my opinion. Not overdone at all. Mild and sweet. Wonderful mahogany color, with a tight almond head. Aroma is malty, with beautiful allpe and pear esteriness. Flavor is incredibly smooth and british. Hops are mild in comparison to the malts. Smooth mouthfeel, big body. Excellent.

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