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Youngís Old Nick

Formerly brewed at Charles Wells
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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Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
Production moved from London to Bedford in 2006 when Wells and Youngís 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 Youngís unique mix of cane sugar and Fuggle and Goldings hops.
Try it with cheese as a delicious and flavourful alternative to port.

troysworktable's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2006
16.9 ounce bottle. This was my first experience with a barley wine. I rather enjoyed the experience. It reminded me of a fruitier version of a brown ale. A somewhat creamy, somewhat frothy, light brown head didnít care to hang around for too long, but did leave some nice lacing behind. The color of Old Nick was beautiful. It was a rich brown with a ruby red tinge at the edges. The aroma was of molasses at the forefront with a background of a sweet aroma that seemed to be a mixture of pine and floral notes. It also smelled more like red wine than a beer. The flavor also tasted of molasses, with hints of dried fruitóraisins, dates, currants, perhaps even cherries (although very subtle on the cherries, if so). The beer sat mid-palate in the mouth, and started slightly sweet becoming drier as the finish progressed. I ate this with the wifeís chilaquiles, which may have been just a tad too spicy for the richness of Old Nick, but it worked well, nonetheless. I imagine this would be another ale that would go well with roasted meat, potatoes, and carrots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6403) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"smooth, malty, and sweet, but thin and boring compared to the best of this style. still better than an average beer, but subpar for a barleywine. needs to be more complex (compelling?)"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Dark burgundy coloured, creamy winter warmer with sweet caramelly malt profile, candied fruits and warming, liqueurish alcohol in the finish without any astringency. Great, though more and old ale than a true barley wine to me. Too bad this isnít made anymore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beechner224 (814) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbacus. Pours a orange amber color. No head. Aroma is still malty sweet. Taste is strong malt and boost. Burns a tad going down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (2438) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
(Bottle by Ram). Bottle shared by mcbackus. Pours a flat brown. Aroma is a raisin and oxidized. Taste is sweet and malty with raisins and sherry. Good but past its prime. Bottle says by 2007. Probably a good date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (936) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle says best by 2008, neat. Bottle share thank to mcbackus. Dark amber, nearly brown pour, no head. Caramel, vanilla, ice cream, sweet aroma. Sweet, caramel, oxidized - not surprising, vanilla, mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
355mL bottle at Stuffed Sandwich. $8. Pours clear red amber, medium tan foam. Spotty lace. Nose is maple, vanilla extract, cola, root beer. Vanilla extract dominates. Taste is bland, watery, dark bread, mild bitterness, bread crust. Huh, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OllieBBommel (1176) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2013
Bottle@tasting (2002), 500ml. Head: off-white. Colour: clear, amber. Aroma: fruit. Taste: malt, medium bitter-sweet. Palate: mouthwarming, medium bitter-sweet finish. Overall: nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
POLK (2219) - HÝrning, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
old rating: Brown color with good head. Sweet aroma. Sweet and fruity flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2012
I have not seen this beer in ages, but I figured Iíd review it from the notes I took the last time I had it. I had a bottle of this beer way back in 2004, so Iím not even sure if it is still in production. Either way, I enjoyed this rich brew very much. It was the perfect companion to the flickering firelight and a comfy chair on a cold January evening. The palate exploded with sumptuous, chewy malt, bakerís chocolate, caramelized sugar and a bananas foster taste on the front of the tongue and on the finish. A slight hop bitterness was noticed at the back of the tongue. It has a beautiful color of deep, warm ruby as a bonus. Overall, this beer was terrific and very, very comforting for a cold night. A+++

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
26-Feb-12 (500-ml bottle, Best by 12-Apr-06: Purchased for $2.99 at BevMo in Encinitas, CA)
Well, this is it, my final bottle of Old Nick, from before their merger with Wells. Iím very sad that itís no longer in production because back in the 90ís, this was one of my favorite beers, and while it may have dropped a notch in my book since then, itís still a really, really terrific beer. The beer pours a hazy, deep red-brown body and a creamy, tan cap that settles to a wide ring. The nose is incredibly fruity, with aromas of dried apricot, raisin, and fig, but itís also very malty, offering caramel candy, toffee, buttered toast, and treacle. On the palate, itís a very rich, full-bodied, almost chewy beer, and though itís a fairly sweet beer, itís a malty sweet rather than sugary sweet. The prominent caramely malt flavor is complemented by toffee, lightly browned toast with a spread of butter, dried fruits such as raisin, prune, fig, and apricot, treacle, and brown sugar. Sure, there is oxidation here, but as usual for many of the aged English barley wines, it just seems completely natural. Such a great beer, to me itís a tragedy that itís no longer in production. Three cheers for corporate mergers!

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