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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.

brewblackhole's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Aroma is dark fruit and heavy alcohol,sparkling ruby color,full sweet, amlt taste with overtones of molasses and licorice,not much hop bitterness, palate is smooth as can be. Alcohol not as evident in taste. Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hauxe (443) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2016
Rated from old notes for posterity. Very pleasant. Has an underying burnt bitterness with fruity overtones. Creamy. Warming, but not so alcoholic as the style might dictate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (10234) - 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 (4594) - 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 isn’t made anymore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beechner224 (1024) - 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 (4315) - Melboring, 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 (967) - 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
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (1464) - 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) - Hørning, 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 I’d 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 I’m 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, baker’s 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+++

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