Nils Oscar Barley Wine (-2010)

Formerly brewed at Nils Oscar
Style: Barley Wine / Wheat Wine / Rye Wine
Nyköping, Sweden
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Translation from website: "A beer with a strong, and obvious sweetness. Drink it now, or why not save it a couple of years? It will only improve with time."

This classic hearty ale started out a gold medal winner in the Swedish Homebrewing Championships in 1993, and went on to win gold in the World Beer Cup in 2000. A little something to see you through the longest darkest night.

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DarkElf (3424) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 9, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2019 21-Mar-19 (330-ml bottle: Obtained 01-Nov-05 in trade with bogdi1, thanks Juha!)
This cellared 9.5% ABV Barley Wine pours a fairly hazy, amber-brown body and a thin, pale-tan head that almost immediately settles to a large-bubbled ring. The nose shows big aromas of caramel, toffee, English-style fruitiness, brown sugar, and moderate alcohol. On the palate, it's definitely coming across like a high-alcohol English-style version of this style, showing sweet, caramel candy and toffee, brown sugar, fig, and toasted bread with a fairly strong perception of alcohol. The beer is medium-full in weight, medium-low in carbonation from the age, and a bit on the cloying side. Overall, this is very sweet and sugary, and the cellaring hasn't brought on any earthiness that could have made the beer more interesting. Hindsight says it should have been consumed early on.

fraxmodorf (1) - - FEB 10, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2018 Den första BW som jag smakade och därav kanske något partisk. Mycket trevligt och med alla typiska smaker för en bra bw

john44 (4590) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle. Amber in colour. Sweet malty fruity barley wine. Malty (caramel, toffee, toasted malts, honey). Fruity (dried fruits, plums, raisins, some orange-citrus). Very smooth, silky. Somewhat vinous. Nice mouthfeel. Alcohol very well disguised. Slightly syrupy but not cloying. Sweet malty fruity throughout. Easy drinking for high ABV. (2008)

AndreasP (495) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle from 2004 consumed in 2016! Not surprisingly very flat but it does not affect the enjoyability. Winey, nutty and a perfect companion to chocolate dessert

ansalon (4964) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
On tap at Akkurat. Pours light ruby with a large frothy white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, rye bread, figs and dates. Taste is medium sweet, very English in execution. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

TorbenJensen (1864) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2015
Very fragrant Barley with thin foam. It smells warm and pleasant caramel malt, fruit and easy alcohol. Taste of ripe fruit (peach and plum) and has a great round, gentle and rich malt flavor. Despite the high alcohol strength lies alcohol only in wait, destroying in any way the pleasant fruit which is this barleys main taste. As all Barleys this will probably be much better over the years, but as a young Barley it is surprisingly good.

Learninbeer (932) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Been sitting on this for years. The aroma is sweet, some raisin, licorice. Pours a cloudy copper/brown with a large off white head fully diminishing, no lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter and abrupt. Not bad, probably aged a little too long.

Leini (2075) - SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2016 330ml bottle. Clear amber body with a minimal white head. Caramel, honey, figs, grass and dark sugars. Finishes a bit dry.

Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours light amber with minimal head, albeit high carbonation. Rum and herbal spices in aroma and taste. Some "faulty" phenols in finish. The high ABV is not warranted by taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

deanso (14182) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
33cl Bottle from my beer cellar. 2009 vintage I think. Hazy amber pour. Thin off white head. Pretty good. Noticable alcohol but nice.

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