DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. I’m very sad that it’s no longer in production because back in the 90’s, this was one of my favorite beers, and while it may have dropped a notch in my book since then, it’s 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 it’s also very malty, offering caramel candy, toffee, buttered toast, and treacle. On the palate, it’s a very rich, full-bodied, almost chewy beer, and though it’s a fairly sweet beer, it’s 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 it’s a tragedy that it’s no longer in production. Three cheers for corporate mergers!
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007. This is a caramel color, old stuff, very well oxidized, light green apple aroma. Taste is lost in a muddled papery malt oxidation, sweet, but nutty and just kinda eh.
Grzesiek79 (4088) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 caramel, barnyard, banana, cooked vegetables, soy sauce, red, cloudy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, creamy, astringent, fizzy,
Cunningham (7198) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2012 Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a big head. Sweet fruity nose. Malty, fruity and acohol flavour. In a part of my life this was the worst thing ever that had happen to be inside my mouth.....
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (apparently from the late 90s). Pours with a hazy ruby brown body. Aromas are a bit oxidized with notes of dark fruits, currants, dates, sherry, and caramel. Flavors are also a bit oxidized (sherry and light cardboard). Caramel, dark fruit and a bit vinous. Minimal carbonation, a bit sweet.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In London. Amber body with big head. Nose of malts, fruits, sweets. Taste is malty and quite high ABV. Spicy too. Syrupy texture. Bitter in the finish.
Koelschtrinker (17969) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Würzig-alkoholischer Geruch. Stark malzig-herber Antrunk, die herbe weicht zum Mittelteil etwas, ein hopfig-süßer Ton bleibt. Dabei ist natürlich die Malzigkeit weiter im Vordergrund und wird im Nachgeschmack deutlich stärker. Unter dem vollmundigen Aroma ist eine süße Note zu erkennen, der getreidige Ton ist schon fast Nebensache.
Test vom 26.6.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,10,10,12,9,10
phaleslu (9571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 and 2006 vintages shared by dbsdelight- thanks a bundle, Dan! The 2005 was a 330 ml and the 2006 was 500 ml. Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head on either. Aroma of brown sugar, maple, raisins, nuts, and earth. Flavor is right along the same lines- very sweet and mapley. The 2005 is lighter bodied and more sugary, while the 2006 as more of a medium body and syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation in both. Pretty cool English barley wines, and even though they have 5-6 years on them and show it, they’re drinking pretty well.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle that’s been cellared for 3 years, consumed 12-28-10.
"Best by 22 Feb 07." Ooops! Pours a very deep ruby, nearly opaque. Very full head, plenty of carbonation. Lacing is full. Nose is raisins, toffee, brown sugar, ever so slight hint of staleness, but not as much as I was expecting. On the thinner side of mouthfeel, a bit slick and creamy. Sweet, slight oxidation present but not much, really easy drinking. Not a trace of hop bitterness left, but there is some resiny hop notes on the finish. Pretty decent for a 7% strong ale with this much age on it. Bonus points for lasting far past the best-by date.
rubbishystuff (2363) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2016 Sweet, not too much hop flavor. Dried fruits. Malty. Yummy. Serving: Bottle (Does any one else much prefer the old Young’s imaging/branding?)