Formerly brewed at Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: Barley Wine
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 776   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.

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Metalchopz (3391) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Best before date on label is 22 Feb 07 (originally rated November 2006). Pours a clean deep amber colour with a great tanned frothy head that is long lasting. Decent web lacing comes out of this, and carbonation is slow with tiny bubbles. The aroma is mild at first, but becomes much better and strong as the beer gets warmer. Written to drink at room temperature. The bar I was at served it cold. Nice caramel nose that overpowers the dark fruit. Very smooth mouthfeel with no burn at all. Good hoppy taste without being bitter. Caramel malt is present with roasted malt in the background. Alcohol slightly shows up in the finish, but disappears as fast. The aftertaste is kind of dry. Like most beer from Young’s (I’ve tasted)... greatly brewed and easy to drink for any level of beer lovers. Very, very smooth.

philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Young & Company Brewery, P.L.C.--Ram Brewery Wandsworth--Young’s Old Nick Barley Wine Style Ale. 1999 16.9 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Clear red rootbeer color. Rich sweet malt body and thick texture. Huge familiar aroma is not quite hoppy but more apple cider. Finishes with light alcohol bitterness. Needs aging. Sampled 6/14/1999. 2002 16.9 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear dark red bronze color. Sweet raisin floral fruit hop front. Sweet thick roasted malty spicy doughy cherry toffee body. Mellow smooth Barleywine flavor. Rich finish with hot hop end. Winter Ale rich. Sampled 12/13/2002. 2003 16.9 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Hazy dark amber brown color. Mild lace head. Malt spicy floral fruit mild hop front. Thick sweet rich creamy malty toasted caramel fruit body. Tangy lingering malt citrus mild spice hop end. Rich, doughy. Sampled 3/29/2004. 2005 16.9 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--45 IBU’s.? (4.0 /5.0) Barleywine?? Lacy head. Dark clear amber brown color. Spicy malt mild hop front. Thick sweet rich toasted tangy toffee biscuit mild earthy body. Mild hop smoke EtOH malty smooth end. Sampled 7/11/2006.

Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Dark ruby brown, thick tan head. Aroma is sweet fruit, berry, alcohol. Taste is raisin, burnt biscuity malt. Bitter finish. Medium thick body, soft carbonation.

Travlr (24897) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From notes. Deep ruby red with a small off white head and little lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Flavor has alcohol that shows through, lots of malt and caramel, and some prunes and raisins. Not much hops. Complex and interesting.

SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
(Br-btl, W/R-lbl w/ flames)
amber & lucent, alchl-warm, ^malty T1&T2, bitter T3, spicy-hint, med co2

BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Brewed in England... Halloween bash 2009 !!! Pours reddish in color with a thin off white head. Aroma of fruit, malts, earth and sugar. Taste of really bad cough medicine( yukk ) malts, alcohol and spices. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a lingering bitter / wine finish. Not sure if this was a bad bottle or if Youngs should stay clear of barley wines.

KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle. Dark reddish brown. Little head. A very hoppy aroma, full of malt as well. This is one of the best-balanced big beers I have tasted。Very malty and creamy, with restrained sweetness, and with a lot of hops, although not over the top. Lots of nice malty after tones. An excellent barley wine with manageable alcohol.

Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled. Amber-brown with off-white head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, alcohol and spices.

Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle. Someone suggested to try a few more English Barleywines, so here it is. This may be one of the best looking barleywines I’ve seen in a long time. Deep dark ruby red, borderline brown, with a perfectly formed, thick off-white head. It almost looks like a Belgian strong ale or Abt. The aroma is sweet and fruity... and I’ve never claimed to pick up on any smell of "dust" in a beer before, but that’s something that definitely came to mind in this one. Not an offensive aroma though. The flavor is an extremely smooth balance of malt, dark fruits, caramel. I couldn’t find much hops at all. It was not bitter in the least. I think this was a 2007 bottle. I would like to try a fresh one.

I am a little undecided about this beer though. Something about it really impressed me, and something kind of turned me off. Definitely interesting though, and more complex than some give it credit for. I will probably try this one again.

fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
Poured amber brown, simple, caramel, malty, little dark fruit, little alcohol, slight hops.

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