Formerly brewed at Charles Wells
Style: Barley Wine
Bedford, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5140) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
This one is from the old Youngs Ram Brewery that was in London and has been aging in my cellar for four year and was a year past the "drink me" date on the bottle. Poured dark brown tending toward black with a fat tan head and thick gluey lacing rings. Nose of ripe fruit and floral hops. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is caramel malts with good hop bitterness. This one aged well and was a delight to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Very nice. A strong, bitter flavor followed by a warm, pretty long finish. A bit more carbonated than I like, though, and the alcohol content seems a bit low for a barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (2225) - Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Sweet and poopy on the nose. The nice outweighs the nast slightly. Flavor and mouthfeel are rough and scratchy. Dont recommend it. Them limeys dont know barley wines apparently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (11000) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle from Vrown. Brown pour, very small head. Aroma is syrupy and sweet wtih some dried fruit and booze. Flavor is sweet and fruity with a syrupy quality that is a bit over the top...but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Decent barleywine with a candy like flavor and a nice smell of fruit and flowers. Very low alcohol for the style and goes down mighty easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 10, 2008
From bottle bought at Bob’s Liquors in CT, part of beer tasting. Appears a dark brown with little head or lacing. Aroma of dark fruit (prunes), bourbon, nuts, and light hops. Flavor was an interesting mixture of malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. Finish is long and palate is smooth. Overall, a nice, solid brew. Alcohol was not as high as other BW I’ve had, but this managed to hold its own in terms of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2008
500ml, i’ve had in the cellar for something like 2 years. Pours dark brown with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and ok. Taste is sweet with nice caramel notes. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Foamy head, nice lacing, coppery dark brown color. Light malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, high malt dominates, with chocolate aftertaste. Hops is soft and floral, alcoholic after. Good, but not "Devilishly Good".

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Pours cloudy cider brown with no real head. Not much smell. A bitey fruity acid taste that is smooth. Very relaxing strong beer. Great for the evening.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2008
brown body, mild tan head. aroma of malt and fruit. flavor is slightly creamy and maltywith quite a warming alcoholic presense. oily body, alightly bitter dry fruit in the finish. well worth the taste test. i picked up a pint+ bottle of this for less than $4 at The Liquor Depot in Monee.

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