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


on tap


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RATINGS: 773   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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fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber color with a meduim brown head. Very malty, quite sweet. Taste: chocolate and some dried fruits. Bitter.

Ungstrup (38932) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2003
A dark brown beer with a light brown fine head that disappears quite quickly. The aroma is slightly fruity with hints of the alcohol. The flavor is powerfully fruity - a very nice malt blend - with definate notes of the alcohol and smoked malt. A good beer for a cold winter night with a snowstorm howling. A very nice beer.

joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Bottled. Brown colour with a small beige head. Sweet aroma dried fruits, fruits and malts. Sweet flavour of dried fruits and chocolate.

anders37 (27588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark amber colour with a tan head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma. Sweet malty flavor with some hints of caramel and dark fruits. Sweet malty and warming finish.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Bottled. Dark ruby red colour, beige foamy head, lacing. Fruit alcohol and some skunky notes in aroma. Fruity flavour with alcoholy sweetness. Nutty sweet aftertaste. Sticky palate.

Travlr (26412) - 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.

omhper (25949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2007
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Dark nut brown, rich firm head. Caramelly nose. Sweet, maty and warming, Syrupy and caramelly with notes of hay before a lightly resiny salty bitterish finish. Rather harsh and someaht off balance.

Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark, reddish amber with a dense head. Rich malty and nutty aromas. Very full, potent and rounded body. Loads of caramel notes, sweet malt and a solid dose of hops. And then some very spicy notes. Very delicious brew. 041200

Koelschtrinker (22074) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
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

fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
Bottle conditioned; 5 years old
Beautiful amber color; big thick head. Nice malty aroma, with some hop. Round taste, malty, strong caramel; the age has added some liquorice; it developed perfectly; alcohol touch. Caramel/bitter/malty final.
Quite complex and much better than I remembered.

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