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


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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark ruby color with thin head. Smooth, mellow palate and rich, creamy flavor.

gripweed57 (2975) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2017
From old tasting notes. Translucent reddish brown color with a tannish brown head of immense proportions. Bittersweet toasted malt aroma has a caramel character. Intensely sweet toasted malt flavor upfront is slightly cloying. Bittersweet middle is heavy and complex. Finish is bitter and highly hopped leading to a long bitter aftertaste. Big, full bodied and potent. A mouthful in every sip. Outstanding!

hauxe (1022) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2016
Rated from old notes for posterity. Very pleasant. Has an underying burnt bitterness with fruity overtones. Creamy. Warming, but not so alcoholic as the style might dictate.

slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"smooth, malty, and sweet, but thin and boring compared to the best of this style. still better than an average beer, but subpar for a barleywine. needs to be more complex (compelling?)"

Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Dark burgundy coloured, creamy winter warmer with sweet caramelly malt profile, candied fruits and warming, liqueurish alcohol in the finish without any astringency. Great, though more and old ale than a true barley wine to me. Too bad this isn’t made anymore.

beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbacus. Pours a orange amber color. No head. Aroma is still malty sweet. Taste is strong malt and boost. Burns a tad going down.

Homer321 (5249) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
(Bottle by Ram). Bottle shared by mcbackus. Pours a flat brown. Aroma is a raisin and oxidized. Taste is sweet and malty with raisins and sherry. Good but past its prime. Bottle says by 2007. Probably a good date.

DrewFace (970) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle says best by 2008, neat. Bottle share thank to mcbackus. Dark amber, nearly brown pour, no head. Caramel, vanilla, ice cream, sweet aroma. Sweet, caramel, oxidized - not surprising, vanilla, mildly bitter finish.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
355mL bottle at Stuffed Sandwich. $8. Pours clear red amber, medium tan foam. Spotty lace. Nose is maple, vanilla extract, cola, root beer. Vanilla extract dominates. Taste is bland, watery, dark bread, mild bitterness, bread crust. Huh, not bad.

OllieBBommel (1560) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2013
[email protected] (2002), 500ml. Head: off-white. Colour: clear, amber. Aroma: fruit. Taste: malt, medium bitter-sweet. Palate: mouthwarming, medium bitter-sweet finish. Overall: nice.

POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
old rating: Brown color with good head. Sweet aroma. Sweet and fruity flavor.

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