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Nils Oscar Barley Wine - the Nils Oscar Company

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BA SCORE
83
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
20.3° Plato.

Also sold as "Swedish Barley Wine-Style Ale"

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002)
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Reviews by 1Adam12:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

1Adam12, Jul 06, 2012
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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is labeled Swedish Barley Wine. Anyway, pours into my glass an intensely clear almost pinkish goldenrod hue. A thin white ring above the brew but not much in the way of head. Steady active carbonation. An interesting lighter colored barley wine. Aromas start with a deep caramelized grain with some cherry and fruity scents as well. A touch toasty with toffee notes and a nutty, spicy aspect. A bit subdued.

First sip brings a rich caramel malt flavor upfront. A nice fruity flavor moves in with cherry coming out as most apparent. It flows down with some nutty, spicy flavors and finishes with a touch of herbal hop bitterness as well. Not much alcohol in the flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy. It makes itself known but is not as heavy as most American barley wine's I have sampled. Pretty easy to drink overall. This is a unique take on the style from a brewery whose beers I've just started to see across the pond here. Makes a good night cap. I'll probably try some of their other styles if I run across them again.

orbitalr0x, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of sugar and bready malt in it. The flavor is also very sweet. I get a lot of brown sugar and molasses, as well as some pine and grass from the hops. There is also a lot of caramel and biscuit malt in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours oily copper with barely a white head. Dense aroma of caramel, bread dough, candi sugar, and oak. Syrpupy mouthfeel with nearly no carbonation. More caramel and candied fruits. Some peppery hops creep in toward the back with an earthy/wood flavor. Change of pace from the barleywines I normally drink from the West Coast.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

arealbeersbeer, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this was one of the more glowing barleywines I've seen, usually they take on a brown appearance, this was more yellow and orange. Aroma was minimal, but sweet and non offensive.

Taste, sweet again, but not overpowering. A lot of different fruit, maybe licorice and vanilla to it as well. Unnecessarily complex, but appreciated and not completely out there. I don't know what to call this, isn't like any BW I've had before. Tastes like some middle ground between hard alcohol and beer. Its like a mixed drink. Someone made barleywine & gin, together at last!

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 27, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, probably not my style, quite a thick, sweet, malty palate, quite suruppy, doughy and sticky, bordering on cloying, but not quite, had it on a warmish day here in sydney, so maybe that affected my rating, slightly enjoyable, but not my style.

rastaman, Oct 22, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a sea of microbubbles and a sticky egg-cream foam on top.
S- The light but rich caramel aroma has a slight buttery quality and a fresh raw grain aroma to it. There is a nice white toffee aroma at the finish.
T- This beer has a slightly dry caramel flavor with a softer white toffee note that becomes just a bit sweet in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat.
D- This beer has lots of light toasted malts and just a bit of sweetness but it is still rich and full bodied. This an interesting version of a barley wine and great for the cold months.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy off-white head, copper colour, lacing, head diminidhes to a thin lid. Aroma of honey, alcohol, syrup. Flavour is vety light for being a barley wine, it is sweet, tastes of honey, jam, dark fruit, low bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, small bubbles. R'This barley wine is dangerously easy to drink, and for a nice quiet evening I do like that it is not overpowering, for the right mood this is a great beer, even though this is not the most complex of it's kind.

This bottle had been cellared for one year.

linnet, Feb 15, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

ste5venla, Nov 04, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetish barleywine ale. Nothing special to look at, and a mild barleywine and malty aroma. A little grapey taste, a little hoppy,toasted caramel,dash of licorice, a nice one. Average mouthfeel. Good drinking.Alcohol well hidden. Suitable carbonation.

Sammy, Sep 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

aztraz, Oct 21, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce slim brown bottle. No obvious dating.

Pours clear gold with faint carbonation, no head or lace. Smells like caramel and honey with woody alcohol overtones. Simple, but clean and fresh. Very sweet flavor. Honey and toasted malts come to the front, with some dry woodiness in the finish. Alcohol is restrained for the style and only appears significantly in the lightly warming aftertaste. Body is on the light side; smooth and unobtrusive.

A pleasant drink that doesn't especially distinguish itself.

dgallina, May 06, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Stateline Liquors.

A: The ale is a brilliant golden orange color, bright with no turbidity. A finger or so of white bubbles emerged on pour and quickly whittled away.

S: The barleywine has a thick congealed aroma, full of intensely concentrated barley and cereal notes. Not much hop-wise appears but there is a faint bitterness overtop of the malts.

T: Interesting first sip. Based on the nose, I was expecting lots of grains, a cornucopia of bready thickness. Surprisingly, the body is mild. Sure there are big malt flavors, lots of grain and cereal, but they aren't completely in your face. In fact, a touch of smokiness runs throughout a sip, adding a nice flourish of flavor. The effect is a smoked ham sandwich with the cured meat and bready grains. The hops don't add much to the body.

M: The mouthfeel is full of grains and the result is a sweet, biting flavor that isn't half bad.

D: The booze is well hidden for a 9.5% offering. That being said, one glass is enough because the strength can catch you off guard.

akorsak, Jun 07, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally drank this brew on 10/24/2009, for whatever reason I didn't put this review on BA at the time.

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is mostly fruity, it smells like apricots, pears, figs, caramel, and bready malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except with the addition of some peppery spice and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol in this brew is well hidden. I think this is a good overall brew. I enjoyed it, and would buy it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Nov 26, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

I have no idea how old this beer is but it's definitely not fresh. I'll stamp it at around a year, maybe more (no more than two probably). The carbonation is there, but even with an aggressive pour there wasn't much of a head. Both the flavor and aroma carry a good amount of vanilla. The hops are almost non-existent, except to maybe add a little bit of an herbal tea aroma. The flavor has an interesting smokey flavor, not sure where it came from.

Maybe this is a beer that can out-age a Thomas Hardy's Ale. I would love to try this one fresh. Recommended.

BeerSox, Sep 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pelicanrocks, Feb 15, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a barleywine? Since when? Yeah, unfortunately, it says it's one right on the bottle... Really too bad. It might be OK as a 'light' I2PA but barleywine? Never. No color, no head. Weird caramel and straw smell (not like I'd expect - still, I give this an average grade). Taste? What taste? That went with the color... Flavor 'light' - light sweetness, light bitterness, light malt. Bah. I feel cheated!

charlesw, Jan 26, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Half a finger light tan head to a crown on a hazy/sediment brown amber with maroon tones and golden edges. I really like the color 4
S – Caramel malts, dark fruit, cherries or currants, slight spice, oak 3.5
T – Unique. Earthy and peppery with nuts, slight fruits, subtle overall almost too much so for such a high ABV barleywine. Slight alcohol on the finish. 3.5
M – Medium body is smooth and a bit boozy, small bubble carbonation, not as big as most barleywines I’ve had 3.5
O – Was hoping my Swedish ancestors would teach me something about Barleywine, oh well… decent but not exciting. Would not advise a fellow BA to seek this out. 3.5

rsdaugherty, Sep 02, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy orange/yellow color, with about a finger of light tan head. Dissipates to lots of bigger bubbles and leaves a bit of weaving down the side.

Aroma is fairly fruity, dark fruits, malty sweetness and a hint of booze.

Lot's of dark fruits in the taste, malty sweetness and a surprising, albeit, tasty, bit of chocolate in there somehow. Hints of citrus are mixed in there too...

Feel is creamy and slick, but it's too thin to be "rich".

Good abv, and well hidden, good taste, and despite the thin feel, very easy drinking.

EgadBananas, Feb 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was featured as one of the beers of the month selections at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL, so I picked one up for just $5.99 instead of the regular $6.99 price for a single 11.2oz brown bottle. Still on the expensive side for a smaller than 12oz bottle of beer. No freshness date, but not too concerned about that as barleywines age well, although it would be nice to know how far along in the aging process this bottle has gotten.

The beer poured a hazy orange color with only a ½ finger of white head. Neither the head retention nor the lacing was very impressive.

The smell is very wine-like. Graoey aroma along with some sweet toffee, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol.

Mmmm ... this is delicious! Big dose of sweet caramel malts and toffee up front combnine nicely with the fruity grapes. Add a dash of vanilla and a little alcohol and that pretty much completes it. No real hop presence at all. Maybe some low alpha oil spiced hop is used, but nothing bittert in here at all.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with perfect carbonation.

The alcohol flavor is far less in here than in some barleywines, making it very drinkable and tasty, but still 9.5% alcohol is still 9.5% alcohol, so I wouldn't recommend downing a 6 of these, but I certainly wouldn't mind going back for one more.

matjack85, Dec 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mahogany beer with tan head that settled out quickly; big bubbles percolated up through beer

S: overripe fruit: dark and sweet

T: fruits again featured - a very fruit-sweet beer, with a noticeable backbone of alcohol

M: somewhat viscous without feeling too syrupy; had an unexpected "chalky" feel

O: not a bad beer, but I tend to look for something a little more complex in a barleywine, whereas this was pretty straightforward on the fruits. I also tend to look for a little crispness or zing - this was a very mellow beer - which you may like, but for me it fell into that kind of average range

Greywulfken, Mar 21, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one when I was down in florida. Just got around to drinking. It tonight. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this was consumed on 04/08/2009.

The pour was decent. Copper colored with a light haziness to it and a small head that faded instantly. The aroma was light with caramel and lightly faded hops stealing the show here. A smooth and subtle flavor that I can only describe as too mellow for me. Decent medium feel that was slightly syrup like. Alcohol totally hidden which made the 9 percent seem like nothing.

Overall it was decent, not spectacular but decent.

mikesgroove, Apr 09, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep mahogany red color, translucent, with a modest head, fair to middling lace. Nose is malt, brandy like with the sweet aroma of over ripe bananas. Front is sweet malt, the top slim, the finish pleasantly hopped, mildly acidic, the aftertaste malt dry. The high ABV, leaves a nice warm feeling in the "Tummy". A beer that would age well and most certainly improve, but it will be hard to find I’m afraid.

Gusler, Nov 27, 2002
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4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light copper color with a decent foam, but fades fast and leaves very little lacing.

Husky, grainy nose on it. A bit of malted milk oxidation and grape-esque hoppiness. Surprisingly fruity - raisins, figs and strawberries.

Light malts and sugary presence reminds me of a Belgian Strong with a hop kick. Taste is like the French Toast Crunch cereal. A pretty tame, mild mannered barlywine that hits all the right notes with me and does not try to go over the top with hops and/or malt. ABV is well hidden. Very approachable and delicious B-wine.

twiggamortis420, Apr 04, 2009
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Nils Oscar Barley Wine from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.