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Nils Oscar Barley Wine - the Nils Oscar Company

Nils Oscar Barley WineNils Oscar Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
83
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%


Brewed by:
the Nils Oscar Company visit their website
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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Lexx

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at West Lakeview in November.
Pours a clear orangey gold color with a big, just off white head and soapy bubbles.
The scent is of overripe orange, orange zest, caramel, toffee, bread.
The taste is a little light, definitely can't tell the alcohol percentage. There's some caramel and toffee, muffin, just a hint of alcohol, a bit of dried fruits, mostly fig. Very perfumey.
Pretty tasty, a solid beer, but not mind-blowing. Exceedingly drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 05:48:06 | More by Lexx
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Appearance: Slightly hazy, and medium brown. Creamy beige head has moderate retention.

Smell: A complex bouquet for sure! Layers of toasty and roasty malt, cinnamon raisin bread, dates, toffee, and plums.

Taste: Could be the most complex flavor profile I've witnessed to date, yet it still manages to be balanced. All the flavors from the aroma are present, in addition to chocolate, vanilla, coffee, nuts, and honeysuckle. A gentle bitterness keeps the scale from tipping too far down the rabbit hole.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, smooth, and caressing, with medium carbonation. Very little alcohol warming for the style.

Overall: A simply scrumptious beer, and a new favorite for me! The complexity is almost mind-blowing...how can so many flavors be crammed into one 12 oz. bottle? A carefully crafted complicated recipe must be behind this jewel from Sweden.

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Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

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Nils Oscar Barley Wine from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.