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Nils Oscar Barley Wine - the Nils Oscar Company

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Nils Oscar Barley WineNils Oscar Barley Wine

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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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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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New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-24-2012 06:10:38 | More by Googs
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-21-2012 21:19:39 | More by aztraz
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Gotta love the classiness on display with these labels, man. Within, the beer pours a clear copper-bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, mild booze, light walnut, and a twinge of cardboard. I'd check the freshness of this thing, but, alas, not a hint of an intimation of information to be found. Well, onwards, as many such beers are purposefully oxidized, sherry-style, so who knows? The taste actually brings forth some sherry-like notes, all backed by some biscuit, toffee, and toasted wheat. It's an odd combination when scrutinized (and whilst looking at the bottle of Lustau sherry sitting on the shelf across the room), but it kinda works. Go figure. I have no idea if it was meant to taste like this, but I'm not gonna overthink this any further. The body is a limber medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, something tells me this is a bit long in the tooth, but it still works (just likely in a different direction than intended).

10-11-2012 01:59:08 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-20-2012 14:59:19 | More by ajs4bd
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-12-2012 11:28:21 | More by atone315
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3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

07-07-2012 03:10:51 | More by Mora2000
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-06-2012 00:06:13 | More by 1Adam12
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Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to Dave Guay for sharing this one. Pours a dull, orange-gold (almost burnt orange) with a semi-hazy clarity and a loose head that quickly dissipates into a soapy skim. Nose reveals a toffee presence and buttery notes, but aromas are somewhat subdued. Taste expresses toffee, light toasted malts, a light hops bittering and a slightly earthy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, an immensely drinkable barleywine considering its 9.5% abv. A somewhat underrated brew in my opinion.

07-01-2012 20:50:04 | More by Jwale73
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

03-21-2012 00:34:28 | More by Greywulfken
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3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

A solid barley wine. Very sweet. Dominant caramel and heavy sweet bread.

Nice looking gold hazy beer. Semi sticky lacing.

Strong aroma, very sweet. Thick caramel and syrup. Not much to review here. It's a solid beer, but very sweet. Can use some time to mature, if it ever does. This is an early 2011 release.

Dessert beer for sure

03-17-2012 06:56:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-05-2012 03:35:04 | More by superjose
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-14-2012 15:58:43 | More by livingtodie
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-24-2011 11:28:46 | More by jophish17
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-21-2011 20:24:14 | More by deapokid
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-29-2011 03:43:47 | More by JAHMUR
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-26-2011 23:44:44 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-25-2011 02:15:32 | More by Exiled
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-19-2011 16:42:49 | More by Rempo
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

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

09-02-2011 22:25:56 | More by rsdaugherty
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3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

M. Liquid is amber and slightly hazy. The foam is white, small and leaves no lacing. Some curtains.

S: Some tobacco, dried fruit and sandalwood. Syrup, cognac and cocoa. Nice and elegant.

T: Some julmust, cocoa and sherry in the beginning. Then molasses, coffee and noble hops. Toffee, grapes and alcohol.

M: Quite much carbonation. The liquid is rather thin as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A decent beer. Nothing outstanding, though.

08-23-2011 14:14:29 | More by cobrarax
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4.18/5  rDev +13.3%

Look: the beer pours an golden-copper color with a small white head.
Smell: Dried fruits, apricots, raisins, orange, and sweet malts.
Taste: Raisins, malts, candy sugar. The aftertaste is sweet, dry and long.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, medium carbonation.
Overall: A decent barley wine, a bit thin in the body for the style.

07-21-2011 14:15:54 | More by rvdoorn
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3.33/5  rDev -9.8%

A clear orange copper toned beer, a small off-white head with good curtains.

The smell is quite boozy, glue/solutions with orange marmalade.

The taste is sherry, orange, alcohol, and a bitter rye feeling.

Little carbonation, soft texture, a medium body, a slightly coarse dryness.

A bit thin, the alcohol presence implies that some storing is needed. This was the early 2011 batch.

07-17-2011 11:24:21 | More by rarbring
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2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

A - Poured into a goblet, it is a hazy orange with little to no head from a typical pour.

S- Almost sickeningly sweet. Dark fruits, heavy malt, and a bit of sweet orange.

T - Sooo malty initially. Crazy. Very sweet, and eventually you can taste the darker fruits. As it warmer the sweetness mellowed out a bit

M - Syrupy and you can feel the carbonation, despite not being able to see it.

O - Not a fan, but I feel that some of that is the style.

03-21-2011 05:25:59 | More by ksmi116
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4.38/5  rDev +18.7%

Pours a somewhat cloudy red mahogany, with minimal head. Ample aroma of fruits, caramel malts, some spice, and alcohol. Smooth, sweet taste, chewy with caramel (which is a quality I highly admire), like silk throughout the swallow, and a warming, slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Low on carbonation and bitterness, which is typical of the style, plenty of sweetness and delicious caramel, though perhaps a bit low on ester complexity--may benefit to age. Fruity aroma not so apparent in the mouth either. No date listed on bottle, but I'm guessing would only improve with some extra time in the cellar. Great winter brew, and a must for barleywine and strong ale lovers alike.

02-24-2011 02:06:06 | More by xodin
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2.85/5  rDev -22.8%

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Doesn't pour much of a head, just a bunch of loose bubbles. Cloudy amber with red tones and sediment evident.

S: Aromas of cooked vegetation, alcohol, sweet malt, and caramel.

T: A little rough around the edges. Deeply roasted grains and burnt vegetables. Alcohol is dominant. Any sweetness is immediately countered by huge amount of umami.

M: Chewy, syrupy. Carbonation is nice vehicle. Dry on the finish.

D: I really like barley wines but this one is not the best. For the $6.99 I paid for this one bottle, I could've found a few much better beers to try.

02-21-2011 18:19:17 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Nils Oscar Barley Wine from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.