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Nils Oscar Barley Wine - the Nils Oscar Company

Not Rated.
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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 108
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

20.3° Plato.

Also sold as "Swedish Barley Wine-Style Ale"
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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle via Christmas gift. Thanks for the opportunity, Kris.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a scant 1/8" white head above the clear orangey amber brew. Head is down to an uneven layer of bubbles in a flash, with sporadic small bubbles as lace and heavy legs. Aroma is moderately fruity with alcohol. Taste is actually pretty much an even trio of malt sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol. Small bubbles seem to give the mouthfeel and incredible touch, and drinkability is quite good. Fits into my idea of an English barleywine quite well.

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Photo of charlesw
2.82/5  rDev -23%
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!

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Photo of Lexx
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lexx for picking this up at West Lakeview Liquors.

Pours a crystal clear orange/amber, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, a few lace spots. Smell is fruity, caramel, some butter, oak, vanilla, light citrus, alcohol is nicely hidden, raisins, pretty interesting. Taste is very sweet, sugary, rich toffee, bread, raisins, oak, citrus/floral, some spicy alcohol, very dry balanced finish, sherry like alcohol notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, some heat going down. Pretty solid, nothing wow but nothing to really complain about. Thanks Lexx!

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Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was a very pretty clear orange topped by a combination of fine and soapy bubbles. The off-white foam showed good retention and produced some spotty, streaky lacing as it settled to a ring. The aroma was mostly toasted malt with some orange peel, plus a little bit of alcohol. Moderate bitterness mostly balanced the significant sweetness. There was plenty of malt, along with a lot of fruit character, faint alcohol and oranges in the finish. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation and a bit of warmth. This one was pretty solid with the alcohol hidden well enough.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear reddish amber with a white head that drops after a minute or so.

Smell. Has a big spiciness to it, like alcohol drenched fruitcake. I get a strong cherry fruitiness to it.

Taste. Flavor is rich with the fruitiness, mostly cherries. The alcohol, carbonation and subtle hops gives it a nice peppery taste and feeling in my mouth. Aftertaste is keeps that pepperyness to it, but sweetens some, and leaves my lips sticky and my stomach warming.

Mouthfeel. Body is full, but not chewey full. Carbonation is at a nice level. Has a good balance to this beer.

Overall, a good and interesting barleywine. Seems to have a cleaner flavor than other english barleywines, which i like. I wouldnt mind having this one again.

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Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This beer is a clear pale orange color. There was no sediment in the bottle so I guess this was filtered? Pour with a smallish white head.

s: Notes of fermented plums and raisins, along with some subtle sweet maple syrup. Also a hint of floral hops and brandy.

t: I bought this at Capone's just for the novelty of trying a Swedish barleywine. I found myself pleasantly surprised by this one. The fermented fruit flavors of raisins with a bit of plum are balanced nicely by some brown sugar maple syrup sweetness that is not at all cloying. The dry perfumed hop gives way to a nice warming alcohol on the finish.

m: Solidly carbonated but just a tad thin.

d: This is a very good example of an English style barleywine. At 6 bucks a bottle however, I doubt that I'll buy more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a small white head.

Smell: Aroma of honey and caramel and sherry-soaked orange peels.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with plenty of honey-like sweetness. Dash of sherry. Mild bitterness blends into the lightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: It's alright for a barleywine!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy orange in color. Winey and vinuous aroma. Vinuous taste up front. Touch of caramel like flavor. Some bitterness and a slight oakiness. Full mouthfeel that is quite dry in the finish. Decent enough version of a UK barleywine. The dryness might get to me after a while.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light cherrywood color. Slightly hazy, an half inch of head.
At the smell there is a sharp malty and fruity note: dry fruit, raisins, some woody-tannic, and some alcohol. Cheery, and some sweetness.
Better taste: dry fruit, vanilla, raisins, woody, and some light alcohol hint. But it slips away, very fast, although it is quite warming, leaving a feeling of warmness in the mouth.
Notes fruity of tangerine, and bitter orange, something like a punch.
The body is average, and so it is scarce for the style.

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Photo of bark
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004.

The colour is cloudy, deep ruby red with a tint of brown; the beige finger thick foam dissolves quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is sweet and very malty with fruity, roasted notes. There are also some notes of raisins, hazelnuts, some peppery hops, alcohol and sweet rye bread. I found it quite complex and very inviting.

The taste is sweet and a bit roasted; it is loaded with a fine mix of malts and aroma hops with some mild bitterness. There is some alcohol, but also a warming flavour of some kind of sweet strong wine (Madeira?) and a fruity note of fried apples and maybe some chocolate toffee. The long lasting alcoholic aftertaste is also filled with burned notes of vegetables and butterscotch and bitter apples.

The carbonation is rather mild with medium sized bubbles, which suits the complex flavours fine.

In other words: A fine barley wine with a clean, balanced taste.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange coloured, no head basically. Fruity aroma (oranges, apricot), mostly on the malty side of things, made me think of an old foghorn considering those understated mellow hops. Big toasted bread maltiness dominates the palate at first, but the hops come in with surprising energy, vigorously green and vegetal. Heavy bitterness. Medium oily body, low carbonation. Pretty good. Thanks again Per!

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Photo of Rocko
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper color with a tiny head that fades after a few seconds. Very sweet smell of cherry and other fruits. The taste is the same, TOO sweet imho, there is also quite some taste of alcohol. I didn't like this at all. :( The suruppy taste already described in earlier reviews is too much for me, yuk.

I'm very disappointed, for some reason my expectations where quite high..and it didn't fulfil them at all. In the end I think Barley Wine aint my thing at all, so if you like this style give it a go...if you can find it.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Nils Oscar Barley Wine from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.