Nils Oscar Barley Wine - the Nils Oscar Company
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3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-07-2008 02:19:00 | More by akorsak
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
A - Color is somewhere between gold and orange. A vigorous pour gave up little to no head. This one is just not quite cutting it in the appearance category.
S - Mainly sweet on the nose. Some caramel and butterscotch aromas start things out with some bread coming in quickly after. A hint of the abv finishes off the smell. Overall it is mild.
T - Good solid malt backbone in the flavor. Caramel, honey, and pale malt all show up first on the palate. Lighter bread flavors are in the background. A nice combonation of alcohol and fruity hop bitterness finish things out.
M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finish is just a little dry with some bitterness that hangs out for a short amount of time.
D - Drinkability is average. Nothing really stands out about this barleywine. Overall balance is decent but the beer remains just a hint above bland in most categories.
05-10-2008 02:55:35 | More by csmiley
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
05-06-2008 00:31:04 | More by dgallina
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
A reasonably vigorous pour produces a scant, half-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, amber color that shows bright, copper highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malt focused and is somewhat sweet and chewy seeming. Aromas of caramelized apples, light toffee and caramelized bread crust character make up the most dominant malt notes. There are some light herbal hop notes here as well as a touch of warm alcohol aromatics, somehow though the aroma seems quite a bit more restrained than one would expect from a beer of this strength. As my nose gets used to it this becomes more and more vegetal in character and also has a green apple note to it, while never overwhelming it is a bit disappointing.
Not overly sweet, but what malt sweetness is here is fairly rich and complex, though not overly flavorful. Again, the flavor seems light for a beer of this strength; somehow a malt richness that I would expect seems to be lacking here. There is some hop character here, though it is light, but it seems to add a bit of astringency and play up some light phenolic notes. Fruity notes of green apples, and regular apple notes, some green-grape notes. A touch of toffee up front, yields to some soft toasty, bread-like, and cracker leaning malt character towards the finish. Somewhat light for a beer of this strength, though it of course has a heft to it. The flavor is more fruity than anything, though there is some astringent hop character here.
A very interesting beer, not at all what I was expecting, and really it doesn't seem to really work for me.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
04-13-2008 05:21:42 | More by Gueuzedude
1.73/5 rDev -53.1%
Bought at Greens in Atlanta. Bottle pours a nice amber color with basically no lasting head. Smel is sweet strange malt. with a mustiness about it. Taste is sweet and tart in a sweaty, body odor like way. Bland overall, but what is there isn't particularly pleasant. Dirty malt flavor with very light bitterness and not very good at all.
04-06-2008 18:52:07 | More by JDV
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
I see a glowing rosey amber with a light, spritzy head. he nose is very subtle. Candyish malt with an abundance of apricots, and toasted sugar malts with a warm presence. Very hard to decipher thes aromas. Nothing really stands out in the nose of this beer. The taste starts with thickly sweet pears and very light fruit cake. The middle is a cakey warming alcohol with syrupy jaunts of beet sugar. The finish is just warm and smooth fruity malts. The palate is very juicy and sweet. The sweet is down played by the heat from the alcohol. Not a bad sipping beer.
04-02-2008 05:41:52 | More by scruffwhor
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is slightly sweet caramel, really balanced with the hops. Nice barley wine. Pricey - $6.79 for a 330ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.
03-13-2008 23:52:13 | More by jdhilt
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
Pours pretty light for an English BW, very slight head that fades quickly. Smell is pretty mild with just a little sweetness and some fruity malt notes. There's some mild citrus hop notes too.
Taste is a mostly sweet, mild dark malts, it tastes a little like malt extract. There's a little oxidized taste too, just a hint of paper that is a little unusual in the middle of the taste. Aloohol is slightly noticable. Sweet and smooth with almost no carbonation.
This isn't worth the $5.95 I paid for it. There are many better English BW's out there.
03-08-2008 23:12:51 | More by kirok1999
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
picked this up out of curiosity. a swedish english barleywine. cool!
A - light amber color, nice white head
S - light caramel, tropical fruits and a hint of alcohol.
T - follows the aroma but with a nice english barleywine sweet characteristic.
M - medium / full bodied, nicely carbonated.
D - very approachable and easy to drink.Lighter than the better known english examples.
03-07-2008 14:32:41 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
This barleywine came in a 330 ml. bottle, and when poured turned out to be quite a pale looking ale. The fizzy carbonation and clear body made me believe that this was not bottle conditioned. This has to be one of the blandest smelling barleywines out there. Deep breaths revealed a raisin like smell, but there were barely any hops at all. The taste was very sweet and a little citric. Restrained, mellow, and subtle are some adjectives that came to mind as I sipped it. I was actually quite underwhelmed at first, but the taste grew on me slowly, as I got deeper down. Some earthy, and spicy notes started to poke out towards room temperature. Unfortunately the carbonation was a bit overdone, and got more in the way than anything else. Body was sticky and enjoyably thick. A plus point was the well hidden alcohol. If you don't mind sweetness and subtlety, this one could be worth a try, although I doubt it would make anyone's top ten list of barleywines.
02-20-2008 04:38:25 | More by rajendra82
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-06-2008 02:08:35 | More by ppoitras
2.8/5 rDev -24.1%
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!
01-26-2008 23:59:46 | More by charlesw
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-16-2008 05:48:06 | More by Lexx
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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!
01-16-2008 05:44:44 | More by Viggo
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-16-2008 02:07:47 | More by DrJay
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-14-2008 19:40:10 | More by acrawf6
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-14-2008 11:42:02 | More by DIM
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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!
01-02-2008 06:00:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
12-30-2007 03:49:10 | More by lackenhauser
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-25-2007 06:59:42 | More by orbitalr0x
3.18/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
08-31-2005 17:06:30 | More by stcules
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
08-22-2005 20:16:04 | More by bark
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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!
11-21-2004 21:25:25 | More by Rastacouere
2.63/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
02-13-2003 13:11:38 | More by Rocko
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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 Im afraid.
11-27-2002 05:43:51 | More by Gusler
Nils Oscar Barley Wine from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.