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Nils Oscar Barley Wine | Nils Oscar

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3.69/5
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113 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nils Oscar
Sweden
nilsoscar.se

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
20.3° Plato.

Also sold as "Swedish Barley Wine-Style Ale"

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,377
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
113
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the time of consumption, this is roughly 6 years old. 11oz bottle into a wine glass appears a beautiful copper color with white head that fades back to large bubs.

Aroma is caramel sweetness with light accenting fruity quality. Sugary with almost a currant character to it.

Taste is malt centric but without much residual sweetness. Lightly toasty breadiness with slight bitter fruit flavor, currants and neutral alcohol.

Light in body with light carbonation. A solid brew I would drink again.

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3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lighter SRM than average for a barleywine, this one came in a more orange and yellow color than it did brown or auburn. Smallish 1/3" off white head. Aroma has some sweetness, maltiness to it more than anything else.

Taste was again sweet, but not adjunct sweet. Something yeast wise giving me a complex interplay of vanilla, wood and anise. Alcohol plenty pronounced. Interesting stuff, but not worth the price of admission. Caramel and dark fruit in the mouth feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a nearly perfect barleywine, maybe the best not barrel aged example of the style i have ever had. a tiny and ancient bottle, i think something like 2008, man does this age gracefully! really light in color, light amber, copper even, perfectly clear, strong airy head, great retention. the aroma knocks my socks off, grape jelly, right from the plaid smuckers jar, amazing, sweet and fruity both, minimal oxidation for its age, a slight woody sweetness (although this sees no wood), honey, very little alcohol presence too, likely a product of the time in the cellar. the flavor is incredible too, every bit as dynamic as the nose, with less of a grape complexion, although there are suggestions of red wine here, prune, and raisin. its lighter than many in terms of the flavor it seems to get from the malt, the layers come from the yeast it seems like, something high gravity, mature, and foreign to me. caramel and fig, brown sugar and flower honey, smooth maple and new paper. i love the depth of flavor this has, how light and airy the feel is for what it is, not too much body, hardly any residual sugar, and just a trace of warming alcohol in the very late stages. this is wonderfully delicious beer, probably as good a barleywine as i have ever had. need to try this fresh to see what difference the age makes, but i suspect it is substantial. this is the new gold standard in the style for me, unforgettable! appallingly underrated here on BA...

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of BethanyB
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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