Nils Oscar Barley Wine | Nils Oscar

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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
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetish barleywine ale. Nothing special to look at, and a mild barleywine and malty aroma. A little grapey taste, a little hoppy,toasted caramel,dash of licorice, a nice one. Average mouthfeel. Good drinking.Alcohol well hidden. Suitable carbonation.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected."

--Swedish proverb

Polished persimmon with honey colored highlights along the edges of the glass. The upper third of the snifter is filled with a creamy chunk of pale lemon colored foam that is doing a fine job in the lace department. Does it look like a Swedish barleywine? Sure, why not?

The nose isn't very distinctive, which is frequently the case when it comes to primarily pale malted beer of this style. Each sniff delivers whiffs of apricot fruitiness and Absolut. Too bad there's almost nothing to go on.

This Nils Oscar brew is too simple and is way too tame. It tastes like both malt and hops are in short supply. Water and ale yeast never do add much, so we're left with... an extremely lackluster barleywine that is in dire need of a flavor hook. On a good note, it isn't the least bit boozy.

Describing the flavor profile will be a challenge, albeit a short one. Specifics include rock candy, a teensy bit of apricot and orange, and a small shot of vodka. Sweetness and bitterness are moderate in amount and are balanced throughout. Talk about a lack of excitement.

The body/mouthfeel started out impressively thin and is now beginning to fill out and smooth out just enough with warming to eke out an average score. Soft and gentle carbonation helps.

Nils Oscar Swedish Barley Wine-Style Ale is too easy-going for its own good. Maybe the Swedes like it, but I find it hard to believe that it sells very well in the American and U.K. markets, considering what else is available.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one when I was down in florida. Just got around to drinking. It tonight. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this was consumed on 04/08/2009.

The pour was decent. Copper colored with a light haziness to it and a small head that faded instantly. The aroma was light with caramel and lightly faded hops stealing the show here. A smooth and subtle flavor that I can only describe as too mellow for me. Decent medium feel that was slightly syrup like. Alcohol totally hidden which made the 9 percent seem like nothing.

Overall it was decent, not spectacular but decent.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Nils Oscar Barley Wine from Nils Oscar
3.67 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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