Nils Oscar Barley Wine

It’s taken forever to find this beer. I’m guessing that it’s not distributed in New Jersey, so when I saw in Westchester County, I knew it was coming home with me. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 10.4%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: According to, “Nils Oscar Brewery (The Nils Oscar Company) is a Swedish microbrewery and spirits company based in Nyköping. The brewery was founded in Stockholm 1996 as Kungsholmens Kvartersbryggeri i Kungsholmen, Stockholm but changed name to Tärnö Bryggeri rather quickly. During 2006 major relocations were conducted and the company got its current name. The beers of Nils Oscar Brewery have often received good reviews from national beer critics. Nils Oscar beers have been awarded several gold medals at Stockholm Beer Festival during the last years”

Random: They do Christmas in July, so why not try a barleywine in July?

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, cloudy chestnut color with very light carbonation. The nose on the brew was big. I got plums and dates along with some cinnamon, vanilla and toffee with some caramel as well. There was some bready malt as well with a touch of booze. The flavor the beer was even more complex. I first got plums, dates and prunes. Next, I got vanilla, hazelnuts and a touch of light, toasted oak. Then, toffee and caramel with some bread came through. The booze provided slight warming, but nothing reflective of the high ABV. The body was velvety smooth with very light carbonation. It had a long, smooth finish with vanilla and oak. This beer was really, really good. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try, despite seeing it in multiple beer books. If you’re into beers of this style, go grab this one now.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0