The most interesting thing about the Old Nickel is probably that the wood paneling is salvaged from the captain’s cabin of a 17th century Dutch warship.
The Old Nickel is either full or empty, which are both good states, depending on one’s mood. If you’re not fussy, you can lodge here cheaply and sleep well knowing you are upstairs from a 60+ strong beer selection.
On the strength of Tim Skelton’s recommendation in ‘Around Amsterdam in 80 Beers’, we plumped for a round of the unpronounceable Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier (5.1%). This author felt it tasted like drinking smoked sausage, but it was thoroughly enjoyed by the rest of the group. Given the strong flavour, it came as something of a surprise to discover Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is served in pints, which led to the unanimous and wise conclusion that “it’s definitely not a session beer”.