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Big Worse - Mikkeller ApS

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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pils and caramunich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and ale yeast.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 11-25-2007)
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

ROBSTARR, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Daveychu, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

WarnerJC8, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Onslow
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow, what a truly beautiful full delicious brew, why oh why! ..so good i want to cry.. "I wish it were winter so I could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it! " ...abv works perfectly ...amazing stuff ..."good blow this is" ..only my second ever perfect 5!

Onslow, Jul 20, 2008
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

winegourmet76, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

JuanAlberto, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of amneziak
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big Worse pours rather syrupy and has a somewhat unpleasant color that is brownish orange and murky. I'm assuming because there is so much alcohol in this one that this is probably why there is virtually no head forming on top. You do get a small amount of creamy tan colored head, but it disappears almost as quickly as it forms. The lacing, on the other hand, is a monster. It hangs on to the side of the glass and won't let go; pretty impressive viscosity here.

Smell: After putting your nose in the glass, you can tell this is just a huge beer. Right away you are met with an intense pungent aroma from the malt and hops. There are also lots of dried prunes and raisins in the nose that are accompanied (in a good way) with the smell of cooked sauerkraut. To put it bluntly, Big Worse smells like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot on serious steroids.

Taste: Oh my goodness this is a huge beer in just about every way possible! It's everything I like about a strong beer; just massive all around. There is quite a bit of sweetness coming from the malt and a nice pungent hop presence. There are not a lot of aromatic hops used here, only bittering hops that run deep into the brew. And while there is a mountain of flavor in this bottle, there is still not enough to fully mask the alcohol that keeps making an appearance.

Mouthfeel: This is a very well-balanced beer. If someone were to argue with me and say it is way too sweet I don't know that I could completely disagree. What I will say, however, is that there is enough bitterness from the hops to be able to withstand the sweetness. I will warn you that if you drink anything after this (aside from maybe an Imperial Stout) you are likely not to taste it because Big Worse will demolish your palate for the evening.

Overall: Mikkeller always seems to satisfy. Now I can't say that I've had a ton of Barleywines, but I can tell you of those I've had this is easily the best. In fact, it's one of the better beers I've had this month. I will most definitely be purchasing a couple more of these to hang on to for a while. Last, I'm really happy with the portion size of the beer. I get tired of drinking bombers by myself and feeling warn out at the end. At just a touch of 12 ounces, this is the perfect amount of beer for one setting.

amneziak, Apr 05, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer rocks. its 12 percent, so its strong, ie barley beer. unlike most beers this strong, this beer is not rough and has a smooth taste. no afterburn. if you can find this beer its worth the expensive price. you wont be disappointed. stranglely the taste is almost soft and thats wild for a 12 percent-er.

ryandurka, Sep 29, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice white head that leaves lacing. Translucent Brown
S-Nice fruity flavor mixed with some malt. very nice
T-Different from what i expected when reading label. tastes like it smells, Very fruity
M-Medium body and crisp clean finish
D-Very drinkable. Taste was gone in no time

brew3crew, Feb 05, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Synthetic cork which I inadvertently wiped off the bottling date. Pours a medium dark amber color, slight haze with a half inch of tan head that quickly dissipates to a covering with some nice tracing. Aroma is such a sticky caramel, toasty malt bomb for sure. Just so deep and biscuity with a bent towards raisin, but not quite so fruity. Esters are rather restrained for a 12% brew. Slight chocolate touch in the aroma too. On the palate, the malts are just overpowering. I don't know what malt they use in their beer but it's just unbelievable, certainly something I've never tried. This is perhaps the richest beer I've ever had if I had to call a beer rich. Minimally carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel and a slight hop twang in the finish really rounds this beer well, in addition to a 12%abv that is well hidden. Regardless of the other reviews, I think this is one of the most solid commercial barley wines out there today.

dreadnatty08, Jun 10, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I had this after a few months of staring at it in my beer fridge, poured into a Duvel glass.

A: A nice dark caramel color, pours a finger and a half of head, in which the lacing is all that is left after a minute or so, my buddy's pored 3 (he poured pretty quick though).
S: The smell is redolent of caramel apples, oak, vanilla, and a bit of 12yr Glenlivet scotch, or candied fruits. Very appetizing and it does fill the room.
T: This was just amazing, a great beer, soft and spicy, heavy with alcohol. The taste matches the smell profile. I was having this with some gorgonzola dolce, pears and warm walnuts, the best dessert ever, and pairing with this beer.
M: Sort of typical of barley wines, heavy and boozy. soft carbonation.
D: The only reason why I put this at a 3 is because, if you plan on drinking more than one, you're gonna be thrashed. The beer gets to be overwhelming in both alcohol and flavor, (the sweetness gets to my tum-tum.)

Overall, this is a great beer, whenever I come across it, I usually buy two or three bottles and drink them over the course of a few months, unless greedy guests come over empty-handed and thirsty (you know who you are...).

OldPenguinHunter, Mar 11, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a murky iced-tea color with a creamy, thinnish head of a scant finger. It's lightly tanned and is putting big sticky bubbles on the side of the glass.

Aroma - syrupy sweet aroma, like fruitcake drenched in blackberry brandy. Dark and fruity, and quite heady.

Taste - sweet, fruity, and hot. A little funkiness and solvent flavor mid-palate. Raisins, figs, molasses, all the essentials. Chocolate notes emerge with warming. Licorice on the swallow and plenty of abv warmth through to the finish.

Mouthfeel - not real big for a barleywine. Ample carbonation is good, and it has a smooth feel.

Drinkability - a delicious nightcap and kudos to anyone with enough foresight to have picked up some of these to cellar, they should be delicious in years to come.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 30, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz green bottle; caged & corked, wrapped in silver foil. Served in a goblet.
The corked is marked: 14 08/11.

Pours a champagne-highlighted, dirty/murky oak in color. A delicate, carbonation-driven yet creamy head; decent durability as a filmy sheet giving the noticeable carbonation. No lasting, noticeable lace.

Rich, creamy toffee and caramel. Intense, yet inviting alcohol presence that really adds something to the rich, near chocolate-like aromas. Fig, brandy-soaked raisin and plum. Sweet, caramelized brown sugar. Unbelievably intense; yet balanced, dynamic aromas.

Caramelized brown sugar sweetness up front that is not as sweet as the aroma leads one to expect. This is partially do a cutting, tart citrus flavors that include: green apple, sour white grape, grapefruit, and orange. The alcohol presence is pretty hefty, but it is only really obvious once the tartness wanes. The finish is very warming with an addition of naturally creamy vanilla and mild honey. A lot of great flavors are going on here; however, this barleywine still tastes a little young.

Full in body; primarily creamy; however, at mid-sip when the alcohol comes to the forefront, a wave of gaseous heat takes hold.

Wow, what a flavorful, dynamic, intense, and rounded Barleywine! Although this one is excellent right now, laying this one down for another two years would most likely make it world class. This one surely has opened my eyes to Mikkeller.

NEhophead, Mar 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Anatole, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

WynnO, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Focusf111, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Lynn, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and very cloudy/chunky. Looks promising.

Extremely aromatic. Nose is straight up English toffee! Caramel. Candied/sugary/dried fruits like dates and prunes.

Similar to the nose. Dried sweetened raisins. Burnt brown sugar.

Seemingly light for 12%! A nice gentle heat as it warms.

Room temperature notes – add licorice and molasses to the nose. And as my hand on the snifter takes it even warmer than room temp (approaching 80 degrees) I’m getting hints of oak and vanilla in the taste.

Killer brew. A bit over priced like all Mikkeller’s but still very happy with the purchase.

JamesMcPolin, Apr 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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Big Worse from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.