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Big Worse - Mikkeller ApS

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 19
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is 7 months old. Pours a deep brown/ruby with a nice off white head that fades quickly. Nose is solid malts and hops. That spicy barleywine nose. Taste follows, very malty with a large hop presence as well. Some nice fruity flavors in here and good spiciness. Alcohol is very present. Mouthfeel is good, viscous and amply carbonated, which always blows my mind after I pop open these mikkeller neo-corks. There is never a solid POP out of them, its always like an underwater pigeon fart. Anyway, drinkability is hampered a bit here as the alcohol is still quite hot in this one. With some age I can see this being an outstanding american style barleywine. I really have enjoyed mikkeller beers, and am glad to see them continuing in the right direction. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 04:10:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 01:38:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from RobotGod.
Poured a deep, deep brown with a small head that fades. Nose was dried fruits and lots of it. The alcohol was very subtle for 12%. Taste was like a deep, well balanced and very mature English Bwine. Lots of dried fruits, English malts, maybe some toffee and even liquorice in there. Mouthfeel was very good. That sweet dried fruit taste was nice. Since the ABV was not so brutal it kept drinkability high as well. Darn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 13:51:26 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Onslow


5/5  rDev +32.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 22:05:03 | More by Onslow
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver Foil

Poured into a tulip a amberish color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, minimal sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, some figs/raisins/prunes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some dark fruits, and some nice caramel notes. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden fairly well. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty BWSA, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 00:01:26 | More by Wasatch
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle, corked and caged, the beer is a very hazy amber with a slight head that quickly settles to a thin film over the top. On the nose at first is a huge malt prescence with hints of caramel and candied fruit. A slight, citrusy hop aroma lingers in the backround. The taste is almost reversed from the aromas. It starts with a slightly dry hop prescence, and is then followed with loads of maltiness. Flavors of caramel, fruit, and prune dominate the palate, and goes back to a pleasant dry finish. It's almost as if this is a cross between American and English barleywines. Very full bodied and thick, it's definitely a sipper. I'm enjoying it even though it's 80 degrees here. Big Worse is very drinkable and a unique experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:15:08 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Crosling


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange, autumn color with a small, wispy head that disappears fairly quick. Nicely balanced nose, with hints of grapefruit-like hops, fruitcake, dough and honey covered fruits. Very characterful in flavor, with a nice honey-like sweetness, some fruits and caramel and toffee flavors. Body could have more texture and body. Still young, but its made some strides in the last six months. It seems to get more flavorful each time I have it. I really think it'll be great in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 17:04:14 | More by Crosling
Photo of peabody


4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very cloudy brown that light is not penetrating. Two fingers of suds with lacing around the rim of the snifter.
Smell is very strong. Sour apple and orange peel with a caramel raisin sweet aroma.
Taste is very sweet and a little alcoholy. A black bitterness that drys out the mouth finishes this off right before the alcohol burn hits the chest.
This is quite a strong drink but a little weak in the mouthfeel department. It seems that the flavor leaves way to quickly even though that fact makes you want to take another drink. Beware of the 12% though.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 21:44:53 | More by peabody
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 22:14:09 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of cjgator3


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle is wrapped in a silver wrapping and is corked with a synthetic cork. 14/08/11 printed on the cork, I am assuming that is the best before date. Pours a murky brownish amber color with alight tan head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel, leather and alcohol soaked fruits. The taste much like the aroma focuses on the malt. There is also a big leather like presence, it is almost like chewing on a leather boot. Finally, the hops make their presence felt in the finish. Overall, Mikkeller Big Worse is a pretty solid barleywine that seems like it would age very nicely. This is a sipper for sure, but the bottle isn't as big as it appears.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 04:34:46 | More by cjgator3
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a tulip glass. It was a ruby red color with a small tan head that quickly disappeared. The beer was actually pretty still. It had a dark fruit aroma, as well as a little caramel. Interesting aroma. The taste was fruity, prunes/raisins. A little warming spice from the alcohol. Maybe a touch too sharp for me, but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 20:49:31 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of weeare138


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark amber with steady streams of CO2 rising to the top of the glass. The small, off-white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, cocoa, yeasty dough, ripened dark fruits, citrus, and dates.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mix of caramel and apricots, along with other ripened fruit coming to the forefront of this barleywine.
Mouthfeel is a little thin with a low level of carbonation and brown sugar lingering. There is also a small level of heat coming from the abv in this one. This one should age a bit more before trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 16:09:43 | More by weeare138
Photo of Atron67


4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 375 bottle i got from pimpp in a trade. looks pretty good like the label. not a fan of these 375 bottles for 10 dollars though, it better be pretty damn good

A- come through the tulip glass a ruby red, although it looked tawny colored as it poured. pretty surprized by the color considering the abv and all. probably pretty tought to get something that light for so much alcohol, not the biggest of heads, however its pretty fizzy and a cm or so of head built up and gave it a nice look. faded pretty quickly but stuck to the glass a decent amount. body is pretty foggy as well lots of haze

S- very fruity, strikes me as being brett infused, some dark fruits, figs & cherry, sourness. not exactly the english or amaerican barleywine type of beer, reminds me of the sprecher which uses the forbidden forest yeast to give it a huge fruit charachter. very delicious smelling

T- not so fizzy as it looked, very fine carbonation that was mostly gone by the time it took me to type up the above. incredibly smooth, mellow maltiness where the fruit play over the tongue as the warmth of the alcohol spreads. same fruit nots as above, however a little more muted than I would have expected. the hops almost keep it from being sweet, there is a light sweetness however but i think that is more a factor from the hops not coming in till later while the maltiness is there right away. works pretty well for the beer and is pretty damn delicious. very smooth clean finish, again realy surprizing considering we are dealing with a 12 % abv

M- pretty thick, very fine carbonation, clean palate althogh not excessively so and still leaves some flavor lingering on the tongue

D- pretty damn good, remarkable beer, however considering the trade need and the high price to start, prolly not gonna see this again.

props to the brewer for this one

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 00:49:28 | More by Atron67
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Barleywine to have on a cool spring night. The beer leaves some nice traces of lacing as I sip and settle in for the night. Has a brownish copper color.

Smells of fruits, lots of hops (with a good amount of malt to keep it evenly balanced to a certain point), sweetness, alcohol and a woody spicy scent.

Tastes of sweet malts, hops, alcohol and fruits. I was very surprised when my girlfriend brought this back from Premier Gourmet for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 07:01:06 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of merlin48


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green bottle pours into a snifter a hazy copper body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap. Some sparse spotty lace is left behind.

Aroma boasts bold notes of chewy caramel and fresh citrusy grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with subdued carbonation and some spicy alcohol burn.

Taste has a dominant citrus rind bitterness. Some spicy alcohol burn suggests this one might need some maturation. Underlying malt backbone is sturdy and offers up some caramel sweetness. A mildly sweet citrusy orange presence appears midway through but quickly yields to the dominant hop bitterness.

Definitely an American style barleywine with assertive hop bitterness. A bit hot at this stage with an alcohol burn that is a bit distracting.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 12:29:58 | More by merlin48
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well I just found out that this was a barleywine. So it should be interesting because I am not fond of them. However I am fond of Mikkeller brews.

The color difference hit me first. Dark golden amber with a haze that I haven't seen in beers.

The smell is welcoming invite to want to have a drink.

Lacing isn't really there at all.

Taste has a soft burn when applied to the tongue. I taste woody favors.

Honestly, I am not a barleywine person, yet. I do know that this was a great example of one.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 04:52:20 | More by mortarit
Photo of beersabound


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All around a very tasty BW. Pours an active, full head over a ruddy chestnut sipper. The aroma gives off lots of caramel malt and earthy hops, alcohol (a very little rubbing but mostly whisky type), and a handful of green apples. This one tastes a little young and would hold up to some aging. The flavor starts sweet in the front like toffee and quickly shows its hop prowess. Waves of resiny hops combine with alcohol throughout to the finish. This aggressive bounty is held up stalwartly by malt minions. The mouthfeel is a little too effervescent at first but it mellows as the tasting went on. Damn good BW; could use some aging but even for $10/bottle it's worth the admission price.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 05:09:53 | More by beersabound
Photo of DIM


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear amber copper color with golden highlights. It poured with a small off-white head that faded quickly.

s: There is a big hop nose here, smelling mostly citric. Lots of lemon with some orange and a bit of pine as well. Malts that smell of simple syrup, yeasty cherry smells, and alcohol round things out.

t: Fresh, aggressive, acidic hops that taste mostly of orange and pineapple with some prickly pine dominate throughout. Some sugary, peaty malts and cherry flavors do manage to peek through. This was very good overall, but the finish was a bit rough. Some cloying sweetness mixes with some raw alcohol.

m: The body was great, but I thought this was a little under-carbonated.

d: There isn't anything subtle here. This is big, full-flavored, and pretty damned good. At $10 for 375ml however, this will be my only bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 10:50:21 | More by DIM
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown with little to no head.

S: Raisons, malt, Belgian candy?, slightly sour. The aroma is very complex. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass.

T: Malty and sweet in the beginning leading way to a slight sourness. The alcohol is very noticeable.

M: Medium to full. It leaves a slick feel on the throat. Sticky.

D: Although there is an alcohol punch, there is something compelling about this beer. This would make a great all-night sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 13:05:46 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of IntriqKen


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a green bottle...hmmm...pours a cloudy amber tea color with a very smallish off white head that melts quickly to a faint ring and mist on the top of the beer.

Aroma is sweet, sweet, amber malts and dark raisins.

Taste is sweet candied malt, dark fruits, extra dark sugars, and then lots of hot alcohol. Lots.

I don't notice the hops in this one although they may be hidden in the hot alcohol finish.

A nice beer to get drunk on...or go to sleep with. Right now (relatively new) it's a bit hot and a lot sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:24:08 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of TheBlackMallard


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a small tan head.

Smell is grassy, herbal, fruity, and belgian-like. Not the belgian smell I like either.

Taste: It leads with typical barleywine flavors, crystal malts, dark fruits, and finishes with alcohol. Thin and grainy, I'm not very impressed.

Big Worse: Worse than most barleywines that cost a lot less. I don't think this is bad but it's not worth the $8.99 I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 04:31:14 | More by TheBlackMallard
Photo of brewcrew76


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork reads 14/8/11

A - Pours a rhubarb, crimson red with a slim tan head.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a touch of alcohol.

T - Boozy and sweet with caramel, brown sugar and some citrus from the hops.

M - Medium mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin for a barleywine, with a warming alcohol.

D - The sweet caramel & citrus flavors give it a candy like taste that is not very appealing.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 02:39:49 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of deepsouth


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a cloudy brown with now and and a few bubbles. nothing special to look at for sure. the smell is butterscotch, caramel, a bit doughy and faint hops. the alcohol is very present in the nose. the taste is sweet on the front end, tasting like burn pitted fruits. it's also a bit on the sour side. i also detect apricot perhaps. i am really digging this english style barley wine as i seem to enjoy the sweetness versus the hop onslaught you get from the american barleywines. overall, this is a great beer and an all night sipper. i think i could drink a couple over a night, but a third would probably plant me in the ground. i plan on putting a couple of these back for down the road. another fine offering from mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 18:57:47 | More by deepsouth
Photo of Oxymoron


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigger worse than what? Pours a ruby red color with decent clarity. A good pour leaves a rocky head with some bigger bubbles. Ok retention and lacing.

The nose is either young or brewed with stressed yeast. Lots of fusels and solvent alcohol characteristics. Some limited amounts of complex malt aromas. A underlining sugary sweetness. Some lighter grassy and spicy hop aromas. Hard to get past the alcohol nose.

The taste is tamed down a bit. Still has a big alcohol kick, which to certain point is ok for style, but still. The malt characteristic really comes out with some complexity. Nice caramel backing with hints of brown sugar and pecan pie (yea kind of odd). Lighter notes of dates and prunes. Some hints of floral and citrus notes. There is a odd yeasty note that I associate with stressed yeast but not as bad versus the aroma.

The body is big with a under carbonation feel. Overall, needs age...no kidding at 12%. Maybe the fusels will go away with time. But still has potential for now.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 18:29:24 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of NCSUdo


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown under a medium sized off white head. Some lace and spotty retention.

S: Smells of sweet malt, caramel, and grassy hops. A bit of an alcohol twang to it, but it's more like a spirit then just alcohol.

T: This one is good. Sweet, caramel, spices, little bit of chocolate, some bitterness, spicy alcohol and some citrus hops.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation low, slightly creamy. Alcohol is very warm which is appropriate I feel. Drinkability is good for such a big beer. A pretty good barleywine.

Sidenote: The cork smells a lot like pine.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 00:48:43 | More by NCSUdo
Big Worse from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.