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Big Worse - Mikkeller ApS

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 49 | 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 RoBotGod


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

The appearance of this beer seem to be run of the mill. It had a decent amount of head but not a whole lot. The nose is where it started to pick up. It had a fruit and floral smell to it with a bit of sweet malts. The color was a dark orange like the color of honey. After a few swigs I start to get a candy apple flavor. Still has a strong floral note and the hops are not so strong they destroy your mouth. The finish goes on for ever. I can taste this beer long after. The acid and malt balance out perfect and even gets better as it warms up. The alcohol is masked. I would have never guessed it 12%. More like a 8%. One of the better high alcohol beers I’ve had. It would be easy to slide a few back in a short amount of time, and then fall down the stairs drunk.

01-17-2008 01:40:24 | More by RoBotGod
Photo of rajendra82


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Clear, garnet colored body, and a small amount of carbonation brought out the wine aspects of the presentation quite nicely, as did the corked and caged green bottle. The aroma was very fruity, as I could smell plums, cherries, and pear. The taste was complex yet delicate, which is quite a feat for a 12% ABV beer. The fruits that I smelled were soaked in syrup apparently, as the hefty amount of malt made its presence known. The hops were in quite force here as well, because the finish was herbal and bitter. There was a woody dry flavor present in the background, and occasionally a little sourness was apparent as well. At first I was going to rate this a little lower in the taste category, as my first impression was that this was a little bland, but each sip revealed additional layers of complexity, and I was soon won over. A little thinner in the mouth than I typically like barleywines. More American than English in style if you ask me, and reminded me somewhat of Anchor Old Foghorn.

01-14-2008 04:16:50 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Domingo


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Ah, Mikkeller. They seem to be getting quite a bit of attention because of their style/region challenging items. I didn't really think their Black Hole imperial stout was up to the hype, but this one's quite good.
Pours a brownish color with lots of red highlighting. For a 12% brew it has a pretty decent sized head that laces the glass nicely.
Smells essentially like a typical US barleywine...or perhaps a British one because of the hops being used. Reminds me of brandy with a floral hop bitter kick.
Tastes sweet up front with caramelized fruits, but the hops keep the sweetness in check and give this balance. It has some of the rummy flavor carrying over from the smell, too. There is a little bit of Belgian peppery yeast in there, which shockingly doesn't take this in the wrong direction. It blends nicely. Reminds me a little of a fruitcake.
Mouthfeel's spot on for the US examples. Not too thick, but not watery. It's a sipper, but it's god the consistency of a carbonated liquor.
It's a little strong and boozy for more than a bottle, but I had no problem polishing off an entire bottle myself with dinner.
Not bad at all. It's like a slightly different take on a US Barleywine with some of the English characteristics and Belgian flair, too.
The Danes (although this claims to be from Belgium) would do just fine along the US west coast with this one.
It's a little pricy, but worthwhile for sure.

01-13-2008 17:23:22 | More by Domingo
Photo of AndoBrew


2.55/5  rDev -32.5%

* i did not like this beer, and would never buy it*

app: copper amber, not mythical

Smell: smells like an average bw. nothing bad, nothing exciting.

taste: not good, it is thin and weak then iffy hops, then candy "i spiked the abv with sugar" type taste.

mf: fine

drinkable?: a bit, but not worth the fight to keep it down

01-12-2008 05:24:11 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours amber with a decent head that fades to a ring. Big malty aromas overlaid by spice. Sweet and creamy in the nose, but smells relatively dry for a barley wine. Taste is similar- big and spicy with cardomom and anise. Notes of orange and spice cookies round it out. Once again, quite dry for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is slightly tannic, and big and sweet. Pretty drinkable if a little off style- tastes a little more in the old ale or strong ale direction. Alcohol is well hidden.

01-10-2008 01:52:49 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of hoppymeal


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours dark copper, clear, with a small effervescent cream head. Aroma is coconut, sweet caramel, raisins, and boozy. There is a hint of leather as well when agitated. Taste shows a nice sugary caramel, raisins, sweet grapes and something that hints at tartness but is overpowered by the malts. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, somewhat thick on the tongue up front, quickly cut by the effervescent carbonation, peppery hoppiness, and biting alcohol that all lead into a drying finish with a malty and caramel sweet aftertaste. A good barleywine that got better farther into it, i think a little age could either do good things or could bring the already boozy alcohol more to the forefront, look forward to seeing what develops.

01-08-2008 03:12:39 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of scruffwhor


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pretty, deep tawny amber, ruby, almost a port color. You can see some bubbling though. Very nice. Looks great in a snifter. The aroma gives off lots of dark fruits with some sweet winey notes as well. The taste is a warm fruity lat. Juicey with figs and prunes with a hint of grapes and currants. The body is heavy and juicey. Great for sipping and swishing around your mouth.

01-07-2008 06:19:06 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of sfoley333


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz bottle syn. corked and caged. Poured a ruby reddish brown with a thick off white head. Smell is very similar to double bastard, sweet carmel and raisin mixed with pineapple and citrus. Taste is sweet candied fruits, brown sugar, grapefruit rind, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full body with a sweet start which keeps it thick and rather dry finish which rounds out the thickness. The 12% alcohol level makes this a sipper but a damn good sipper.

01-02-2008 04:41:24 | More by sfoley333
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a dark murky brown. Nose is minor raisins. Mild alcohol. Almost smells like dirty river water. Flavor is spiked by the alcohol. Robust flavor, but this obviously needs to be laid down for many more years before it‘s in its prime. Feel is good. But like I said, definitely needs some time to mature.

01-01-2008 06:47:29 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

My second stab at a Mikkeller brew I really enjoyed the Stateside IPA,poured into a small tulip glass sort of a slight hazed deep russet color a well formed 2 finger clingy light beige colored head atop it had great lasting power.At first pop of the cork a powerful resiny hop aroma hit me and a smile crossed my face that mixed in with a brown sugar and cakey alcohol fruitiness I knew this was gonna be a doozy.Hmm after a few sips I notice that its not anywhere near as potent as I thought it would be or as bold flavor wise a little watery in the mouthfeel department definently not a big chewey barley wine.Flavors fall a bit flat compared to the aromas dark fruit sweetness mixed with brown sugar and alcohol the hops are much more subdued than what I had imagined and or hoped giving a hint of medicinal-like and white pepper flavors in the finish along with a lasting alcohol sweetness.Maybe as others have suggested cellaring might be the ticket here but it wont help out its lighter mouthfeel,it started out great and kinda peetered out in the finish.

12-14-2007 00:30:39 | More by oberon
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.78/5  rDev 0%

(Served in a snifter)
After fighting and fighting with the synthetic cork once it was removed there wasn't even the slightest pop sound.
A- This beer has a deep brown body with a light glow of brown at the base of the glass. There is a sea of microbubbles that glide to the surface supporting a big bubble tan head that has a yellow hue to it and stays sticky before fading to a thick ring.

S- This beer has an earthy resin hop note without the pine qualities followed by a light wet wood and dry caramel note. The finish had a soft citrus quality that reminded me more of yeasty cherry notes than citrus fruit notes.

T-This beer has a soft caramel note with a slight coffee malt bitterness behind it and this develops into a raw sugar taste. There is a light tart citrus finish like dried tangerine rinds but it is pretty light.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat even when the beer has warmed a bit.

D- This beer has some nice sweetness but nothing to balance or support it. The orange quality at the finish is mysterious but not bold enough to and much interest.

12-13-2007 23:45:42 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of blitz134


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Brilliant, bright ruby red. Perfectly clear. Quarter inch of light tan head on top, quite dense, and really hangs on.

Aroma is kind of simple, light caramel basically with some hints of raisin and fig. Just a touch of floral hops peak through. Kind of unremarkable.

Taste has more going on. Nice malty undertones. Sweet with sugar and caramel. Dark, ripe fruits of raisins and plums. Alcohol is there but under control. Some citrus and floral hints from some hops show through. Pretty good.

Smooth full mouthfeel that coats well and the flavor lingers, a touch of bitterness in the end.

Pretty drinkable too. Not the most complex, but a solid beer, no doubt. Has some rough edges from the hops and alcohol, but it is an American style barleywine, so it is expected. The size of this beer is well hidden, no alcohol hotness at all.

12-12-2007 03:15:53 | More by blitz134
Photo of mcallister


3.03/5  rDev -19.8%

Ruby red in color with a bit of a sparkle. An off white flimsy head of small stature retents nicely with a foam quilt top.

Lots of fussel in the nose. Dark sugary malts with a large amount of hops. Somewhat thin in overall aroma. A spicey quality from the alocohol really shines through.

This beer needs much more time in the bottle. Alocohol burns big in the mouth, throat and chest. A bit discombobulated with a lacking of balance. Not to say it isn't good but I can only see this getting better, if not it's too bad. Datey raisiny characteristics with only a hint of brown sugar. The bitterness of the hops and alcohol hurt this for me. Mouth is prickly and lively another characteristic I'm not crazy about in a barley wine. Again I really do think this will be a very good beer with at least a year or more in the bottle.

12-09-2007 22:22:54 | More by mcallister
Photo of Beaver13


3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

12.7 oz bottle, caged and corked. Pours a murky dark tea color with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film and small collar.

The aroma is sweet candy-like caramel, melon and spicy alcohol
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel and dark fruits/melon with a big burnt bitter alcoholic burn at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery with low carbonation.

Overall, a big bitter barley wine. It's not very balanced at all and too alcoholic for me.

12-01-2007 02:49:53 | More by Beaver13
Photo of jgrotto


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance - Coppery and purdy looking... nice cloudy reddish amber. Thin yet lush head after a vigorous poor clings to the edges quite nicely. Damn fine looking brew. My loins are stirring.

Smell - Dark spiced fruit gives way to hoppy, citrus rind.

Taste - Hot dang. Great job, fellas. Spicy fig and brown/burnt sugar that gives way to that great ole' American-esque hoppy finish that scrapes the matly sweetness off the palate. A tiny bit of heat from the well hidden 12% abv. Finish is a lingering dried fruit (cinnamon raisin, dates maybe?) up front, and grapefruity hop in the back.

Mouthfeel - Just enough effervescence to keep the sweetness from becoming heavy. And just thick enough to feel smooth like Billy Dee Williams before the hops dry it all up.

Drinkability - Great barleywine. At 12% abv., it's obviously not for your average Monday morning session with the boys. A remarkably well put together brew, it was certainly no chore getting through this wee little 355mL bottle. This would easily go head to head with your Old Guardians, or Old Ruffians, or Old Horizontals, or any other Old American Barleywine.

11-27-2007 21:42:44 | More by jgrotto
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Big Worse from Mikkeller ApS
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