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Big Worse - Mikkeller ApS

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83
good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 238 | Display Reviews Only:
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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

kevdemers, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dannyhead, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

StrongAleSkeptic, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BWH999, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

JacobGumina, Jun 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish body with moderate head and lace and textbook aroma of citric, earthy hops and a hearty malt aroma of both bready, roasted malts and sweet malt. A good barleywine and mostly holds up, but it seems at some points the alcohol make it a tad bitter or burning on the backend. Overall, the hops give it citric zip and spice and the sweet malts make themselves known, and it has a little stickiness and tart/dark fruit edge. It is a good beer, designed to be a sipper, that just a has a couple of small chinks in the armor or else it'd be one of the betters ones out there.

clayrock81, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottle courtesy of beastmaster. Pours cloudy opaque brown with no head. Aroma of biscuits, toffee, malt, brown sugar, molasses, hints of vanilla and bourbon even though not bourbon barrel aged. Taste is watery big bready malt and booze. Turpentiney, and thinner than expected. Lots of chewey sediment. No carbonation. Vodka burn. Was not ready for this after Chocolate Rain and some other beers tonight.

BMMillsy, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jaxon53, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ste5venla, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

samEBC, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

A: burnt sienna, hazy, a little light gets through.

S: fruity, figs or dates. spices.

T: hot booze in my stomach. caramel. sticky sweet.

M: thinner than expected, well carbonated.

O: disappointing coming from mikkeller. the flavors weren't particularly complex. the mouth feel was a little thin. barleywine is one of my favorite styles and mikkeller is one of my favorite brewers, but this one missed its mark.

roundthewaygirls, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 3/18/2014. Pours very hazy and cloudy dark brown color with no head or carbonation; plastic corks never work. Aromas of big raisin, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, roasted malt, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity and malty notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, floral, and toasted earthiness; some slight oxidation but barely noticeable. No bitterness; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Nice flavor balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruity notes; with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Zero carbonation and medium-full bodied; with slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is ok, but very slow to sip on. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this this a solid barleywine. Some nice complexity and balance of malt flavors; probably would have scored quite a bit higher if it actually had carbonation, but thankfully not much oxidation was present. An enjoyable sipper.

superspak, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

megamass, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SanFranJake, May 14, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2009 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours flat, with a dark caramel with a red hue. Literally no carbonation.

S: Oxidation reigns supreme, with strong fuselage notes. Getting some bad church wine, grapes on this.

T: Strong red grapes, tastes more like a wine than a beer. Grainy texture to it. Bleh, oh man this is bad.

M: Medium mouthfeel, alcohol is prevalent. Strong sweet finish that coats the mouth.

O: Total bummer. I found this "gem" in the back of a cooler at Ledgers with the price tag showing that they recieved it in Feb of 2009. I knew this was an old beer when I got into it, but figured if it's sitting back in the fridge it would be worth a shot. Man was I wrong. Got about 2 sips in before I drain poured it. All well, live and learn. Worth the risk.

CommanderOfAwesome, May 12, 2013
Photo of ToddT
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Hazy medium brown with lots of sediment floating in it and no head at all. There is no lace left on the glass as I drink this one.

S- Dark candied fruit, cherries, raisin, fig, molasses, and a slightly sour background note.

T- Candied fruit and a giant wash of astringent alcohol, wow that was not pleasant at all. Not sure I'm going to like this one. It does improve as it warms but that first sip was a bit brutal. Not near as alcoholic or astringent now that I'm halfway through.

M- Medium in body and no applicable carbonation. The finish is a mix of alcohol heat and sour fruit.

O- It gets better as I finish it, not sure if the taste is improving or the 12.0% ABV has kicked in.

ToddT, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

mjaggers, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

rondufresne, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of CruisaC
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on sale for ~$4 a bottle. Figured I'd give it a try.

Pours dead, no head, no carbonation. Uh-oh. Still as night in the glass. Dark brown

Smells like raisins, chalky vitamins, malt extract.

Taste very clean initially but soon a raisin meets astringent tastes follows. Not great. Not much good going on here.

Pretty thin, not helped by the fact at there's no carbonation. That may be ok for the occasional HOTD release (bourbon Fred), but this falls into Lost Abbey territory and not in a good way

I won't be finishing this. Pretty disappointing. I've got another bottle but I'm not too excited to give it another shot.

CruisaC, Mar 22, 2013
Big Worse from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.