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Big Worse - Mikkeller ApS

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394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 20
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 11-25-2007

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pils and caramunich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and ale yeast.
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta. Been looking at this one for a while and finally pulled the trigger.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a very thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving no lacing but decent legs.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of brown sugar and buttered rum aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of milk chocolate and larger amounts of brown sugar. Slightly buttery flavors come into things midway through the sip and carry through to a decidedly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with very light but sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was about what I expected it to be, just with less hops. Definitely an English barleywine and a good still version. Worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce green bottle without dating.

Pours into the snifter a nearly-still deep red and brown. No head or lace, with a few slow and small bubbles of carbonation. In the nose, the beer exhibits rich carmel and vanilla notes. with hints of oaky sourness and honey blossom. The flavor is somewhat drier. Begins with toasted caramel and wood notes and develops an herbal hop center and deep warming alcohol finish. The body retains a bit of carbonation; can be deceivingly light initially but becomes syrupy as the beer warms.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008.

A-Pours translucent maple syrup brown without any visible traces of carbonation.

S-Sweet aromas of overripe plum and treacle. Wafts of toffee and crushed walnuts. Thin, sharp phenols push through the initial wave of sweetness, reminding you this is still a 12% beer.

T/M-If I had to guess, I would've thought this was around ten years old. Completely flat, with a soft, mellow body and a sweet, thin finish. The flavor profile is in line with what I expect from a classic barley wine. Port wine-like body and grapey sweetness, burnt brown sugar, overripe fruit. The lingering finish reveals notes of leather and damp hay.

O-Three years seems to be the sweet spot on this one. It hasn't been hurt by lack of carbonation. There's a slight edge of oxidation creeping in, so if you have any 2008 bottles lying around, now would be a good time to open them.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass, didn't see a best on date but it was a green bottle. This pours a very yeast dreg filled hazy brown, with a very frofty thick tan head. The smells are very fruity, full of sweet malts, some caramel and a little hops. The feel is pretty thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of sweet fruit and caramel malts, a bit of hop bitterness and a little alcohol burn on the way down. Overall this was pretty good and worth getting, but honestly bigfoot at the same price for a 6 pack as a single bottle of this is better and a better deal.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown with a very small off white head. Aroma is very sweet with cherries, dates, toffee, nuts and alcohol. Flavor is somewhat fruity although the malt does shine through a bit more. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes long and sweet with a substantial alcohol burn.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of changeup45
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool looking 12.7 ounce corked bottle. Pours a brown/amber color with a very nice initial tan head that settles to a foamy ring. Aroma is caramel, molasses, dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor is sweet raisins and figs, some caramel and molasses with quite a bit of hop bitterness, especially towards the finish. The beer is a little hot, I'm not going to say the alcohol is hidden, but at 12% that's kind of expected and I like the fact that there is never a dull moment here. Definitely a sipper but I like it.

Big Worse from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.