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Big Worst - Mikkeller ApS

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  18.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
First Batch: 17.6% ABV January 2010
Second Batch: 18.5% ABV March 2011

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 03-16-2010)
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet at Red's.

A; Clear, golden orange, one finger of off-white head. Lightest barleywine I've even seen. Beautiful.

S: Fruity esters and a little citrus, sort of a Belgian profile overall. Quite nice.

T: Holy cow. Lots of fruit, banana and port, like a strong tripel, with a little pepper. I could drink this forerer.

M: Light and extremely smooth. Suave.

O: Fantastic. This is Christmas in a glass, and it's only June. Oh golly, go get some. There was a two glass limit at Red's, and I was tempted to introduce myself to strangers just to get them to buy me a third because I couldn't think of stopping at two. Yum.

AmericanGothic, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy brownish-amber color with minimal off white head, which quickly dissipates into a wispy lacing.

S: A definite sweet citrus smell, a malty background with spicy hops coming though.

T: A strong syrupy sweet taste, with heavy alcohol overtones. Hints of caramel and citrus, with a dry musty aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy-medium mouthful with lot of alcohol on the palate. This one warms you up and keeps you toasty!

D: This is definitely a sipper at 17.60 % abv, but amazing is not too heavy on the palate. It is surprising easy to drink and a well-balanced beer. This beer would have been better if aged for a couple of years. Overall this is an excellent barleywine.

ckollias, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second batch, 18.5%

A - Clear light orange, no head, no lacing.

S - Piney, resin, ginger, lemon zest, grains, yeast.

T - Candi sugar, white grapes, orange zest, piney hops, resin, light tropical fruits, nectarine, light grains, alcohol is suprisingly hidden very well.

M - Full bodied, thick, crisp low moderate carbonation, warming alcohol, dry finish.

O - Outrageous! Mikkeller done did it again! Thoroughly enjoyed this experience!

Rickythejeweler, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still a monster of a barleywine in this second batch, which pushes the big impression of the first with an even longer character.

Presentation: 375 ml green, capped bottle. Light yellow illustration with a two mugshots of the brewers wearing shades. Back highlights the the brewing at de Proef. Notes style and 18,5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour with a short head that displays moderate retention and a faint surface memory with some lacing.

S - Resinous nose, with caramel and a note of soft booze, spicy hint.

T - Sweet and resinous. Sugar coated hop presence diving in a well integrated boozy touch. Turpentine fruity notes are now fully mashed with the crushed caramel and push the brew up beautifully.

M - Medium/full body with soft carbonation, sticky and long lingering finish.

O - Long and dangerous sipper, an spectacular offering.

Notes: This second batch brings it up a couple of notches and fully gives it its own identity. Alcohol increase aside, and maybe in part due to the freshness, it has an enticing character full of nuances, and fully rounded that is something else. I liked the first batch, review marks below, but I would have never expected this second one would even improve it this way. Loving this dangerous one, a brew that is not shy at all and that has grabbed me.

03/06/2011
A 4, S 4, T 4.5, M 4, O 4

Daniellobo, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured a very hazy sugary-looking brown with a modest almost brownish-white head that was quite impressive given the ABV.

Smell - This is exactly like the site said. The hops are huge, the resiny Cascade and Centennial offering tons of pine resin, but you almost don't notice them because of the massive candy sugar and huge malt base. The malts are rightly toasted and full of caramel which adds even more sugar to this nose. Not for the suffering diabetic that's for sure.

Taste - This is an amazing mix of stiff, resiny hops, rich lightly-toasted caramel-laden malts, and stiff but non-offending booze. The flavors are expertly blended which is what sets this apart. It is like nothing else I've ever tasted and I think it would be too easy to classify this one way or the other.

I want to elaborate on the mix of flavors here. This is like the well-composed entrée of a four-star chef. You have some incredibly dramatic flavors that, apart, would overpower almost anything, yet together they form a new creation. This is a mix of stiff hops, rich malts, and raucous sugars like none other before it.

Mouthfeel - This is not a full-bodied ABW but bigger than medium. The smoothness of this one though is amazing. The mix of flavors that I've already mentioned couple with the lack of carbonation and the incredible velvet feeling in the mouth is phenomenally pleasurable. I've had some great ABWs but this is by far the smoothest that I've tried, and considering the ABV it is mind-boggling.

Drinkability - This couldn't be more drinkable if it was 17% ABV water. I mean, it is so smooth yet super-intense that it defied the laws of normal beer drinking.

RoyalT, Aug 12, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew provided by Blazer06, over on ratebeer, thanks again Zack. Pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma is sweet with apples, plums, figs, a sliver of caramel, sweet malts and some mild heat at the end of the draw. The taste is just as sweet and smooth as the nose suggested with slick caramel moving into rich fruitiness from plums, perfectly ripe red apples, figs, apricots and sugar coated pear wedges. It stays smooth, sweet, fruity and yummy defying the massive ABV. Wow!

BigMcLargeHuge, Feb 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

The22Lou, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Bonko_the_sane, May 13, 2013
Photo of Ratman197
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place poured a clear peach with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of alcohol, carmel, fruittiness and pepper. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, peach, white pepper and orange with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish.

Ratman197, Jan 27, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into tulip.

A: The body pours a rich copper hue, with no head formation at the start and the slight amount of carbonation bubbles form a thin ring around the top of the glass, that holds on very slightly. The levels of carbonation in the body are very minimal.

S: The aroma is surprisingly low in intensity and has a smooth caramel note. Hops have faded out and a rich malt element is present.

T/M: The first taste brings a warm and welcoming sweetness to the palate, a very rich malt character, with a nice alcohol presence, that doesn't tend to be hot or overpowering. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Finish is a very prolonged lingering effect and robust in malt character.

O: wow overall, a very mellow high ABV barley wine, on that pushes the limit of even a real wine. I found it to be very enjoyable and something that I would frequent, as it has great smooth flavors and a rich backbone.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

megamass, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ronricorossi, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Odysseyalien, Sep 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of brotherloco
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml capped w/ white foil. No date information. 18.5% ABV. From everything I've read, this must be the second batch.

Pours a surprisingly bright and clear golden orange. A small amount of floating sediment and a ring of off-white foam.

Smells quite fruity. I get apples, pears, bananas... Belgian sugar. Some spirit notes as well, particularly vodka and gin. I guess that is the booze sneaking through, but it blends well with the overall aroma.

Taste is intense and smacks you right in the palate. Those sweet fruits are right up front, particularly banana. Very sugary sweet maple syrup middle. The finish is a biting sting on the tongue. Alcohol doesn't seem to interfere with the flavor, but you heat up quick from this one.

As you might expect, this beer feels quite syrupy in the mouth. The sweetness lingers for a long time and encourages slow sipping. That's a pretty good idea given the incredibly high ABV.

A really nice and powerful beer. Just be sure to have a big glass of water next to it.

brotherloco, May 29, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 13oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Pours maybe a centimeter of head. Lacing left on the side of the glass after swirling like wine or liquor. No head so no retention. Color is a really cloudy brown with a tint of orange.

S. Smells like a big bad ass barleywine. Alcohol, caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, figs, toffee. Really nice sweet smelling boozey barleywine. Has a nice dark fruit smell, that not all barleywines have.

T. Tastes like a big bad ass barleywine. There is no ignoring the booze in this monster. After alcohol, I get caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, alcohol, some dark fruit, almost a bit of sour cherry, and then a little bit of alcohol.

M. Mouthfeel is actually pretty thin for a beer this big, I would describe it as medium bodied. Lingering tongue, lip coating sweetness. As expected very low carbonation.

O. Overall, this is a big ol beer. Lots of flavors going on if you can get past all the booze. Wish I had a second one that I could age for, well I guess I could age it for as long as I wanted. Would like to see what some considerable time would do to this massive beer though. Easier drinking than some similar ABV beers I have had.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jimmy82063
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow where to begin. At least after this I won't have to watch anymore annoying soccer!

Poured into a brandy snifter (where it belongs)!

A - Pours a nice murky amber very little head.

S- Boy the malts and molasses really come through. This smells so sweet.

T - Malts and more malt, got molasses, honey, some cinnamon I think.

M - Hugely hot.

D - You can only have one of these in a week. The alcohol presence is huge.

I thought my cellaring project was going to be pretty simple a couple of Bigfoot's a year and I would be good. Going to get a couple of bottle of this and let them sit

jimmy82063, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of BlackWednesday
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hazed foxy red beer with medium, sligthly yellowish head as whipped eggwhite. Fruity aromas jumping out of the glass, especially passion fruit, also mango, orange, grapefruit, white grapes. And USA hops, getting drier, hopbales like. Very fruity bittersweet flavour; bitter oranges, kumquats, grapefruit, pineapple- and strawberryesters. Caramel, toffee, maple syrup and fusels. Oh, and some hops... Alcoholwarming, very slick-oily. Fiery, yet drinkable. Warming up, benzeneFruitester bomb, superbly hopped, yet adequate malts. Mikkeller seems to get better every month... though this one reminds me of Mikkels’ first homebrew Barley Wine I ever tasted.

BlackWednesday, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7oz into Portsmouth tulip. This is NOT the big bad or the big worse, but an all new one. Hell yes!

A- Caramel brown, lighter than the big worse. Amazing creamy bead, 2 fingers! Fir a 17% beer, I'm floored. The best head on a +15% beer I've ever seen. Outstanding. Lacing is thick as all hell.

S- Hoppy. Wow. Smells like pine sap. Pretty sweet malt base but the hops are the focus on this one. Suprised me.

T- Amazing. Hoppy bitterness- pine sap and I'm guessing some real resiny hops were used in this one (simcoe?). Malt sweetness is really strong but the decent carbonation and intense hop blast really do wonders at 'smoothing' it out.

Well, I put 'smooth' in quotations because there's no denying this is a powerful beer... but I am really really digging it. Well, as the sips go on the malt becomes heavier and heavier... a bit much on some sips. You have to take your time with this one, no choice.

M- More carbonation than you would think, although still low. Could have used a bit more.

D- No way. One'll do ya and then some. Really good for the ABV, but don't make any plans.

Phenomenal beer. I am (again) impressed with the quality coming from Mikkeller... prob. my favorite brewery. No, definitely my favorite brewery.

ShogoKawada, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. I'm always interested in trying stuff from Mikkeller, we don't get enough in Columbus.

A- Very small head, understandably. I was surprised by the murkiness of this beer. Its a burnt orange beer with lots of floaties.

S- The smell is nearly all alcohol, that and sweet, vinous, wine-like stuff. Its very sweet and stinging.

T- This is quite delightful, it handles the alcohol quite well. Its a very very sweet beer though. Caramel and sweet candied citrus is layered under berries and fruits. The finish is alcoholic and malty. I'd make the argument that this is more of an English style, but I'm not here to split hairs.

M- Full, nearly syrupy and laden with heat and booze. It leaves the mouth and soft palate warmed by booze.

D- I've enjoyed sipping on this for well over an hour now.

MbpBugeye, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with light to medium carbonation and has a decent amount of retention for the extreme abv. Its a very Hazy Cherry wood color and is topped off with a bone white head. Sticky lacing.

S: Wow this stuff smells nuts! Its like green jolly ranchers... or apple pucker like almost. Super intense granny smith apple simple syrup.

T: The palate is abruptly met with a bitter woody presence. The taste is so overwhelming it almost accounts for the overly intensified bouquet. That is to say the fruit does not follow through on the palate as it suggests in the nostril. There is a considerably long finish to this beer with hints of lots of fruity esters. beer is Very cognac like in nature. Boozy Yet Im finding Big Worst considerably dry feeling for how sweet this beer surely is. A call to calvados perhaps.

M: oily on the mouth... very hot on the back of the throat.

D: low given the extreme nature of this beer

flannelman808, Jun 03, 2010
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Big Worst from Mikkeller ApS
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