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Big Worst - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.84%
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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danieelol

Australia

4/5  rDev +7%

08-24-2013 14:57:23 | More by danieelol
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-20-2013 04:24:01 | More by megamass
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DangerDawg

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-26-2012 02:28:45 | More by DangerDawg
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DaveHS

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.5%ABV.

A-Pours a clear amber with a thing ring of soft white bubbles. No lacing.

S-Clove, banana, Bubble Yum. I don't peg this as an 18.5%ABV from the nose.

T/M-Bubble gum sweetness, banana, Belgian candi sugar. Medium bodied, with a soft mouthfeel and a warming finish. Really, I am having a hard time believing the ABV on this one. The sweetness verges on cloying, but never quite gets there. More akin to an imperial pilsner or Eastern European export lager like Baltika 9 than a barleywine.

O-I'm confused. Not sure what to make of it. I guess I like it, but it doesn't strike me as being representative of its stated style.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:34:07 | More by DaveHS
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-20-2012 12:20:33 | More by ajs4bd
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

02-09-2012 22:16:28 | More by John11486
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7%

07-14-2012 20:42:46 | More by rvdoorn
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a monster brew at 17.6% abv and it's in a green bottle. Lighter in color than expected, kind of an amber. The aroma is pretty good, loaded with cat piss hops and alcohol. The taste is catty as all get out too. The alcohol is hidden fairly well for the strength, but I still don't consider it to be all that drinkable, the whole cat urine thing. Two ounces is plenty of this brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:29:53 | More by brownbeer
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minterro

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Crunchy’s in East Lansing.

A & S: White grapes and alcohol sweetness in the scent. Mainly dominated by booziness. Clear yellow-orange. Clear head was there in wisps when received but went away relatively quick to nothing but specks and a ring, no lacing except when swilled which resulted in wine like legs.

T & M: Not much hops as advertised in the description. fruity pretty high carbonation, crisp. Very sweet alcohol aftertaste. Fairly Thin bodied. When warmed a little sweeter and easier to drink. Alcohol isn’t well hidden in either the taste or the nose.

O: Trying to be unbiased because Barley wines are not normally my forte, but I don’t really like this beer all that much. Not upset that I tried it cause it was the highest ABV beer I’ve ever rated, but I wouldn’t get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 04:40:33 | More by minterro
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

have paid princely sums for mikkeller's offerings in the past and have come away underwhelmed. here's hoping that'll change.

12.7oz corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, dark amber tone with no trace of head whatsoever. this is a huge beer, so i don't hold that against it completely, but i'm nervous; not a fan of undercarbonated beers.

the aroma isn't among the more potent barleywines i've whiffed but i get notes of sweet maltiness/candied sugar, a touch of hops, and plenty of booze.

taste is ok, mostly following the nose. caramel, a bit a spice, and an earthiness. not bad. there is nice degree of complexity which i feel is overshadowed by the booziness.

pretty full-bodied with very low carbonation. somewhat drinkable, though really, who would shell out for more than one. again, the steep price tag fails to deliver a beer worthy of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:53:04 | More by perrymarcus
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:45:25 | More by GDBEERMAN
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-17-2013 02:24:29 | More by HopsMatt
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:44:40 | More by siradmiralnelson
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

A-Pours out a thick and lightly hazy but vibrant orangish,yellow with a rapidly dying,1 inch crown of stark white that left spotty lacing and alcohol "legs" on the glass.

S-Apricot brandy,peach preserves,caramelized grains,golden raisin and orange zest with a little blonde tobacco as well.Boozey but not obnoxiously so.

T-Sweet grains,booze,candied orange and cherry,more blonde tobacco and peach or nectarine like a moscato but seriously fortified.

M-A little hot but still tasty.Medium/full bodied with a concentrated sweetness and fruity alcohol notes.Lasting burn and subtle bitterness on the finish.

O-This is a decent extreme beer but I would choose a Samaels or a Beast before I drank this again.Happy to have tried it but the price does not match the quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 15:02:13 | More by StlHopHead77
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Cloudy orange with no head leaving à little bit of lacing

S: Citric notes, Caramel, Hint of alcohol and pine.

T : Caramel, Alcohol, Berries, Citric notes and some syrupy notes,sweet hops and malts

M : Low carbonation with massive sweetness that is held somewhat back by the massive amount of hops used, very thick nearly syropy ,

D : Way more balanced that i expected it to be. Heavy on alcohol , i can feel the alcohol doing his job after à few sips -:)

Even though it is quite sweet there has been an effort in trying to hold the sweetness in check by using alot of hops. This was a perfect nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 20:23:45 | More by beerpirates
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photomike

California

2/5  rDev -46.5%

12-15-2011 04:28:56 | More by photomike
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TexAggie011

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-31-2012 01:19:56 | More by TexAggie011
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baggio

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Orange with a small, beige, head.

S: Citric notes, Caramel, Hint of alcohol and pine.

T: Caramel, Alcohol, Berries, Citric notes and some syrupy notes.

M: Low carbonation with massive sweetness that is held somewhat back by the massive amount of hops used. Way more balanced that i expected it to be.

I was very impressed by this brew. Even though it is quite sweet there has been an effort in trying to hold the sweetness in check by using alot of hops. This was a perfect nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 12:20:54 | More by baggio
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

05-13-2013 05:58:48 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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flannelman808

California

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

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 07:13:18 | More by flannelman808
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 04:17:20 | More by AmericanGothic
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 20:38:20 | More by Rickythejeweler
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 20:19:33 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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jale

Michigan

2.1/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on ta at Crunchys

A: Pours gold with only a bubble or two of white head.

S: Like I just walked into a nail salon. Big acetone and solvent in the nose followed by some malt and alcohol.

T: Like drinking sweet malty nail polish remover. I get little hop flavor in this unlike advertised. Alcohol heat is there.

M: sticky and cloying with low carbonation.

O: This is a horrible tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 02:40:46 | More by jale
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ddedhed

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-16-2013 01:19:21 | More by ddedhed
Big Worst from Mikkeller ApS
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