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Big Worst - Mikkeller ApS

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  18.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 03-16-2010

First Batch: 17.6% ABV January 2010
Second Batch: 18.5% ABV March 2011

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of BlackWednesday
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Luvzsurfrz
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into snifter on 5/15/11.

A: Pours an opaque, deep amber in color with a very shallow head. Lots of bubbles remain in the bottom of the snifter.

S: Smells primarily like a malty caramel with a light sweet citrus aroma. Also, smell faint boozy notes present in the caramel sweetness.

T: The first thing I notice is the sweet, sticky caramel flavor with warm boozy undertones. Notes of banana and citrus are also present. You can feel the heavier abv after a few sips, but still very drinkable.

M: Lightly syrupy, yet smooth. Citrus flavor is more notable the more you drink.

O: Surprisingly impressed with the comfortable balance of flavor on such a high abv. The alcohol mellows the longer it sits. Definitely another Mikkeller success! (761 characters)

Photo of lowendfrequency
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz poured into an extra fat snifter.

Pours shockingly light colored, crystal clear amber with a copper hue. Definitely one of the lightest hued beers of this potency I've ever sampled. Not much of a head to write about but enough to form trace bubbles on the rim of the glass.

Long before I bring the glass to my nose I can detect a heavy banana aroma permeating the room. Upon closer scrutiny, this beer puts off a ton of acetone which, at 18.5%, is to be expected. Behind the big nose are more subtle notes of thick honey, burnt sugars and tree sap.

The flavor is floral and resinous like a high quality honey. I get a strong dose of white grapes, pineapple and something akin to a nice gold rum. Mouthfeel is like a thick syrup initially but the high alcohol helps dry things up to keep this from being too cloying. There is a distinct booze character holding up the finish to remind you of the potent brew in your glass. VERY mead-like.

This was a good beer. That being said, it's not ready to drink. For what I paid, I don't feel the experience it provided was worth the cost. However, this beer has major cellar potential. I'm tempted to go out and by a few bottles to lay down for a year or more. Another eye opener from Mikkeller. (1,252 characters)

Photo of MiloHoP
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice orange/red color with little lacing on glass.

S: Big Pine Citrus smells with hint of alcohol nice malty backbone

T: You can not taste the alcohol as much as I was expecting. Very sweet Hop, fruits, and caramel finish.

M: Sticky sweet feel in mouth, a little bitter at front but sweetens once it hits back of throat. Nice warming feeling.

D: Overall a solid Barley wine, a little on the sweet side tho. Don't come in expecting a Hop Bomb on this one. Price tag makes it questionable on a return taste but worth a venture. (533 characters)

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Big Worst from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.