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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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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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

10-29-2012 01:21:51 | More by t0rin0
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

10-22-2012 22:56:35 | More by MrRockstar
Photo of Dope


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I assume this is batch 1, 17.6% ABV. Dated 07/12/19, I assume "best by".

A: Pours a murky, rusty brown. No head other than a handful of bubbles as it is poured, which quickly disappear. No lacing of course.

S: Sickly sweet with a freight train of caramel. Some toffee with lots of dark fruit, raisin stands out the most by far. Hints of molasses. Very strong and sharp and extremely boozy.

T: Fruity up front with the raisin and perhaps fig and grape. Loads and loads of caramel, burnt sugars and toffee. Ends mainly with toffee lingering into a long lasting boozy aftertaste.

M: Thick doesn't cut it. Very heavy and with no carbonation; it's like drinking syrup. Tough to drink, can barely sip it.

O: What a strange brew. There's nothing "wrong" with it, it's basically a huge yet simple barleywine. Super boozy, alcohol is not hidden at all. No carbonation too - makes it very tough to drink though, a sipper for sure. Maybe cellar this one for a few decades and see how it comes out. I think it has potential.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:41:16 | More by Dope
Photo of AgentMunky


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoevn chalice. Batch #1 (January 2012) brewed at 17.6%.

A: No head. Mud brown and not very pretty. Opaque.

S: Flat (dead) yeast. Caramel malt. Alcohol. Brown sugar. Like an old Old Ale.

T/M: Mmm. Big, sweet, and smooth. Apples and brown sugar; like a brandy or spiced cider. No carbonation whatsoever. The aftertaste is lingering and almost sticky-sweet. Almost (but not quite) oppressive.

O: The numbers in this review don't do the overall beer justice, but it's actually really nice, if quite sweet. Recommended. Drinkable. Tasty. Impressively large.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 05:06:06 | More by AgentMunky
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-20-2012 12:20:33 | More by ajs4bd
Photo of rvdoorn


4/5  rDev +7%

07-14-2012 20:42:46 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of dbossman


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold and clear with just a touch of head; lacing is surprisingly good

S: So boozy; so much alcohol with a touch of butter; lots of grains but God, this beer is boozy

T: So much booze--even a bit of smokey scotch flavors; this is grainy and it burns--wow, does it burn; boozy, buttery, grainy, and awesome

F: Decently carbonated; fairly creamy

O: Holy crap, this is a big, boozy beer, and I love it; I'm not sure what style this actually is but I love this boozy, grainy glass of awesomeness

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 22:48:35 | More by dbossman
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

05-30-2012 14:27:56 | More by KevinTK
Photo of BostonHops


3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

having paid princely sums for mikkeller's offerings in the past and 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. candied fruit/sugar, caramel, a bit a spice, and an earthiness. not bad. there is nice degree of complexity which i feel is overshadowed by the heat.

pretty full-bodied with very low carbonation. all in all there are some enjoyable elements to this beer but in the end i'm not blown away. again, the steep price tag fails to deliver a beer worthy of it.

originally reviewed: 01-04-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:18:37 | More by BostonHops
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

04-11-2012 19:05:20 | More by The22Lou
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4/5  rDev +7%

04-02-2012 02:05:23 | More by Jhatwig
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-29-2012 02:33:37 | More by quilty
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-26-2012 15:45:10 | More by scott2269
Photo of DangerDawg


3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-26-2012 02:28:45 | More by DangerDawg
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

02-18-2012 17:28:15 | More by chrispoint
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a doozy of a beer. The abv is not hidden, and is in-yo-face.

Pours a light golden color. Not much head on this one. No lacing. Looks filmy.

Booze in the nose. Some glazed doughnut. Apricot. Peaches? Then booze again.

Nothing bad in the taste, it's just not good. Very sweet, very boozy. Apricots soaked in white rum and sugar. No real feel to it, but to save the rating from a '1', it doesn't burn...much.
No hops whatsoever. Will not have again unless it has 20 years on it. Drain pour

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 08:10:18 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

02-09-2012 22:16:28 | More by John11486
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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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-31-2012 01:19:56 | More by TexAggie011
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-27-2012 08:59:37 | More by DocJ87
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:05:28 | More by Ratman197
Photo of jwat


4/5  rDev +7%

01-26-2012 14:41:48 | More by jwat
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-12-2012 04:46:17 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of jale


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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4/5  rDev +7%

12-17-2011 01:53:58 | More by TasteTester
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