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Big Worst - Mikkeller ApS

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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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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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

375ml into tulip at about 50 degrees.

Pours w/short white head over a very clear peach-to-golden body, with a fair amount of carbonation struggling to make it up.

Aromas are laced with alchohol, sweet candy sugar, ripe banana, yeast, and bubble gum.

Flavor shifts gears slightly, in that the alcohol is masked by the thick sweetness of ripe banana, navel orange-like citrus, caramel, and a kiss of grapefruit rhind.

Mouthfeel is obviously thick and cordial-like, causing it to be nothing but a sipper.

I enjoy sweet beers, so had no problem with this one overall ... except that it's "out there" relative to most Barleywines.

p.s. Do not shotgun this beer.

05-28-2011 03:09:49 | More by BeerImmediately
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Luvzsurfrz

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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!

05-16-2011 01:57:21 | More by Luvzsurfrz
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +25.7%

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

04-30-2011 13:25:42 | More by Daniellobo
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lionchow

California

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours clear, golden yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly.

A - Funky, bubblegum, cotton candy, overripe banana.

F - Sweet bubblegum, some overripe banana. Some caramel malt and candi sugar sweetness; other than that, no malt to speak of, or hops for that matter. It has some oxidation qualities, a slight paperiness.

M - There is a slight sting from the alcohol, and it finishes very dry.

Overall it was very interesting, if not totally enjoyable.

04-19-2011 02:09:12 | More by lionchow
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DaveHS

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

03-26-2011 23:57:14 | More by ckollias
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lowendfrequency

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-22-2011 06:49:42 | More by lowendfrequency
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

375ml bottle, best before 07/12/19, but who the hell can wait that long? I'm already tired of looking at this in my beer storage area after a whole 6 months...

This beer pours an opaque, over-saturated iced-tea amber-brown hue, with a thin cap of fizzy off-white head, which, in the way of things fizzy, fizzes out quickly, leaving nothing much beyond a few lame specks of lace. It smells heavy, the weight pulling my nostrils down as if gravity had suddenly doubled - big brown sugar malt, orange liqueur, leafy, oily, somehow fresh hops, and softly astringent booze. The taste is unctuous toffee, butterscotch, and treacle, all dressed up in nice bouquets of pine and citrus, and doused in warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite languid, the body mind-numbing in its duality - sweet sugary, hedonistic smoothness vs. dry, ascetic alcohol. It finishes in the exact sense of the word - I feel 'end of lifed' by this behemoth - the stewed citrus hops coming out of temporary retirement to take on the pushy malt overlord, is well, a nice final touch.

Holy tap-dancing Jebus, I did not expect this - a relatively easy-drinkin', yet still in your face offering. While the ABV level surpasses any and all big-ass wines that I've come across, somehow the heat perception falls short of any of that. This ain't right - nothing this strong should taste so, so, so temperate, and complex.

03-11-2011 02:48:39 | More by biboergosum
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +21.1%

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!

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

California

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

02-10-2011 02:50:24 | More by MiloHoP
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: On the contrary to the lack of a pop upon uncorking the bottle the beer pours with a solid amount of fizz for a beer of this type. Pours a murky dark red, mild white head, very good retention, no lace.

S: Lots of booze, sugary crystal malt, sweet stone fruit, some apricot and cherry, smells like a strong barleywine for sure.

T: Sugar city, definitely more in the English style, definite toffee. The booze is heavy, but never overbearing, a hint of hops. Nice flavour, but nothing to really interest me.

M: Full-bodied, boozy, pretty smooth, nice easy finish.

D: A beer that has good flavours now, but is a bit hot. Give it a few years, and it might be amazing, the base is there.

10-30-2010 06:31:07 | More by Halcyondays
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

10-28-2010 04:24:45 | More by MbpBugeye
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

08-12-2010 03:39:11 | More by RoyalT
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to the random sharer of this brew. How kind of you, unknown Mademoiselle...

A - It pours a $31-looking caramel-brown hue, with about $8 worth of head, and $3 of lace.

S - Lots of syrupy booze, barrel and rich caramel-toffee aromas. Some spicy citrus notes are present, too. Also candied apples.

T - Lots of barrel, big booze, apple-caramel, almost a hint of mulled spices, and still some spicy hops in the mix. This reminds me of Avery's The Beast Grand Cru, but not quite as good (IMO).

M - Big and sticky. About what I expected.

D - This brew has a price tag that would scare me off, especially since I really felt it to be similar to the merely expensive-and-not-ridiculously-expensive Beast Grand Cru.

07-18-2010 16:35:19 | More by ktrillionaire
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Gobzilla

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

A: poured a caramel brown with yellow higlights with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: its pretty weird but I got whiffs of onions and lovely caramel aromas with hints of hops and citurs but also had plenty of booze on the nose.

T: I thought it would be just the nose but I also got the onion flavor on the taste as we'll it reminded me of sweet onion kettle cooked chips. Besides the onion there was caramel malts slight citrus notes and a light hop bite. The alcohol was not well hidden in the taste as well; pretty boozy.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet sticky and boozy finish.

D: very weird of the onion character on this brew I think it might be signs of infection but that is just my opinion. Other than that the beer drank well but I'd rather have the worse than the worst.

07-16-2010 08:36:07 | More by Gobzilla
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gford217

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours an opaque caramel brown with a surprisingly big beige head that recedes slowly, leaving streaks of lacing and legs after each swirl.

The aroma has more hops than I was expecting with a biting citrus zing and plenty of underlying caramel malts and the alcohol, though it's less obtrusive than some of the big Mikkeller brews. Maybe even some caramelized apples as well.

The taste is hefty with more alcohol burn than the aroma suggests. The citrus hops are there but give way to the massive sugary sweetness of the malt backbone. The finish has a serious alcohol burn and a scathing bitterness, both of which limit the drinkability.

The mouthfeel is sticky and thick, almost syrupy but with a ton of alcohol.

This is a massively sweet and boozy barleywine that is definitely not the most drinkable I've had in the style. Abrasive but tasty stuff.

07-16-2010 02:47:54 | More by gford217
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -30.5%

A= The cork comes of with a lot of difficulty and no pressure behind it... The pour is a hazy dark amber color with a tiny head on it that holds for a little bit then falls to a ring around the glass. The lacing is nonexistant.

S= It has a difinite malt character to it but other than that I get no alcohol in it no hops and a lot of sour lemons.... Dare I say this beer may be infected. We'll see.

T= The sweet malts that there still. Loads and loads of caramel in it. The alcohol is a little more evident in the taste than in the nose. There is still a little bit of a sour lemon taste to it. This doesn't taste infected but it could be on its way to an infection... No hop character to it.

M= Really thick and creamy. This is prolly the best part of this beer.

D= Really interesting. Shows the early signs of a possible infection taking over later. I was thinking about buying another one of these beers to cellar now I'm thankful I didn't because this has me a little worried.

06-26-2010 04:11:13 | More by jjanega08
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nickd717

California

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

Overpriced 375ml bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Glad I got to tick this beer without shelling out mucho dinero for it. Not worth the price at all.

Hazy orangish-amber in color with a well-formed off-white/yellowish head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and boozy. Lots of caramel and some dried fruit notes, along with slightly faded citrusy hops.

Sweet caramel malt is the dominant flavor note. There is also some toffee, citrus (orange/grapefruit/pineapple), brown sugar, and earth. A little unbalanced and boozy, but fairly tasty.

Fairly full-bodied and syrupy with an appropriate carbonation level. A little boozy, as you'd expect for a beer of this strength.

A decent beer, but just not very good for the barleywine style at all. I looked up "hit-or-miss" in the thesaurus yesterday and it said "Mikkeller." These guys can be really great or really average, depending on the beer. This is a prime example of why bigger isn't always better.

06-24-2010 17:40:01 | More by nickd717
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%

A-pours an orangish amber color, quite clear, with an off white head with a good lace.

S-the nose has huge hops, cheese up front, notes of funk, a caramel malt lies up front but citrus and grapefruit take over big time and don't quite.

T-again huge hops, cloying sweetness up front, tons of cheese, notes of sulfer, hints of caramel, tons of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. tons of hops in this with a light bitterness.

M-a little grainy on the palate with a medium body and lots of carbonation and a crisp finish. a little syrupy but soft on the tongue.

D-this is different, the flavors are off and don't work well together. the hops and cheese just don't seem to be a nice mix. not very enjoyable but the huge hop finish is interesting.

06-19-2010 00:32:09 | More by cpetrone84
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +11%

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

06-13-2010 00:50:41 | More by jimmy82063
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into chalice june10 2010

A fairly clear orange amber with lots of bubbles of all sizes and speeds. a fingers worth of head hung around for longer then expected and even left a couple patch's of lace, more then I expected from such a big beer

S a little green apple with some caramel and booze

T all I smell but some hops come out with a heavy amount of candied fruit and booze almost like a caramel apple dipped in brandy, fairly sweet but nothing insane. Although this is still a little hot for 17.6% it's a reasonable and has more flavors then I could smell

M a little syrupy and sticky and not as thick as I expected but not thin by any means, some of the visible carbonation isn't there but not flat either, my big complaint would but the heat from the booze but again its too be expected at this ABV

D you would be wise drinking only one of these or finding a friend to share with, that being said I finished it without major issues and its worth trying with no doubt

I liked this beer but it needs several years to mellow out, I could see this getting a much higher review after some cellar time. I will drink this again it just won't be for a few years, one of the biggest beers I've ever had and the strongest I can think of on the shelves in Alberta.

06-11-2010 00:42:44 | More by wordemupg
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flannelman808

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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

06-03-2010 07:13:18 | More by flannelman808
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottle from a friend.

Pours an opaque, very dark copper color with a surprising one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of pine hops. As the beer warms the hops fade a bit and the malt aromas sweeten.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel malt flavors that are certainly sweeter because of the high ABV kick things off. Light toffee and mild grapefruit and pine hop flavors come in midway through the sip and carry through to an ending that's equally bitter and sweet. There's a good deal of warming influence after the sip but the ABV is still very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was impressed with the surprisingly large hop influence on such a big beer as well as the tempered alcohol influence. It's tough to make a beer with this high of an ABV drinkable and Mikkel did a nice job - worth a shot.

06-01-2010 06:25:58 | More by glid02
Big Worst from Mikkeller ApS
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