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Big Worst - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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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 JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter. Cork made a low pop leading me to believe there will be little head.

A - Very surprised that this muddy colored beer indeed those have a nice .5 inch head that is off white and recedes at a moderate pace ad goes down to a nice thin film with a ring around the glass.

S - Interesting vinous notes and some aroma that I cant quite place almost flowery. Sweet notes and some mild grain with mild hint of hops.

T - Very sweet and interesting vinous flavors. Strong alcoholic esters that bring warmth to the beer. Definitely a sipper. There is some very very sweet fruit notes that are very dominating throughout the tongue. Grapes, pears, mild dates, and some cinnamon are all perceived. Hops explode out of the taste more so than the nose especially in the pine category. Very oily hop flavor but not too much bitterness. Good offering.

M & D - Smooth nice CO2 balance and flavors a plenty. Drinkability is low because of intensity of flavor and ABV. (981 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 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 Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Bound Crossing ID. 4oz poured into what looks like a brandy snifter.

A: Fairly clear, light orange colored body, hardly any white head (expected) but what is there settles into an attractive ring. As one would expect the alcohol legs are off the chart.

S: Honestly, quite pleasant for a beer this big. Sweet and sugary for sure; apples, caramel malt, candy sugar, perfume, sweet flowers, and the booze, although it's all relatively complimentary and the alcohol isn't overwhelming.

T: Sweet alcohol, toffee, flowery perfume (not herbal), honey...pretty hot alcohol-wise but not overwhelming.

MF: Fairly thin but viscous body. Quite drying. It's not hard to drink per-se but I don't need more than four ounces.

O: Qute nice for an extreme beer. My first Mikkeller, and it didn't disappoint. Reminds me a LOT of two year old 120 Minute IPA. (875 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (668 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Sampled alongside the Bourbon edition.

This beer was dramatically different as it warmed. I am including the warmer review first, which is what I am rating. The other review will follow.

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the vanilla and almonds with some apricot and orange notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of orange and apricots. There are also some flora hops and some alcohol in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Now, for the review when the beer was cold.

The aroma is full of nail polish remover and some strong sake notes. The flavor is that of a sake, with some almond and strong alcohol notes. There is also a little bit of toffee mixed in.

The moral of this story is let this beer warm to near room temperature before you drink it. (873 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (855 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (706 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of snpub540
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brown hue with absolutely no head. Got some yeasty beasties floating around in there.

Smell is mostly fruity esters with some caramel note and dark dried fruit. A little vinous as well.

Taste is sweet upfront with a nice raisin and fig flavor. Alcohol is a little hot but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is thin for such a big beer. Alcohol is definately there and makes this a slow drinker. I'm glad I got to try this and it gave me a good little buzz. (467 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

If you are going to sell flat beer, skip the pretentious cork and cage for christ's sake. Don't make me use a pair of pliers to get the fucking cork out of the bottle. A standard cap would work just fine.

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color. This was dead flat, it poured with no head.

s: Strong warmth, but not obnoxious heat coming out of this one. I found honey, sherry, faint soy sauce, rubbing alcohol, caramel, and cherry cough syrup.

t: Cough syrup comes to mind first, but this is pleasant enough overall. Warm but not hot sherry, sugary Raisin Bran raisins, alittle soy sauce around the edges, and some lingering sticky sweetness.

m: Thick and heavy. Not horrible for the style, but some buubles would have been nice.

o: Not bad overall. Interesting flavors, but this is over priced. I regret the purchase. (834 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 375 ml green bottle, caged and corked with white foil around the neck.

Dark cloudy amber in appearance, short creamy beige head that settles quickly to a dime thin cap.

Sweet citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, cherry, sweet yet dry malt. Some alcohol and warmth.

Alcohol warmth predominates everything else, sweet malt with light orange notes, spicy citrus hops on finish to balance out the sweetness, while intense alcohol warmth bookends the finish and aftertaste as well. Dry, musty aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, slick texture, low carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth on the palate and down the throat.

Quite drinkable for a barley wine of such a high alcohol content, however it lacks in the flavour department and of character with the toss up being the approachable high alcohol content. Worth trying for the sake of it, or to warm your bones on a chilly winter night, otherwise there are far more flavourful barleywines out there to seek out. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (846 characters)

Photo of lionchow
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (463 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
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 (938 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big worst Mikkeller, Barleywine 18.5%

A: Murky melted raisin brown with some light chocolate hues, strange dark orange at the edges, minimal carbonation and lacing. Like a cup of majestic lakewater.

S: Tons of dark figs, raisins, dates, some plums and a HUGE alcoholic waft that clear cuts your olfactory like strip miners. The heat is present and accounted for in an overriding way.

T: The taste delivers its dark fruits with a similar character to a quad but with less maltiness. It has huge dark fruits and a slight caramel character to it but I would say the most overdone aspect is the heat fro the alcohol which storms across your palate like a bull in a China shop. One gulp I swallowed too aggresively and got warm spit in my lower jaw like when you are about to gag. I can handle Chocolate Rain and The Beast and other big hitters, the problem with this beer is its onesided rampage on your palate. It is too thin for the caged alcohol Raptor that it seeks to tag along to the event.

M: The mouthfeel is relatively thin and has moderate coating, this is a bad thing because it is like putting a jockey in the place of a lion trainer. As a result the only thing that I can really focus on is getting the huge alcohol down. I would say this is less a problem with me being a pampered prep school beer boy and more a problem of balance on the part of Mikkeller.

D: I guess this depends on how masochistic you are and how badly you want to endure multiple floggings just to enjoy some dark fruit splendor. Take a bottle Three Philosophers, then pour three shots of whiskey into it, you have yourself a bottle of Big Worst. I can see some highbrown frat kids at Princeton drinking this in excess for both domestic accolades and highbrow marks. Its complete disregard for my gag zones puts even one 12oz bottle on the no-fly list.

Narrative: These first dates never go well, oh sure, everyone keeps looking, but what am I supposed to do? LEAVE HIM IN HIS KENNEL ALL EVENING? Sure, go ahead and judge, I know this is Olive Garden, I know he is a Rottweiler, but I AM SORRY IS IT YOUR BUSINESS HOW I SPEND MY MONEY? This tour of Italy is delicious but I can't help but wonder if they are going to make me pay for the tablecloth that he is destroying. Michael is totally unable to control the fear on his face, how uncompromising of him. Here we are at a lovely Italian dinner and all he can complain about is how much it will cost to replace his tattered Banana Republic slacks. I WONT GET RID OF A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY MICHAEL, how dare you ask me to do something like that. Sure, I could have chained him outside, taken him to obedience classes, or maybe kept him under a bit more discipline but I feel like, if someone can't love Hephaestus, they can't love me. What is a pair of khakis and a destroyed table cloth compared to an everlasting love and a 250 lbs. watchdog? CHECK PLEASE. (2,894 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (741 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (973 characters)

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Big Worst from Mikkeller ApS
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