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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition)Big Worse (Bourbon Edition)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Aged for 8 months in Bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: vfgccp on 02-03-2011)
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glid02

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy deep copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with large amounts of syrupy medium fruits - pears mostly with hints of raisins. Also present are mild amounts of molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by thick molasses and toffee flavors. Midway through the sip overripe medium fruit flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a moderately sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass however I'm not sure I'd like another.

Overall I had to double-check to make sure I did in fact buy the bourbon edition - I got absolutely none out of the aroma or flavor profile. I would think some oak and bourbon would temper the sweetness a bit, something that is needed.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 20:22:05 | More by glid02
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DaveHS

California

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark burgundy with 2 inches of creamy light mocha head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S-Bourbon, candied fruit, booze, old wood, dry leaves.

T/M-Thin and boozy, with a warming finish. Bourbon character doesn't present itself immediately, but fades in on the back end. The high alcohol impedes the flavor, limiting what can be tasted. Dry booziness overtakes most of the flavors, but I get traces of fruity sweetness and caramel.

D-I could see this being more successful with 2+ years in the bottle. Right now it's too hot, and comes across as unfocused.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:39:52 | More by DaveHS
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gford217

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle.

Pours a deep, hazy reddish brown with a big, frothy beige head that really sticks stubbornly to the glass and leaves very nice lacing.

The aroma is heavy with bourbon and oak and very sweet with caramelized sugar, overripe red apples and toffee. Lots of vanilla and caramel as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation than I was expecting given the pour. Lots of alcohol and wood and viscous sweetness on the palate.

Like most of the bigger Mikkeller brews, this is no subtle brew. Tons of flavors, alcohol, sweetness, bitterness all rolled into a bottle. Certainly not drinkable but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:20:30 | More by gford217
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle (375ml?) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Hazy red-orange body with healthy wisps of off-white bubbles. Light, spotty lacing. Not a bad-looking BA barleywine.

S: Pretty single-minded with the solventy fusel alcohols. Light, fresh fruitiness comes in, surprisingly (not dark candied fruits as might be expected), but there really isn't any discernible barrel character. Mediocre.

T: Very sweet and fruity with nail-polish remover alcohol dominating throughout. Not great, but I kind of enjoy it.

M: Medium-bodied with a surprisingly lively body. Pretty good.

D: Weirdly drinkable with its sweet fruitiness. Not great, but not as bad as could be expected with such thorough booziness.

Notes: Maybe I'm too demanding, but I really want some bourbon in a bourbon-barrel barleywine. Perhaps bourbon barrels, which do so well in Scotland, lose all of their magic by the time they reach Denmark, since both this and the bourbon Beer Geek Breakfast were rather disappointing. Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:55:47 | More by woosterbill
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Blazer06, over on ratebeer, for the big taste. It pours hazy murky copper with white head. The aroma is bold and boozy and harsh with fruits like apricot, apple and sugary peach mixing with some spicy wood notes and a decent amount of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth rich sweet bold goodness with iced cider, concentrated apricot, a mead sense, slick rich malts, molasses, modest bourbon and muted spicy oak notes. Above this array of flavors is resiny pine hop bitterness. The word "yum" comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 21:19:01 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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chefmikeanderson

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy dark honey color. Lacing seeps away quickly with in the legs. An appetizing layer of head stays on top

S: smells straight up young. Fresh raisins.. wood vanilla notes. Smells like a stronger rum raisin ice cream

T: tastes young as well. Golden raisin, little tobacco which is kinda pretty much raisin and earth. The bourbon in this is really really toned down to most bourbon aged beers. I honeslty don't get much heat at all. Its more like tasting a flamed whiskey so the alcohol is gone with raisins and caramel. Dam this would be good with bread pudding

M: carbonation is just a touch to high. A slight slick finish on the tongue

D: like I said before I don't get much heat but the I can tell the alcohol is there. That being said I can take a sip of this every ten seconds and not get tired of it. Im going to bet this will be really quite nice with a year or two on it even thoug im enjoying it now. A different type of bourbon barleywine in my eyes. For sure worth a shot and experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 05:11:46 | More by chefmikeanderson
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vfgccp

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Deep amber. Solid head with great retention.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, rye, booze. Molasses like sweetness.

T - Malt up front. Booze, bourbon, oak, cedar smoke, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins. Touch of sharp woody bitterness on the backend.

M - Sweet finish. Full bodied with a boozy astringency and warmth.

D - The booze on the palate slows you down. If you love bourbon consider the drinkability a 4 - 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:50:32 | More by vfgccp
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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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