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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

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vfgccp on 02-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Aged for 8 months in Bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 28
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very hazy copper into my snifter with just about two fingers of tan head that has really nice retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of oak and vanilla, bourbon, booze, rich caramel malts, molasses, raisins and other dark fruits. The booze is a bit over powering.

T - Big caramel malt sweetness, bourbon, oak, vanilla, slight tartness, molasses, raisin and apple. Booze is very present, however it is pretty balanced with the complexity of this one.

M - Full body, smooth and creamy carbonation, and slightly sticky.

O - Overall this is really good, a little overwhelming on the palate though. Share with a friend.

Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. This one is capped, unlike the C&C non-bbal version that I drank last week.

Out of the bottle this beer looks better than the original non-bbal version. A lot more carbonation gives a 3 finger beige head on top of a dark reddish brown beer. Less sediment as well.

Aroma brings on warm oak and vanilla as expected, strong sweet malt and medium booze presence. Not getting as much of the dark fruit as the original but it's buried in there somewhere.

Taste starts smooth and sweet, blossoms to a more biting boubon and somewhat floral/minty bitterness. A touch of the Belgian sugar from the original, but that's more in the background. Same sort of vinegary dark fruit notes as the original. Lingering dry bourbon finish.

Medium to full bodied, with a creamy start and a dry finish. The booze lets itself be known, but is nicely enveloped by the flavor. Still, it encourages sipping.

The barrel aging definitely makes this a better beer than the original.

Photo of seeswo
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, caramel brown with a good sized tan head. Smells of bourbon, solvent alcohol and brown sugar barleywine. Smells better than that description. Taste is bourbon and vanilla, but not overly harsh and a bit lower key than expected, with some faded hops, sweetness, cardboard and a touch of unexpected wateriness. There's also a bit of that solvent flavor in there. Again, I like it better than that description, but it really does taste a bit like a super bold barrel-aged barleywine with a few ice cubes in it that are now melted. Hard to review that well. Sits nicely in the mouth with good medium low carbonation and a medium heavy mouthfeel. Overall, I can't give this a stellar rating for taste, and I think I generally wanted to like this beer more than I did.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut brown not much head but leaves sticky lacing. Nose is pour bourbon barrel, oak, vanilla, toffee and some caramel flavored vodka. Taste is very sweet with caramel popcorn, sweet coffee, milk chocolate finished with syrupy sweet bourbon and a touch of bitterness to wash it away. Very nice mouthfeel that is well carbonated and balanced, a very nice and complex beer if a touch sweet in the mouth. Definitely something a would drink again.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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!

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
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.

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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.