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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition)Big Worse (Red Wine Edition)

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87
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 23
Photo of mverity
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn’t take notes besides the numbers on this beer. I remember being impressed with the red wine being able to shine through the bold barley wine complexity without overpowering.

Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller Big Worse
375mL bottle into a tulip
No bottling dates

A: Dark mahogany, opaque, 2 fingers of tan head, good retention, tons of lacing 4.25

S: burnt candied sugar, caramel/toffee, hoppy, very subtle vinous and oaky notes from the barrel 4.25

T: dark fruits, some vinous notes, caramel/toffee, oaky, mild bitterness 4.25

M/D: full body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, ABV very well restrained , drinkability is good 4

O: very good Barleywine , recommend even for the high price tag 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store by my wonderful fiancee, and received as a Christmas gift.

Pours a garnet reddish-brown, with a foamy, 1.5 inch head, and a big amount of lacing.

Smells like oak, vinous red wine, caramel, toffee, some slight chocolate, with luckily no boozy aromas at all.

I'm surprised at how little the booze comes through on this one- a lot of review seems to bash that aspect of the beer. Maybe Mikkeller is getting better at hiding that previous flaw in his beer. There's a big red wine presence, but not overwhelming, with dark fruits from both the wine and the barleywine itself- cherry, raisin, and dark grapes, some nutty flavors, a bit of chocolate, toffee and caramel, and oak. As it warms, the wine flavors become more tangy and slightly sour, in a good way. This is a hugely complex barleywine, and honestly, it's quite tasty.

This is a thick and fairly syrupy beer, but luckily it's not overwhelmingly so. There's a pretty low level of carbonation. It's very drinkable despite the heft, and like I stated above, there is no alcohol presence, at all, other than the warmth you get while drinking it.

This is a fine barleywine from Mikkeller. It's frustrating that there are good ones like this, and then there are some pretty bad Mikkeller beers. I guess I'll keep trying because of the possibility of ones like this.

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small fizzy head, dark murky reddish mahogany brown

Nose sweet candy and toffee, candied raisin, caramel, fig, mild barrel vanilla, molasses candy.

Taste sweet molasses candy, toffee, little warming booze, brandy soaked raisin, mild oxidation, mild grassy hop, little vanilla barrel and hint vinous, touch sour like, little syrupy. Finish is fairly bitter spicy hop, mild booze warmth, long sweet candy toffee and raisin.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, nice warming booze.

Overall pretty good other than the mild oxidation, wine barrel is very very light, but that's usually the idea.

Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a ruby copper color with not much head.

The aroma hits of sweet brown sugar and dark sweet fruits, but then this wonderful red wine character. Some booze and oak.

The flavor follows with lost of brown sugar and caramel, rich cherries, plums, figs, and then some sweet dessert red wine. It's not a bitter beer with sweetness and the wine character being the big flavors. A medium to full mouthfeel.

An interesting beer with a well balanced amount of wine barrel character.

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky brownish purple with an average (1-2 finger) khaki colored frothy head that diminished slowly, down to a thick film and large collar with excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was big and strong of a dark bread malt and a sweet yeast with notes of caramel, red wine, dark fruit (grapes, plums and prunes), candi sugar, a hint of oak and a decent alcohol tinge.

The taste was heavily malty sweet with a bold vinous presence from the start, progressing with a bold bitterness, a bit of dark fruit and a large alcohol taste with the end having a slightly fruity mildly woody taste. Flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a sweet fruity alcohol warming sensation being the last thing lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

Overall this is a very unique tasting Barleywine (in a good way). It possesses a ton of fruity flavor that only complimented the vast other flavors offered in this brew, which together did a stupendous job of slightly mellowing the extremely high ABV...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how old this is but its definitely got a couple years on it.

A-Pours a dark, murky brownish crimson. Head is thin and bubbly but it manages to retain its stature quite well. Good lacing along with it.

S-Big, syrupy sweetness. Almost Amaretto-like. Caramel, toffee and a unique fruitiness to go with it. Hints of wood.

T-I enjoyed the aroma more. The red wine characteristics are rather slight but they are still noticeable. Old oak, Burgundian red wine. Boozy cherries. A bit of oxidization. Long, sticky sweetness. Light tobacco. Even lighter chocolate. Quite intricate.

M-The booze is actually masked well. Soft carbonation. Although its big, sticky, sweet and high in alcohol, it drinks with a surprising amount of ease.

O/D-I never tried this when it was young but this with a couple years of age was pretty damn cool. I only truly enjoy really sweet beers when they are either awesome Stouts or really interesting Barelywines. This is the latter. Pretty neat.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is leaps and bounds better than the regular bug worse. its cleaned up so much by the wine, I cant state it enough. it pours a candy apple red hued molasses color with a groovy tan head. looks so much sexier than the regular version already, without all those coagulated yeast floaters. the nose is still punishingly alcoholic, but the sweetness is tamed by the fruity acidity of the red wine barrels and that ever present oak character. the flavor also benefits from the barrel treatment, mellowing out in both booze and sugar. its much more drinkable now, and the tannic wine vibe really cuts through some of the sugary grainy bits that made the other version such a drag. finish is surprisingly clean for a beer with this weight, I don't know how long it spent on wood, but it has worked miracles. I let this sit on the shelf at my local for months, fearing it would be like the original, but finally my mikkeller fetish kicked in and I did it, and now I am thankful that I did. this beer is really something different. full as a full body can be, and with happening carbonation for an aged beer. now I am curious to try the other incarnations. mikkeller, you've done it again!

Photo of ChadQuest
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thin ring that fades into a near still body, not a ton of carbonation going on but there is some. Color is a murky dark orange.
The aroma is neat, alcohol is forward in a wine sort of way, sweet note that has a bourbon vanilla essence. I like this.
The flavors are more sweet and less dense then the aroma made me expect, this one is more watery then syrupy. The wine tannins are clear in this and probably what is cutting down the body, such a shame since they were nice in the aroma.
the alcohol is acetone like, and less bourbon/vanilla like, le sigh.

This one started off really promising, but didn't deliver. I think it has potential, i really do.

Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's a while back, like, when this first came out. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear mahogany hue with a nice half a finger light tan creamy blanket that leaves spotty side lacing. That thin head hangs around forever.

S - Sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, some very slight grape. the alcohol is no where to be found for me.

T - Taste isnt bad, more of the caramel malts, light oak and grapes. A bit sweet for me, the booze is also a bit more present than I'd like. Its not hot, its just noticeable. Also not getting any of that vanilla that was in the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for a barleywine. Not that hot but still a definite sipper.

O - Overall this isnt that bad of a barleywine. I feel like the time this sat for helped mellow things out a bit, wish the red wine came out more in this but its still not that bad.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of red wine and oak notes, as well as some toffee and brown sugar. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of molasses and fruity red wine notes, as well as some oak, maple, vanilla and the alcohol you would expect in a beer that clocks in at 12 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice barleywine.

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, style, and barrel aging. I loved the Mikkeller Black Hole Red Wine Edition and I'm hoping this is comparable. 12% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Green glass? Mikkel knows better.

Served warmer than refrigerator cold (but colder than room temperature) and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of khaki-white colour, nice smooth cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention considering the 12% ABV. Color is a nontransparent dark copper-amber. Fine yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. All around, it's appealing. I'm excited to try it.

I had to wait for the head to recede. It was at least three minutes before I gave up and just started sipping. Lacing is quite good.

Sm: Healthy hopping, caramelized malt, red wine viscosity, heavy malt stacking, cream, rum-esque booze, and yeast. A strange, somewhat unappealing aroma. Suggests a strong overly-bold flavour. Maybe some chocolate malt.

T: Red wine barrel notes certainly come through, evoking even cognac. Caramel. Some vague washed-out yeast. Rum; if I didn't know better I'd feel confident saying it was rum barrel aged. Wood. Raisin. Clean indistinct malts that add little in terms of flavour but help fill out the body. Slight cream just after the open. A decently balanced but ultimately unsuccessfully built barleywine. I do like the red wine notes, though they get diluted by the bland malts. Built in a somewhat scattershot fashion. Not at all subtle. Some complexity. I guess I like it. No alcohol comes through. Too raisiny. Lacks the pleasant acidity of red wine.

Mf: Dry from wood and yeast. Walks the line between coarse and dry, to ill effect. Adequately carbonated. Nicely thick, though perhaps too much so.

Dr: A nice little barleywine, but far below the expectations I set considering it was Mikkeller. I'd try it on draught, but it's far from exemplary. Drinkable. Hides its ABV fairly well, though a warming sensation emerges in the stomach.

An okay candidate for aging.

Would pair well with raisins or dried fruit.

C+

Photo of DovaliHops
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper, amber-red color with some floaties in it. Small light-tan, egg-shell colored head. Scent is quite lovely. Nice and sweet with some definite oak and red wine notes. An inviting sherry presence. Chocolate covered cherries as well. Dates and figs. Very good aroma. Taste is not quite as good as the aroma. At first there is a not-so-great burnt rubber taste, but is immediately covered up by roasted malt and sweet dark fruits. Somewhat tart cherry flavor with a lot of brown sugar and some nice oak. Sweet, candy-like finish with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and quite warm from the high ABV...somewhat boozy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this is an interesting beer that is definitely worth the try. Wish it tasted as good as it smelled though.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex and long sipper, rather sweet, with a nice boozy wine accented sense.

Presentation: 375 ml green, plastic corked, and caged bottle. Light yellow illustration with a two mugshots of the brewers. Back highlights the brewing at de Proef. Notes style and 12% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy dark amber brown pour with a fair head that displays good retention and surface memory with some lacing.

S - Sweet nose, malty, soft boozy hint with a soft vinous insinuation.

T - Flow follows with a nice malty range, touches of boozy grapes, cherries, touches of port…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather smooth and a touch creamy. Softly boozy but rather well integrated.

O - Nice if maybe a bit too gentle a barrel aged brew..

Notes: But maybe that soft vinous sense, and its gentle balance are quite the trick to make this sipper that enjoyable. While I many lean to the bourbon barrel edition there is nothing wrong with this version, quite the contrary.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ratebeer's own ksurkin. My favorite bottle format, green 0.375L with super wide cap, pours murky amber with copper edges and full mocha head. The aroma is big pine hops, earthy hops, sweet slick malts and some citrus hops that feed into tart red wine like notes. The taste has pulses of tart red wine and wood that are tempered by thick sweet malts and robust levels of pine hoppiness. Behind those notes some spicy hops and earthy hops seem to rattle around in the background. Into the finish sweet maltiness seems to roam around amid tart red wine and bitter hops.

Photo of joefuzz
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a very small tan head. Smells of roasted barley and almost a nutty scent with a red wine backbone. Taste is a barleywine for sure, the red wine presence is there and actually pretty nice the 12% is not noticable at all. Mouthfeel is a a little light and carbonation is fairly high for a barleywine. Overall decent beer not anything to crazy but I don't really think it was worth the almost 20 dollars for a 12oz.

Photo of mrand01
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle in to a Dogfish Head tulip/chalice. Back of the bottle says "4601011," although I'm not sure what that means.

A: Pours opaque with a reddish-brown hue. 0.5cm head or so that fades fairly quickly. Little to no lacing whatsoever.

S: Can definitely smell the red wine, as well as general woodiness (oak). Typical oak barrel hints of vanilla. No booze is noticed, pretty impressive for a 12% alcohol barley-wine.

T: Definitely not typical barley-wine flavors here. The oak is very prevalent as well as the red wine, but not as much so. While there was no alcohol on the nose, you can definitely feel this one. Aftertaste of charred oak maybe...it's pretty rough after a few sips.

M: Thinner than most barley-wines I've had, carbonation is pretty spot-on with this one though, pretty prickly.

O: I definitely prefer a standard Big Worst to this beer, even a standard Big Worse. If the oak were toned down just a little bit, this could have been great.

Photo of womencantsail
2.34/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for another Mikkeller tick, Andrew.

A: The pour is amber in color with a fairly tall off-white head for a barleywine.

S: Lots of wine aroma on the nose along with some notes of vanilla. Those are nice, but there is a distinct ethanol note to it as well. A bit of caramel and toffee followed by more booze, oak, and rubber.

T: There is a very harsh oak flavor to the beer which is quite tannic and astringent. A strong bitterness and harsh booze/ethanol heat. Just a touch of red wine to go with the rubber cement.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: I just don't know how these beers keep selling. Morbid curiosity, I suppose.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Devil's Milk snifter.

A - Muddy, murky, reddish-brown, thin soapy head, little lacing.

S - Boozy, Apple, brown sugar, dark fruity, woody, merlot, cider, green raisons.

T - Apple, caramel, tons of oak, booze, maple syrup, burnt sugars.

M - Medium-low carbonation, full bodied, thick, sticky, booze sticks to your mouth.

O - Wonderful sipper, I wish it was snowing and I was drinking this in front of a fireplace!

Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped bottle.

Pours a dark but translucent reddish-brown. A big two finger beige head forms and then slowly dissipates leaving a ton of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty with obvious red wine vinous notes. Oaky wood as well. Some toasty marshmallow. Very nice.

Taste is more subdued and not as sweet as expected. Malt at first, with those marshmallow notes from the nose. Red wine barrel influence emerges in the middle and finish with a vinegary sting. Alcohol only emerges slightly in the finish, really nicely integrated for a 12%'er.

A fairly full body with low-ish carbonation make this a real mouth filler. Seems quite appropriate for the style and ABV level.

I really like this beer. Sweet caramel malt meets vinous red wine, good combo.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquors to finish off their Mikkeller collection. Super steep price at $16.99, but for such an intense red wine beer, I'm going to say it's damn well worth the one time fee.

Had it after a bottle of the Ithaca Thirteen during my first homebrew...In comparison, this particular Big Worse is much, much bolder. Could probably use some age on it to be honest. The red wine isn't subtle at all; it's well implemented, but it's upfront. Big alcohol tastes come hand in hand - if I drank it blind I would definitely have overguessed the ABV. But after you're clobbered by the alcohol & wine, you get a welcome, thick & smooth barleywine that works together with the red wine you taste first. Never knew a beer could be this fun and serious at the same time.

Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle picked up at WLV poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass... Pours a medium brown with lots of brick notes, medium clarity. A huge light tan head rises up to fill half the glass, great retention and lacing. Uglyish body hurts a great head here... The aroma is awesome, the beer is extremely malty with tons caramel, whopper malt, some oak, and a light red wine finish. This is outstanding except for the finish turns a bit fruity which doesn't go with this... The taste is a let down compared to the fantastic nose, the maltyness is mostly gone replaced with more oak, a touch of sour and red wine. The finish is really flat with oak, alcohol, and a hint of hops. Really really disappointing.

I can't recommend this right now especially at the price. Heavy seas had a red wine barrel aged beer that was a little better than this.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a North Coast snifter. Thanks to Joe, Matt, Wil, Justin, Jay, Aaron, and Alex for the assist! Honorable mention goes out to Skiba!

A: Pours a deep caramel-y brown with a tiny layer of off white foam on top.

S: Starts off with a blast of candied-fruit sweetness that gradually turns vinous and oaky.

T: Same as above but the transformation from sweet fruit to vinous and oaky was more pronounced.

M: Starts sweet and coating before grabbing a bit of astringent booze. Finishes dry and tidy.

D: A nice wine barrel aged beer that was thankfully free from infection. Can't wait to try the bourbon version.

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.