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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BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-12-2011)
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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.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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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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.

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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!

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.