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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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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 75
Reviews by KajII:
Photo of KajII
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mverity
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Mattco
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of rankandfile
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of ricoslim
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
2.34/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

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Photo of MrRockstar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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