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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

64 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-12-2011)
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-08-2012 03:18:58 | More by thepeter
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

02-12-2011 19:28:34 | More by GbVDave
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-04-2012 01:36:40 | More by DangerDawg
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

12-29-2013 03:41:10 | More by jlindros
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2.3/5  rDev -40.1%

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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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!

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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%

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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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

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.


06-16-2012 05:38:17 | More by kojevergas
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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