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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Rickythejeweler, Aug 17, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

brotherloco, Aug 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

petacutlasaurus, May 19, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 28, 2013
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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.

Mora2000, Jul 01, 2012
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leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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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.

GbVDave, Feb 12, 2011
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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.