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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

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
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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2/5  rDev -47.9%

11-25-2011 20:31:31 | More by GRG1313
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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

10-29-2012 01:21:11 | More by t0rin0
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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.

09-13-2011 17:51:37 | More by womencantsail
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2.78/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

08-10-2012 03:51:04 | More by ChadQuest
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

08-09-2012 16:20:20 | More by GOMECK
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

08-19-2014 00:14:07 | More by craftbeerasian
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

10-21-2012 16:16:10 | More by oldp0rt
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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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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-08-2013 09:07:01 | More by zestar
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-01-2013 16:00:18 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-20-2012 17:06:51 | More by FullObs
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

09-14-2011 00:18:21 | More by mrand01
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-09-2013 02:25:48 | More by Unchi
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

10-21-2011 04:56:06 | More by joefuzz
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

03-03-2011 02:13:20 | More by jrallen34
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-19-2012 23:30:34 | More by freduardo
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-03-2012 20:10:15 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-18-2014 16:39:43 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-01-2012 12:44:01 | More by Danobold
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-10-2012 19:47:59 | More by DocJitsu
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-26-2012 03:13:48 | More by Envelopes
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-11-2012 18:36:22 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-15-2012 12:19:10 | More by TheRuss9585
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

07-12-2012 04:56:19 | More by rudzud
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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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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.