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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
87
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-12-2011)
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

zestar, Nov 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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!

StonedTrippin, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jlindros, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarkyMOD, Mar 31, 2013
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.

Mora2000, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

C+

kojevergas, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

rolltide8425, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

olradetbalder, Tuesday at 02:16 PM
Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jrallen34, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rudzud, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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
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.

GbVDave, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex and long sipper, rather sweet, with a nice boozy wine accented sense.

Presentation: 375 ml green, plastic corked, and caged bottle. Light yellow illustration with a two mugshots of the brewers. Back highlights the brewing at de Proef. Notes style and 12% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy dark amber brown pour with a fair head that displays good retention and surface memory with some lacing.

S - Sweet nose, malty, soft boozy hint with a soft vinous insinuation.

T - Flow follows with a nice malty range, touches of boozy grapes, cherries, touches of port…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather smooth and a touch creamy. Softly boozy but rather well integrated.

O - Nice if maybe a bit too gentle a barrel aged brew..

Notes: But maybe that soft vinous sense, and its gentle balance are quite the trick to make this sipper that enjoyable. While I many lean to the bourbon barrel edition there is nothing wrong with this version, quite the contrary.

Daniellobo, May 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

oldp0rt, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of dar482
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.

dar482, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Danobold, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper, amber-red color with some floaties in it. Small light-tan, egg-shell colored head. Scent is quite lovely. Nice and sweet with some definite oak and red wine notes. An inviting sherry presence. Chocolate covered cherries as well. Dates and figs. Very good aroma. Taste is not quite as good as the aroma. At first there is a not-so-great burnt rubber taste, but is immediately covered up by roasted malt and sweet dark fruits. Somewhat tart cherry flavor with a lot of brown sugar and some nice oak. Sweet, candy-like finish with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and quite warm from the high ABV...somewhat boozy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this is an interesting beer that is definitely worth the try. Wish it tasted as good as it smelled though.

DovaliHops, May 28, 2012
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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.