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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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64 Ratings
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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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

10-21-2012 16:16:10 | More by oldp0rt
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-15-2012 12:19:10 | More by TheRuss9585
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-08-2012 03:18:58 | More by thepeter
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-20-2012 17:06:51 | More by FullObs
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-20-2012 12:19:47 | More by ajs4bd
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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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3.78/5  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.

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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.

07-01-2012 04:49:12 | More by Mora2000
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-19-2012 23:30:34 | More by freduardo
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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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-28-2012 07:38:06 | More by DovaliHops
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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