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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-12-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DangerDawg, Apr 04, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ratebeer's own ksurkin. My favorite bottle format, green 0.375L with super wide cap, pours murky amber with copper edges and full mocha head. The aroma is big pine hops, earthy hops, sweet slick malts and some citrus hops that feed into tart red wine like notes. The taste has pulses of tart red wine and wood that are tempered by thick sweet malts and robust levels of pine hoppiness. Behind those notes some spicy hops and earthy hops seem to rattle around in the background. Into the finish sweet maltiness seems to roam around amid tart red wine and bitter hops.

BigMcLargeHuge, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jules11788, Dec 03, 2011
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

joefuzz, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of mrand01
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mrand01, Sep 14, 2011
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 Rickythejeweler
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
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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4.13/5  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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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 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
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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.