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Mine Is Bigger Than Yours - To Øl

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Mine Is Bigger Than YoursMine Is Bigger Than Yours

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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 09-20-2012

This beer is a big fat beast packed with every potent ingredient we had at the brewery. This tons of malts and hops combined in one big fat, yet balanced brew.It jumps higher than yours, it builds houses bigger than yours, It’s mama is fatter than yours, it chops wood faster than yours, it’s father is could beat yours…. No reason to say, but Mine is bigger than yours!

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, flaked oats, light candy sugar, hops (Columbus, Simcoe, Citra) and yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a small white head. Deep orange, slight haze. Some surface wisps.

Smell - Musty and a little bit of hops. A bucket of caramel. Slight fruitiness.

Taste - Lots of caramel. It has some hop presence and a little bit of must. A bit of apple-y flavor.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Kinda blah, but decent flavors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

What better way to follow a beef barleywine than an even beefier barleywine? This stuff pours a hazy amber topped by a half-finger of glowing wan khaki foam. The nose comprises Italian bread, candied orange peel, light mandarin orange, and honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a light twinge of booze, thick caramel, and a more rye-leaning bread component. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid barleywine, but one that's more cudgel than rapier, unfortunately.

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Photo of rarbring
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pinkish clouded brew, a non-descriptive colored head with small lacing but good curtains.

Glue, hops and resin.

Tasting sweet sherry, raisins, jelly bean shots.

Little carbonation, sticky with a thick body, not dry.

Soft, slightly boozy, very young. Wait a decade.

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Photo of bobhits
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hope this is the right place for this review as at least on smell this isn't matching others even closely.

Pours a massive full sniffer of head with just a light pour. Dense opaque yet no floaters with a huge cap of cream head.

The nose is funky as hell. Horse blankets, hay, skunked hops....I'm thinking a crazy sasison farm house ale. A lot of alcohol here too.

Really sweet with some hints of medicinal alcohol notes that dry it out a bit. Hops are present with some rum dried hops perahaps?

Sharp and alcoholic without being good. This beer is dry when it should be creamy, sharp when it should be...it just isn't right here. More paint thinner than great barely win.

Mine is Bigger than yours is an interesting mix of elements. It smells really interesting, it has some hints of horse blanket and the flavor but mostly I get hops and over the top sugar with alcohol paint thinner effect. This isn't a bad beer but for us americans at 11 bucks for about a 12 oz pour...more is needed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not about to call a beer of this magnitude easy drinking, but as monsterous English style barleywines go, this is about is drinkable as they come. it pours a rich burnt caramel color, with some yeast in suspension and a tall reddish tan head with good retention. I smell sweet toffee heavy English malts and a lot of alcohol. the flavor flashes sweet for awhile, like, white sugar sweet, but it dies back at the finish and lets some interesting bitterness come in. lots of dessert bread and cakey flavors, very holiday. this is an English style barleywine exactly, not one of those big hoppy heathens from the usa. I appreciate its use of restraint and subtlety, despite being so big. the alcohol sting is strong, and the buzz is intense. a good bottle to share no doubt. it has good carbonation for the style, and a predictably full body. finishes relatively clean for how sweet it starts. overall not my favorite offering from these guys, but their craftsmanship is confirmed. probably a must have for the barleywine fiend, a maybe for the rest of us.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy maroon color with a thick beige head. Good retention as a thin cap and thick ring, bits of lace left.

Smell - Dark caramel, toffee malts, raisin, some chocolate; light citrus hoppage and some alcohol come out more with warmth. Good, okay strength.

Taste - Pretty nice and balanced, not overly sweet or hoppy whatsoever. Dark caramel/molasses/dark fruit/chocolate malt combo. A little more hop presence (citrus/pine) than the scent but still on the lighter side. Not too much alcohol here either.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel, hefty but well-carbonated, nicely hidden alcohol for 12.5%, hop bitterness at a nice level.

Overall - Kind of a run-of-the-mill barleywine flavor-wise, but definitely solid and way more drinkable and balanced than expected. Drank it solo without much trouble.

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Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted aroma of hops, malt, and caramel.

T: Like the smell, the taste was very underplayed. The hops were very much present, along with some caramel and malt in the finish. Not quite as hoppy as most barleywines, but it's a sufficient amount. A decent flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A bit uneven in spots, but this is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany, with atan 2 finger head. Laces well and overall is an attractive beer.

Aroma is rather sweet, with notes of caramel, toffee, nuts and even tinges of chocolate.

The taste echoes the sweetness, but with a bit of a burn from the alcohol. It's slight, and just enough to let you know it's a big beer. There's a nutty, toffee-like linger.

The body is fairly full bodied, with some creamy slickness too it.

It's a pretty nice barleywine. I'm presuming that this is an English as opposed to an American from the lack of hops.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a slightly brown ruby amber with half a finger of tanned head that dissapates nicley and leavs a hefty amount if lacing.... Looks nice.

S: smells like sticky candy covered citrus hops, although all over the aroma is rather mild, particuarly for the style. I get notes of toffe and caramel along with citrus rine and light orange notes.... Smells like it is on the drier side then the sweeter.

T: the flavor is a deliciously amplified version of the aroma, nice toffee and dark caramel notes mixes with delicious citrus and lightly tropical hops, everything is very well rounded and there is a great balance, not overly bitter or overly sweet.

M: nice creamy medium carbonation on this heavy medium body, nice and dry particularly on the finish... A nice mildly citrus bitter aftertaste, very nice.

O: this is a really tasty barleywine, as a friend told me when he recommended this, I find it to be reminiscent of alesmith old numbskull which is one if my fav for the style, an excellent brew here.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep brown body with a thin bubblish light tan meniscus of foam. There is a gentle carbonation that pops to the surface.

S- The woody malt aroma has some white grape skin notes in the finish.

T- The spicy hops blend with a dry woody caramel flavor and a fruity grape note grows and takes on a slight gummi bear quality as it opens. The grape fruity flavor lingers on in the after taste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth when it opens and a soft fizz prick

O- This is an interesting blend of malt and grapes and it balances both nicely. There is not a rich luscious barleywine flavor but nice flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy caramel in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and toffee are preset in the nose—these strengthen to medium intensity as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some additional hints of brown sugar, but only has slight bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible, but there's just enough to mask out just about all of the malty sweetness. Any traces of alcohol are also very well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable for 12.5% abv as you don't get any of the alcohol in the taste, but it has enough interesting flavors and warming to be a beer you could sip and savor next to a fire on a cold winter night.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours an orange/brown color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel malt, brown sugar, candied/dried fruit, and some light citrusy and grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, brown sugar, candied fruit, grapes, toffee, and a bit of grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I liked it. It's pricey at $10.99 a bottle, but still worth a try at that price.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle 12,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter
Reviewed from rather old notes.

Appearance: The beer appears a medium red-brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a fantastic bright amber-red colour. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy off-white head that lasts fantastically well for the Abv. and leaves rings of thick lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Wow, the nose is far hoppier than I expected - notes of candied citrus peel, grapefruit, sweet orange, orange blossom honey and ripe pineapple indicate that the hopping levels are certainly that of an American barleywine. Other notes include: Caramel, toasted malt, golden raisins, golden syrup and a little brown sugar.

Taste: The flavour is quite sweet upfront, with notes of caramel, toffee, toasted malt and orange blossom honey, but begins to shift towards hoppier notes (candied citrus peel, a hint of resin and a light tropical fruity note) in the middle of the mouth. The finish is quite dry and fairly bitter for a barleywine. There is very little trace of the 12,5% in the flavour and hence dangerously drinkable.

Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full and slightly sticky and the carbonation is of a medium level and fantastically smooth – this is ridiculously drinkable for 12,5%.

Overall: Mine is bigger than yours is a pretty solid barley wine and one I would love to have again, however I have some trouble with this being listed as an English Barleywine! The malt and citric hop profile are far more in line with the American version of the style than the English.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one online a while back. Thanks again for the tip Pim!

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Best by 26 March 2024

APPEARANCE: Pours a larger, three finger, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Creamy and frothy head slowly fades to a good wisp and leaves some foamy lacing down the glass. Clear rust orange in color with no carbonation evident. Slight wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Fruity nose with green apples and pears, some funky barnyard aromas, hay, notes of lemon and a touch acidic.

TASTE: Fruit up front, with green apples, pears, some sweet grainy notes, toffee, notes of hay and some funky stuff, then a bold and lasting finish of more green fruit, dried apricot, some light barnyard flavors, lemon, citrus, some toffee sweetness and a touch of grassy hop bitterness as balance. Oats are there as well, as are red fruits as it lingers on the palate. No real alcohol presence. Certainly flavorful and interesting for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Super silky smooth on the palate, really creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat at the back. The oats make this really, really silky smooth. Really nice.

OVERALL: This was a beauty. The aroma and flavor profile had an unexpected funky characteristic, but it seemed to work out well here. The feel was excellent, with the oats making this a wonderfully silky and creamy experience. Only a little more weight would have made this perfect. All in all, an excellent beer that I very much enjoyed. Another impressive To Ol brew. Cheers!

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Photo of Brew_42
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a tan head

Smell-Caramel malts and dark fruits

Taste- Follows the nose with a ester-y punch at the end that I wasn't crazy about but a good tasting beer overall

Mouth Feel-Decent carbonation and medium body

Overall-Decent barley wine wit ha high abv

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Photo of DIM
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a sucker for b-wines I haven't tried yet, so I went ahead and bought this despite the name.

a: This was a slightly hazy cherry iced tea color. It poured with a medium sized off white head that's faded to spotty lace.

s: Boozy raisins and caramel with some faded grassy hops.

t: There is no date to be found, but this tastes like it may have been on the shelf for a while. I mean that in a good way. Sweet up front with brown sugar, grapes, and raisins. The finish brings a sweet booziness and a fairly potent hoppy tingle. A strong, charred toffee lingers with a positive sort of abrasiveness.

m: Big and chewy with soft carbonation.

o: As pricey as this was, I can't say I regret the purchase. An excellent beer like this deserves a better name.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy ruby-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, brown sugar, some dark fruit, and grassy hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, grassy hops, a bit of resiny bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, lightly bitter, warming finish.

D - Nice malty barleywine.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a one finger light khaki head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma is classic English barleywine; caramel malt, dark fresh and dried fruit, slightly oxidized and earthy. Flavor is caramel malt with a hint of tartness, plums and other dark dried fruit, mildly earthy and with a pleasantly surprisiing moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with some good creaminess. Starts as a classic English style barleywine profile of dried fruit and caramel malt, but finishes with a refreshing light hoppiness (European flavor profile hops) and a mild, fitting light earthiness. Flavors are well integrated. Very tasty and with a good flavor progression. I'd add this to my barleywine rotation, except it seems to be very irregularly found on the market.

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Photo of mverity
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a large snifter. Deep hazy amber brown with about an inch and a half of cream-tan head. Head held well and formed a nice thin layer on top and a hick collar. Phenomenal lacing. Aroma is really toasty/bready, some good sweet caramel, and earthy/woody hop. Taste is somehow inverted from the aroma, British hops, caramel and then the toast at the end; but the aftertaste turns back into the caramel sweetness. Good body: medium to almost full. Medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of beergoot
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper-colored body, very thick, creamy, light tan head; some yeast sediment bouncing around with the carbonation. Malt and molasses nose; caramel; faint esters. Bold caramel flavor with just a pinch of alcohol heat in the background; moderately bitter finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel; smooth with a heavy creaminess.

Oh, yeah! A very big, mouth-pleasing beer. Powerful malt foreground, well-balanced, with just the right amount of hop bitterness and keeping the alcohol factor well-tamed without completely hiding its presence.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter from a growler...and a rather pricey one at that!
This fine barley wine pours a thick hazy orange with a light dissipating head that leaves a light foam ring and decent lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, brown sugar, light spicy hops, and some light fruit aromas of peaches. Flavors are buttery and rich. Deep caramel malts and brown sugars come to the front, spicy hops hit the sides and back. Rich and layered. Hops keep this one in check without being overly bitter and a fine cascade of flavors that hides the alcohol very well. Quaffable with caution. Awesome.


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Mine Is Bigger Than Yours from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.