Big Bad
Mikkeller ApS

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American Barleywine
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Mikkeller ApS
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews by trojankeg:
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis & hopdog for this...
Appears a dark haze of deep amber with a mild, off white head.
Smell is of deep, rich, brown sugar, dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is raw, not quite mellowed yet, prickly, sweet, and yeasty.
Drinkability is raw with the abv noticeable, lacing the top of the mouth with some fine flavors. This is one to age. I guarantee it will get better with some mellowing.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

Bottle. Pours a brownish garnet with a small wisp of a head, some large flakes of floating yeast. Sweet, malty nose. Tons of raisins, prunes, grapes. Very sweet in the mouth. Big dark fruit presence. Nice dash of bittering hops keps this very balanced and drinkable. Not heavy in the least, despite the 10% abv. A bit thin. Good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a very nice and hazy light brown with a large two inch plus head of foamy tan on top that only gradually decided to fade and nestled down into a layer of lace covering the top and the sides of the glass. The aroma was very interesting, it had a definite wine like character and the wood smell was defiantly a presence. Had a bit of a spiced note to it as well and also a bit of alcohol. The taste was very strong, with a lot of alcohol present in it. There was a very big presence of spice and oak barrel taste to it as well. A dry hop like finish tried to make itself known at the end, but never really got that far past the strong notes from the other flavors. Very nice medium to full body gave it a very sipper like quality. Overall this was pretty good,

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice dark amber color with a foamy off white head. The aroma was of butterscotch and alcohol. It had a very strong alcohol taste. Also had a nice sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was heavy with medium carbonation. Overall a great beer. I would recommend this as an after dinner beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa for eight dollars about a year ago, split with my dad and friends on 1/28/09 on our little Mikkeller night, poured into a pint glass, color is amber with some orange tint, 3/4 inch off white head that is soapy and sticks to the glass well, aroma consists of citrus, mild hoppiness, pears, apples, caramel, and booze, flavor has plums at first, caramel and sweet malts in the middle, not overly sugary though, finish is boozy with some warmth going down, some dryness in the finish provides some balance and helps the taste out, sweet, fruity, and boozy mouthfeel, full bodied, lower level of carbonation, decent drinkability for a barleywine but the alcohol is right out in the open, can be heavy at times, easier to drink once it warms, reminds me of American interpretation of this style, not a bad beer but a little pricey, worth trying

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SShelly
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy dark brown with zero head and almost no visible sign of carbonation.

This beer really took me off guard, super complex malts, slightly tart on the first sip but really became enjoyable as I drank more and it warmed up a touch. lots of malt and dark fruit, I think I need to buy another bottle and try this again.

not as much hops as I would want out of an american b-wine, but definetly a complex interesting beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The proper epithet is "Big Bad Barleywine", according to the staff and beer board in the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Reviewed from notes taken there; I had the 2008 vintage (in July 2011) on-draught. Served into 20cl stemware. As Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world, my expectations were quite high, though I was worried that because it was a lighter style than most good Mikkeller beers Mikkel might not be able to pull it off. The price was somewhere around 35-45 DKK; I can't remember exactly.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention for the ABV. The colour is a dark solid red. Yes, red. Interesting and appealing.

Sm: Amber hops, caramel, chocolate, and barley. A mild strength aroma. I'm sure someone without a broken nose like me could identify the notes more distinctly. All apologies, lads.

T: Cherry/raspberry ester hops, barley, indistinct hops, and a very very slight bittering hop tone on the climax. The hop layering is unbelievable, creating a great balance. Complex and well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Very complementary of the style and flavours.

Dr: High ABV, very drinkable, and of great quality. Definitely worth a spin if you're fortunate enough to come across it. I imagine the aging helped it.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Big Bad from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 12 ratings