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Big Worse | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pils and caramunich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and ale yeast.

Added by Viggo on 11-25-2007

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Photo of Anatole
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nostrajonus
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy amber pour, head is non existent.

S- Watery malt, sweet, very boozy!

T- This is sweet on the way in, and hot on the way down. Molasses overshadows caramel malts with a warm boozey finish.

M-Thick and sticky, no carbonation whatsoever.

O-By far the highest abv I've seen in a barleywine; this brew is a one hitter quitter! I love everything Mikkeller does...brilliance in brewing!

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear amber copper color with golden highlights. It poured with a small off-white head that faded quickly.

s: There is a big hop nose here, smelling mostly citric. Lots of lemon with some orange and a bit of pine as well. Malts that smell of simple syrup, yeasty cherry smells, and alcohol round things out.

t: Fresh, aggressive, acidic hops that taste mostly of orange and pineapple with some prickly pine dominate throughout. Some sugary, peaty malts and cherry flavors do manage to peek through. This was very good overall, but the finish was a bit rough. Some cloying sweetness mixes with some raw alcohol.

m: The body was great, but I thought this was a little under-carbonated.

d: There isn't anything subtle here. This is big, full-flavored, and pretty damned good. At $10 for 375ml however, this will be my only bottle.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark red amber color with a wispy tan lead that's gone in a flash. Little lacing present. The smell is very nice. It's been way too long since my last barleywine. The aroma has that classic caramel malt and a little molasses. You can smell how rich the body is going to be, then you get a whiff of a malt alcohol. Little carbonation, the mouth feel is full without being syrupy and very smooth with a solid tang from the alcohol. No doubt this one's a sipper. The 12% ABV provides a distinct warming effect. The flavor has a lot in common with the nose, but it doesn't line up exactly for me. What ever it is also lingers some and I just can't put my finger on it. The best that I can do is say that the alcohol burn might be stepping on the sweeter side of the malt. Thanks drunkmonk for the opportunity!!

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Really good retention. Thick lacing. Color is a murky dark brown.

S. Big caramel malt smell. Really nice barleywine smell. Brown sugar, candy. Has some maple and vanilla. Some alcohol aroma.

T. Taste is pretty smooth. Not the depth of malt flavors that I was expecting from the aroma. Pretty solid caramel malt base. Brown sugar, carmel, maple flavor. Not much hop taste at all. Pretty smooth for 12%

M. Mouthfeel actually felt a bit thin for me. Medium/low carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Overall pretty solid barleywine. Too thin of mouthfeel for me. Flavor was not as complex as some of the best.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coppery brown with a small head.
Loads of malt shows through in the aroma, with overt caramel, dried figs, orange marmalade, and light port notes. Also some soft spicy and herbal notes.
Flavours are just as malty, with big rich syrupy, bready malt along with some dried fruit. Later some light grapefruit notes follow through along with accompanying bitterness.
Carbonation is perfectly soft, body seems overtly syrupy though.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nearly flat amber color with a slight bit of cloudiness and a mild off-white head.

S: Tons of caramel and brown sugar along with a bit of vanilla on the nose. A nice butterscotch aroma as well as a bit of green apples.

T: Wonderfully sweet and caramelly without being cloying. A nice bit of brown sugar, vanilla, and toffee. Really well done for a barleywine and almost no booze.

M: The body is a bit chewy and thick without being syrupy. Low carbonation works well for the style.

D: This has nearly restored my faith in Mikkeller. Big Worse has become a really nice barleywine since the initial release and I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of korguy123
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter, left the dregs in the bottle.

A- Murky brown pour with just a thin beige ring and spotty lacing.

S- Floral hops with touches of pine and candied sugar. Slight strawberries and slight alcohol.

T- Sweet roasted malts, dry bitter hops. Candy sugar and zero hint of the 12%. Dry bitter finish.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Prickly carbonation and sticky on the lips.

O- Quite impressive. It doesn't have the Mikkeller signature boozy taste. Good flavor, good aroma and decent price.

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Photo of Tabni
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Chimay Goblet at Abraxas in South Beach.

A- Dark Orange color
S- Nice malt smell. Inviting.
T- Bitter. Definitely an American Barleywine. Hoppy and caramel notes all over. Bready beer.
M+D- Sipping beer. Perfect for a cold night. Worth a try!

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Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Mikkeller. They seem to be getting quite a bit of attention because of their style/region challenging items. I didn't really think their Black Hole imperial stout was up to the hype, but this one's quite good.
Pours a brownish color with lots of red highlighting. For a 12% brew it has a pretty decent sized head that laces the glass nicely.
Smells essentially like a typical US barleywine...or perhaps a British one because of the hops being used. Reminds me of brandy with a floral hop bitter kick.
Tastes sweet up front with caramelized fruits, but the hops keep the sweetness in check and give this balance. It has some of the rummy flavor carrying over from the smell, too. There is a little bit of Belgian peppery yeast in there, which shockingly doesn't take this in the wrong direction. It blends nicely. Reminds me a little of a fruitcake.
Mouthfeel's spot on for the US examples. Not too thick, but not watery. It's a sipper, but it's god the consistency of a carbonated liquor.
It's a little strong and boozy for more than a bottle, but I had no problem polishing off an entire bottle myself with dinner.
Not bad at all. It's like a slightly different take on a US Barleywine with some of the English characteristics and Belgian flair, too.
The Danes (although this claims to be from Belgium) would do just fine along the US west coast with this one.
It's a little pricy, but worthwhile for sure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky brown. Nose is minor raisins. Mild alcohol. Almost smells like dirty river water. Flavor is spiked by the alcohol. Robust flavor, but this obviously needs to be laid down for many more years before it‘s in its prime. Feel is good. But like I said, definitely needs some time to mature.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a small, tan colored head that left soapy trails of lace.

S - What a powerfully sweet aroma. Tons of caramel maltiness blasts your senses.

T - This is a very sweet barleywine with rich caramel flavors. There was a tootsie pop-like flavor to it.

M - It was soft, smooth and had a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is a good barleywine, however, it is very big and very sweet.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mrbill57
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta. Been looking at this one for a while and finally pulled the trigger.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a very thin off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving no lacing but decent legs.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of brown sugar and buttered rum aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of milk chocolate and larger amounts of brown sugar. Slightly buttery flavors come into things midway through the sip and carry through to a decidedly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with very light but sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was about what I expected it to be, just with less hops. Definitely an English barleywine and a good still version. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dgallina
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce green bottle without dating.

Pours into the snifter a nearly-still deep red and brown. No head or lace, with a few slow and small bubbles of carbonation. In the nose, the beer exhibits rich carmel and vanilla notes. with hints of oaky sourness and honey blossom. The flavor is somewhat drier. Begins with toasted caramel and wood notes and develops an herbal hop center and deep warming alcohol finish. The body retains a bit of carbonation; can be deceivingly light initially but becomes syrupy as the beer warms.

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Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Big Worse from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 417 ratings
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