Big Worst
Mikkeller ApS

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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #341
ABV:
18.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #29,622
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 15.87%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
114
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Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  21
Gots
  23
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: First Batch: 17.6% ABV January 2010
Second Batch: 18.5% ABV March 2011

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 28, 2014
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BigMcLargeHuge from Arizona

4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew provided by Blazer06, over on ratebeer, thanks again Zack. Pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma is sweet with apples, plums, figs, a sliver of caramel, sweet malts and some mild heat at the end of the draw. The taste is just as sweet and smooth as the nose suggested with slick caramel moving into rich fruitiness from plums, perfectly ripe red apples, figs, apricots and sugar coated pear wedges. It stays smooth, sweet, fruity and yummy defying the massive ABV. Wow!

Feb 13, 2011
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siradmiralnelson from Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 13oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Pours maybe a centimeter of head. Lacing left on the side of the glass after swirling like wine or liquor. No head so no retention. Color is a really cloudy brown with a tint of orange.

S. Smells like a big bad ass barleywine. Alcohol, caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, figs, toffee. Really nice sweet smelling boozey barleywine. Has a nice dark fruit smell, that not all barleywines have.

T. Tastes like a big bad ass barleywine. There is no ignoring the booze in this monster. After alcohol, I get caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, alcohol, some dark fruit, almost a bit of sour cherry, and then a little bit of alcohol.

M. Mouthfeel is actually pretty thin for a beer this big, I would describe it as medium bodied. Lingering tongue, lip coating sweetness. As expected very low carbonation.

O. Overall, this is a big ol beer. Lots of flavors going on if you can get past all the booze. Wish I had a second one that I could age for, well I guess I could age it for as long as I wanted. Would like to see what some considerable time would do to this massive beer though. Easier drinking than some similar ABV beers I have had.

Dec 04, 2011
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jjanega08 from Minnesota

2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A= The cork comes of with a lot of difficulty and no pressure behind it... The pour is a hazy dark amber color with a tiny head on it that holds for a little bit then falls to a ring around the glass. The lacing is nonexistant.

S= It has a difinite malt character to it but other than that I get no alcohol in it no hops and a lot of sour lemons.... Dare I say this beer may be infected. We'll see.

T= The sweet malts that there still. Loads and loads of caramel in it. The alcohol is a little more evident in the taste than in the nose. There is still a little bit of a sour lemon taste to it. This doesn't taste infected but it could be on its way to an infection... No hop character to it.

M= Really thick and creamy. This is prolly the best part of this beer.

D= Really interesting. Shows the early signs of a possible infection taking over later. I was thinking about buying another one of these beers to cellar now I'm thankful I didn't because this has me a little worried.

Jun 26, 2010
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megamass from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

May 20, 2013
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ajs4bd from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Aug 20, 2012
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from small cork & cage bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Murky & muddy brown beer that almost lookslike a really dark apple cider. Has some floaties in the beer too! No head even after aggressive head.

Smell: super sweet caramel, honey, dark fruits and heavy booze.

Taste: sweet malts upfront. Caramel, raisins, and pears. Lots of booze thats has a bitter taste to it that seems to linger into the finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with very little carbonation. Surprisingly smooth without much of an alcoholic burn until it warms up to room temperature. Impressive considering the ABV is over 18%.

Overall: This beer is just too hot right now. It was okay, but I probably would not by this beer.

Nov 08, 2011
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DangerDawg from Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Feb 26, 2012
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Odysseyalien from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Sep 22, 2013
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jimmy82063 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow where to begin. At least after this I won't have to watch anymore annoying soccer!

Poured into a brandy snifter (where it belongs)!

A - Pours a nice murky amber very little head.

S- Boy the malts and molasses really come through. This smells so sweet.

T - Malts and more malt, got molasses, honey, some cinnamon I think.

M - Hugely hot.

D - You can only have one of these in a week. The alcohol presence is huge.

I thought my cellaring project was going to be pretty simple a couple of Bigfoot's a year and I would be good. Going to get a couple of bottle of this and let them sit

Jun 13, 2010
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Oct 26, 2013
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slowfade from Canada

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Aug 14, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into chalice june10 2010

A fairly clear orange amber with lots of bubbles of all sizes and speeds. a fingers worth of head hung around for longer then expected and even left a couple patch's of lace, more then I expected from such a big beer

S a little green apple with some caramel and booze

T all I smell but some hops come out with a heavy amount of candied fruit and booze almost like a caramel apple dipped in brandy, fairly sweet but nothing insane. Although this is still a little hot for 17.6% it's a reasonable and has more flavors then I could smell

M a little syrupy and sticky and not as thick as I expected but not thin by any means, some of the visible carbonation isn't there but not flat either, my big complaint would but the heat from the booze but again its too be expected at this ABV

D you would be wise drinking only one of these or finding a friend to share with, that being said I finished it without major issues and its worth trying with no doubt

I liked this beer but it needs several years to mellow out, I could see this getting a much higher review after some cellar time. I will drink this again it just won't be for a few years, one of the biggest beers I've ever had and the strongest I can think of on the shelves in Alberta.

Jun 11, 2010
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 01, 2020
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John11486 from California

4.5/5  rDev +19%

Feb 09, 2012
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. I'm always interested in trying stuff from Mikkeller, we don't get enough in Columbus.

A- Very small head, understandably. I was surprised by the murkiness of this beer. Its a burnt orange beer with lots of floaties.

S- The smell is nearly all alcohol, that and sweet, vinous, wine-like stuff. Its very sweet and stinging.

T- This is quite delightful, it handles the alcohol quite well. Its a very very sweet beer though. Caramel and sweet candied citrus is layered under berries and fruits. The finish is alcoholic and malty. I'd make the argument that this is more of an English style, but I'm not here to split hairs.

M- Full, nearly syrupy and laden with heat and booze. It leaves the mouth and soft palate warmed by booze.

D- I've enjoyed sipping on this for well over an hour now.

Oct 28, 2010
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minterro from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Crunchy’s in East Lansing.

A & S: White grapes and alcohol sweetness in the scent. Mainly dominated by booziness. Clear yellow-orange. Clear head was there in wisps when received but went away relatively quick to nothing but specks and a ring, no lacing except when swilled which resulted in wine like legs.

T & M: Not much hops as advertised in the description. fruity pretty high carbonation, crisp. Very sweet alcohol aftertaste. Fairly Thin bodied. When warmed a little sweeter and easier to drink. Alcohol isn’t well hidden in either the taste or the nose.

O: Trying to be unbiased because Barley wines are not normally my forte, but I don’t really like this beer all that much. Not upset that I tried it cause it was the highest ABV beer I’ve ever rated, but I wouldn’t get it again.

Nov 28, 2011
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HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Nov 16, 2011
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dbossman from Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold and clear with just a touch of head; lacing is surprisingly good

S: So boozy; so much alcohol with a touch of butter; lots of grains but God, this beer is boozy

T: So much booze--even a bit of smokey scotch flavors; this is grainy and it burns--wow, does it burn; boozy, buttery, grainy, and awesome

F: Decently carbonated; fairly creamy

O: Holy crap, this is a big, boozy beer, and I love it; I'm not sure what style this actually is but I love this boozy, grainy glass of awesomeness

Jun 04, 2012
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ShogoKawada from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7oz into Portsmouth tulip. This is NOT the big bad or the big worse, but an all new one. Hell yes!

A- Caramel brown, lighter than the big worse. Amazing creamy bead, 2 fingers! Fir a 17% beer, I'm floored. The best head on a +15% beer I've ever seen. Outstanding. Lacing is thick as all hell.

S- Hoppy. Wow. Smells like pine sap. Pretty sweet malt base but the hops are the focus on this one. Suprised me.

T- Amazing. Hoppy bitterness- pine sap and I'm guessing some real resiny hops were used in this one (simcoe?). Malt sweetness is really strong but the decent carbonation and intense hop blast really do wonders at 'smoothing' it out.

Well, I put 'smooth' in quotations because there's no denying this is a powerful beer... but I am really really digging it. Well, as the sips go on the malt becomes heavier and heavier... a bit much on some sips. You have to take your time with this one, no choice.

M- More carbonation than you would think, although still low. Could have used a bit more.

D- No way. One'll do ya and then some. Really good for the ABV, but don't make any plans.

Phenomenal beer. I am (again) impressed with the quality coming from Mikkeller... prob. my favorite brewery. No, definitely my favorite brewery.

Mar 26, 2010
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jul 14, 2012
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perrymarcus from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

have paid princely sums for mikkeller's offerings in the past and have come away underwhelmed. here's hoping that'll change.

12.7oz corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, dark amber tone with no trace of head whatsoever. this is a huge beer, so i don't hold that against it completely, but i'm nervous; not a fan of undercarbonated beers.

the aroma isn't among the more potent barleywines i've whiffed but i get notes of sweet maltiness/candied sugar, a touch of hops, and plenty of booze.

taste is ok, mostly following the nose. caramel, a bit a spice, and an earthiness. not bad. there is nice degree of complexity which i feel is overshadowed by the booziness.

pretty full-bodied with very low carbonation. somewhat drinkable, though really, who would shell out for more than one. again, the steep price tag fails to deliver a beer worthy of it.

Jan 04, 2011
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pours an orangish amber color, quite clear, with an off white head with a good lace.

S-the nose has huge hops, cheese up front, notes of funk, a caramel malt lies up front but citrus and grapefruit take over big time and don't quite.

T-again huge hops, cloying sweetness up front, tons of cheese, notes of sulfer, hints of caramel, tons of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. tons of hops in this with a light bitterness.

M-a little grainy on the palate with a medium body and lots of carbonation and a crisp finish. a little syrupy but soft on the tongue.

D-this is different, the flavors are off and don't work well together. the hops and cheese just don't seem to be a nice mix. not very enjoyable but the huge hop finish is interesting.

Jun 19, 2010
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still a monster of a barleywine in this second batch, which pushes the big impression of the first with an even longer character.

Presentation: 375 ml green, capped bottle. Light yellow illustration with a two mugshots of the brewers wearing shades. Back highlights the the brewing at de Proef. Notes style and 18,5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour with a short head that displays moderate retention and a faint surface memory with some lacing.

S - Resinous nose, with caramel and a note of soft booze, spicy hint.

T - Sweet and resinous. Sugar coated hop presence diving in a well integrated boozy touch. Turpentine fruity notes are now fully mashed with the crushed caramel and push the brew up beautifully.

M - Medium/full body with soft carbonation, sticky and long lingering finish.

O - Long and dangerous sipper, an spectacular offering.

Notes: This second batch brings it up a couple of notches and fully gives it its own identity. Alcohol increase aside, and maybe in part due to the freshness, it has an enticing character full of nuances, and fully rounded that is something else. I liked the first batch, review marks below, but I would have never expected this second one would even improve it this way. Loving this dangerous one, a brew that is not shy at all and that has grabbed me.

03/06/2011
A 4, S 4, T 4.5, M 4, O 4

Apr 30, 2011
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scott2269 from Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Feb 26, 2012
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