Big Worst | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Batch: 17.6% ABV January 2010
Second Batch: 18.5% ABV March 2011

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by brownbeer on 03-16-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
111
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
16.22%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
23
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second batch, 18.5%

A - Clear light orange, no head, no lacing.

S - Piney, resin, ginger, lemon zest, grains, yeast.

T - Candi sugar, white grapes, orange zest, piney hops, resin, light tropical fruits, nectarine, light grains, alcohol is suprisingly hidden very well.

M - Full bodied, thick, crisp low moderate carbonation, warming alcohol, dry finish.

O - Outrageous! Mikkeller done did it again! Thoroughly enjoyed this experience!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
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

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Photo of ckollias
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy brownish-amber color with minimal off white head, which quickly dissipates into a wispy lacing.

S: A definite sweet citrus smell, a malty background with spicy hops coming though.

T: A strong syrupy sweet taste, with heavy alcohol overtones. Hints of caramel and citrus, with a dry musty aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy-medium mouthful with lot of alcohol on the palate. This one warms you up and keeps you toasty!

D: This is definitely a sipper at 17.60 % abv, but amazing is not too heavy on the palate. It is surprising easy to drink and a well-balanced beer. This beer would have been better if aged for a couple of years. Overall this is an excellent barleywine.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet at Red's.

A; Clear, golden orange, one finger of off-white head. Lightest barleywine I've even seen. Beautiful.

S: Fruity esters and a little citrus, sort of a Belgian profile overall. Quite nice.

T: Holy cow. Lots of fruit, banana and port, like a strong tripel, with a little pepper. I could drink this forerer.

M: Light and extremely smooth. Suave.

O: Fantastic. This is Christmas in a glass, and it's only June. Oh golly, go get some. There was a two glass limit at Red's, and I was tempted to introduce myself to strangers just to get them to buy me a third because I couldn't think of stopping at two. Yum.

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