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Big Worst | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

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#25,522
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
111
pDev:
16.35%
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Bound Crossing ID. 4oz poured into what looks like a brandy snifter.

A: Fairly clear, light orange colored body, hardly any white head (expected) but what is there settles into an attractive ring. As one would expect the alcohol legs are off the chart.

S: Honestly, quite pleasant for a beer this big. Sweet and sugary for sure; apples, caramel malt, candy sugar, perfume, sweet flowers, and the booze, although it's all relatively complimentary and the alcohol isn't overwhelming.

T: Sweet alcohol, toffee, flowery perfume (not herbal), honey...pretty hot alcohol-wise but not overwhelming.

MF: Fairly thin but viscous body. Quite drying. It's not hard to drink per-se but I don't need more than four ounces.

O: Qute nice for an extreme beer. My first Mikkeller, and it didn't disappoint. Reminds me a LOT of two year old 120 Minute IPA.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. of 18.5%. One should be enough. I have had this at 45F for about 6 months.

This pours a minimal head with a bright gold clear body. Not any lacing either.

Nose is alcohol and fruit: a mixture of pear, apple and apricot.

Taste is apricot and brandy. It might be coming across as brandy as this is seriously strong beer. It really warms your throat. It is somewhat numbing as you drink it. Pretty sweet and heavy but not a lot of carbonation. As it warms I notice more complexity such as malts with orange and caramel and it was more drinkable. This was worth a try, but even I have my limits; pretty boozy.

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Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml into tulip at about 50 degrees.

Pours w/short white head over a very clear peach-to-golden body, with a fair amount of carbonation struggling to make it up.

Aromas are laced with alchohol, sweet candy sugar, ripe banana, yeast, and bubble gum.

Flavor shifts gears slightly, in that the alcohol is masked by the thick sweetness of ripe banana, navel orange-like citrus, caramel, and a kiss of grapefruit rhind.

Mouthfeel is obviously thick and cordial-like, causing it to be nothing but a sipper.

I enjoy sweet beers, so had no problem with this one overall ... except that it's "out there" relative to most Barleywines.

p.s. Do not shotgun this beer.

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Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of BostonHops
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

having paid princely sums for mikkeller's offerings in the past and 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. candied fruit/sugar, caramel, a bit a spice, and an earthiness. not bad. there is nice degree of complexity which i feel is overshadowed by the heat.

pretty full-bodied with very low carbonation. all in all there are some enjoyable elements to this beer but in the end i'm not blown away. again, the steep price tag fails to deliver a beer worthy of it.

originally reviewed: 01-04-2011

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Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of minterro
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

A-Pours out a thick and lightly hazy but vibrant orangish,yellow with a rapidly dying,1 inch crown of stark white that left spotty lacing and alcohol "legs" on the glass.

S-Apricot brandy,peach preserves,caramelized grains,golden raisin and orange zest with a little blonde tobacco as well.Boozey but not obnoxiously so.

T-Sweet grains,booze,candied orange and cherry,more blonde tobacco and peach or nectarine like a moscato but seriously fortified.

M-A little hot but still tasty.Medium/full bodied with a concentrated sweetness and fruity alcohol notes.Lasting burn and subtle bitterness on the finish.

O-This is a decent extreme beer but I would choose a Samaels or a Beast before I drank this again.Happy to have tried it but the price does not match the quality.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.5%ABV.

A-Pours a clear amber with a thing ring of soft white bubbles. No lacing.

S-Clove, banana, Bubble Yum. I don't peg this as an 18.5%ABV from the nose.

T/M-Bubble gum sweetness, banana, Belgian candi sugar. Medium bodied, with a soft mouthfeel and a warming finish. Really, I am having a hard time believing the ABV on this one. The sweetness verges on cloying, but never quite gets there. More akin to an imperial pilsner or Eastern European export lager like Baltika 9 than a barleywine.

O-I'm confused. Not sure what to make of it. I guess I like it, but it doesn't strike me as being representative of its stated style.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Cloudy orange with no head leaving à little bit of lacing

S: Citric notes, Caramel, Hint of alcohol and pine.

T : Caramel, Alcohol, Berries, Citric notes and some syrupy notes,sweet hops and malts

M : Low carbonation with massive sweetness that is held somewhat back by the massive amount of hops used, very thick nearly syropy ,

D : Way more balanced that i expected it to be. Heavy on alcohol , i can feel the alcohol doing his job after à few sips -:)

Even though it is quite sweet there has been an effort in trying to hold the sweetness in check by using alot of hops. This was a perfect nightcap.

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Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of brownbeer
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a monster brew at 17.6% abv and it's in a green bottle. Lighter in color than expected, kind of an amber. The aroma is pretty good, loaded with cat piss hops and alcohol. The taste is catty as all get out too. The alcohol is hidden fairly well for the strength, but I still don't consider it to be all that drinkable, the whole cat urine thing. Two ounces is plenty of this brew for me.

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Photo of ddedhed
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of perrymarcus
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of HopsMatt
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into tulip.

A: The body pours a rich copper hue, with no head formation at the start and the slight amount of carbonation bubbles form a thin ring around the top of the glass, that holds on very slightly. The levels of carbonation in the body are very minimal.

S: The aroma is surprisingly low in intensity and has a smooth caramel note. Hops have faded out and a rich malt element is present.

T/M: The first taste brings a warm and welcoming sweetness to the palate, a very rich malt character, with a nice alcohol presence, that doesn't tend to be hot or overpowering. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Finish is a very prolonged lingering effect and robust in malt character.

O: wow overall, a very mellow high ABV barley wine, on that pushes the limit of even a real wine. I found it to be very enjoyable and something that I would frequent, as it has great smooth flavors and a rich backbone.

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Big Worst from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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