Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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65 Ratings
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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition)Big Worse (Bourbon Edition)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Aged for 8 months in Bourbon barrels.

Added by vfgccp on 02-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
16.49%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.25/5  rDev -67.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
1.44/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Craig.

A: Pours a clear amber-ruby with light beige head.

S: Sherry oxidation (much stronger than the non-BA version); it's even muscat-like on the nose. It smells like a mead, really. Quite nice. Caramelly, spicy bourbon.

T: Very bourbony (almost like a rye spiciness to it) with a caramel bent. Strong bitterness, just as in the base beer, but the aging seems to have taken the edge off of it.

M: This beer is thinner than the base beer; the flavor falls off quickly. Oak leaves a lingering astringency, while the jarring hops produce bitterness.

O: Mikkeller gives me hope that I can someday brew terrible beers and charge a lot for them and laugh all the way to the bank. This is substantially worse than the base beer. I applaud the trainwreck.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: There's a slight haze to the amber-brown body that pours out. Small, light beige head.

Smell: Slightly phenolic, somewhat solventy nose with diminutive notes of caramel, toasted grains, and fruit. It certainly has a firm level of harshness and unacceptability.

Taste: A sweetish glug of simple syrup with a slight caramel taste to it. Sprinkling of raisins. Hint of spiciness. A lightly tannic, though significantly harsh bourbon character scuttling the already lacking quality of the base beer and hanging on like grim death through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I was never taken by the standard Big Worse and I'd even say the bourbon treatment is even a further hindrance not a benefiting boost.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Paulydeets
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 ml pour into a Blue Point 10th anniversary tulip.

Pours a dark amber color with a one inch head that dies down to a nice froth that seems to stick around forever.

Smells of sweet alcohol, a little caramel maybe, but mostly sweet alcohol, this wont be a let down in the heat department. As it warms i get a little bread in the smell.

Just like the smell, sweet bready caramel alcohol, BUT there is also some oxidation that didnt show up that much in the smell until I tasted it and knew it was there. Definately some bourbon/vanilla and an oaky finish

Mouthfeel was a little thin and unexpected, and it was a little too sweet and oxodized, not a good combo. I liked the dry finish tho.

Overall I definately wouldnt by this again, especially at about 15 bucks. A little sweeter than I like, the oxidation didnt help either. I always say its worth a shot because I like to experience everything.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle (375ml?) into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Hazy red-orange body with healthy wisps of off-white bubbles. Light, spotty lacing. Not a bad-looking BA barleywine.

S: Pretty single-minded with the solventy fusel alcohols. Light, fresh fruitiness comes in, surprisingly (not dark candied fruits as might be expected), but there really isn't any discernible barrel character. Mediocre.

T: Very sweet and fruity with nail-polish remover alcohol dominating throughout. Not great, but I kind of enjoy it.

M: Medium-bodied with a surprisingly lively body. Pretty good.

D: Weirdly drinkable with its sweet fruitiness. Not great, but not as bad as could be expected with such thorough booziness.

Notes: Maybe I'm too demanding, but I really want some bourbon in a bourbon-barrel barleywine. Perhaps bourbon barrels, which do so well in Scotland, lose all of their magic by the time they reach Denmark, since both this and the bourbon Beer Geek Breakfast were rather disappointing. Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

Cheers!

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Photo of seeswo
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, caramel brown with a good sized tan head. Smells of bourbon, solvent alcohol and brown sugar barleywine. Smells better than that description. Taste is bourbon and vanilla, but not overly harsh and a bit lower key than expected, with some faded hops, sweetness, cardboard and a touch of unexpected wateriness. There's also a bit of that solvent flavor in there. Again, I like it better than that description, but it really does taste a bit like a super bold barrel-aged barleywine with a few ice cubes in it that are now melted. Hard to review that well. Sits nicely in the mouth with good medium low carbonation and a medium heavy mouthfeel. Overall, I can't give this a stellar rating for taste, and I think I generally wanted to like this beer more than I did.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jkane101
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy deep copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with large amounts of syrupy medium fruits - pears mostly with hints of raisins. Also present are mild amounts of molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by thick molasses and toffee flavors. Midway through the sip overripe medium fruit flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a moderately sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass however I'm not sure I'd like another.

Overall I had to double-check to make sure I did in fact buy the bourbon edition - I got absolutely none out of the aroma or flavor profile. I would think some oak and bourbon would temper the sweetness a bit, something that is needed.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color that appears dark amber, almost brown in the glass with a two finger pillowy, yellowish-beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large streaks of lacing left behind.

Earthy, leathery aroma with some sweet malt notes and a subtle barrel character. There is some toasted oak and boozy bourbon but it doesn't overpower the nose, allowing the malt character to come through. I usually never say this, but it could use more barrel. Hints of caramel and toffee along with some dark fruit and alcohol.

Medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation for the style. Slightly spicy with a decent barrel character that gives off some dry oak and sweet bourbon flavor without overpowering the base beer. There's still a lot of leathery malt with hints of caramel, toffee, nut and biscuit as well as some fig, date and raisin. Decently balanced with a well masked ABV but is definitely still a sipper. I haven't been a fan of many of Mikkeller's barrel aged beers but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark burgundy with 2 inches of creamy light mocha head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S-Bourbon, candied fruit, booze, old wood, dry leaves.

T/M-Thin and boozy, with a warming finish. Bourbon character doesn't present itself immediately, but fades in on the back end. The high alcohol impedes the flavor, limiting what can be tasted. Dry booziness overtakes most of the flavors, but I get traces of fruity sweetness and caramel.

D-I could see this being more successful with 2+ years in the bottle. Right now it's too hot, and comes across as unfocused.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.

I had wanted to try a Mikkeller brew, particularly this barleywine, and I can gladly say that I've finally done so.

Labled as an American barleywine, I guess it is though the bottle I had was not overly hoppy as most American barleywines are. There is a hop profile though but it's not overwhelming. Slightly sweet but not as sweet as some barleywine's I've had. Flavors more pronouned as it warms to room temperature -- raisins on the tongue along with maybe some brown sugar. Not my favorite barleywine but not bad. If I had room in my suitcase to drag more of these back to New Jersey, I would do so. This might improve nicely with a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased a while back at Hop City in Atlanta.

A - Pours a murky, dirty, hazy brown. Big white head on pour. Good lacing.
S - Malty caramel sweetness, hints of bourbon. Toffee.
T - Sweet. Very sweet. Caramel and butterscotch dominate. Restrained bourbon notes. Raisins.
M - Meium to heavy body. Thick and sweet.
O - Sweeter, but not as boozy as I was expecting. Better than the regular Big Worse baleywine, but not worth the hefty price-tag.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish amber pour with a small khaki head. Only minimal bourbon aroma, but some wood and vanilla notes are present. Sweet brown sugar and toffee, a little bit of fruit/citrus, and some alcohol. The flavor is a touch hot with bourbon and alcohol notes. A bit of oak and vanilla along with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A light citrus quality, mostly grapefruit peel.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kaizoku
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of alexhahn82
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, almost reddish brown color, small head but poured by someone with a delicate hand.

S. -- A very almost "old ale" style smell with a hint of bourbon on the nose.

T/M - Taste is right on face with a Barley Wine except with major oak hints bold and upfront that finishes with an almost whiskey more so than bourbon ending.

O -- Awesome. I love Barley Wine and I love bourbon barrel aged beers. Seek and Destroy!!

PP (Price Point) - $11.99 for a 375ml is well worth it, especially @ 12%ABV.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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