Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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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%
 
 
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11
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Uncorked, unlike its non-aged brother.

A: Decent head, murky-opaque dark red-brown.

S: Interesting. Some spice, some depth. Sweet, molasses malt.

T/M: Far better than the normal Big Worse (which was, admittedly, out of date). Loads of grapes, pleasant malt, and thick-sharp bourbon. Less sweet than Big Worse, but only relatively so. Still a damn sweet ale. Soft vanilla and the molasses character noted previously, but just enough carbonation to keep the stickiness at bay.

O: A great barleywine, the bourbon influence in which only shows up on the distant aftertaste and the decreased cloyingness of the base beer. Drinkable, pleasant, and recommended. Thanks Mikkel, for improving your disappointing initial effort.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark garnet, one finger off white creamy head, great lacing.

S - Apples, raisons, toffee, wood, candi sugar, light alcohol fumes.

T - Raisons, caramel, toffee, cocoa, oak, maple syrup, light bourbon, nutty maltiness.

M - Full bodied, moderate-low carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - Another amazing offering from my favorite brewer, Mikkel!

4601011, $14.49, @ Honeygo Wine & Spirits

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Photo of Tim460
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper with off white three finger head.
Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, candied sugar.

Beer tastes of candied sugar, oak and malts up front. Bourbon is present in the back end with a nice vanilla taste. I was worried this beer would be too sweet for me but it's very nicely balanced. This is a pretty big beer but goes down surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel is about right for a barleywine but I was expecting this to be on the heavier side. Overall this was not cheap (Mikkeller never is), but I'm glad I picked this up as I've had the red wine aged edition last year and wanted to compare the differences.

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Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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 Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of matthewpaul
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Amdy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Complex and boozy barleywine with a shiny maltier bourbonesque edge.

Presentation: 375 ml green, plastic corked, and caged bottle. Light yellow illustration with a two mugshots of the brewers. Back highlights the the brewing at de Proef. Notes style and 12% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy amber brown pour with a fair head that displays good retention and surface memory with some lacing.

S - Sweet nose, malty and lightly boozy with a hint of bourbon and vanilla and a resinous hint…

T - Flow follows with a nice malty range, touches of vanilla with a boozy bourbon flow and a light hoppy dash in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather smooth and a touch creamy. Boozy and warming but while definitely a strong trait of its characters not a flaw in any way .

O - Nice bourbon barrel barleywine, pleasing sipping experience.

Notes: Hmmmm… Coming back to this one after having tried two versions of the Big Worst before (a great one and a not so great one…) this was a much maltier surprise. Maltier than expected with a nice feel and boozy range. Borderline worthy of the repeat...

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.25/5  rDev -67.3%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of vanilla and sweet malt notes are quite nice with bourbon not overshadowing the aroma. Taste is more easily drinkable then expected with a nice mix between some light bourbon notes with some vanilla and a rich but not overly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Well brewed with good complexity and remains easily drinkable.

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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 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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