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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition)Big Worse (Bourbon Edition)
BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
66 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
66
pDev:
16.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 30
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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T/M: Far better than the normal Big Worse (which was, admittedly, out of date).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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Blazer06, over on ratebeer, for the big taste. It pours hazy murky copper with white head. The aroma is bold and boozy and harsh with fruits like apricot, apple and sugary peach mixing with some spicy wood notes and a decent amount of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth rich sweet bold goodness with iced cider, concentrated apricot, a mead sense, slick rich malts, molasses, modest bourbon and muted spicy oak notes. Above this array of flavors is resiny pine hop bitterness. The word "yum" comes to mind.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Deep amber. Solid head with great retention.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, rye, booze. Molasses like sweetness.

T - Malt up front. Booze, bourbon, oak, cedar smoke, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins. Touch of sharp woody bitterness on the backend.

M - Sweet finish. Full bodied with a boozy astringency and warmth.

D - The booze on the palate slows you down. If you love bourbon consider the drinkability a 4 - 4.5.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Big Worse (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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