Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition)Big Worse (Red Wine 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.

Added by GbVDave on 02-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
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5
Gots:
29
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store by my wonderful fiancee, and received as a Christmas gift.

Pours a garnet reddish-brown, with a foamy, 1.5 inch head, and a big amount of lacing.

Smells like oak, vinous red wine, caramel, toffee, some slight chocolate, with luckily no boozy aromas at all.

I'm surprised at how little the booze comes through on this one- a lot of review seems to bash that aspect of the beer. Maybe Mikkeller is getting better at hiding that previous flaw in his beer. There's a big red wine presence, but not overwhelming, with dark fruits from both the wine and the barleywine itself- cherry, raisin, and dark grapes, some nutty flavors, a bit of chocolate, toffee and caramel, and oak. As it warms, the wine flavors become more tangy and slightly sour, in a good way. This is a hugely complex barleywine, and honestly, it's quite tasty.

This is a thick and fairly syrupy beer, but luckily it's not overwhelmingly so. There's a pretty low level of carbonation. It's very drinkable despite the heft, and like I stated above, there is no alcohol presence, at all, other than the warmth you get while drinking it.

This is a fine barleywine from Mikkeller. It's frustrating that there are good ones like this, and then there are some pretty bad Mikkeller beers. I guess I'll keep trying because of the possibility of ones like this.

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4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Devil's Milk snifter.

A - Muddy, murky, reddish-brown, thin soapy head, little lacing.

S - Boozy, Apple, brown sugar, dark fruity, woody, merlot, cider, green raisons.

T - Apple, caramel, tons of oak, booze, maple syrup, burnt sugars.

M - Medium-low carbonation, full bodied, thick, sticky, booze sticks to your mouth.

O - Wonderful sipper, I wish it was snowing and I was drinking this in front of a fireplace!

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4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller Big Worse
375mL bottle into a tulip
No bottling dates

A: Dark mahogany, opaque, 2 fingers of tan head, good retention, tons of lacing 4.25

S: burnt candied sugar, caramel/toffee, hoppy, very subtle vinous and oaky notes from the barrel 4.25

T: dark fruits, some vinous notes, caramel/toffee, oaky, mild bitterness 4.25

M/D: full body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, ABV very well restrained , drinkability is good 4

O: very good Barleywine , recommend even for the high price tag 4.25

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Photo of BillCheck
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml capped bottle.

Pours a dark but translucent reddish-brown. A big two finger beige head forms and then slowly dissipates leaving a ton of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty with obvious red wine vinous notes. Oaky wood as well. Some toasty marshmallow. Very nice.

Taste is more subdued and not as sweet as expected. Malt at first, with those marshmallow notes from the nose. Red wine barrel influence emerges in the middle and finish with a vinegary sting. Alcohol only emerges slightly in the finish, really nicely integrated for a 12%'er.

A fairly full body with low-ish carbonation make this a real mouth filler. Seems quite appropriate for the style and ABV level.

I really like this beer. Sweet caramel malt meets vinous red wine, good combo.

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquors to finish off their Mikkeller collection. Super steep price at $16.99, but for such an intense red wine beer, I'm going to say it's damn well worth the one time fee.

Had it after a bottle of the Ithaca Thirteen during my first homebrew...In comparison, this particular Big Worse is much, much bolder. Could probably use some age on it to be honest. The red wine isn't subtle at all; it's well implemented, but it's upfront. Big alcohol tastes come hand in hand - if I drank it blind I would definitely have overguessed the ABV. But after you're clobbered by the alcohol & wine, you get a welcome, thick & smooth barleywine that works together with the red wine you taste first. Never knew a beer could be this fun and serious at the same time.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 375ml poured to a snifter glass. Murky burgundy beer with orange highlights topped with a surprising thick finger of beige head. Swirly cap and decent lace left behind.

S - Candy caramel, red grape, brown sugar, a touch of darker malt/roast helps even out sweetness but undeniably a barleywine scent. Not really winy at all, but a vague grape fruitiness going on.

T - There seems to a bit more red wine fruitiness here but this is mostly a decadent caramel molasses malt bomb. Big caramel-soaked raisin, cocoa, vanilla, and some herbal tones.

M - Big, smooth, very malty with just a bit of hop noticeable. Sweetness kept in check. Great swishy carbonation and very-well hidden alcohol. 375ml pretty easy solo.

O - For some reason I always expect the…worst…when it comes to this series, and often come out pleasantly surprised, this one was the best of the variants to me. Really missing red wine barrels but huge on pure malty goodness which makes up for it. Very well-hidden alcohol and a great mouthfeel. Actually reminds me a of Mirror Mirror, I think I preferred this to be honest.

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Big Worse (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.85 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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