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%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
29
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ChadQuest
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thin ring that fades into a near still body, not a ton of carbonation going on but there is some. Color is a murky dark orange.
The aroma is neat, alcohol is forward in a wine sort of way, sweet note that has a bourbon vanilla essence. I like this.
The flavors are more sweet and less dense then the aroma made me expect, this one is more watery then syrupy. The wine tannins are clear in this and probably what is cutting down the body, such a shame since they were nice in the aroma.
the alcohol is acetone like, and less bourbon/vanilla like, le sigh.

This one started off really promising, but didn't deliver. I think it has potential, i really do.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's a while back, like, when this first came out. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear mahogany hue with a nice half a finger light tan creamy blanket that leaves spotty side lacing. That thin head hangs around forever.

S - Sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, some very slight grape. the alcohol is no where to be found for me.

T - Taste isnt bad, more of the caramel malts, light oak and grapes. A bit sweet for me, the booze is also a bit more present than I'd like. Its not hot, its just noticeable. Also not getting any of that vanilla that was in the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for a barleywine. Not that hot but still a definite sipper.

O - Overall this isnt that bad of a barleywine. I feel like the time this sat for helped mellow things out a bit, wish the red wine came out more in this but its still not that bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of red wine and oak notes, as well as some toffee and brown sugar. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of molasses and fruity red wine notes, as well as some oak, maple, vanilla and the alcohol you would expect in a beer that clocks in at 12 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice barleywine.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, style, and barrel aging. I loved the Mikkeller Black Hole Red Wine Edition and I'm hoping this is comparable. 12% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Green glass? Mikkel knows better.

Served warmer than refrigerator cold (but colder than room temperature) and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of khaki-white colour, nice smooth cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention considering the 12% ABV. Color is a nontransparent dark copper-amber. Fine yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. All around, it's appealing. I'm excited to try it.

I had to wait for the head to recede. It was at least three minutes before I gave up and just started sipping. Lacing is quite good.

Sm: Healthy hopping, caramelized malt, red wine viscosity, heavy malt stacking, cream, rum-esque booze, and yeast. A strange, somewhat unappealing aroma. Suggests a strong overly-bold flavour. Maybe some chocolate malt.

T: Red wine barrel notes certainly come through, evoking even cognac. Caramel. Some vague washed-out yeast. Rum; if I didn't know better I'd feel confident saying it was rum barrel aged. Wood. Raisin. Clean indistinct malts that add little in terms of flavour but help fill out the body. Slight cream just after the open. A decently balanced but ultimately unsuccessfully built barleywine. I do like the red wine notes, though they get diluted by the bland malts. Built in a somewhat scattershot fashion. Not at all subtle. Some complexity. I guess I like it. No alcohol comes through. Too raisiny. Lacks the pleasant acidity of red wine.

Mf: Dry from wood and yeast. Walks the line between coarse and dry, to ill effect. Adequately carbonated. Nicely thick, though perhaps too much so.

Dr: A nice little barleywine, but far below the expectations I set considering it was Mikkeller. I'd try it on draught, but it's far from exemplary. Drinkable. Hides its ABV fairly well, though a warming sensation emerges in the stomach.

An okay candidate for aging.

Would pair well with raisins or dried fruit.

C+

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper, amber-red color with some floaties in it. Small light-tan, egg-shell colored head. Scent is quite lovely. Nice and sweet with some definite oak and red wine notes. An inviting sherry presence. Chocolate covered cherries as well. Dates and figs. Very good aroma. Taste is not quite as good as the aroma. At first there is a not-so-great burnt rubber taste, but is immediately covered up by roasted malt and sweet dark fruits. Somewhat tart cherry flavor with a lot of brown sugar and some nice oak. Sweet, candy-like finish with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and quite warm from the high ABV...somewhat boozy. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this is an interesting beer that is definitely worth the try. Wish it tasted as good as it smelled though.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complex and long sipper, rather sweet, with a nice boozy wine accented sense.

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

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

S - Sweet nose, malty, soft boozy hint with a soft vinous insinuation.

T - Flow follows with a nice malty range, touches of boozy grapes, cherries, touches of port…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather smooth and a touch creamy. Softly boozy but rather well integrated.

O - Nice if maybe a bit too gentle a barrel aged brew..

Notes: But maybe that soft vinous sense, and its gentle balance are quite the trick to make this sipper that enjoyable. While I many lean to the bourbon barrel edition there is nothing wrong with this version, quite the contrary.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ratebeer's own ksurkin. My favorite bottle format, green 0.375L with super wide cap, pours murky amber with copper edges and full mocha head. The aroma is big pine hops, earthy hops, sweet slick malts and some citrus hops that feed into tart red wine like notes. The taste has pulses of tart red wine and wood that are tempered by thick sweet malts and robust levels of pine hoppiness. Behind those notes some spicy hops and earthy hops seem to rattle around in the background. Into the finish sweet maltiness seems to roam around amid tart red wine and bitter hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of joefuzz
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with a very small tan head. Smells of roasted barley and almost a nutty scent with a red wine backbone. Taste is a barleywine for sure, the red wine presence is there and actually pretty nice the 12% is not noticable at all. Mouthfeel is a a little light and carbonation is fairly high for a barleywine. Overall decent beer not anything to crazy but I don't really think it was worth the almost 20 dollars for a 12oz.

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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle in to a Dogfish Head tulip/chalice. Back of the bottle says "4601011," although I'm not sure what that means.

A: Pours opaque with a reddish-brown hue. 0.5cm head or so that fades fairly quickly. Little to no lacing whatsoever.

S: Can definitely smell the red wine, as well as general woodiness (oak). Typical oak barrel hints of vanilla. No booze is noticed, pretty impressive for a 12% alcohol barley-wine.

T: Definitely not typical barley-wine flavors here. The oak is very prevalent as well as the red wine, but not as much so. While there was no alcohol on the nose, you can definitely feel this one. Aftertaste of charred oak maybe...it's pretty rough after a few sips.

M: Thinner than most barley-wines I've had, carbonation is pretty spot-on with this one though, pretty prickly.

O: I definitely prefer a standard Big Worst to this beer, even a standard Big Worse. If the oak were toned down just a little bit, this could have been great.

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2.34/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for another Mikkeller tick, Andrew.

A: The pour is amber in color with a fairly tall off-white head for a barleywine.

S: Lots of wine aroma on the nose along with some notes of vanilla. Those are nice, but there is a distinct ethanol note to it as well. A bit of caramel and toffee followed by more booze, oak, and rubber.

T: There is a very harsh oak flavor to the beer which is quite tannic and astringent. A strong bitterness and harsh booze/ethanol heat. Just a touch of red wine to go with the rubber cement.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: I just don't know how these beers keep selling. Morbid curiosity, I suppose.

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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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