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Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel Edition

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2484) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
I find myself liking a style that I dont like more and more. This barleywine is big and intense witout being boozy or overly syrupy and thats what I want in a barleywine. The barrel characteristics are present and theres vanilla, oak, grapes, raisins, and some nutty malts. FInishes moderately dry and pleasant despite a very slight acrid oxidized metallic note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4070) - Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2014
old bottle, surprisingly balanced, great rich caramel malts and good barrel characteristics still there. A tasty barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"barrel aging removes any rough edges that existed in the base beer, but also, in this particular beer, dulled the complexity a touch. sweetish raisiny malt and a touch of hops over slight vanilla and peppery bourbon. well done. very smooth for 12%."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1897) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2014
pours brown amber, medium off white head that dissipates to a head ring. toffee and caramel nose. taste begins sweet with aforementioned notes before the bourbon comes in. mild vanilla. finish is pure unadulterated booze burn. bourbon smoke and vanilla linger on the palate before becoming subdued.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1901) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy dark Brown with a thin, off-White head. Aroma of booze, wood and fruity, toffee malt. Toffee and vanilla to the taste. A bit of warming Bourbon. Dry finish. The alcohol, toffee, wood ratio is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4281) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Pours a slightly hazy light brown body with a tiny white head. Aroma is caramel, wet cardboard, cream, hints of burnt sugar and bourbon. Taste is caramel, wood, bourbon, burnt sugars, hints of dried fruits, alcohol and toffee. Despite the relatively well hidden alcohol, the palate appears too dry and parching, resulting in a much thinner mouthfeel than I expect is really the case. The flavors are also a bit "all over the place"; maybe this will improve over time? Pretty OK, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10243) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours hazy and particulate brown with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisins, prunes, dates, figs, caramel and cookie malt and peppery alcohol. Flavor is caramel and cookie malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, figs, plums, cinnamon, earthy and spicy hops, light bitterness, toffee and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 08.06.2013, 0,375l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Medium sized cream mediumlasting head. Aroma is mild balanced for being what it is, dark sugar, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, caramel malts, grass, nuts. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel malts, toffee, dark sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, grass. Dry mouthfeel. Nice, but very mild bourbon touch in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2013
375 ml bottle purchased at Wine and Cheese Place in 2011. 12% ABV. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a reddish tint and plenty of floaters. Finger of off-white head that settles into a lasting film that leaves spots of lace in the glass. Really, really nice bourbon barrel character in the aroma; vanilla, toffee, coconut, dates, oak, raisins, and caramel. Bourbon warms the nostrils. Flavor of dates, figs, candy apple, toffee, oak, toast, and some bitter earthiness. Medium-bodied, with a rich, warming mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Still fairly hot for 2 years old. Really nice and tasty, and the aroma puts it over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1873) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Been aging for a few years in my cellar, this pours a murky, milky-hazed mud brown into the glass, with a lot of "floaties". The thin, tiny ring of suds leaves spiderweb lacing down the glass. The nose is of whiskey, caramel and apple cider. Flavors are quite malty; a drier, woody take on the candy-sweet English-style barleywine. Rich and flavorful, there is toffee, caramel, dark fruity esters, a hint of licorice, wood and butterscotch. The finish is of light diacetyl buttery notes and just a kiss of alcohol to provide a prickle of activity. This is oily on the palate; with semi-active carbonation and a full body, it provides a satiating yet vibrant mouthfeel. Complex, and a tribute to the English style, I very much enjoyed this robust offering from Mikkeller. Almost perfect as the brew warms to "near room temperature" levels. Prost!

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