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Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel Edition

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (943) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
2011 bottle, bottleshare @ Mikkeller Aarhus. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, booze, caramel. Clear amber colour with off-white head, mostly diminishing. Moderate bitter and moderate sweet, maybe from loads of vanilla notes. Full body, smooth feel, bourbon sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Backlog. 2010 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Orange/gold with small offwhite head. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, some cardboard and oak with booze. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Achel (349) - Ioannina, GREECE - JUL 18, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity arom aof caramel, dried fruits, bourbon and alcohol with notes of marzipan. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, cookies, alcohol, hops and marzipan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Glad I had the chance to find a bottle. No telling how old it is but it held up nicely. Nice bourbon and sweet caramel malt aroma. Nice dark brown color of caramelized sugar. Solid and weighty mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Bourbon, burnt sugar and hops all contributed to a well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3269) - 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 (5429) - 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 (9619) - 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 (2582) - Between JAX and SGJ, 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 (2332) - 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 (5358) - 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.

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