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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: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odysseyalien (48) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
A bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco. I had wanted to try a Mikkeller brew, particularly this barleywine, and I can gladly say that I’ve finally done so. Labled as an American barleywine, I guess it is though the bottle I had was not overly hoppy as most American barleywines are. There is a hop profile though but it’s not overwhelming. Slightly sweet but not as sweet as some barleywine’s I’ve had. Flavors more pronounced as it warms to room temperature -- raisins on the tongue along with maybe some brown sugar. Not my favorite barleywine but not bad. If I had room in my suitcase to drag more of these back to New Jersey, I would do so. This might improve nicely with a year or two in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1144) - 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 (2687) - 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 (4325) - 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 (6403) - 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 (1959) - 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 (1935) - 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 (4458) - 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 (10449) - San Diego, California, 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 (7108) - 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.

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