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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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English: Big Bad’s big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
A good BW, though not quite up to the standards of the best of the style. Nice color and a lively, vinous, nose. Flavor is nice as well. No real weaknesses to this one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Deep reddish copper. Wild aroma. Caramel and dried red fruits with herbal hops. Flavor follows the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2007
A fine looking beer with strong aromas of hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor reminds me of an IIPA with intense fruity hops, yet finished with a strong alcoholic maltiness appropriate for the style. This beer is good, although I wish it was a bit lighter on the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
12.7 oz caged and corked bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours muddy deep brown with an average, off-white foamy and rocky head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, bread, nutty), heavy hops (perfume, flowers, pine), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of prunes, dates, figs, and toffee. Full bodied, creamy and alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5319) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
375 ml bottle, via BierKönig. Pours a slightly hazy amber to copper body under a small beige head that retained as a thin covering. Quite a bit of carbonation. A fairly well balanced nose, lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt and candi sugar, but also a good bit of resiny and citrusy hops. Some noticable alcohol fumes. The heavy sweetness hits me right away, it’s like a sugary caramel candy melting in your mouth. The alcohol flavor rushes on mid swallow, then is replaced with bitter lingering hops. Quite noticeable Centennial flavor. Lots of dark fruits in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, but overly sticky as alot of candi sugar fortified Barley Wines seem to me. Moderate fizzy carbonation that seemed a little prickly. Lingering alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice Barley Wine, well balanced for sure. I didn’t mind the 12% alcohol at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2672) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle from South Bay. Fairly dark amber in color upon pouring. Slightly sweet aroma of sugar and dark fruits. Some hops as well. Somewhat malty up front. With a moderate amount of hoppiness. Fairly boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
37,5 cl bottle. Reddish dark amber colour with a little head. Sweet aroma of malt, candy and hints of yeast. Sweet flavour of sugar, malt and some hoppieness, ends up very alcoholic. So I will put some in my cellar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
This barley wine pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz corked bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of caramel and toffee. Hints of orange. The hops are piney and earthy. Nice balance. It is still a bit alcohol hot. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle (375ml - green, corked & caged). Looks like a really nice IPA/DIPA - hazy copper, average fizzy-creamy off-white head. Also smells like an excellent west coast DIPA - alcohol, roast malt with leafy lactic overtones, and fresh resin/pine/citrus acidic hops overall. The taste - very nice, very alcohol-forward, but the hops seem muted by the alcohol, and there’s a huge tart fruit malt presence that ... I like it, but the acidity make this seem almost sour, I can see "pinecones and soap". Reasonably thick body, not much carbonation, but alcohol and acidity for days, really strong and warming. I’m putting a few of these away, it should be fun to revisit in a year or two.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Super hoppy mess inside this one. There is way more than enough sweetness to balance it out. This is a true three course meal in this beer. First it is hoppy, wonderfully tastes like pinecones and soap, and then malts barge in and fill up the body to a decadent fullness, followed by syrupy molasses and rich rich brown sugary suck candies. An excellent barley wine.


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