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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
English: Big Badís big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Dark brown ale with a fairly large and fluffy white head. Lots and lots of sticky lace. Strong piney hop presence in the aroma with a bit of caramel. Very very sticky and thick beer. Sweet with some sherry notes and lots and lots of hops. Wonderful and complex. I wish I had another.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10072) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle from Dilly Deli. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Heavy sweet hoppy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet and alcohol burn finish that was long lasting. This is a standout complex beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
375ml bottle. Pours dark mahogany with a foamy white head with large bubbles forming round the rim. Strong aroma of sweet candy malts, tree bark, piney hops, and a little bit of oaky woodness. Taste is a punch in the face. Very sweet, green, bitter, alcoholic. Unsmooth. This probably should wait for several years to be enjoyed. Has potential but is way too young.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours mahogany with a soft beige head that falls fast. Sweet caramel nose, cherry and tropical fruits. Not too hot for 12%, smooth and hoppy. This is the first Mikkeller beer that I think needs a bit of time, doesít feel like it has mellowed enough, the hops are strong and doesnít taste melded enough on the palate yet, still a bit green.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of cardboard, vanilla, pineapple juice, lacquer/varnish, dust. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Quite a clunker...dull aroma with little to entice (slightly oxidized and a weird dusty varnish-like note that is biting/unpleasant to the nostrils), and a burning, syrupy sweet mouth experience that has an odd sour tang to it. Extremely disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Strong hoppy and malty aroma. Hazy copper color. Slightly salty, rich, and sweet. Pineapple notes. Creamy and warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
A Barley wine that is full of flavor and character. The aroma is mild herbal hops, palate is smooth and malty with caramel overtones. a touch of astringency at the end but well worth your time.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The aroma is very hoppy and sweet with caramel. The appearance is amber with with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall itís good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Courtesy of Degarth. Iím sensing a theme here. Light brown body, very clear and vibrant. No head, just a layer of foam and a few bubbles. Even swirling the glass vigorously wonít release any semblance of a head. Green hops, grass, pine cones, toasted malts and tons of fusel heat. This thing smells like itís about 15%. Missing any semblance of tropical fruits, could be hidden behind all of the heat and hops. Hops and heat dominant the flavor profile as well, with only a slight backing from the caramel and malts. Sticky palate, full bodied and satisfying. Finish is medium length, tons of pine and citrus hops, bitter and pleasing. This one needs a lot more time, but I think it could eventually be a great beer. Itís very good as it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Courtesy of Degarth, thanks. Pours clear copper with tan head. The aroma is grainy, alcohol, pale fruity esters and a bit uninspired. It isnít rich and inviting as a lot of barleywines tend to be. The flavor is herbal, hoppy, alcohol and some mild sweet malts. The hops are pine and grass. Thereís pale malts followed by a decent dose of an alcohol tingle near the finish. I will re-rate this beer with several years of age.


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