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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 807   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, - FEB 19, 2010
19/02/2010. 375ml corked bottle from Hashigo Zake. Deep amber, pretty clear with big yeastie floaties... nice caramel and candi sugar aroma with mild notes of dried fruit and a hint of floral hop. Carbonation is low, just how I like it. Unfortunately it falls away in the mouth where a sacchrine-like sweetness dominates and a overly warm alcohol note lingers in behind. Bitterness is a shade (or three) light to balance the sweetness and there is little left in the finish to add any redeeming features. This is "worse"... worse than I had hoped for after a very good experience with the same breweries "Fra Til". Still, in making the amazingly diverse range of experimental beers that these guys make, you’re always going to get a few wrong (and certainly I can’t say I’ve ever had anything technically wrong from Mikkeller).


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (5802) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottled 375ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Clear amber coloured, medium sized beige head, dry malty caramel nose. Sweet malty, fruity, strong hoppy and reasonable alcohol presence with light nutty and dried fruits in the finish. Slight caramel and alcohol also in the finish. Despite high ABV easy drinkable brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jorn69 (1026) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen 141024. Malty and caramely with a lot of sweetness, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and sweet with alcoholic notes. Too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3966) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 21, 2014
At the "expensive beer tasting" with heavy, hrabren and ogivlado. Poured a dark, lovely clear amber body with a big off white head, creamy, that went away slowly. Jaffa cakes-style orange in the aroma, lovely maltiness, weak nutty note, sweet, random notes of figs, light alcohol. Sweet malty taste, ending up somewhere between perfumey oranges and roses, though more the latter. very, very good, pleasant malty profily, slightly candyiish.... Oof, definitely a pleasant BW, good one Mikkeller!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist1 (527) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2014
brown copper red beer with a good looking beige head. Great hoppy nose, grain, malt. Taste: malts, hops, psices, alcohol, raisins, fruity (hoppy) touches. Sweet finish, lasting. bit caramel stickiness and some small hop bitterness in the back. Definitely alcohol warming. This feels like the result of a strong hoppy beer with a candy sweet tripel. Complex brew. Real nice beer, but the high alcoholic body in combination with the sweet MF and the bleow sufrace hop bitterness, makes it euhm,.. new. Bit, a bit too sweet for me in the finish, still, can appreciate it a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (576) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
Bonito color caoba y densa espuma marfil. Aromas de caramelo, naranja, jerez. Cuerpo denso, textura maltosa, inicio dulce de caramelo y toffe, naranja y final de amargor equilibrado y seco. Muy rica.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"thick and sweet is spot on for this one. also a touch on the dark side. little-no carbonation. slick full bodied, warming alcohol. a great after dinner sipper, but by the end the sweet was just starting to become too much. very good beer, if you want a beer bordering on liquor. i was in the mood for this tonight, but still prefer more balanced BWs."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (509) - CROATIA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle (from The Bottle Shop in Bratislava); pours amber white small off white head; sweet caramel aroma with malt, fruit, and hops; taste is sweet caramel, sugar, and yeast; has a dry bitter finish; good one

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (75) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Amber in colour. Eggshell head which does not last long. Aroma of tropical fruits; mango and pineapple. Taste of sweet mango and sugarish pineapple (not the sour kind)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1262) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
37.5 cl bottle @ home (2012 vintage). Pours reddish amber with some sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, dried fruit, sugar, and hops - with an ever so slightly alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2180) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Stronger version of Big Bad Barley Wine with off-white, loose and quickly dissolving head and murky bronze colour. Aroma less strong than you would expect from a big barley wine, impressions of overripe fruit, tomato, tobacco, caramel, raisins, cocoa powder. Relatively complex taste, beginning with overripe fruit sweetness, pear, peach, smooth, then honeyish and caramelly malt sweetness, full, bit nutty, bit smoky, peppery, warm liqueurish finish, but not astringent. I had better barley wines, but this was still a great example.


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