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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Cryotek's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - APR 5, 2008
Smells fruity, spicey, sweet liquor, and alcohol. Golden amber brown color, dirty and merky looking. Tastes very strong, like cooked sweet caramel liquor, other brown sugary fruit tastes, and spices. Sweet warming finish. Very good and very strong tasting.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkopen (1013) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2016
375 ml bottle. Cloudy brown colour, thin off-white head. Sweetish malty aroma with dried fruits, caramel, nuts and citrusy hops. The flavour is slightly sweetish malty, with grapefruit, orange, raisins, plums. Warm and bitter hoppy finish. Very tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gluepot (352) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
On tap at the ChurchKey, DC. A rich, dark amber beer with an off-white head. A lovely sharp and fresh nose with various fruits, some booze and biscuit malt. There are a range of sweet, fruity and roasted elements here, all in a great blend. Caramel, ripe berries, orange, lemon, biscuity malt and tropical fruit work well together. The body is rich and dense. Nicely discernible but well blended tastes. Everything you could ask for in a big Euro BW.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2755) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Bottled:
Dark brown with a thick head. Aroma is toffee, dried fruit, brown sugar and some hops. Thick mouth feel. Sweet, malty taste with notes of toffee, hops and some warming alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8233) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2016
12.7 oz bottle at home. Pours a clear dark caramel brown color with a few random bubbles. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, toffee, dark ripe fruit, raisins, wood, figs, candi sugar, very little carbonation but I don’t mind that with this beer, strictly a dessert type beer, surprising that it isn’t hot, I have had this in the cellar for a bit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DwarfeD (2366) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
375ml bottle at our holiday home in Travemünde. Hazy reddish brown with a medium white soapy head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced bitter and sweet tones. Caramel, malts, pine, tropical fruits, raisin and spices. Very good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hrabren (644) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 24, 2016
Shared with Marko and Ogi. Pours light brown, not really lasting head. Nuts, hazelnut, jaffa cake. Taste: wine acidity, candy, licorice. Full body, hidden alcohol. So-so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (686) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, bread, dark fruit, hops, citrus and grapefruit.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque orange/brown beer with a slight/medium off-white/beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and dark fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread, hops, citrus and grapefruit.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alvaro78 (172) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2016
Buen aroma maltoso pleno Color miel y buena carbónatacion Sabor maltoso con final seco. Se nota el alcohol Cuerpo pleno ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4303) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2016
375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/17/2019. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, raisin, plum, pine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, raisin, plum, pine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, raisin, plum, pine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American barleywine! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Definitely English yeast and malt flavors going on, but it still stays true to the American style on the aggressive citrus/pine hop character. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
avantdagare (187) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2016
2010 vintage. Very little beige head that disappears fast, brown-red body. Nose: Caramel, raisins and figs. Aroma: Caramel, dates, figs, madeira, port-wine. Semi-long ending with some bitterness.


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