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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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First batch 17.6% released Jan. 2010


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Pours an opaque caramel brown with a surprisingly big beige head that recedes slowly, leaving streaks of lacing and legs after each swirl. The aroma has more hops than I was expecting with a biting citrus zing and plenty of underlying caramel malts and the alcohol, though it’s less obtrusive than some of the big Mikkeller brews. Maybe even some caramelized apples as well. The taste is hefty with more alcohol burn than the aroma suggests. The citrus hops are there but give way to the massive sugary sweetness of the malt backbone. The finish has a serious alcohol burn and a scathing bitterness, both of which limit the drinkability. The mouthfeel is sticky and thick, almost syrupy but with a ton of alcohol. This is a massively sweet and boozy barleywine that is definitely not the most drinkable I’ve had in the style. Abrasive but tasty stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Another fine brew provided by Blazer06, thanks again Zack. Pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma is sweet with apples, plums, figs, a sliver of caramel, sweet malts and some mild heat at the end of the draw. The taste is just as sweet and smooth as the nose suggested with slick caramel moving into rich fruitiness from plums, perfectly ripe red apples, figs, apricots and sugar coated pear wedges. It stays smooth, sweet, fruity and yummy defying the massive ABV. Wow!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7013) - Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle picked up from City Beer in SF
Appearance: Pours hazy dark amber with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Grassy hops and sweet malts
Taste: Caramel, sweet malts and brown sugar
Very nice, and drinkable. It goes down smooth, doesn’t taste like 17.6% ABV

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8395) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle shared by Craig, thanks man. I was totally expecting something different. Pours a deep brown color with a medium white head. A very sweet hoppy nose, like hop extract. A super sweet flavor of hops and sugary sweet hop-like flavors. A very sweet hoppy barley wine. It was surprising in that it was quite drinkable, hot and sweet but still drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15264) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2010
Draught at KØ10. Mild caramelly aroma. Cloudy amber colour. Small white head. Burning alcohol. Too sweet.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (23423) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2010
Draught at Copenhagen Beer Festival. Hazy amber, no head.Very sweet. Sugar and pineapple-like hops. Fruity and syrupy with massive alcohol burn and inky bitterness. Too sweet, too strong, too bitter. A good recipe that hasn’t survived the upramping to these extreme levels.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11952) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2010
courtesy of fiulijn - quite clear amber colour and with a moderate head retention; aroma of marzipan and chewy malts with notes of alcohol and solvant; full-bodied and very sweet; a huge alcohol kick, residual sugars and almondy hoppy finish, slightly fruity

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Overpriced 375ml bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Glad I got to tick this beer without shelling out mucho dinero for it. Not worth the price at all. Hazy orangish-amber in color with a well-formed off-white/yellowish head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Lots of caramel and some dried fruit notes, along with slightly faded citrusy hops. Sweet caramel malt is the dominant flavor note. There is also some toffee, citrus (orange/grapefruit/pineapple), brown sugar, and earth. A little unbalanced and boozy, but fairly tasty. Fairly full-bodied and syrupy with an appropriate carbonation level. A little boozy, as you’d expect for a beer of this strength. A decent beer, but just not very good for the barleywine style at all. I looked up "hit-or-miss" in the thesaurus yesterday and it said "Mikkeller." These guys can be really great or really average, depending on the beer. This is a prime example of why bigger isn’t always better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Taste thanks to Chris!
Light orange-tan with a wispy white ring for a head. Strong, funky ipa nose, what I typically associate with Kent Goldings hops, some heavily acidic grapefruit with must and light alcohol. Earthy flavor, more strong hop in citrus, also some off sweetness in marshmallow and caramel. Decently carbonated and more bitter than anything else. The earthy bitterness and sweetness are conflicting here, the creamy, sugary notes in the flavor particularly out of place

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Tampa Wkly Gathering @Datz Thanks Zack-11.2oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and amber color. Aroma is herbal/pine hops, medium malt. Taste is herbal/pine hops, sweet medium malt, some medium fruit.


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