dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Worst Barley Wine
Pours pale golden with a very small head. Oily appearance. Does not look like a barley wine and generally ugly. Aroma is apples and Left Coast Asylum trippel with a lot of alcohol. Some lemony notes. Flavor is a little tart on the front end and crazy boozy on the finish. Apples and light fruit abound. Big as big can get. Really good, but does not feel like a barley wine, more like a strong pale Belgian. I heart Mikkeller.
baggio (319) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apperance: Orange with a small, beige, head.
Aroma: Citric notes, Caramel, Hint of alcohol and pine.
Taste: Caramel, Alcohol, Berries, Citric notes and some syrupy notes.
Palate: Low carbonation with massive sweetness that is held somewhat back by the massive amount of hops used. Way more balanced that i expected it to be.
I was very impressed by this brew. Even though it is quite sweet there has been an effort in trying to hold the sweetness in check by using alot of hops. This was a perfect nightcap.
AlbertC (276) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet, boozy, malty. Taste is wonderfully thick, wood, some fruits and warmth.
M82 (269) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance & Aroma: Slightly desaturated apple juice colored pour fills the snifter a dried apricot deep orange, bone white 1/2" head of variously sized bubbles settles quickly to a perforated sheet and delicate ring
Baked apples rolled into cinnamon, spots of raisins, basically doughy cinnamon rolls, recognizable and familiar layered aromas, alcohol is present, but does not dominate
Taste & Palatte: Crisp acidic apple notes melt into warm spices and rich vibrant caramel malts, individual flavors create unified sense of gourmet cinnamon rolls dipped in brandy, so tasty, raw honey dipped green melons emerge as it warms, familiar flavors create a complex comfort dessert, so rich and warm
Somewhat runny, diluted syrup with a soft drying finish, coating mild alcohol burn is really quite nice, smooth considering alcohol level
Warm and spicy, refreshing and comforting in one beautifully powerful yet mellow barley wine, beer as comfort food, gooey brandy drizzled cinnamon rolls, fantastic
Following review, finished snifter with French D’Affinois double cream cheese and Lars Own Swedish ginger snaps, great suggestion from The Better Cheddar here in KC
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 Hmm... Thought I’d more or less retired myself in terms of entering my ratings. This little number changed that... (at least momentarily).
Sample at Ølbutikken (Thanks, Jeppe!) and bottle split with my brother. Served in Riedel white wine glass.
Slightly hazy dark amber with decent tan head.
The aroma is wonderfully c-hoppy, fat’n’fruity, and enticingly aloholic without being even slightly harsh. Yum!
Flavorwise, it’s intensely and freshly c-hopped, deliciously sweet(ish) - the ’ish’-part due to the violently aggressive and bitter hop onslaught without which it would certainly be very sweet indeed. But then again; 400 IBUs ought to make themselves known somehow... Huge fruit notes collide with abovementioned Jaws-like citrusy hop bite and sugary goodness and end up completely over the top and yet somehow utterly, perfectly balanced. Like having an intensely ripe, sugardosed and alcohol-laced grapefruit shoulder-tackled into your mouth by a brutally no-nonsense 250-lbs. linebacker who somehow knows what’s best for your tastebuds (if not for your liver...).
At this point words fail me. Somehow my glass is empty. The evaporation rate of liquids in this room must be tremendous. Yes, the mouthfeel is luxuriously full and smooth, yes the drinkability is ridiculous for a beer of this potence, yes, it is the best extreme beer I’ve ever tasted. But it’s gone.
What’s all this crap about the glass being either half full or half empty? My glass is definitely, completely and irrevocably empty. Just like that. Wait.. Wha... How did that happen? YOU THIEVING BASTARDS!
NEED MORE BIG WORST. NOW.
How ’bout now? I’ll promise not to break any more fragile stuff?...
Big Worst? Just a sip?
[At which point the previously hibernating rater - briefly turned active - staggers off to the kitchen in search of the three (yes, three (3!) bottles stashed for an upcoming tasting event. Mad laughter echoes off the walls, dark clouds assemble in the heavens above, and small animals in the vicinity tremble in fear).
How will I ever get to work in the morning?
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a delicious barley wine. Pours a very opaque dark amber color (caramel?) with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit funky. Very floral, earthy, and sweet smelling. You can definitely sense the presence of alcohol in the aroma. Surprisingly sweet tasting. I was expecting a lot of warmth from the alcohol but it was not as strong as I anticipated. In fact, I dare say that it’s a drinkable barley wine! That sounds kind of oxymoronic, but I believe it to be true. I’ve become a very vocal supporter of Mikkeller beers since first tasting the brewery’s offerings a couple years ago, and this is just another example of why Mikkeller is one of the world’s finest breweries. Kudos!
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by Marcus. Pours apple juice color. Aroma is acidic and the flavor is like a brandy. Very creamy and yet smooth.
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a golden, amber, colour with a very short lasting off-white head. Aroma is plenty of hops, caramel, malt. Taste is very good, medium sweetness, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long alcoholic finish.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, candy. Pours a very transparent light orange. Flavor is very much fruity hops. Very tropical fruits, mango, orange, pineapple. Alcohol burn is minimal, surprisingly. Very juicy, malty center. Good hop finish. Surprisingly drinkable and hoppy for a barleywine of this magnitude.
Peregrinari (145) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
too sweet with an unpleasant sour taste. Astringent in taste as well as aroma. Not really my thing.