magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange. smells of sweet citrus, plum and phenols. Tastes of sweet candy, berries, oranges and finishes with loads of phenols. Body is full. Texture is syrupy. Carbonation is soft.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. The best way to describe this one is by comparing it to the Big Worse. It really it is a bigger, bolder, boozier, and, as a result of its strength, a slightly less complex version of Mikkeller’s "weaker" barleywine. Pour is light, bright golden colored, though thick and oily as well with a ring of bright white head. Lots of big fruity apricots and other heavy fruits, buttery malts, and balanced citrus fruits. Overall, a nice sipper that’s just a notch below is lighter counterpart.
delnoche (466) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12.7fl oz wax sealed bottle poured into a pint glass. Cloudy orange with a small white cap. Aroma is candy sugar, honey, biscuit. Flavor is honey, honey, biscuit, alcohol kick, and honey. Wow. Majorly sweet. Alcohol very warming. Definitely a slow sipper.
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Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Luminescent red, copper colour with a small white head. Aroma is like a hoppy port-wine. Thick and sweet with a punchy and hoppy finish. Lots of citrus and pine as well. Surprisingly faint traces of alcohol. Taste is largely sweet but nicely balanced by bitter and highly aromatic hops. Resemblant of light port, slightly rum-like. Low carbonation, big body, medium duration. Very nice!
uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has alcohol and hops. The flavor is sweet and it has hops and alcohol, in a very balanced way.
M82 (372) - 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
baggio (322) - 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.
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.
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.
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?