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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
First batch 17.6% released Jan. 2010


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 270310. Amber with small head. Aroma of malt with notes of orange. Flavor is much alcohol with sweet caramel

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle. Toffee colored beer with a cream colored head. Pine and grapefruit aroma with big alcohol notes and sweet caramel. Alcohol flavor with pine, summer fruit, and caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Alcohol and sweet malt linger with summer fruit and pine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1405) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Wowsers kicks me in the face. Too strong to drink. I cant finish this. Thanks john.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2010 version - Pours tawny brown with no head. The aroma has brown sugar, caramel, toffee, English yeast, alcohol and bread. It has a thick rich body thatís smooth and has no carbonation. Starts with weird berries, caramel, syrupy sugar presence, alcohol and astringency. The finish has alcoholic berries and brown sugar. Interesting beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
375ml bottle. Amber with a small white head. Big coriander spice in the aroma with a ton of hot and perfumey alcohol. Very sweet flavor with the same spice and hops struggling to stick out over the thick malt sweetness. Thick fruit and toffee, but mostly sweet and spicy. Big alcohol in the finish. Full and syrupy with low carbonation. Needs a lot of time and I donít think Iíll bother waiting to find out if Iím right.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abio (1773) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2010
For me barley wine, dont seem to get in the category beer, second one I taste, and while the taste is not to bad, the lack of carbonation and foam is a big nono for me as a beer. Dark amber coloured, no head. Lots of sweetness and fruity.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (3653) - 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 youíd 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 isnít always better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle, thanks to Cole for the share. Pours murky orange, thin off-white head, no head. Nose is citrus hops, orange, booze, marmalade, grapefruit rind, caramel. Flavours are quite straightforward, citrus, booze, caramel. Meh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Hefty, unrefined caramel builds a portly body for this bold Barley Wine, as minty, green wooden hop flavors attempt to create some complexity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam floats atop the cloudy pale red.
-Alcohol flavors are overdone considering itís over 17% abv...
-That being said, I would never have drunk this by myself. Way too powerful and just not pleasant enough.
-Brown sugar flavors are overwhelming, even after a few sips.
-The malts donít present much more than basic sugar flavors.

Bottle from the first batch (17.6% abv).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (4120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2011
Like the other worse/worsts malty and too sweet. Not socomplex. Hardly inspiring. Ok.


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