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Mikkeller X Barley Wine 2006/2013

Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
3/4 of the experimental X series presented by Mikkeller at Københavnske Øldage 2006. X Barley Wine is Big Bad’s big brother........ ;-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2006
Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2006. Orange-reddish with a very small head, that disappears quickly. Sweet fruity aromas of mangoes, papayas, loads of honey and some toffee and, of course, hops galore. The mouthfeel is massive, soft and the alcohol leaves a nice warming afterburn. Very sweet but balanced by the bitterness and the alcohol. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
Draught. Dark orange colour with a small beige head. Heavy barley, fruity, caramel, pinetree, hoppy aroma and a sweet fruity, dry pinetree, floral hoppy taste. Full body with a sweet bitter dry finish. Great!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2006
Keg @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 20 May 2006
First public glass from the cask! Big wonderful cheesey and hoppy aroma with dark fruits thrown in. Like rum raisins. Sweet, bitter, some acidness - just like it should be. Long nice clean ande warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2006
Draught @ KØ 2006: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma is sweet, caramelly, fruity has notes of alcohol. Very dense aroma. Flavour is sweet, flowery, caramelly, herbal, fruity and has a distinct alcohol note. Is full in the mouth. Ends on a very bitter note with some sweetness and a nice warmth on lips and palate. Very good american style barley.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2006
Slight hazy orange-amber colored beer with warm orange to red colored glow. This beer has a stabile beige froth that leaves a fine lace. Aroma is super complex and has a smooth and elegant caracter. In the taste you can detect hints of fine XO Cognac, soft tropical spices, cedar wood, cigare box, flowers, loads of honey, soft caramel, crispy herbs and hops, and last but not least, truckloads of sweet barley. The taste is on the sweet side, it leaves a complex touch of all sorts of fine degistives like soft pure malt whisky’s, Calvados, and smooth XO cognac’s. Also hints of rich honey, cane sugar, flower-pollen, the bark of birtsh tree and the bitterness of the fine selection of hops. The afthertaste is sweet nutty, very well balanced and levels it all with this complex bitterness of hops. The taste of this brew stays very long in your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
On tap at Ølbaren. Dark amber (reddish) in colour with a large off-white head. Looks very good. Hoppy with a nice sweetness. Also a very nice dryness. Notes dark fruit, spices and maybe a hint of pine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12955) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2012 Orange beer with a lasting tan head. Fruity aroma - dried fruits, some hops, some roses, some wine. Relatively bitter flavour with some alcohol. Overwhelming full body, and a long lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
Cloudy orange colour with a small off white head. Solid hoppy, pineapple fruity aroma on a malty caramel sweet background. Vague pine and alcohol notes. Malty and caramel sweet flavor with a wellbalanced hoppy fruityness. Dry, bitter finish with pine notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2006
Draught. Cloudy orange coloured with a small beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and pine needles. Flavour of caramel, pine needles, cardemomme and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
[Another century is turned with a MIkkeller beer - this time rating number 6200] Except for Beer Geek Breakfast Draft Version, this is the Mikkeller beer I’ve had the most of - having it on draft at Ølbaren 1.5 kilometers from my home is nice (as long as it lasts). I have no less than three ratings of this from different enviroments and different stages of drunkedness that I’m combining. The scoring for all three ratings are identical - but the descriptions are more or less thourough.

A hazy dark orange - almost amber beer with a nice creamy and lazing light brown head. The aroma is very sweet and very powerful with primary notes being a combination of malt, alcohol, and hops in a delicate balance, combined with notes of caramel, fresh peaches, over ripe fruits, and citrus. The flavor is like drinking a thick hop juice with a strong alcohol presence, which tickles the tongue and burns slightly in the throat. The flavor also contains more relaxed but still pronounced notes of caramel, wood, and fruits. In the end the hops gain in strength with a strong bitterness, that balances out the sweetness very nicely. The bitterness in turn mixes with a dryness caused by the alcohol for a long lasting dry end. The alcohol gives it a powerful body. This is a Barley Wine with a lot of character.

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