esp0r (2928) - NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at homeUDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Dark amber red, big tanned head. Smells of oak, red wine, malts, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, alot of oak, some sour wine acids, some caramel and candice sugar. Medium bitter finish, quite resiny. The base beer is one of Mikkeller’s better creations; i have to say that red wine barrelling has decreased the total beer experience for me. Still an ok beer; but also a reminder to all that barrel aging is not always the best idea
2012 bottle pours mahogany with a thin cream colored head, some floaties. nose has a big oak and red wine presence. taste has light sweetness, toffee, malt, red wine, oak. medium body, mild booze burn. RasmusOtt (2841) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2012
Pours pours hazy brown with a tiny darker beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, red wine, dark sweeter fruits, ripe plums, apple pie and mellow toffee. Taste of sweet caramel, mellow toffee, wood, red wine, sweet grapes, ripe apples. sweet dark fruits, dark cherries, actually a little bit tart, dryness and warming alcohol. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2011
Tasted on 4/19/11 from a 375mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy red-amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to thin even lace with a bunch of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is tons of brown sugar and bread malt with vanilla and cinnamon oak. The flavor is sweet with molasses and brown sugar up front, moving to spicy cinnamon, vanilla, a burnt bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long burnt bitter, vanilla, and tannic finish. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
375ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Hazy red-brown in colour with a thin but lasting tan head, light lacing. The aroma is of alcohol, wood, lots of caramel, lots of malt, red grapes. The flavour is of alcohol first, lots of wood and earth, grapes and of course wine. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, warming, woody. The barrel took away from the regular beer. Hightly alcoholic.
kevinator (2591) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2015
This gets points for uniqueness. Aroma and flavor of bready malt, caramelized sugar, hops, oak and red wine tartness. Color was deep brown with a red tint. Full palate and a slightly dry finish. ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
January 19, 2013 - bottle shared by BVery. Brown pour with some head and spotty lacing. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit and some spice. Taste was consistent with a red wine finish. Nice and smooth with a medium to full body. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2011 vintage - Murky off brown red pour with a thick light tan head. The slightly earthy red wine and oak come through right away followed by rich syrups light roast malt a hint of alcohol and just enough citrus to let you know there’s hops in there. Average mouth feel for a BW some light creaminess. Thinner than I might have expected. Flavor is well balanced a syrupy molasses like sweetness offset with a hint of toffee and a more English hop styling followed by a dry oaky flavor finishes with the reminents of a dry red wine married together well. Alcohol is noticeable but not problematic. Very well balanced. Good stuff. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle opened at my "Massive Mikkeller" tasting. Opened right next to the regular Big Worse. This one, in comparison, had a nice peppery spice aroma mixed with the boozy maltyness. Took me a while to get around to landing this one but I’m happy I finally got it ticked. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle. Haven’t had Big Worse all that fresh before, so this is the first time I’ve had it with this giant Big Foot-like piney hop thing going on cleanly (even though I know it’s barrel aged). Pours a slightly murky brown with a very sticky sudsy light tan head. Wow, this works way better than I was expecting and the barrel jumps out a lot more than it did in the Blake Hole series, unbelievably awesome aroma, big pine, huge huge barrel and vanilla, almost picks up some whisky-like qualities from the big barrel, some red berries/fruit, alcohol is perfect, lovely caramel, o man this really reminds me of... so familiar. Flavor starts sweet, caramel, then pine, coconut, big woodiness, red fruits/berries, warming alcohol (but in balance), this is like a great freaking American hoppy barreled barley wine, avoids the plasticy quality that I’ve found in the regular Big Worse a few times before, quicker finish though which is maybe the only downfall so far. Medium/full bodied, fluffy sizzling carbonation, quick clean finish. Love it. Can’t wait for the bourbon!