overall
98
92
style
Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
English: Big Bads big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Sample @ Coles Barleywine tasting Buffalo NY. Pours a deep ruby color with nice frothy head. Sweet& simcoe hop aroma. Big harsh bitterness right upfront followed by a refreshing caramel malt sweetness. Pretty good. Would like to try once the hops & malts intertwine a bit

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013
2013-08-07, bottle, plastic cork, 7-3-8-4-17=39
bb 02/07/2012, bottled 4 years earlier, 5 years old

Cloudy brown color, no head just a few bubbles. The aroma is nice but mild, caramel, malt, light fudge, light rubber, light sweaty hops. Full bodied, lean, sweet without being cloying, caramel flavor with correct bitterness; there is not much hop character, therefore it starts being similar to a British Barley Wine (OHanlons Thomas Hardys Ale); the final is a bit nutty.
Very good.

2013-03-23, bottle, plastic cork, 7-3-7-2-13=32
bb 18/03/2014, bottled 4 years earlier, 3 years old

The color is muddy brown, strange, with no carbonation, and basically no head, just some big bubbles. Aroma of malt, caramel, some dust, alcohol, light tobacco. The mouthfeel, without carbonation, is quite oily; some malt and caramel flavor, still semi-sweet but not as it used to be, with punching alcohol presence, and a dusty feeling; the bitterness is quite strong but not excessive.
Didnt age with grace.

2009-05-11, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Cloudy brown color. Still a very powerful yet balanced Barley Wine, round, mature, with a good share of fruity American hops, extremely sweet and bitter, can drink on and on

2008-10-17, draught at lbaren, 9-5-10-5-18=47
Red mahogany color. Huge creamy head. Wonderful hoppy aroma, with delicate fruits, malty. Extremely sweet, syrupy, strong caramel flavor, powerful, with the necessary strong bitterness; getting nutty at the end. Very well hiding the alcohol. One of my favorites.

2008-09-30, bottle, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Beautiful hazy amber color, huge head, reducing to a short cap but persistent. Very nice malty aroma, perfumy, positively soapy, creamy, hoppy. Good body, full malt and caramel flavor, not sticky but very sweet, and perfectly complemented by the good hopping; almost fruity. Where were we? Better than I remembered. It has been bottled 3 months ago, so the improvement is not due to the maturation. Excellent.

2008-02-14, corked bottle, plastic cork, 37.5 cl, bottled 2007-08-14, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Pours a chestnut color, with a medium creamy head. Even the plastic cork smells of noble hops; the aroma highlights immediately malt, caramel, some vanilla. It has a good caramel flavor, that is sweeter in the front and darker at the end; powerful hopping, but difficult to distinguish Cascade or Centennial); at the end its well bitter, mainly with burnt sugar and hops, not much malt or sweetness left. Many elements (reduced sweetness, medium body strength, fiery warming perception) make me believe that this beer should have stopped earlier its fermentation. A good beer, but I enjoyed more the Big Bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5977) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a very hazy softly carbonated dark brown colored body and thick foamy lacing. The aroma was hoppy malty and mild vinous. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a biting vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of strong biting hops and dark malt. Yet it was smoothe and well balanced despite the bite. iT also had a burning sensation in the back ot the throat. I fould it to be a strange but good combination. Rather yummy in the end. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle at Coles Barleywine Fest. Rich ruby amber, thin tan head. Nose is honey & rich malt, hoppy with a good dose of alcohol. Flavor is hoppy sweet goodness, candied fruit, alcohol, bitter & tart. Quite fruity in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
(Thanks for sharing Yaniv!) Reddish brown with a thin tan head. Big sweet malt over a strong astringency in the nose. Amarillo for of orangy hops. FFF sort of resiny quality. Light and alcoholic, with a bit of strangely light viscosity to it. Sweet alcoholic American barleywine. Astringent hops. Sweet. A bit of dark fruit. Lingering woody dusty booze. Not a bad beer at all, but barleywine seems to be not quite the right label!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12.7 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy deep rust with a moderate tan head that lasted until about mid-glass. The aroma was huge with tons of fresh orange, apples and raisins with notes of caramel as well. I probably inhaled this beer six or seven times to take it all in before I had my first sip. These elements are also present in the flavor, just not as intense and not as harmonious either. The caramel is a bit weak and the fruit flavors are a bit drier and somewhat short-lived. Theres also a definite alcohol flavor present which may be the culprit. Long bitter finish similar to the pith of an orange that lingers well beyond the swallow. I generally prefer less bitterenss in my barley wines, especially one that lingers this long.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Thanx to ElMatador for this.Pours a reddish color with a nice sweet aroma.Malts, caramel sweetness, and a mild dose of hops.Finished off slightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3322) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2008
A very different barley wine. Not a big fan of the style but I see a very distinct difference between American barley wines and those from across the pond. Aroma was huge and very hoppy. Grassy hops all the way with some caramel. Pour was a thick flat brown with a thin film for a head. Taste was very hoppy and bitter. Hops throughout with some peppery caramel malt that bites the sides of the mouth. LIttle carbonation. This beer hides the alcohol very well. Not bad for a style I am not fond of.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Sample Hotshots Feb Indy tasting 2007 bottle - Aroma is smokey, tobacco, caramel, alcohol and earthy hops. Pours clear brown with no head or lacing. Flavor starts with sweet caramel, fills in with tobacco and brown sugar, then finishes with tart earthy hops. Palate is sticky and bitter. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgiskOlklub (1069) - Viby J, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle 37,5 cl. Spare, creamy white head fast diminishing. Spare lacing. Lightly cloudy, brown/ruby colour. Aroma of wine, port and brown sugar. Full body, sticky texture, alcoholic and bitter finish. Well balanced flavor.


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