Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2011
375 ml bottle. Cloudy brown colour Small off-white head. Intense vinous aroma with fruity esters and alcohol. Vanilla and oak. Strong sweet flavours. Candy-like. Strong oaky flavours and a very strong hop bitterness. Not even close to achieve balance, but rather intense and rough. Sweet, but also very wooden, hoppy and bitter. Scopey (15747) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bottle at the Cask Pub and Kitchen, thanks to Mes. It pours a cloudy amber colour with a thin lace of head and minimal carbonation. The nose is of dark sticky fruits (prune, raisin and date), honey, brown sugar, bourbon and wood. The taste is prune, date, maple syrup, honey, nut, wood, varnish, orange peel, caramel and molasses. I can’t believe this weighs in at over 19% as the alcohol is pretty well hidden, making this surprisingly easy to drink! jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pours plum brown. Nose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, fig and raisin. Taste is very sweet caramel, honey, molasses, fig, raisin, brown sugar and bourbon barrel. chrisv10 (18506) - DENMARK - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Murky brown/orange with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, fruit, caramel and syrup. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle; 375, 19.1%, Big Worst Barely Wine Bourbon
Poured into goblet glass; murky copper-gold appearance which reds out at the edges. Aroma is alcohol, honey, caramel, marzipan, candi-sugar and floral hops, bourbon and oak.
Taste is honey, syrup. caramel, marzipan, candi-sugar, loads of alcohol, sweet malts, hey, nectar. some treacle, bourbon and oak.Very complex and big but misses the spot for me. A very aggressive beer!
Smudge (13) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Im not a huge Bourbon fan but this beer was great! Not harsh to drink and Mikkeller makes great beers. I would recomend this for someone just getting into the bourbon beers. Great Barley Wine. I loved that it was not over hopped like a lot of Barley Wines are now a days. DaltonDK (5) - Hinnerup, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2011 does not count
Pours an average frothy off-white/tan head that disappears fairly quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Initial aroma is malty toasted nuts that gives way to a moderate hoppy herby/resiny aroma. The taste follows the same pattern, but now is followed by the oaky bourbony nuances from the casks it’s stored in and done in a pleasant manner that is deviously subtle and a joy to drink!. The alcohol is well hidden-you know your not drinking an ordinary pilsner, but you sure do enjoy the 19.1 % that is in it. In fact it enhances the taste, and makes it something you will remember! Mikkeller isn’t afraid to search for and extend the limits if there are any left in brewing!!! Should be served 10-18 degs. C. Brilliant! Pinball (12332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2011
nice capped and waxed bottle
clear amber, small offwhite head.
mild sweet caramelly and malty aroma, caramel, bourbon, alc.
flavor is sweet malts, wood, bourbon, warming alc. feeling, bitterness from the wood, sort of flowery or honey like note. Qute a bitter barley wine, alc. works well with the flavor. Impressive they got to 19.2% alc. w/o freezing it.
The relatively low rate is because i find the beer a bit rough around the edges and i must admint i’ve tasted loads of other barley wines that tasted better. I love the way the wood, alc and hops create a huge bitterness to balance the sweetness. You shouldn’t miss this one, it’s quite an experience. RasmusOtt (2874) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 Aroma of caramel malts, wood, ripe fruits and a bit citrus. Taste is the same along with a huge vinous feel. I think the body on this one is better than the original as I remember it. Alcohol is dangerously hidden . Brilliant! theSlipperyPen (286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
It’s a clear copper-amber beer which raises a finger of short lived off white head. How there can be any head on a beer of this ABV is beyond me. Anyway, the nose is of rich orange malts; there is marmalade, orange peel and even pith. A certain vanilla creaminess can be found but this is all I can pick out of the bourbon aging. I’m very surprised at how fresh this is and amazed at how little booze presence there is. All of the nose is found on the palate; big orange character, big malts and even a little bit of hops. Mouth feel is very thick, syrup like, with a low carbonation. It finishes on the sweet side, adding a cointreau element to the mix. It’s somewhat simple, somewhat sweet, but it does drink like a beer and at 19.2% that’s something.