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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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Our Bigfoot Barleywine is a craft beer legend. Each winter, this beast of a beer appears and wreaks havoc on unsuspecting palates with its intense bittersweet flavors. This year—in honor of the 30th Anniversary of this style-bending brew— we’re releasing a very special version of this cult classic: Aged in oak whiskey casks for nearly two years, this barrel-aged Bigfoot is incredibly complex. The assault of resinous hops has mellowed, and the influence of the wood has shifted focus toward the malt—with rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins. Grab this elusive beast while you can, because it won’t be around for long.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2306) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle with beerandblues2. End of a vertical tasting. Pours hazy medium brown with a thin off white head. Smells like alcohol, tobacco, vanilla, and spice. Tastes bitter and sweet, flavors just like the smell. Thick feel, medium body, and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9985) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and bourbon with dates, caramel and toast malt, spicy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, moderate hops and bitterness with spicy bourbon, oak and vanilla notes with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5549) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Draft at pony bar HK with Linh. Can’t believe I’ve never logged a review for this. This is one of those barleywines that flaunts the subtly of hops while maintaining the composure of a nearly 13% beer. Balance is the key here, with nothing underrated or over dominating.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (535) - Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
From 750-ml bottle; drank in early January 2013. Pours a clear caramel color with a filmy head. Syrupy-sweet aroma of caramel, lot of booze, and toffee. The taste is similar, with syrup, caramel, treacle, and oak all harshly creating a quite hoppy, acidic, woody flavor. Very gritty mouthfeel; extremely dry finish. This brew desperately needs some cellar time, as it’s way too sharp and the different flavors are all in the forefront competing instead of complementing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10082) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, oak,carmel, toffee, fruittiness and light sherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, toffee, sherry, dark fruit and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle, thanks Bruce. Pours a beautiful dark amber with off white head. Aroma is quite resinous, varnish, caramel, pine, vanilla. Taste of wood, vanilla, resinous, caramel, toffee, biscuit. Oily and sweet with a bitter finish. Nice but a lot of the hops from the standard version are lost.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14960) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
bottle at home ... thanks to Bruce ... copper brown ... thin white head ... soft toffee malt nose ... light whiskey ... soft toffee malts ... sweet fruits .. mellow juicy ... soft whisky linger ...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gowdy (737) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle at Craig?s house. Dark brown and a little hazy, some hint of amber. Started with head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear copper pour with a thin beige head. Nose of malt, grassy hop and whiskey. Malty and caramelly flavor with light whiskey character before a big hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2967) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Deep brown body, large light tan head, sudsy lacing. Rich dark malts, bourbon, booze, roast, earth, and caramel. Full bodied, assertive carbonation, a bit hot in the finish. Should improve nicely with about a year on it to take off some of the heat and mellow the carbonation a little.


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