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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle, 04/28/2013. Mahogany pour, light creamy pour rests to a crema on the surface, thick sudsy lacing. Aroma is foremost bourbon, caramel, and vanilla coconut, sweet dark malts, dark bread, light plum and cherry, still pronounced citrusy piney hops on the end, much like regular Bigfoot, with woody finish. Taste is nutty dark malts and chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and wood, piney hop bite with coconut and bourbon in a long aftertaste, nice. Thick, chewey palate. Overall, back in the day if I were to imagine what Bigfoot would taste like in bourbon barrels, this would be it and I like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2900) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
Tap at Blind Tiger. The aroma is bourbon, candi sugar. The appearance is clear, slightly translucent red/brown, off-white head. The flavor is sweet fruit, bread, bourbon. The finish is light booze, sweet, pine needles. Nice. Good example of where barrel aging doesn’t swamp the base beer, but enhances it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2013
Awesome stuff. I’m a fan of the normal big foot but this one adds so much more. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Smells.of sweet caramel Bourbon. Taste is a nice malty and hoppy whiskey profile that burns a little. Nice big vanilla flavor that lasts and an oak background. Enjoyable and definitely a sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 20, 2013
Scent of bourbon barrel aging, oak, and hops. Has a strong bite of alcohol and also the resiny degraded hop flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1347) - Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2013
Besides scores - Unfortunate nonsensical notes from tasting. I think I prefer the original actually. Very boozy - perhaps too much so. Still very nice, but this is what stood out to me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep , clear, rusty ruby red color with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of coconut, vanilla, oak, whiskey and toffee. Taste of whiskey, coconut, vanilla, oak and toffee notes. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
750ml bottle. Rating #140. Pretty damn good BA barley wine. Great aroma, nice bit of hops still. The whiskey barrel kinda takes something away from what a bourbon barrel delivers, but still tasty. (2670)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1582) - Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours very hazy dark ruby red with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face barrel aged malty barley wine, cherries, strong wood, vanilla, very complex. The taste is very mellow for Bigfoot, strong in wood, vanilla, cherry, but so very smooth. I do get the coconut, which is weird, how does that happen without there actually being coconut in it. Body is surprisingly medium, or should I say slightly lighter than expected, and carbonation is medium as well. I really enjoyed this, even better than regular old Bigfoot, which i am very fond of, the beer that first got me in to craft beer in the first place.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1348) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
Better than the non-barrel-aged variety. Toffee aroma and flavor. Bourbon infusion just adds. Slightly boozy, and slightly alcohol hot if you will, but well balanced and quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17593) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Draft @ Jupiter Sour Sunday, Jupiter, Berkeley, CA. Pours a deep reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Sweetish malty woody bourbon vanilla caramel flavor with weak bitter hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon and caramel finish.


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