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RATINGS: 249   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1833) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
March 9, 2013 via a big boy bottle. Reddish brown pour with nice head that left a thin amount for a while. Aroma was sweet, malty, hoppy and whiskey in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma. Nice sweet caramel malt up front, then a mild hoppy bitterness and a nice woody and whiskey finish. Maybe even a touch of smoke in the aftertaste. This is very smooth and a nice full body. Glad I got a couple bottles of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeahler (39) - USA - MAR 8, 2013
750ml bottle to snifter. Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a puffy off white head that receded very quickly. Smells great! Bittersweet Bigfoot backed up by a sweet bourbon. The barrel isn’t overpowering at all, it’s really nice. Sweet maltyness, vanilla and oak upfront with a nice bourbon middle and decent hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is decent, low carbonation giving it a syrupy texture. Very good stuff, hope they decide to release this again

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Incredibly red. Smooth, rich booze, vanilla and baking spice. Soft and mellow with long, caramel maltiness. No heat. None, it’s almost unrecognizable and it is amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (1877) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak and hops. Taste follows. Very smooth for what it is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Dark, stained-oak and thick enough to block any light at all. Thin but persistent head. Rich, lacquer-laden aroma or furniture-cleaner and alcohol. Drinks with a nice woody base and a whiskey-like warmth to wrap it all up. A beauty for a cold, blustery night. (#4952, 3/6/2013)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamhorror (82) - USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours thick. Held up to light, the color is a dark amber. Without backlight, the color is dark brown. Sniffing, I get a mild coconut scent, hint of vanilla, and a medium scent of whiskey. First sip is pleasant. I held the sip in my mouth to let the flavors hold. I tasted vanilla, and dark fruit accents such as black cherry or blackberry which weren’t overwhelming. Most of all and more enjoyable, the lingering taste is whiskey, woody, and slight bitterness. The sip left a mild film in the mouth which is fine as the flavor lingered. This lingering taste was bourbon and raison. This Bigfoot stands out from the yearly release. Barrel-Aged is more flavorful and enjoyable. The only draw back, I should’ve bought two bottles instead of one. Once this beer is off the shelves, that’s it. You’ll never find another unless you buy from a collector who is willing to sell.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Caramel colored pour, decent sized white head. Lacing is prominent. This beer is a mess IMO. Overly resiny, barrel notes almost taste like the damn thing was aged in pine trees. The booze doesn’t help and the damn thing got worse as it warmed. Maybe a few YEARS in the cellar will help? Im not hopeful though.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Really surprised this one isn’t up there. Brown sugar earthy vanilla molasses dripping with honey coated raisins pine cone caramalized liquid yumminess slathered in the time of wooden whiskey vessels

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (762) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Fairly small head despite the apparent carbonation when opening. Nose is subdued and really malty to me. Flavors of toasted coconut. A bit boozy on the back end. But, perhaps that will diminish with some aging. So different compared to the normal BFBW I drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1966) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty! Clear brown pour, little carbonation and bourbony sweet aroma. Flavor is hoppy, caramelly booze, oaky and a little sweet. Nicely done. A perfect example of an already great base beer made a little better by some barrel aging.


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