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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3863) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle shared, poured a caramel color with aromas of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, booze, and some light dark fruit. Flavors follow suit with a litle booze on the back end. Thanks to the person who shared this a nice beer that I am glad I got to try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
750mL bottle. Pours a thick and cloudy, deep copper brown with an off-white, heavy-duty (industrial-grade) head, outstanding retention. Mad lacing. Nose is bourbon-barrel, caramelly malt, dried fruit, some vanilla. Mouth is boozy and sticky, semisweet up front, then dries out and hits a long, almost tanniny hoppy bitterness. This is markedly better than the standard Big Foot (which I really didn’t care for), but it still has a finish that tastes like old pennies, which I could do without. I will admit though, that last part aside, this is a decent barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
2013 release. Even deeper caramel mahogany than normal Bigfoot. Fast dissipating head. Huge oak vanilla character on the nose. Nice malt up front, but then the whiskey and oak characters take over. Wood tannins, vanilla, slight oxidation. And almost a spice character. I’m loving how the beer has interacted with the spirit and barrel characters. Delightful.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is bitter with soft vanilla, toasted coconut, floral hops, soft wood notes, booze, caramel and soft citrus. Taste relaxes on the hop bitterness and thrusts more toasted coconut, vanilla, and wood to the forefront along with citrus, dark fruit, pine resins, caramel, brown sugar, chewy malt and booze. Body is medium-full and chewy with dense carbonation and medium to full alcohol warmth. Ends with a bit more of the hop bitterness, softer coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit notes, sticky malt, brown sugar, wood and citrus notes. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1250) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
A - pours caramely red with 1 finger reddish brown head. No lacing. S -whiskey comes on strong up front. The alcohol over powers subtle aromas of the barreling. Notes of coconut, vanilla, raisin bread, banana esters, oak. Caramel malts and mild rubbing alcohol take over the end. M - medium bodied. Tacky feel with dry end. Average carb. Unrounded (choppy feel). Long malty and bitter end. T - tastes come as barley wine then barrel notes then malty overpowering then long soapy bitter end. Unsmooth transitions. Dark fruits, grains, raisins first. Oak, vanilla, warm whiskey, vanilla, toffee, coconut comes next. Honey, brown sugar and caramel malts make this brew too sweet on the palate. Long bitter grassy end with malty under tones. The end has a strange astringent/antiseptic burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (832) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sample pour from Ron at World of Beer Tampa Palms.. Nose is smooth caramel and booze up front. Bourbon is coming through nicely. Flavor is super solid with plenty of rich malts and caramel and a healthy dose of bourbon to keep it going. This thing lingers for a minute or two, and it’s worth every sip. I’m a fan, and quite happy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamah (214) - - MAR 10, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 The aroma is of vanilla and whiskey. It has clear reddish color. The taste is super sweet which is a major disapointment because of how hoppy the regular bigfoot is. There is some bitterness to it but it gives way to the super malty sweetness right away. Personally I want get a regular bigfoot and mix the two to make easier to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1900) - 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 (42) - 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 (1760) - 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.


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