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RATINGS: 248   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle on the bus, first pour! .. . Pours a deep caramel gold .. . mild foam, spots of lacing . .. woah, very boozy stuff . .. not getting any barrel, just hot caramel and burn .. . what the hell is this?? this isn’t bigfoot .. amazingly disappointed but probably would have gotten a much better score if this didn’t have "sierra nevada bigfoot" on the label .. . . i know, but they were great for throwing. fluttered all over.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1206) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Big thanks to Harold for sharing this beer! Initially, I got a lot of citrusy hop notes with some pine and cedar in the nose. Oak, vanilla, and caramel were present, too. Hoppy! Poured a nice brown with a faint white head. Taste was white oak, some vanilla, hops, caramel, and a bit boozy. Not bad. I’d like to sit on a bottle for a year and then retry this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1704) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty. Pours an amberish tan with some head. Aroma is bourbon with some of the barleywine slipping through. Fruit and caramel notes but mainly the bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
750ml bottle shared with the great OmegaX
Appearance - Deep red body, frothy head
Aroma - Vanilla, whiskey, honey, caramel, citrus
Taste - Caramel malt, hops, bitter citrus, oak, coconut flakes

For a barrel-aged beer, it was pretty hoppy. All of the great boozy qualities remain from the regular Bigfoot, but now with added earthy and oaky undertones. As it warms up, whiskey becomes more apparent with some nice spiciness and warmth after each sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tight khaki thin head that fades. Aroma is woody and bourbon malt and yeasty notes. Taste is woody and malty with some spice and hops. Palate is full and chalky with a drying finish. solid Bigfoot!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5924) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle - thanks Jeff! Reddish golden pour with a white head. Thinner body. Whiskey is pronounced. Hop aroma as well. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Woody herbal bourbon tobacco and caramep. Pours amber thin head. Nice bourbon caramel brown sugar with nice bitterness. Smooth finish. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2013
750, corked and baled. Pours a clear and very dark amber with a big, creamy, surging tan head that doesn’t really stick around. Almost no lace. Big sweet freshcut hardwood and bourbon nose, kinda what you would expect from a BA Bigfoot--that dense maltiness combined with the herbal hops always gives that woodshop smell. The apricot and vanilla from the bourbon blends right in and creates something slightly new. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Hardwoods, molasses, gingerbread, apricot, and vanilla on the mid palate. Long sweet malty finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from Elevated, pours a dark red with a thin white head. Scent is some sweet malt and a big whiskey alcohol aroma. Taste is some sweet caramel and some oaky vanilla with a bit of fruit, decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ellolovey (441) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
750 ml bottle. Caged and Corked. Pours a medium amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is loaded with whiskey. Followed with vanilla, sugar, and sweet malts. Just smells sickly sweet all around. Taste is whiskey, vanilla, sugar, bitter hops. Definitley a sipper. Very sweet. Subtle bitter backbone but not enough to balance the sweetness. Sticky on the palate. Lingering wiskey barrel finish.


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