apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC...The first thing that struck me about this beer is how alcoholic and astringent the aroma is. Not too many of the delicious fruits and spices that are found in the original Bigfoot come through inthe flavor. Even for a barley-wine, this one is really sweet/syrupy. Although the sweetness probably helps to balance out the hotness.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Blind Tiger - man was I excited about this beer - I was a bit disappointed, and regardless of the love others seemed to have for this beer, I found it out of balance - BIG boozy/alcoholic aroma, with a nearly overpowering wood smell, strong vanilla and, of course, bourbon - very apparent alcohol in the flavor, combining with the high sweetness to continue the boozy character that the aroma introduces - the hops have been mellowed a lot from the time in the barrel, and they are replaced with an aggressive oak flavor and vanilla and bourbon - the fruity esters of the original are pretty much gone, and a darker fruit sweetness is in its place - overall too sweet, alcoholic and astringent, but it is still bigfoot, so it ain’t all bad.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Tap @ Blind Tiger: I didn’t get to take notes on this, so I’m rating from sheer memory. Deep rusty amber pour topped by a tan film. Great boozey aroma, roasty caramel, bourbon, wood and a floral hop background. This is a perfect Barley Wine for barrel aging because it’s extremely hoppy to begin with. The bourbon mellows the aggressive bitterness, giving it a warming roasted caramel flavor. The cascade resins still come through to give the perfect balance. This is good stuff.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich bronze color with a nice off-white head. Bourbon/malty flavors with backing hops. Lingering resiny hops with bourbon. Fuller bodied. Nice. Vanilla and oak balanced with hops. I didn’t think they’d pull it off with the bourbon and hops, but it isn’t bad.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at the 2006 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. This barley wine pours a medium amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, oak, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Barley Wine. Malts are caramel and sweet. The oak flavors are still a little harsh, but there are nice highlights of caramel and orange. Its still a little hot and the alcohol is very evident. Some additional aging would help smooth this out. It still has that hop bite of Bigfoot. Nice mix of bourbon, oak and sweetness. Good sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a touch hot.
Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ SN Brewery. Pretty darn tasty but not too high on the wood flavor like some of the other barrel offerings I’ve had. Easy drinking, yet pretty noticeable alcohol. Had as part of the sampler platter, then a 10oz glass. Very good.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of wood and alcohol. Very one dimnsional with wood and vanilla notes. ever so slightly oxidized with no hints of the original bigfoot.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ The Bistro’s Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a deep garnet color with a white wisp on top. Sweet and hoppy aroma with an obvious woody and bourbon note. Sweet/ bitter flavor with more bourbon and some vanilla. Dusty finish. Tastes like it may have a slight oxidation but it doesn’t detract in the least from this beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006: Pretty hazy brownish amber color with a beige head. Dark fruity malt mixed with hops and light whiskey. The flavor started with whiskey notes then some sweet malt and a piney hop finish. what I liked best about this is how the barrel smoothed the beer out. I liked it.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is murky amber with a big bubbled tan head...smell is piney and smokey...the bitterness seems a little subdued...and just a little...otherwise strikingly similiar to regular bigfoot...sweet, but overly bitter...