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RATINGS: 266   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 (750ml bottle thanks to Corey!) clear medium blonde/amber, dark tan bubbles. Nose of rich vanilla, graham cracker, toasted oak, candied citrus and caramel. Taste of toasted oak, vanilla, wood esters, rich and complex. Excellent linger. I highly suggest letting this one sit around and warm up, because it was quite a bit better as it got warmer. Not an amazing beer... yet. Probably needs a year or two to really shine, but a very above average beer for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4338) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2013
750 ml bottle. Muddy brown pour. Some caramel. Bit of whiskey throughout the taste. Some burnt sugar. A bit hot but maybe in that sugar. Interesting even if not what I expected. I thought there would be a richer tone to the flavor and more body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickyleepotts (99) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2013
This was VERY hard to get, and the entire state of Arizona only got 30 cases of this stuff. But I managed to get my hands on 3 bottles, and drank one last night. Bigfoot was gross this year, but the bourbon REALLY opens this beer up. It is a little hot, but the other two bottles I have will sit in the cellar for 1 and 3 years to see how time changes the flavor. Glad I was able to get my hands on some, because this is a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 17, 2013
O dear friend, please foirgive me my transgressions. Your close relative, the elder Yeti is a close friend of mine. We have know eachother years. I rarely like it when somone soaks in a tub, unless it is me in and with a hot one or a proper sour being created properly. So, your having soaked your bones in a barrel did not do it for me. That said, not bad at all. I wished like crazy I liked you more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3681) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a very dark amber brown with a khaki head. The aroma is thick with lots of caramel, vanilla, raisins and whiskey. The flavor is nice with some barrel, caramel, vanilla, rye whiskey and raisins with strong bitterness. It has a thick body with a big burnt wood bitterness in the finish. It needs some age to tame the IBU’s...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (386) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Poured from 2013 bomber bottle. Thick on palate with reddish clear pour. Notes of vanilla and sweetness and bourbon barrels. Borderline maple flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2309) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Corked bottle. Pours murky dark brown with a decent bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. Aromas are whiskey, caramel, vanilla, and toasted wood. Taste is very boozy. The aging took out almost all of the hops. Kinda syrupy now. Mostly just whisky, caramel, and barrel notes. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the finish though. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Kinda disappointed here since I love the regular version. This is still solid but I was expecting more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7229) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours with a mahogany colored body nuanced with copper hues and supporting an off white head of foam. The aroma offers up bourbon and coconut and booze as well as a modest degree of spicy oak and then more bourbon booze at the end of the draw. The taste is almost pure booze and bourbon and I struggle to search for more but I’m not finding anything. Where did this base beer’s great aroma and flavor go? Why was it aged in the barrel long enough to wipe away the beery goodness of the non barrel aged Bigfoot? I’m confused.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Perhaps the most beautiful pour I’ve ever seen. Thick luscious liquid swimming in a snifter. Deeper than amber, light dances through the glass. Amazing aroma of wood, fruit and a buttery booziness. Taste is, well, harsh. Sweet, thick & buttery upfront, hot booze scorch at the end. The burn subsides as the liquid warms. This tastes very "green" and will most likely be amazing next year...can’t wait!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (624) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Golden, reddish pour, resilient thick head, aroma of malt and carmel. Taste is balance of malt, carmel, brown sugar, and hop bitterness. Very similar to the regular brew, with some subtle wood barrel notes. Palate is substantial, and finish is moderately bitter with mildly complex malt in the background. Enjoyable, but not outstanding, especially for the price.


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