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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (427) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at the SN taproom. Mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla character and bourbon. Flavor is dark fruits with bourbon and vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a long dry finish. Overall a nice barley wine with some good barrel aged notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (746) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Sierra Nevada. Aroma is boozy. Flavor is like bigfoot. I do detect that it is barrel aged. Oaky slightly vanilla. Finishes really dry. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Brown in color with an off-white head. A bourbony barleywine (of course) in the start and finish in both aroma and taste; vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut. Fantastic!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8395) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ Frank’s (Ramnuts) tasting, thanks to Michael - 06/11/12. Lightly obscured dark amber with a thin off white head that soon clears to the edges. Nose is sweet toffee, caramel, sugars, Chanel perfume, sharp booze. Taste follows nose in most respects, dates, pruncs, dark fruits, light paint stripper (yeah - like I know what that tastes like!!!), boozy - a little on the harsh side. Full bodied with lihght carbonation lending towards a boozy finish. (notes for self - aged in scotch whisky barells)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20303) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Draught@SBWF2012. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is wood, alcohol, toffee, caramel, fruits and some mild resiny notes. Flavour is sweet malts, some fruityness, alcohol, wood and mild toffee and vanilla as well. Balanced and rather mellow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3733) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Draught @ SWBF’12

Pours dark reddish with a foamy head. Aroma of malts, caramel, wood, oak, vanilla and hints of hops. Taste is malty and sweetish with a lot of wooden notes, oak, vanilla and hops. Finish is sweet and malty. Nice, quite tasty and well aged barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1265) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
This was tasted on my birthday dinner at the Commerical Taproom in Richmond. The BigFoot 2007 poured deep dark brow with a nice head in a sniffer glass. It is strong ale with the taste of prunes aand dried fruit. The higher alcohol is detected but pleasant. The head laced down the glass with soft carbonation. The finish had some bitterness. This a beer to enjoy slowly. It is a complex beverage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
snifter @ hard liver - one of the ones i went right after on the first day; light amber with slight cream head; subtle bourbon aromas add a more rich dimension to the flavors over the regular edition; caramel, some fruit and nice amount of sweetness; texture is a little thin and overall just a delight

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Hard Liver ’08
Golden-brown and bright. Boozy, fruity, calvados aromatics with brown sugar elements. Fat body. Lots of booze, hints of wood and vanilla, caramel, chocolate and toast. Big flavour, lots of fun.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (668) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Poured from bottle a hazy amber with off-white frothy head. Aromas of grassy hops, malty caramel and toasted oak. This was like drinking two beers in one. The first flavors come in as the big barley wine it is, with gratefruit, grass, floral hops and alcohol warmth, but these flavors are then followed up by a smooth caramel maltiness and vanilla oak. Both taste were good but perhaps it need more aging to blend the two together.


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