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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1370) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, 2015 vintage. Had this one side-by-side with the 2013, and I liked it better, so this will be the rating logged. The pour is a golden brown with a short light tan head. This is decently surprising in accordance to all of the other barley wines we’ve had this evening. The aroma is really hoppy. There is a nice bourbon heat to go with some vanilla and a light maltiness. The hops dominate. The flavor is very similar. The hops are huge and bitter with some brown sugar and light malts, before rolling through a nice citrus finish. The mouth feel is excellent. Thick and creamy with a velvety carbonation and a long, dry, bitter finish. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (5167) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle, thanks to Brian. Pours clear hazel, small beige head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is super toffee, bourbon, vanilla, cherries. Flavor is quite sweet, light plus bitter, rich and malty. Medium body, high carbonation, super hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (239) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
A rich, sumptuous BW with intense but well balanced tastes. The casking is very present, but supported by strong taste elements in the barleywine components. Significant American hops, raisins, apricots and a touch of sweet rum work well with the oak and the whiskey casking. The hops create a bite in the aftertaste that keeps counterbalancing the booziness and richness of the other taste elements. Superior.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Conifer needles grow through vanilla and candied fruit in this woodsy Barrel-Aged Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam stays atop the misty dark red.
-Alcohol warmth is perceptible throughout.
-Resinous hop bitterness fits with the barrel character.
-Flavor profile is intense yet all components are well balanced.
-The texture is lush and warming. A refined mouthfeel.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonini (36) - porto alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
bela cerveja. bem maltada e encorpada. presente do amigo Martin. balanceada. otima.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4989) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage, been holding this for a special occasion, today is my 5th anniversary on Ratebeer.com so I think it’s time to crack this. I prefer my Barley Wines slightly oxidized, so I ready for this. Almost no head on a deep clear ruby color. Aroma is subtle in every aspect, dark fruit, deeper malt and whiskey.

Flavor has raisin, figs, light sugar with just a very slight oxidation note through the middle. The finish has the subtle whiskey barrel with lingering oak. The alcohol can’t be found but the warming sensation after the sip is here and gives a slow burn on the way down. The body seems to have thinned out or was never very full to begin with. Oily slick texture across the tongue. After drinking a whole snifter the oxidation notes started to wear on my palate. Should have opened this 9 or maybe 10 months ago. Still all in all a very nice Barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Did a vertical tasting. Started with a 2014 Bigfoot, then 2015 Bigfoot, then finished with this 2015 BA Bigfoot. Quite honestly, they basically all taste the same. Not really getting much more from the BA version, except I paid a lot more. Pretty much a sweet but very hoppy IPA that happens to have some oak and whiskey taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2015
I remember the regular Big Foot tasting a little better. This one has big caramel, booze, some citrus. Well barrelled. Brown pour, some head. Bottle from Dupont Circle store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1538) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting.it is clear amber color with a slight head; the aroma is caramel And the taste is a strong bourbon flavor with oak and vanilla that resonates on the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (4982) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting. Pours a clear cola with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of caramel, oak and vanilla, Tasty.

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