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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Dark malt and old wood aroma. Cloudy brown color with a medium tan head. Moderately sharp beginning with a creamy light alcoholic finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2013
750ml bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, split with Dwm1034. Pours a clear, dark copper color with an off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is whiskey, caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty, boozy, whiskey, a little vanilla, a little oak, molasses, with a sharp, whiskey finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwm1034 (637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Shared bomber with Sherm1016....thanks. Huge nose; definite nose and taste from the barrel aging....definitely a tasty sipper. Thanks! ---Rated via iPad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out loads of vanilla, along with caramel, whiskey and wood. Flavour brings out a lot of heat, but is very complex, bringing out loads of whiskey, booze, vanilla, some caramelized sugar, and caramel. Extremely hot / very boozy - this would do well with some years on it. But even as it is now, it’s quite complex and even drinkable for the ABV and heat. Good, but I much prefer the regular Bigfoot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (366) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Deep reddish-amber, thin off-white lacing. Old school barleywine aroma: toffee, caramel malts, dried figs and dates, tree sap, hints of vanilla, and whiskey soaked wood. Dry bitterness, a bit of spice, quite malty, and full bodied. Too much carbonation for me. Alcohol is present and lingers in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (911) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Pours a cloudy orange-amber color. Aromas of light bourbon and heavy toffee. Mouthfeel is sticky, hot, and heavy. Bourbon vanilla and caramel flavors. A little too much hop presence for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
pours dark black with a brown colour head. aroma of whiskey and licorice. strong oak and whiskey in the flavour and sweetness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
firkinChad (49) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Drinking 2011 bottle. Holy dark fruit richness.. An intense malt, alcohol heat and beautiful bite. Head is white and holds well with nice lacing. I have 2 6pks aging in dark cool place and has been worth the wait. There is this sharp dryness at the end that really plays well with the rich malt and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Whiskey, licorice toffee aroma. Medicinal whiskey, oak, floral hop. Licorice and toffee flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish, thin to moderate tannish head, frothy, little lacing.   Strong alcohol, bourbon, caramel, and graham cracker on the nose.   Seems still a little young, 5 months after I bought it.   Lots of bourbon and caramel on the tongue, sweet maltiness.   Big graham cracker and vanilla.   This one is big, and still rather youthful.   Has a bit of an alcohol bite to it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Loads of alcohol dance from start to finish.   Sweet maltiness, caramel, bourbon, and graham cracker make up the background.   Finishes a little rough, yet big and sweet.   This one would be a great one to age for a few years as it still seems a little green and hot right now.   I wished I saved more, but I got an idea of how it would be down the road, less bitter, less alcohol, with more malt/caramel sweetness (just my style).   As is, real enjoyable even if a little hot/green.   Dang, now I really wished I saved more for aging.   This is one that will absolutely flourish over other similar style Barleywines with a year or two in the bottle.   Only thing I will say is it could stand to actually be a bit heavier/maltier.   Would certainly make it last longer than a year or two.



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