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RATINGS: 256   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Super boozy with vanilla and caramel and a decent bit of dark fermented fruits. Good, but could probably lay down for a while.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
750ml bottle $15. I was excited to get a bottle because I heard only 20 cases came to CO. I also remember liking this when I had a taste at GABF five or six years ago. Unfortunately this one was a real disappointment for me. Appearance was about identical to regular Bigfoot, ruby red but less head than the regular. The aroma was quite nice, good whiskey and barrel coming out of the bottle and my glass. The flavor was just a mess for me. Huge bitter hops conflicted with whiskey flavors and then heavy brown sugar, just messy. I think my real problem was that the beer just had too much bitterness that in my opinion does not work well with the whiskey barrels. I would not purchase this again but if barrel aged Narwhal comes out, whew! Serving type: bottle 03-23-2013 16:25:20

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2231) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
750ml bottle shared by jprime. deep orange with an off white head. super sweet, huge barrel. i had a tough time getting through my part of the bottle and we split it 5 ways. not bad but too sweet to be drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at Armin’s with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man. Pour is murky amber brown with little to no head. Big caramelly, toffee, raisins, figgy, prunes, grapey, cola, woody, and bourbon aroma. Taste is caramel, bourbon, slightly oxidized, figs, prunes, raisins, and malty aroma. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty tasty BA Barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750 at Armin's. pours maple bronze. Aroma is oak, fig, light rye. Taste is sweet malt, sticky figs, thick malty rye.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pour out 750 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramelized sugar, dark fruits, nice earth, lots of oak, bourbon, hints of earth and spice. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, oak, nice vanilla, whiskey, finishing fairly bitter, nice and sweet.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boisebeerguy (87) - boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Has this side by side with regular. Completely different beer. Definitely smell and taste the barrel and some vanilla. Very smooth on the tongue, but still very boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1908) - 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 (1178) - 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 (666) - 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


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