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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (7653) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4/VII/15 - 75cl bottle from a trade, shared @ RBBSG IV - BB: n/a (2015-873) Thanks to ??? for the trade!

Clear red brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: chlorine, sweet malts, some chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, bit of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: spicy, quite some cinnamon (is this still from the Hardywood???), sweet, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, little bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsnicholas (502) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2015
(Bottle 750ml $15 from Costco). Ruby color with 2 finger creamy off white head. Aroma is mostly sweet whisky. Taste is whiskey with quite a noticeable alcohol burn. I usually like that, but this seems either too much or something. Then in the end there was some bitterness, but it had a metallic taste. Not a fan of this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (3737) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
75cl bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, June 15, brought back from the US of A by Jeremy. Many thanks. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Taste brings forth a pine needles smoothie with a huge Kentucky bourbon influence. Oaky with sharp alcohol notes. Although I’m not massively into whisky this was still a complex and captivating beer that I doubt I’ll see again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3879) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2015 On tap at the brewery taproom in NC. Beautiful clear copies colored body is topped by a surprisingly durable head. This has a bit more input from the barrel aging than I prefer. The barleywine base is not completely masked but is dominated. Feel: Too much heat in the feel; this would certainly benefit from some aging.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (1121) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Review #1000--had this in the basement 5 months. alcohol, grapes, toffee, resin are the aromas.cake with chocolate buttercream is my first taste—chocolate, butterfat, sugar (rounding out to caramel, a bitterness that isn’t citrus or resin but is partially alcohol, oak and a hint of vanilla. Clear red brown with smooth tan head. The mouth is happy to have this beer inside, however briefly. Balanced, diverse and mighty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. Deep amber, light red hue (that might be also just the lightning),… Thick oily caramel, sweet cooked apples, vanilla & bourbon nose,… Taste is smidge thin with sweet vanilla, caramel, cooked & caramelized apple, sugar, sweet candy,… Creamy, faintly metallic body,… Very yummy, could be even better but already very yummy beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12338) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG 2015. Clear red color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, sweetish, firm bitter, a hint of dark fruits and quite heavy on the alcohol. Medium body, suitable and quite suitable carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1672) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing Tderoeck. Bourbon, boozy, vanilla, oak, hops, nice but maybe a tad too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2685) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Pours a deep copper color with a foamy off white head. Notes of vanilla, whiskey, dark brown sugar, figs, and smoke. Not much of the original bigfoot character remains.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4528) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2015
750 mL bottle. Deep Amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is of booze, piney hops, brown sugar, whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Taste is of whiskey, booze, oak, malt, pine, herbal hops.


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