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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from Elevated, pours a dark red with a thin white head. Scent is some sweet malt and a big whiskey alcohol aroma. Taste is some sweet caramel and some oaky vanilla with a bit of fruit, decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle @ home from my friend javit.... Thanks! It pours clear deep amber with a medium light tan head... The aroma is raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon... The flavor is just fantastic! smooth, full body, fruits, nice balanced bourbon flavors, vanilla and caramel....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (2062) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle through trade huge thanks to AZBennett! Corked and caged 2013 expedition. Pour has a brown color with nice ruby highlights and a thin coating of tan head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has the promised whiskey barrels done so nicely! Vanilla, oak, toasted custard, brown sugar, juicy wood, caramel, and the distinct malts of Bigfoot. I love that the base beer is there full force but the barrels take it to another level. Mouth feel is medium with good coating and enough carbonation but dialed back a bit from the regular. Flavor brings on the aged malted flavors, light sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit touches, and a bit of hops still lingers. I wish this was widely available it is so enjoyable, it takes a classic favorite to another level while still maintaining what was so good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2033) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Pale amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of fruitcake, bourbon, and ginger. Warming in the mouth with elements of cake batter, fig, whisky, and earth. Medium bodied with a fairly boozy finish. A solid barleywine, but I much prefer the non-barrel aged version.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2007
on tap at the Blind Tiger. Deep amber/brown in color. Aroma is heavy bourbon and caramel, alcohol. Taste is alot of bourbon, caramel malts with a pretty hot finish. Seems to need some age.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2007) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
March 9, 2013 via a big boy bottle. Reddish brown pour with nice head that left a thin amount for a while. Aroma was sweet, malty, hoppy and whiskey in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma. Nice sweet caramel malt up front, then a mild hoppy bitterness and a nice woody and whiskey finish. Maybe even a touch of smoke in the aftertaste. This is very smooth and a nice full body. Glad I got a couple bottles of this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty! Clear brown pour, little carbonation and bourbony sweet aroma. Flavor is hoppy, caramelly booze, oaky and a little sweet. Nicely done. A perfect example of an already great base beer made a little better by some barrel aging.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1993) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tight khaki thin head that fades. Aroma is woody and bourbon malt and yeasty notes. Taste is woody and malty with some spice and hops. Palate is full and chalky with a drying finish. solid Bigfoot!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Aroma of sticky pine resin, maple wood and slight caramel. Pours red with little head. Tastes sweet with nice pine notes, resin, alcohol, tart fruit and slight caramel. Nice but needs to mellow out the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1975) - 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


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