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RATINGS: 412   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (13503) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Etched glass bottle. Pours orange amber with off white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, orange candy, dark fruit, sticky caramel and molasses. Full body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Tap sample. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bourbon vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12996) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, oak,carmel, toffee, fruittiness and light sherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, toffee, sherry, dark fruit and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12594) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11837) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and bourbon with dates, caramel and toast malt, spicy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, moderate hops and bitterness with spicy bourbon, oak and vanilla notes with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11784) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Kenny at Bruce’s new place. It pours deep amber with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is wood, earth, toffee, honeycomb, vanilla, coconut and marshmallow. The taste is smooth, woody, earth, toast, bourbon, alcohol warmth, dried fruit, some astringency, vanilla and coconut with a dry, warming finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Perhaps a touch hot, but rather nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Brewvival 2015 Trip #82. Keg at Brewvival. Pours a hazy orange with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spicy, green hops, raw malt, toffee, whiskey. The taste is toffee, citrus hops, caramel, mild bourbon. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11247) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
[2/14/15] Draught at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room in Berkeley. Nice clear reddish amber. Aroma of malt, piney hops, cookies, wood and vanilla. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, a cookie hint, piney hops, wood, vanilla, some booziness and a bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11049) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium thick light tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, oaky bourbon and coconut. Some hops in the background. The finish is sweet with a malt and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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