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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger. Hazy ruby coloured beer with a thin fine bead and low carbonation. The aroma is quite sweet and malty, light cherry and chewy sweet pale/crystal malt, light vanilla and a lot of bourbony sweetness. On the nose there is a lot of fresh Bigfoot aroma with just an accent of oak/bourbon character. The flavour is quite sweet up front however, with the combination of sweet chewy malts and bourbony oakiness countering this sweetness. There is also a young aggressive hoppiness trying to balance the sweetness off. The beer still seems a bit sticky and young however. On the finish there is an interplay of vanilla and sweet caramelly malt that is quite appealing. On balance, I’d say this is a good brew, but not as good as the original. I suspect a year or two will help it immensely.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
750 shared at Craft Ale House. Clear copper pour,, looking a lot like bourbon. Nose is huge and complex; with huge oaky whiskey notes, vanilla, plum, spirity heat. I could smell this one for hours. Tastes rich, complex, with big oaky and whiskey flavors up front, some mid-palate heat, vanilla, plum, hops, figgy fruit, and a smooth, powerful finish. This is one of the best beers I have quaffed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7897) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Beautiful appearance, deep red, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is heavy on the base beer, nice hoppiness, herbal, woody, bourbon is there, plenty of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is like a normal Bigfoot, hoppy bitterness still cuts through. The barrel is mellow in flavor and adds some booze to the alpha acids. Nice tannic notes are added to the dry American barleywine base. I honestly am not always a fan of reg bigfoot but the barrel aging melds with it it just enough to make it better..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7871) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours with an essential clear hued bronze body with a moderate sized off white head that lasts. Aroma still has a lot of hops, pungent pine, grapefruit, pungent alcohol, brown sugar, tannin, burnt caramel and oak. Flavors are very woody, earthy, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses. Big tannin structure, pretty sweet. Bitter, medium oak, tannin upon hops. Not amazingly drinkable. Fuller bodied, lively carbonation and a boat load of tannin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7413) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7132) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a transparent copper orange with a well-lacing frothy white head. Sweet caramel, fresh hops, and bourbon oaky aroma. Starts sweet and viscous revealing lots of oaky complexity and bittering grapefruity hop flavor. A nice tweak on a good beer that hides its alcohol well despite being 12.3%.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours with a mahogany colored body nuanced with copper hues and supporting an off white head of foam. The aroma offers up bourbon and coconut and booze as well as a modest degree of spicy oak and then more bourbon booze at the end of the draw. The taste is almost pure booze and bourbon and I struggle to search for more but I’m not finding anything. Where did this base beer’s great aroma and flavor go? Why was it aged in the barrel long enough to wipe away the beery goodness of the non barrel aged Bigfoot? I’m confused.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and others. The core character of the Bigfoot is not lost here, and the barrel adds lovely sweet toasty marshmallow, vanilla, and rumcake notes to the already chewy malt structure. The hops are here too, but much less evident. Really great stuff, just as I hoped!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6990) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear burnt sienna with a yellowish tan that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount vanilla and sweet grain with underlying toffee and oak. Flavor has more toffee and burnt sugars with underlying vanilla and sweet grains.


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