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RATINGS: 423   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11332) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Bourbon, caramel, wood, vanilla, some dark fruits, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11188) - 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..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

cloudy amber, scant off white head, sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy hops, big sweet caramel malt flavor well blended by sweet vanilla, nice touch of oak, long earthy bitter finish that grows,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Caramel colored pour, decent sized white head. Lacing is prominent. This beer is a mess IMO. Overly resiny, barrel notes almost taste like the damn thing was aged in pine trees. The booze doesn’t help and the damn thing got worse as it warmed. Maybe a few YEARS in the cellar will help? Im not hopeful though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Lightly grainy aroma with notes of honey, wood and vanilla. The flavor is a swirl of toffee, alcohol, oak and whiskey with moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, drying finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. 6k rating two late. Pours a somewhat hazy, reddish brown appearance with a small cream colored head. Huge oaky, sweet whiskey, caramel, herbal hoppy, caramel aroma. Lightly boozy, rich caramel, herbal, floral hoppy, caramel, whiskey, big vanilla, whiskey flavor. Delicious. Fuck yeah.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10293) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark amber, vanilla on nose, toffee vanilla taste, bitter dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (10206) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
Draught at the Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA.
Cloudy deep amber colour with a small head. Sweet and dark fruitiness and sweet syrupy notes in the aroma. Strong dessert wine flavour with alcohol warmth and sweet fruity hops. Super tasty. A truly great dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9993) - 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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