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RATINGS: 252   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a clear browned amber with a thin white head. Warm wood, whiskey, caramel. Big plums, earthy old hops. Lots of plum and prune, chocolate, warm and boozy. Very big, definitely a sipper. Long oxidization and plums with some wood bitterness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6570) - 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
phaleslu (6555) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by a stranger at DLD- thank you, kind stranger, for reading my wants list! Pours a clear tea-amber color with a small off-white head. Man, the bourbon is big in this one. Alcohol burn in the nostrils and on the palate, with vanilla and caramel notes throughout. But the undeniably heavy hops of the Bigfoot shine through, too. Very cool. Medium-bodied, with a sticky, sweet, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent, though might do even better with some age on it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours orange amber with a thin beige head and a slightly sour toffee aroma. There is a very bitter molasses flavor with a dry carbonated finish. This beer is very complex with notes of vanilla booze, raisins and candi sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by Jessica. Mostly clear red orange color. Thin off-white head. Few dots of lace. Woody, barrely nose. Some dark fruit. Little vanilla. Awesome toasty malt, light spice, good vanilla. Some alcohol heat, sort of a light burn. Moderate bitter taste, less sweet. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, kind of drying texture, with the alcohol warmth in the finish. Alright BA barleywine, for me. A lot more barrel influence than I hoped for, a lot of wood, I’d have preferred more balanced. Alcohol is noticeable. Some taste of oxidation? Very interesting, big beer to sip on, though, enjoyable for the most part. A good long toasty aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle - thanks Jeff! Reddish golden pour with a white head. Thinner body. Whiskey is pronounced. Hop aroma as well. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish, thin to moderate tannish head, frothy, little lacing.   Strong alcohol, bourbon, caramel, and graham cracker on the nose.   Seems still a little young, 5 months after I bought it.   Lots of bourbon and caramel on the tongue, sweet maltiness.   Big graham cracker and vanilla.   This one is big, and still rather youthful.   Has a bit of an alcohol bite to it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Loads of alcohol dance from start to finish.   Sweet maltiness, caramel, bourbon, and graham cracker make up the background.   Finishes a little rough, yet big and sweet.   This one would be a great one to age for a few years as it still seems a little green and hot right now.   I wished I saved more, but I got an idea of how it would be down the road, less bitter, less alcohol, with more malt/caramel sweetness (just my style).   As is, real enjoyable even if a little hot/green.   Dang, now I really wished I saved more for aging.   This is one that will absolutely flourish over other similar style Barleywines with a year or two in the bottle.   Only thing I will say is it could stand to actually be a bit heavier/maltier.   Would certainly make it last longer than a year or two.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pour out 750 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramelized sugar, dark fruits, nice earth, lots of oak, bourbon, hints of earth and spice. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, oak, nice vanilla, whiskey, finishing fairly bitter, nice and sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6145) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2013
750, corked and baled. Pours a clear and very dark amber with a big, creamy, surging tan head that doesn’t really stick around. Almost no lace. Big sweet freshcut hardwood and bourbon nose, kinda what you would expect from a BA Bigfoot--that dense maltiness combined with the herbal hops always gives that woodshop smell. The apricot and vanilla from the bourbon blends right in and creates something slightly new. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Hardwoods, molasses, gingerbread, apricot, and vanilla on the mid palate. Long sweet malty finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6068) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2/22/13. Bottle shared by David during RBWG! Amber pour with a solid khaki head. Rich aroma with wood, whiskey, and sweet dark fruits. Rich sweet flavor, plenty of dark fruits and sugars, with wood, barrel, and whiskey. Nice!


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