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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
Stuu666 (9804) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark amber, vanilla on nose, toffee vanilla taste, bitter dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9550) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (9504) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9434) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Whiskey barrel aged 750. Like classic Bigfoot, a little rough around the edges. Ample hops and bitterness still shine through the barrels, whic tastes like whiskey, not bourbon. Boozy and big, I think this will sit down well - though I like it now."

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9259) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Conifer needles grow through vanilla and candied fruit in this woodsy Barrel-Aged Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam stays atop the misty dark red.
-Alcohol warmth is perceptible throughout.
-Resinous hop bitterness fits with the barrel character.
-Flavor profile is intense yet all components are well balanced.
-The texture is lush and warming. A refined mouthfeel.

Bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9027) - 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!


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