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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 28, 2014
Had the privilege of having this amazing brew last night. Pours a cloudy Amber/yellow with a white cream head. You immediately get smells of malts, vanilla, subtle bourbon and good fruit notes. Taste is unbelievably smooth. Get a great flavor from the bourbon barrels. Good woody quality with rich vanilla. Mouth feel is very thick and lingering and the finish is as smooth as velvet. Nice sweet bourbon finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anthony850 (435) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Very big beer with a great whiskey taste. A hint of vanilla coconut. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2641) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl corked and capped poured into a snifter. Clear Amber with small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, and little carbonated. Taste is caramel, wood, and some herbal hops. Pretty heavy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cousin_Larry (767) - - JAN 23, 2016
Had a sampler at Jerkane’s. Im so sick of writing reviews now. This one has a decent toffee flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (2011) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours brown/ruby with lots of smooth creamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is big syrup and oak. Flavours are rye whiskey, table syrup, cheerios, plums, coconut, raisins, vanilla. Taste big sweet med/big bitter. Full creamy body with med/light carbonation. A beauty!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Rusty orange body with a bubbly off-white head. Aromas of wood, booze, caramel malt, sweet fruity esters. Super woody. Rain water and wood. Earthy and boozy. Pretty sweet and finishing dry. Pretty good, though not my thing. If you’re a fan of sweet, malty barleywines, you’d likely enjoy this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1413) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, some floral hops, and bourbon. Flavor it’s similar with a lasting aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pours deep brown with tan head. Mild whiskey aroma. Well balanced between ale and barrel aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (656) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle, dark, slightly cloudy amber, nice creM colored head, some lace. Aroma raisin and dried plums, malt, something spicy, vanilla. Taste is malt, whiskey, oak, vanilla, dried cherries, hint of anise, with a sprucy hops finish. Palate is rich and smooth, carbonation moderate. This is last years, so almost a year in the cellar, and it’s still pretty hoppy. Not very sweet, which is a nice suprise.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sunni05 (33) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Pours cloudy dark amber almost like it's unfiltered. Hints of banana on the nose. Full bodied flavor with the woody-ness of the oak barrels. Only downside is the aftertaste that is the same as all Sierra Nevada brews...grapefruit. Still...loved it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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