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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Draft @ The Bistro’s Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a deep garnet color with a white wisp on top. Sweet and hoppy aroma with an obvious woody and bourbon note. Sweet/ bitter flavor with more bourbon and some vanilla. Dusty finish. Tastes like it may have a slight oxidation but it doesn’t detract in the least from this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
snifter @ hard liver - one of the ones i went right after on the first day; light amber with slight cream head; subtle bourbon aromas add a more rich dimension to the flavors over the regular edition; caramel, some fruit and nice amount of sweetness; texture is a little thin and overall just a delight

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Brown in color with an off-white head. A bourbony barleywine (of course) in the start and finish in both aroma and taste; vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (905) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Sierra Nevada. Aroma is boozy. Flavor is like bigfoot. I do detect that it is barrel aged. Oaky slightly vanilla. Finishes really dry. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (582) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at the SN taproom. Mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla character and bourbon. Flavor is dark fruits with bourbon and vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a long dry finish. Overall a nice barley wine with some good barrel aged notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14164) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 c&c from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. 2013 Expedition. Pours a very dark, ruddy copper with a decent creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma that seems to have alcohol along with brown sugar. Full bodied. There is a non-burning alcohol flavor - could be residual whiskey flavor messing with me. Burnt coconut and dark fruit seem to be appropriate. It’s not dry, but it’s not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. I’m really curious about the barrel. SN isn’t particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isn’t heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Dark cherry-skin pour with glimpses of burnt tangerine, copper, and plum. Tons of charred white oak, cedar, and maple. Loads of vanilla, whisky, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, fig, toffee, and alcohol. Still a bit hot because it’s young...this one should mellow nicely with age. Sweet but not cloying...honey is prominent in the finish. Sticky but not in a bad way. Much better with the added complexity of the barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty! Clear brown pour, little carbonation and bourbony sweet aroma. Flavor is hoppy, caramelly booze, oaky and a little sweet. Nicely done. A perfect example of an already great base beer made a little better by some barrel aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (6028) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is bitter with soft vanilla, toasted coconut, floral hops, soft wood notes, booze, caramel and soft citrus. Taste relaxes on the hop bitterness and thrusts more toasted coconut, vanilla, and wood to the forefront along with citrus, dark fruit, pine resins, caramel, brown sugar, chewy malt and booze. Body is medium-full and chewy with dense carbonation and medium to full alcohol warmth. Ends with a bit more of the hop bitterness, softer coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit notes, sticky malt, brown sugar, wood and citrus notes. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours deep garnet with a creamy head that settles to a ring. Aroma is caramel, roasty malt, toasted coconut, and dark fruit. Taste is cream, fig, caramel, raisin, and coconut. Medium mouth feel, low carbonation, and a boozy dry finish.

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