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RATINGS: 256   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle, 04/28/2013. Mahogany pour, light creamy pour rests to a crema on the surface, thick sudsy lacing. Aroma is foremost bourbon, caramel, and vanilla coconut, sweet dark malts, dark bread, light plum and cherry, still pronounced citrusy piney hops on the end, much like regular Bigfoot, with woody finish. Taste is nutty dark malts and chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and wood, piney hop bite with coconut and bourbon in a long aftertaste, nice. Thick, chewey palate. Overall, back in the day if I were to imagine what Bigfoot would taste like in bourbon barrels, this would be it and I like it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6843) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1765) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Tap back at Hard Liver years ago. Dark amber, big woody bourbon nose with loads of dark fruity herbal malts. Thick and creamy body with a lot to lap up, but politely. Nice vanilla tone through. Dankness from what I can remember...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle, thanks Bruce. Pours a beautiful dark amber with off white head. Aroma is quite resinous, varnish, caramel, pine, vanilla. Taste of wood, vanilla, resinous, caramel, toffee, biscuit. Oily and sweet with a bitter finish. Nice but a lot of the hops from the standard version are lost.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2504) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle with beerandblues2. End of a vertical tasting. Pours hazy medium brown with a thin off white head. Smells like alcohol, tobacco, vanilla, and spice. Tastes bitter and sweet, flavors just like the smell. Thick feel, medium body, and low carbonation.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3789) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours light brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, spicy alcohol, dark fruit, floral hops, and toffee. Flavor is dry, bready malts, floral hop bitterness, oak, spicy alcohol, light port, dark fruit esters, and faint vanilla; dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1170) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle shared by beersandblues2. Dark amber color. Aroma of oak, alcohol, and raisins. Taste of oak with a nice lasting aftertaste.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2013
750ml bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, split with Dwm1034. Pours a clear, dark copper color with an off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is whiskey, caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty, boozy, whiskey, a little vanilla, a little oak, molasses, with a sharp, whiskey finish. Very nice.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boisebeerguy (87) - boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Has this side by side with regular. Completely different beer. Definitely smell and taste the barrel and some vanilla. Very smooth on the tongue, but still very boozy.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Super boozy with vanilla and caramel and a decent bit of dark fermented fruits. Good, but could probably lay down for a while.


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