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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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
tiong (4736) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Draught @ SWBF’12

Pours dark reddish with a foamy head. Aroma of malts, caramel, wood, oak, vanilla and hints of hops. Taste is malty and sweetish with a lot of wooden notes, oak, vanilla and hops. Finish is sweet and malty. Nice, quite tasty and well aged barley wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickyleepotts (99) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2013
This was VERY hard to get, and the entire state of Arizona only got 30 cases of this stuff. But I managed to get my hands on 3 bottles, and drank one last night. Bigfoot was gross this year, but the bourbon REALLY opens this beer up. It is a little hot, but the other two bottles I have will sit in the cellar for 1 and 3 years to see how time changes the flavor. Glad I was able to get my hands on some, because this is a good beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. Wow! Talk about an assault on the senses. A good bit of hoppy character mixed with the up front boozy-ness of the whiskey definitely makes this an enjoyable sipper. Would like to see how this does with some aging on it.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 The first thing youre going to notice about this brew is the aroma. There is so much going on, notes of oak, whiskey, raisins, and of course the hops. The hop character has mellowed out a bit thanks to the aging. Lots of flavor too, definitely a sipper. Very robust and hoppy but also rich and malty, almost belgian characteristics to it. The abv is well cloaked too. Honestly, i prefer this to the regular bigfoot. Solid beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2015
22 oz bottle. Tasted on 4/18/15. Bottle from Total Wine Frisco, TX. Aroma was smokey, slightly earthy, leather. The taste was pretty mellow on the hops but still had a well rounded flavor to it. Very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Pours clear dark caramel color with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and pine. Big oak and vanilla flavors with a heavy dose of bourbon. Some some sweet caramel and pine also. Medium to full body moderate carbonation.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4246) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle shared by Gabe. Deep amber / copper pour with thin veil of white foam. Aroma is good, really roasty, nutty, light oaky vanilla notes, had it side by side with regular Bigfoot and this one appeared (obviously) much less hoppy, rich caramel malt notes, hickory. Taste is sweet, nice bitterness to balance, tons of dried fruits, caramel, grassy finish with nice strong warming alcohol. Palate is full bodied, mouth coating with just enough carbonation. Quite enjoyable, good barley wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (356) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Big sweet toffee, raisins, cognac, and caramel, a really nice well-rounded barleywine. I would drink this any time I can get it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2589) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottled. Poured a red brown very translucent. Yeast, wood, vanilla, booze. Really quite good.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2504) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
75cl bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, June 15, brought back from the US of A by Jeremy. Many thanks. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Taste brings forth a pine needles smoothie with a huge Kentucky bourbon influence. Oaky with sharp alcohol notes. Although I’m not massively into whisky this was still a complex and captivating beer that I doubt I’ll see again.


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