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RATINGS: 248   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. The beer pours to a lightly hazed caramel chestnut colored body with a creamy white head. The aroma is extremely oaky, sweet vanilla, light banana, barley. The flavor is really oaked, dry woodsyness, some tannins, some barley. Over barreled. Very creamy and delicate palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft. Rich bronze color with a nice off-white head. Bourbon/malty flavors with backing hops. Lingering resiny hops with bourbon. Fuller bodied. Nice. Vanilla and oak balanced with hops. I didn’t think they’d pull it off with the bourbon and hops, but it isn’t bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
On tap at the Blind Tiger. I wrote some notes for this but they are illegible, incoherent, and generally pure nonsense, so I’ll have to trust my memory here. The hops had died down in this and the beer smoothed out, but it was still astringent and boozy. Sweet malts, and that weird hop flavor you get from an aged but formerly really hoppy brew. Notes of chocolate of roast. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2322) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft from Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Similar color to regular Big Foot. Similar aroma with (thank god) still some big hop notes like grapefruit and citrus, caramel malt backing. All is backed by a bourbony vanilla aroma and flavor. One of the few beers I was able to guess how it tasted before trying it.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Hard Liver ’08
Golden-brown and bright. Boozy, fruity, calvados aromatics with brown sugar elements. Fat body. Lots of booze, hints of wood and vanilla, caramel, chocolate and toast. Big flavour, lots of fun.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
bottle. pours deep amber with off khaki head. big oak and pine aroma. taste is very dry lots of bitter hop on the back end and intense oak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Great Alaska Beer And Barley Wine Fest 2013. Hazy caramel color with tan head. Dry wood, caramel, vanilla, pit fruit, yeasty aromas. Medium body. Sharp caramel, pine, floral, vanilla, pit fruit, woody flavors--tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2567) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body......nose is Bourbon, dried fruits, vanilla, brown sugar....taste is Bourbon, sweet dried fruits, including plum, raisin, fig, light vanilla, fresh pineapple, light terpene bite, brown sugar sweetness throughout, finishing with a moderate wood hop bitter bite......mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation adds a light tingle. This is an absolutely enormous beer, which needs more time to mellow to achieve its best character. It is very reminiscent of a mince pie which has had whiskey or brandy added. Rating is as an "American Barley Wine". BJCP 8/3/15/5/7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, and citrus. It pours hazy orangish-brown with a one finger beige head. The flavor starts with caramel and toffee. The finish has moderate oak, vanilla, and faint bourbon. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Perhaps the most beautiful pour I’ve ever seen. Thick luscious liquid swimming in a snifter. Deeper than amber, light dances through the glass. Amazing aroma of wood, fruit and a buttery booziness. Taste is, well, harsh. Sweet, thick & buttery upfront, hot booze scorch at the end. The burn subsides as the liquid warms. This tastes very "green" and will most likely be amazing next year...can’t wait!


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