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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Boozy, sweet aroma. Thick, coating, chewy body. Flavor evolves with each sip, and the alcohol is very much present. (from notes)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (604) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Strong caramel notes in the nose with some wood, some piney hops and some rye bread. On the palate there's a delicious sweetness that is balanced by muted but clean bitter piney hops. Really surprising that those hops don't fade in the barrel aging process. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1584) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Pour is transparent ruby red with lots of a tight tan head. Nose has lots of oak and vanilla, notes of caramel and some cooked brown sugar, light berry sweetness behind. Taste has more malt depth, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and brown sugar, light berry sweetness and a fair bit of bitterness. Body is full with moderate carbonation and a chewy feel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Good sweet aroma. Taste is sweet initially and gets a little sour, then finishes a little bitter, solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 27, 2013
750ml bottle. Clear deep amber pour with a quickly fading head. Aroma of caramel, citrus hops, vanilla, bourbon and dried fruit. Flavor is toffee, warming alcohol, bitter hops and some dry oak. Medium body with a long warming finish. Very nice addition to a great beer, but still pretty hot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Whiskey, licorice toffee aroma. Medicinal whiskey, oak, floral hop. Licorice and toffee flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
pours dark black with a brown colour head. aroma of whiskey and licorice. strong oak and whiskey in the flavour and sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (407) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Deep reddish-amber, thin off-white lacing. Old school barleywine aroma: toffee, caramel malts, dried figs and dates, tree sap, hints of vanilla, and whiskey soaked wood. Dry bitterness, a bit of spice, quite malty, and full bodied. Too much carbonation for me. Alcohol is present and lingers in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, thanks for the share jeff, aroma is bourbon and oak, taste is oaky, vanillia, sweet malts, and overall very full and pretty tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2014
One year old bottle. Deep ruby/amber pour with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of oak, light vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel with spice and underlying dark fruits. Smooth body with similar flavors as the aroma with warming alcohol. Big body and low carbonation. Probably got better over time considering fresh ratings.


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