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RATINGS: 308   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 yearóin honor of the 30th Anniversary of this style-bending brewó weíre 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 maltówith rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins. Grab this elusive beast while you can, because it wonít be around for long.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (554) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
Everything about the barrel-aged variety of Bigfoot is, in fact, Big. The body is a gloriously dark shade of brown with a huge head (incredible lacing, too, by the way). Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and rich malt. Flavor is complex. Toffee, plum, prune, raisin, whiskey, rose hip. Bigfoot likes to be warm before it unveils its vanilla and toasted marshmallow flavors. If youíre going to take on this beast, be advised: words like full-bodied and warm donít adequately describe this beer. I could only do this beer in sips. With the high ABV, it sure sings one hell of a lullaby. I slept like the dead after this beer. This is a brew for special occasions and small quantities. Damn impressive.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Dark, stained-oak and thick enough to block any light at all. Thin but persistent head. Rich, lacquer-laden aroma or furniture-cleaner and alcohol. Drinks with a nice woody base and a whiskey-like warmth to wrap it all up. A beauty for a cold, blustery night. (#4952, 3/6/2013)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1671) - Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 750 ml. corked ní caged bottle- Pours very hazy dark ruby red with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face barrel aged malty barley wine, cherries, strong wood, vanilla, very complex. The taste is very mellow for Bigfoot, strong in wood, vanilla, cherry, but so very smooth. I do get the coconut, which is weird, how does that happen without there actually being coconut in it. Body is surprisingly medium, or should I say slightly lighter than expected, and carbonation is medium as well. I really enjoyed this, even better than regular old Bigfoot, which i am very fond of, the beer that first got me in to craft beer in the first place.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdInSaltLake (716) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Malty sweet bready and oak aroma. Sweet, light caramel, bread malt flavors-- with a lot of oak flavor, and whiskey character. Flavors from the barrel are subastantial, but not too much... Just about right.

Thanks, Michael

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1412) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Aromas of coconut, butterscotch, almond, vanilla, and caramel. Clear dark ruby-bronze with a lasting, very thin, beige head. Mostly dry with a slight bourbon-like sweetness, in combination with flavors of coconut, dried fruit, vanilla, and brandy. Strong, full bodied, and well carbonated. A little hot, but very balanced, and very delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1075) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours a hazy amber brown color with an off white head. Oak, malt, dark fruit, hop, pine, caramel and alcohol aroma. Oak, hop, malt, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, whiskey, pine and slight vanilla flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness and dark fruit sweetness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oak and malt finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2014
2013 Bottle via BuckeyeBoy Ė thanks! Sat in the cellar for just about a year now; couldnít wait any longer. Itís got an unmistakable Bigfoot smell; rich in hops and sweet like caramel and toffee. The whiskey barrel adds to the sweetness nicely. Pours a deep amber with perfect clarity and topped with a thick finger of creamy beige head. After several more minutes of sniffing (yep, full scale geekdom was exercised here) I finally get to tasting. Heavy hop and caramel malts, toffee, and light wood. I really like the mild influences of the whiskey barrel here, it allows Bigfoot to remain the centerpiece while adding to the overall product. Hard to say, since with only one bottle I didnít sample fresh, but it feels mellower at this point and more complex that a typical one-year old Bigfoot. Really enjoyable; one of the best barleywines Iíve had to date.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfratzke (61) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Beautiful ruby red in color. Crystal clear. Notes of vanilla, caramel, some spicy booze. Sticky mouthfeel, syrupy. Wonderful. Just the right amount of barrel aging. I canít get over the amazing color.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Murky red brown color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, citrus, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon alcohol. Taste of vanilla, caramel, day fruits, grass, tobacco, bourbony alcohol in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Dark coppery amber colored with light beige head. Aroma is dominated by notes of whiskey barrel, dark sugars, caramel malt and pine resin. Taste is brown sugar, resiny hops and toasted coconut upfront along with some whiskey, dark fruits and citrus rind to round things out. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a final dose of toasted oak and hops resin in the finish. Overall, itís rich and full-flavored without being too sweet or boozy. Well done.


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