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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle through trade huge thanks to AZBennett! Corked and caged 2013 expedition. Pour has a brown color with nice ruby highlights and a thin coating of tan head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has the promised whiskey barrels done so nicely! Vanilla, oak, toasted custard, brown sugar, juicy wood, caramel, and the distinct malts of Bigfoot. I love that the base beer is there full force but the barrels take it to another level. Mouth feel is medium with good coating and enough carbonation but dialed back a bit from the regular. Flavor brings on the aged malted flavors, light sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit touches, and a bit of hops still lingers. I wish this was widely available it is so enjoyable, it takes a classic favorite to another level while still maintaining what was so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (400) - Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sweet toffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, butterscotch slightly roasty. Slight offwhite head beautiful ruby bronze body. tases of butterscotch, coconut, vanilla good hit of malts kinda like a dessert pastry and some bourbon heat. Smooth but a little hot on palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a medium-dark copper color with a thin tan head. Smells like toffee and vanilla. taste is sweet and creamy with just a hint of hoppy bitterness to pull it back from being cloying. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, but I don’t feel like I’m gonna choke on it or anything. This beer. This fucking beer right here. Good stuff. Very good. One of my favorite barleywines ever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (179) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bought about a year ago in Chicago from West Lake Liquors. While opening, the cork had a nice pop propelling about 6 feet. The aroma was rich caramel vanilla brown sugar and whiskey. The taste followed suit along with a relatively strong alcohol presence. This is a sipper. Palate was good with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall a damn good Barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (735) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage.
Dark copper, thick lasting head, and nice lace.
Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, hops are there, but muted.
Flavor is burnt sugar, whiskey, vanilla, spicy hops, and oak.
Barrel aging definitely toned down the hops, and added a subtle sweetness from the whiskey.
Whiskey and oak tannin build as it warms. Definitely a sipper, as it changes in the glass. This would pair well with A Fuente Hemingway, Brickhouse, or Montecristo white label cigars. Maybe even Rocky Patel Edge corojo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (924) - Lincoln, 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 you’re going to take on this beast, be advised: words like full-bodied and warm don’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Deep copper pour, attractive long lasting off white silky and thin head. Dominant aroma are of oak, whiskey with hops playing in the background. Interesting flavor, does not remind me much of the regular bigfoot. I do get brown sugar and raisin flavors. Hops seem more subdued than the non barrel aged variant. A well crafted brew on the whole. ABV is well masked. Smoother palate than the regular beer. If this wasn’t pricey, I’d be buying this more often for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalflake (71) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from Craft Beer Cellar. Poured into a Snifter, poured a deep amber-brown, with a 1cm beige head that lasted a good long while. This is only the 3rd or 4th Barleywine I’ve had, so comparisons are hard. Hops and rich, sweet malts dominate the flavour profile, with brown sugar, dark dried fruit and spice showing up. Lots of alcohol warmth. Oak is there, but not as strong as I expected. A good strong beer to enjoy now that the weather’s turning colder - certainly not a summer sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1706) - 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.

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