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RATINGS: 251   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (740) - Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues, off white head. Smells oaky, rich, sweet, vanilla. Tastes like bourbon, raisins, prunes, vanilla, oak, cherry. Quite delicious!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap at 10 East. An excellent showing of a barrel aged barleywine and I think it succeeds so well because the base beer is outstanding. So instead of aging it it barrel to make an average beer better, it makes a great beer better. Lots of wet dirt/tree bark, bourbon, spice, dark fruits and vanilla. Flavor echoes the aroma very, very closely. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oaked, toffe and alcohol. Very well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
On tap at last year’s GABF. Resembled the non-woody Bigfoot in the cup.....distinct bourbon nose, malty sweet, lightly fruity. Definitely woody in the taste...light vanilla and bourbon notes evident. I really liked this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle enjoyed during the Super Bowl... Poured dark, copper orange with a thin head. Nose had loads of caramel, barrel, and whiskey notes. This tasted great. Pretty balanced, but a hint of boozy heat. This could smooth out with some age. Lots of wood with still the classic Bigfoot taste that makes it distinguishable. Some earthy, piney hop tones, even with two years in barrels. Killer beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Pours an amber color with a small white head. This is one complex beer. I get a lot of whiskey in the aroma, as well as some caramel, cocoa and toffee. The flavor is where the beer really comes into its own. The bourbon is still present, as is a good amount of oak and cocoa. I also get a strong amount of caramel from the base beer, as well as a good amount of vanilla and maple from the barrel aging. Every time I take a sip I notice a new flavor since the beer keeps evolving as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. An outstanding beer. Glad I got to try it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Thanks Mark! Nice looking Chestnut beer with no head. Whishey forward nose followed by some caramal and alcohol. Bold Burbon flavors blended with toffee, vanilla and cotton candy, chased by lots of hops. Smooth. All of the hops make this different from most barley wines. Alcohol presents itself as burn in the finish. I get some of all the things I like from this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Copper pour with white head and lace. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, abv, and raisins. Same as nose but I don’t get the oak. Smooth creamy carbonation and full bodied. Nice warmth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Appearance: Pours hazy dark red with a thin tan ring.

Aroma: Sweet cherry and plum, bourbon.

Taste: Wood, walnuts, dark chocolate,cereal, warm woody bourbon finish. Subdued hops compared to fresh.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied lively creamy carbonation.

Overall: Worth the hype, amazingly tasty. For those familiar with fresh and aged Bigfoot: this is it’s own beast. The agressive hops are subdued and the malt smooths out with the presence barrel character. I wouldn’t bother aging this, I’d drink this now.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and others. The core character of the Bigfoot is not lost here, and the barrel adds lovely sweet toasty marshmallow, vanilla, and rumcake notes to the already chewy malt structure. The hops are here too, but much less evident. Really great stuff, just as I hoped!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2048) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 (Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Les houblons sont très présents, juste un peu plus aplanis. Peu de vanille ou de whiskey mais un léger tannin poivré, vraiment délicieux.


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