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RATINGS: 249   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Draft @ The Bistro’s Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a deep garnet color with a white wisp on top. Sweet and hoppy aroma with an obvious woody and bourbon note. Sweet/ bitter flavor with more bourbon and some vanilla. Dusty finish. Tastes like it may have a slight oxidation but it doesn’t detract in the least from this beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10959) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 c&c from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. 2013 Expedition. Pours a very dark, ruddy copper with a decent creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma that seems to have alcohol along with brown sugar. Full bodied. There is a non-burning alcohol flavor - could be residual whiskey flavor messing with me. Burnt coconut and dark fruit seem to be appropriate. It’s not dry, but it’s not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. I’m really curious about the barrel. SN isn’t particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isn’t heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Dark cherry-skin pour with glimpses of burnt tangerine, copper, and plum. Tons of charred white oak, cedar, and maple. Loads of vanilla, whisky, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, fig, toffee, and alcohol. Still a bit hot because it’s young...this one should mellow nicely with age. Sweet but not cloying...honey is prominent in the finish. Sticky but not in a bad way. Much better with the added complexity of the barrel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wje89 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Surprisingly boozy, even though its aged in whiskey barrels. Raisins come through very well though along with the burnt sugar.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1977) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty! Clear brown pour, little carbonation and bourbony sweet aroma. Flavor is hoppy, caramelly booze, oaky and a little sweet. Nicely done. A perfect example of an already great base beer made a little better by some barrel aging.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5230) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is bitter with soft vanilla, toasted coconut, floral hops, soft wood notes, booze, caramel and soft citrus. Taste relaxes on the hop bitterness and thrusts more toasted coconut, vanilla, and wood to the forefront along with citrus, dark fruit, pine resins, caramel, brown sugar, chewy malt and booze. Body is medium-full and chewy with dense carbonation and medium to full alcohol warmth. Ends with a bit more of the hop bitterness, softer coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit notes, sticky malt, brown sugar, wood and citrus notes. Nice!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (555) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours deep garnet with a creamy head that settles to a ring. Aroma is caramel, roasty malt, toasted coconut, and dark fruit. Taste is cream, fig, caramel, raisin, and coconut. Medium mouth feel, low carbonation, and a boozy dry finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (459) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2013
Awesome stuff. I’m a fan of the normal big foot but this one adds so much more. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Smells.of sweet caramel Bourbon. Taste is a nice malty and hoppy whiskey profile that burns a little. Nice big vanilla flavor that lasts and an oak background. Enjoyable and definitely a sipper.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft. Clear mahogany pour, with a light tan head. Nice bourbon soaked bread, raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak, resinous hops, pine, and a bit of citrus. Wow very tasty. I wish I had a bottle.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2043) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle @ home from my friend javit.... Thanks! It pours clear deep amber with a medium light tan head... The aroma is raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon... The flavor is just fantastic! smooth, full body, fruits, nice balanced bourbon flavors, vanilla and caramel....


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