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RATINGS: 248   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
GABF 2006. Much smoother than I was expecting. Not a huge hop profile like the regular Bigfoot. Nonetheless, a great beer. Due to it’s mellow flavor, I feel this was probably an older Bigfoot vintage, but I’m not sure how old. Hope they bottle this stuff so I can try some more. Good stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a transparent copper orange with a well-lacing frothy white head. Sweet caramel, fresh hops, and bourbon oaky aroma. Starts sweet and viscous revealing lots of oaky complexity and bittering grapefruity hop flavor. A nice tweak on a good beer that hides its alcohol well despite being 12.3%.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3611) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Draught @ SWBF’12

Pours dark reddish with a foamy head. Aroma of malts, caramel, wood, oak, vanilla and hints of hops. Taste is malty and sweetish with a lot of wooden notes, oak, vanilla and hops. Finish is sweet and malty. Nice, quite tasty and well aged barley wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2070) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a gorgeous translucent reddish brown color with a small beige head that soon dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is big and bold with whiskey, vanilla and dark fruits. The taste, like the nose, is dominated by the whiskey, big whiskey flavors and they make it hard to pick out anything else. The palate is full and silky smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bourbon. Overall: This is a fine beast.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6312) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours orange amber with a thin beige head and a slightly sour toffee aroma. There is a very bitter molasses flavor with a dry carbonated finish. This beer is very complex with notes of vanilla booze, raisins and candi sugar.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickyleepotts (98) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2013
This was VERY hard to get, and the entire state of Arizona only got 30 cases of this stuff. But I managed to get my hands on 3 bottles, and drank one last night. Bigfoot was gross this year, but the bourbon REALLY opens this beer up. It is a little hot, but the other two bottles I have will sit in the cellar for 1 and 3 years to see how time changes the flavor. Glad I was able to get my hands on some, because this is a good beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. Wow! Talk about an assault on the senses. A good bit of hoppy character mixed with the up front boozy-ness of the whiskey definitely makes this an enjoyable sipper. Would like to see how this does with some aging on it.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 The first thing youre going to notice about this brew is the aroma. There is so much going on, notes of oak, whiskey, raisins, and of course the hops. The hop character has mellowed out a bit thanks to the aging. Lots of flavor too, definitely a sipper. Very robust and hoppy but also rich and malty, almost belgian characteristics to it. The abv is well cloaked too. Honestly, i prefer this to the regular bigfoot. Solid beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Aroma of sticky pine resin, maple wood and slight caramel. Pours red with little head. Tastes sweet with nice pine notes, resin, alcohol, tart fruit and slight caramel. Nice but needs to mellow out the hops.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Dark brown pour with a beige head that fades to a film. Strong aroma of molasses, sticky dates, wood, vanilla, and honey. Strong barrel characteristics in the taste. A lot of maple syrup, whiskey, vanilla, raisins, and some hop bitterness. Alcohol is very concealed. Wood and vanilla aftertaste. Full and sticky on the palate. Really enjoyed it.


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