Fantomasus (284) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber/brown with a nice just off white head. Very nice aromas although alcohol does over power: caramel, bread, hay, cereal, nuts, toast, resin, floral, citrus, herbs, dough, cheese, some leather, banana, clove, cooked vegetables, and vanilla. Actually there is enough going on here that I upgraded the aroma to an eight. Potent but fairly balanced flavors: There is a brief pause before a flash of malty sweetness and then a rush of sour. This gives way to bitter, some salt, and eventually umami. Full bodied, creamy and sticky, with average carbonation. The finish is quite a thing: long, lingering, burning bitter and alcohol. A 4.2 doesnít quite do this beer justice. Isolating the elements yields this score but... experienced at once itís quite a brew to behold.
Darwenus (648) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
God almighty. Iím a SN fanboy, but this might be the best thing Iíve ever had by the brewery. Barrel Aged Bigfoot is more than just SNís classic barleywine plus vanilla/oak notes. This is a complex, boozy monster that leaves a storm in your mouth well past the swallow. It pours a brilliant, deep amber color with a lot of foamy head. The aroma is caramel and vanilla and booze, with a candy/molasses backbone that only hints at the good things to come. The flavor is warm and woody on the front, then brings a flood of sweetness. Figs, vanilla, walnuts, gingerbread, and then a big, aggressive whiskey blast on the finish. This is a beer to sip, not to guzzle. I hope I can get a couple more bottles to sip on before this release is all gone.
BlackHaddock (4929) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked and caged bottle shared with three friends at the June 2015 Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Meeting. I had brought this back from California for such an event. Deep amber/brown body, off-white head. Serious stuff this: rich, warm, smooth, and thatís just the aroma which delights your nasal senses with malty molasses, vanilla and wood like esters all rolled up in an alcohol bundle waiting to be lit. The taste explodes in the mouth with those same main ideas from the nose: malts, vanilla and woody, with an alcohol burn. Yet it has a silkiness in the robust and strong flavours which calms everything: mellow it is not, but it certainly is mature and ripe. A lovely beer to share with like minded people.
tderoeck (6218) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4/VII/15 - 75cl bottle from a trade, shared @ RBBSG IV - BB: n/a (2015-873) Thanks to ??? for the trade!
Clear red brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: chlorine, sweet malts, some chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, bit of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: spicy, quite some cinnamon (is this still from the Hardywood???), sweet, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, little bitter.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ The Bistroís 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 doesnít detract in the least from this beer.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
snifter @ hard liver - one of the ones i went right after on the first day; light amber with slight cream head; subtle bourbon aromas add a more rich dimension to the flavors over the regular edition; caramel, some fruit and nice amount of sweetness; texture is a little thin and overall just a delight
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown in color with an off-white head. A bourbony barleywine (of course) in the start and finish in both aroma and taste; vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut. Fantastic!
thetmaxx (788) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sierra Nevada. Aroma is boozy. Flavor is like bigfoot. I do detect that it is barrel aged. Oaky slightly vanilla. Finishes really dry. Good beer.
bnoel09 (476) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the SN taproom. Mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla character and bourbon. Flavor is dark fruits with bourbon and vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a long dry finish. Overall a nice barley wine with some good barrel aged notes.
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. Itís not dry, but itís not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. Iím really curious about the barrel. SN isnít particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isnít heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!