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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Garnet with small white head. Vanilla notes from the barrel, slight hop in the aroma. Nothing super complex, but nice sweet flavor with some hops and great barrel flavor. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Bourbon, caramel, wood, vanilla, some dark fruits, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Wow! Very intense. The barrel seems to have smoothed out the Big Foot a little. Hid alcohol fairly well for the huge ABV. I could smell it a couple feet away. No pun intended. TECHNICAL: Drank 4/21/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish amber with some red highlights and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had nice legs. The aroma had heavy caramel and molasses; light citrus hops, lime specifically; ever-so-slight pine hops; grape, raisin, prune, apple cherry; hints of wood; hints of butterscotch; brown sugar; vanilla; bourbon; whiskey; Koo-Aid mix; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was moderates sweet and slightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a long durations. There was caramel, brown sugar, that barley wine taste, bourbon, whiskey, wood, , dark fruit, raisin, prune, vanilla, citrus rind, hops and pine hops, apple, grape, molasses, maple syrup, citrus hops and alcohol. The medium to full, leaning more to full, body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4303) - Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (315) - Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Hazy amber in color with a white head that dicipates rather quickly. Great lacing. Oats and sourdough bread are part of the aroma. A hint of banana and caramel consist in the aroma. Creamy texture with a slight bitter finish. Medium bodied with a alcohol taste. Overall a good beer but I wish it was a little smoother. For the cost it was good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2447) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from Meditrina. Looks like Bigfoot -- garnet reddish brown with ring and lace. Hoppy woody spicy aroma like Bigfoot with added vanilla and booze. Sweet toasted brown sugar vanilla apple-plum-raisin fruit with spicy woody hoppy finish. Some lingering boozy bitter woody spice. Full thick body. Delicious and fucking intense. Strong and sweet without cloying. Nevertheless, I still prefer the regular Bigfoot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seehaferb23 (168) - - MAR 18, 2015
The most expensive beer of beer night but well worth it. I love the non barrel aged one but this is excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2015
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 doesn’t quite do this beer justice. Isolating the elements yields this score but... experienced at once it’s quite a brew to behold.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (806) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
God almighty. I’m a SN fanboy, but this might be the best thing I’ve ever had by the brewery. Barrel Aged Bigfoot is more than just SN’s 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (5743) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
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 that’s 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.


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