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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Woody herbal bourbon tobacco and caramep. Pours amber thin head. Nice bourbon caramel brown sugar with nice bitterness. Smooth finish. Nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeahler (40) - USA - MAR 8, 2013
750ml bottle to snifter. Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a puffy off white head that receded very quickly. Smells great! Bittersweet Bigfoot backed up by a sweet bourbon. The barrel isn’t overpowering at all, it’s really nice. Sweet maltyness, vanilla and oak upfront with a nice bourbon middle and decent hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is decent, low carbonation giving it a syrupy texture. Very good stuff, hope they decide to release this again

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (709) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sample pour from Ron at World of Beer Tampa Palms.. Nose is smooth caramel and booze up front. Bourbon is coming through nicely. Flavor is super solid with plenty of rich malts and caramel and a healthy dose of bourbon to keep it going. This thing lingers for a minute or two, and it’s worth every sip. I’m a fan, and quite happy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (619) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
2013 release. Even deeper caramel mahogany than normal Bigfoot. Fast dissipating head. Huge oak vanilla character on the nose. Nice malt up front, but then the whiskey and oak characters take over. Wood tannins, vanilla, slight oxidation. And almost a spice character. I’m loving how the beer has interacted with the spirit and barrel characters. Delightful.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnmike (1030) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2013
2013 Bottle pour after doing a vertical of a few years of normal Bigfoot. Barrel Aging this stuff if the way to go. Strong boozy taste and smell. Just what I’m looking for in a BA barley wine

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a clear browned amber with a thin white head. Warm wood, whiskey, caramel. Big plums, earthy old hops. Lots of plum and prune, chocolate, warm and boozy. Very big, definitely a sipper. Long oxidization and plums with some wood bitterness on the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Nice orange ruby pour, light fizzing head. aromas of whiskey, vanilla, figs. Aging has done this well although I think one more year in the bottle and it will be prime. It still has a heavy hop profile that hides a lot of the underlying flavors of raisin, fig and plum. Finish is dry and whiskey.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle, 04/28/2013. Mahogany pour, light creamy pour rests to a crema on the surface, thick sudsy lacing. Aroma is foremost bourbon, caramel, and vanilla coconut, sweet dark malts, dark bread, light plum and cherry, still pronounced citrusy piney hops on the end, much like regular Bigfoot, with woody finish. Taste is nutty dark malts and chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and wood, piney hop bite with coconut and bourbon in a long aftertaste, nice. Thick, chewey palate. Overall, back in the day if I were to imagine what Bigfoot would taste like in bourbon barrels, this would be it and I like it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by a stranger at DLD- thank you, kind stranger, for reading my wants list! Pours a clear tea-amber color with a small off-white head. Man, the bourbon is big in this one. Alcohol burn in the nostrils and on the palate, with vanilla and caramel notes throughout. But the undeniably heavy hops of the Bigfoot shine through, too. Very cool. Medium-bodied, with a sticky, sweet, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent, though might do even better with some age on it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Tap back at Hard Liver years ago. Dark amber, big woody bourbon nose with loads of dark fruity herbal malts. Thick and creamy body with a lot to lap up, but politely. Nice vanilla tone through. Dankness from what I can remember...


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