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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeerFan (63) - - DEC 26, 2013
Awesome beer. This was a sipper for sure. Really hope SN releases this again. It takes the standard Bigfoot we all know and boosts it up big time with great barrel characteristics of whiskey, coconut, toffee, and some oak as well. This is a definite must try. The only Barrel Aged Barleywine I've had that I enjoyed better was Firestone Walker Sucaba. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Smells of coconut, almond, vanilla, and caramel. Pours dark bronze with a lasting beige head. Taste has a mild bourbon-like sweetness with coconut, dried fruit and vanilla. Well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Dark copper brown body with a generous crown of creamy cappuccino silk. S: Huge whisky aroma, toasted coconut, vanilla extract, dark fruits and burnt sugar. T/M: The barrel aging mellows out the harsh earthy hops and creates a rich malted barley concoction. Burnt sugar, toasted coconut and vanilla encompass my mouth and create a creamy velvet mouthfeel. Booze is present but nicely incorporated given the high ABV. O: Nice tasty barley wine. I really prefer the original due to the lack of hops goodness but it was a special treat to have for sure. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
About a year old now. Pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish brown and a fluffy khaki head. Lots of sticky, piney, resiny hops on the nose, cherries and plums, caramel, a hint of bourbon, oak, and toasted malt. Caramel and oak prominent on the taste, lots of cherry and light citrus notes, noticeable bourbon flavor, floral hops, burnt oak, and toffee. Delicious BBL barleywine, very smooth with a year on it now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml served in a snifter. Huge thanks to Hopswagger for snagging this one for me. A - Pours a slightly hazed amber/brown body with golden edges and a yellowing tan head. A steady collar holds strong the entire session. S - Opens up with big vanilla and whiskey barrel, lots of fermented fruit, woody dates, berries, apples, concentrated pine forest, sweet charred caramel malts, maple syrup, piney alcohol, T - Thick caramel malt, resinous pine and peppery hop bitterness, maple flavored cotton candy sweetness, There’s a tart slightly acidic fruit character, apple skins, dates, golden raisins, and berry fruit. Charred coconut, vanilla, oak wood, candied citrus oils only come out when warmed up. The hops don’t seem to grow in bitterness on the finish like the normal version. The finish is rounded, smooth, and woody. A soft bitterness emerges on the aftertaste. M - Silky soft feel, full body, carbonation is low and you barely notice it but it still has lifting power. I’ve been looking forward to this one as Bigfoot is one of my all-time favorite beers. The aroma and flavors are similar but very different. The whiskey barrels seems to bring mostly vanilla and fruit but not much whiskey flavor. The fruit esters were unexpected and added a nice touch. The mouthfeel was extraordinary. Not as complex as other barrel aged beers I’ve had but this is still awesome. Serving type: bottle 06-22-2013

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3832) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft at GABBF Scotch Barrel: Poured murky brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet vanilla. Taste was woodsy oak, scotch alcohol, vanilla, and malt. Finish was dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1150) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Sample at a cool-ass bottle share. Pours a hazy auburn color with a quickly forming khaki head that settles to a ring and leaves some touches of lace. Nose involves lots of hops, pine and mint coming forward, along with plenty of oak. Pretty sweet, and also quite bitter. Bigger body, oily, syrupy, with a drying oaky finish. Pretty cool brew, though not necessarily a huge improvement over the original. This was a fresh bottle from this year, so age I imagine would do wonders. Still, cool to try what was a really hoppy barrel aged beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Tivaj: Served in a Chouffe glass: Small creamy head/lacing. Almost clear ruby colored beer. Aromas of brown sugars, figs, dades, prunes, earth... Flavours of wood, some alcohol, some grains, malts, honey, barleys, bitters, grass, herbs, bitters... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, wood, malts, herbs, some sticky sweets and herbs... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy sticky texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (907) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
750ml bottle - pours a deep burnt Amber color . Caramel and hot bourbon aroma . Vanilla , oak and hints of butterscotch . Nice ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (721) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear medium brown burgundy color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla, coconut, slight whisky, with a definite bigfoot background. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, heavy malts. Very creamy texture with a lingering vanilla and coconut. Very tasty beer. Way better than the base in my opinion.


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