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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2014
2013 Bottle via BuckeyeBoy – thanks! Sat in the cellar for just about a year now; couldn’t wait any longer. It’s got an unmistakable Bigfoot smell; rich in hops and sweet like caramel and toffee. The whiskey barrel adds to the sweetness nicely. Pours a deep amber with perfect clarity and topped with a thick finger of creamy beige head. After several more minutes of sniffing (yep, full scale geekdom was exercised here) I finally get to tasting. Heavy hop and caramel malts, toffee, and light wood. I really like the mild influences of the whiskey barrel here, it allows Bigfoot to remain the centerpiece while adding to the overall product. Hard to say, since with only one bottle I didn’t sample fresh, but it feels mellower at this point and more complex that a typical one-year old Bigfoot. Really enjoyable; one of the best barleywines I’ve had to date.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1584) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle 750ml. [2013] Pours deep amber/reddish with very low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, caramel. Taste is of malt, caramel, alcohol, sugar, bitterness, booze, fusel alcohols. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Good, boozy. Nice one, but maybe too extreme to be outstanding. Huh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (985) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Thanks to nate321 for this one! Pours a lightly veiled caramel looking with not much head or lacing. Nose is of buttery caramel and bourbon, sugary to the extreme. Slight hops and wood. Taste is of caramel and sweet but not cloying because it is balanced by a healthy (medium-high) dose of bitterness. Alcohol shows quite a bit and mouthfeel is sticky, a real barleywine. Really nice but not necessarily an improvement to the already excellent SN Bigfoot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle, as part of a 5-year Bigfoot vertical for our Chubby Liver barley wine party. Pours murky brown amber, looking pretty similar to the other bigfeet of the night. Some head, but not much. Aroma = bigfoot + an extra dose of vanilla, bourbon, and fruit. So much smoother than the non-barreled Bigfoot. I really dug this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1021) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2012 vintage. Last pour before it ran out. Murky copper amber color. Aroma is caramelized citrus, grass, and sweet malt. Taste is oxidation, tart citrus, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak. The barrel aging really smooths it out well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caterwaul (44) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a medium-dark copper color with a thin tan head. Smells like toffee and vanilla. taste is sweet and creamy with just a hint of hoppy bitterness to pull it back from being cloying. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, but I don’t feel like I’m gonna choke on it or anything. This beer. This fucking beer right here. Good stuff. Very good. One of my favorite barleywines ever.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3449) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bus beer, 2014 RBWG. Red, clear, ring of foam. Typical Bigfoot aggressive nose, with bourbon added. Flavor is very sticky pine and molasses and a good dose of bourbon

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1425) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared during the RBWG bus tour (LaZoom!). Definitely has that toffee with barrel notes profile. Velvety body.with slight pine and orange peel presence. Some butternut squash soup in the finish that really works!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (891) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle pour dark amber. Nose bourbon and sweet malt with some dank hop. Taste bourbon up front,some vanilla,then faint spice. Bitter finish.


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