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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Bottled from 2015. Color is dark copper and a thin off white head with fine texture. Aroma is coconut, vanilla extract, hot bourbon and spiced caramel. Very nice. Flavor is robust with strong bourbon throughout with sweet caramel malt underneath. Lasting sweetness and prolonged notes of nutmeg cinnamon and maple. Pretty damn intense alcohol heat. It really needs at least two years to mellow out the hotness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4631) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2015
750ml c&c bottle from Xroads. Poured a reddish/amber body with a smaller foamy light beige head foamy. Aroma is sort of hot, alcohol, molasses, caramel, vanilla extract, some fig and raisins. Flavor is the same. Body is full with medium to stronger carbonation and a lingering heat on the finish. Meh a bit hit still.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalsk (1096) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle. Cannot believe I have not had this bad boy before. Love the Big Foot. The barrel aging does wonders. The vanilla notes smooth it out but the aging doesn’t reduce the wonderful hop profile. Pours a orange brown haze with light beige head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, earthiness, bread, vanilla and booze. Sweet citrusy caramel taste with nice hop hit and smooth creamy vanilla on the backend. Excellent beer. Might be my favorite Bwine because of the complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (634) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (415) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Pours a deep clear amber color with a small off white head. Aromas of booze, wood, sugar, caramel and vanilla. Flavor followed the nose perfectly. Lots of alcohol and burn, this was def a sipper for me. full body, slick and thin texture. Very lively carbonation and a alcohol burn to finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottled. Poured a red brown very translucent. Yeast, wood, vanilla, booze. Really quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maddog (445) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Draft at the NC Taproom. The pour is mahogany with aromas of oak, bourbon and malt. Rich and malty with some earthy spices and oak and bourbon. Alcohol warmth is prevalent. Good, but could use some age to calm the rough edges.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (356) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Big sweet toffee, raisins, cognac, and caramel, a really nice well-rounded barleywine. I would drink this any time I can get it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4136) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle shared by Gabe. Deep amber / copper pour with thin veil of white foam. Aroma is good, really roasty, nutty, light oaky vanilla notes, had it side by side with regular Bigfoot and this one appeared (obviously) much less hoppy, rich caramel malt notes, hickory. Taste is sweet, nice bitterness to balance, tons of dried fruits, caramel, grassy finish with nice strong warming alcohol. Palate is full bodied, mouth coating with just enough carbonation. Quite enjoyable, good barley wine.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Deep copper pour, attractive long lasting off white silky and thin head. Dominant aroma are of oak, whiskey with hops playing in the background. Interesting flavor, does not remind me much of the regular bigfoot. I do get brown sugar and raisin flavors. Hops seem more subdued than the non barrel aged variant. A well crafted brew on the whole. ABV is well masked. Smoother palate than the regular beer. If this wasn’t pricey, I’d be buying this more often for sure.


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