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RATINGS: 303   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (946) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Aromas of massive barrel wood, coconut, dark fruits, pines, raisins, molasses, burnt caramel, toffee, liquid malt extract, barley and heavy whiskey. Appears an extremely dark amber brown with almost no foam and faint lacing. Taste is immense barrel wood, bark, amber malts, whiskey, rye and biscuit upfront. Mid-palate brings slick caramel, molasses, spices, herbs, chile peppers, more rye, more wood and bark. Finishes smooth with little booze bite, more caramel, spices and whiskey. Overall, really nice take on the original. Definitely a massive barrel wood and spice addition. The original is definitely there as it is still incredibly hoppy but there is plenty of spice, wood, bark, whiskey, oak and pine available to the palate. A rating.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG111 (406) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 Bottled, 2015 vintage. Pours very dark copper color, almost tan head. Aroma is lots of whiskey and hops. Whiskey is prominent, little bit of vanilla, (maybe a bit of coconut, but that’s not something I would have gotten w/o knowing it’s supposed to be in there), big malt character and of course (this being bigfoot) lots of hops. Some citrus hops are notable. Actually, using whiskey is but not as in your face as other barrel-aged beers. You still get plenty of hops instead of all whiskey. Nice. Flavor is similar, lots of hops up front, and whiskey undertones throughout, and it’s 100% there, you wouldn’t mistake it, but it’s not as aggressive as some other barrel-aged beers. So I like that. Bitter finish is notable. This is excellent. The more I sip this beer, the better it becomes. It’s just so good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2190) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Finally got around to drinking one of these 750ml bottles and figured this was a good time to rate it. Dirty mahogany with a beige head that completely fades. Balanced oak, booze, resin with some lemon rind hops (although musty), caramelized onions with some burnt butter, toffee and caramel. Mild carbonation, full body, smooth, boozy, sweet yet becomes bitter, balanced and enjoyable. Great sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (910) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (1082) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a vibrant copper color with white head. The aroma is mostly toffee and not much barrel. The taste is kinda dishwater. Not much bourbon. Was expecting more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfratzke (61) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Beautiful ruby red in color. Crystal clear. Notes of vanilla, caramel, some spicy booze. Sticky mouthfeel, syrupy. Wonderful. Just the right amount of barrel aging. I can’t get over the amazing color.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2040) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Pale amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of fruitcake, bourbon, and ginger. Warming in the mouth with elements of cake batter, fig, whisky, and earth. Medium bodied with a fairly boozy finish. A solid barleywine, but I much prefer the non-barrel aged version.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (1161) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from Belmont way back when. A: Opaque brown color with a thin head and bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass. N: Bourbon, toffee, biscuit, caramel, vanilla, butter, toast, melon, hops, pine, and earth. T: Very bitter; not much sweetness. M: Heavy body, big alcohol, creamy carbonation. O: A big barrel aged whiskey bomb with a noticeable Bigfoot presence underneath. That said, this one is still hot and untamed, and I don’t think it’s ever going to be much different than what it is now.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2014
75cl, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Wouter for bringing this over!, very complex brew, malty/alcoholic/sweet and slightly woody/bitter/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3135) - 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.


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