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RATINGS: 318   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (231) - Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Hazy amber in color with a white head that dicipates rather quickly. Great lacing. Oats and sourdough bread are part of the aroma. A hint of banana and caramel consist in the aroma. Creamy texture with a slight bitter finish. Medium bodied with a alcohol taste. Overall a good beer but I wish it was a little smoother. For the cost it was good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
atatum1234 (15) - Rogers, USA - MAR 5, 2015
A diverse beer. Pour: thick like molasses . A rich amber color, reminds me of syrup. Nose: vanilla, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar, honeysuckle. Taste: a fast punching sugar rush. It starts like a fine wine, dry and sweet. It’s an overwhelming at first taste. Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and wood barrels. As it sits on the tongue, it sweetens even more. The flavor of honeysuckle finishes the beer. As it warms, the alcohol flavor enrich each sip. This is a complicated bottle. Overall: a huge brew to break down. Most barley wines are huge in flavor and palate. This one is no different. I think the nose is where the major differences lie in barrel aging of this beer. I plan to get a few more bottles to cellar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (511) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Small pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small amount of foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass. The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt that has a burnt character to it. The taste is stronger than I even thought it would be. Bourbon is inmy face big time. Next big thing is the burnt/charred taste I mentioned in the smell. Setting down with the flavours at hand, delicious notes of vanilla make a partial rescue to the flavour overload. The mouthfeel, to me, is much lighter than expected and I reckon that’s a good thing. Overall, it is a cool brew to try, especially considering how limited a distro, I’m guessing it sees, but it needs time to mellow out like its little brother. Edit: I forgot to mention that this is the newly released 2015 and is 11.9% abv.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
750 ml cork and cage bottle from GM Liquors. Nose is light bourbon and vanilla combined with hints of golden raisins and bubblegum. Clear rust red with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, bourbon, and lots of vanilla. Nice and smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (625) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage.
Dark copper, thick lasting head, and nice lace.
Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, hops are there, but muted.
Flavor is burnt sugar, whiskey, vanilla, spicy hops, and oak.
Barrel aging definitely toned down the hops, and added a subtle sweetness from the whiskey.
Whiskey and oak tannin build as it warms. Definitely a sipper, as it changes in the glass. This would pair well with A Fuente Hemingway, Brickhouse, or Montecristo white label cigars. Maybe even Rocky Patel Edge corojo.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (966) - 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 (429) - 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 (2214) - 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 (932) - 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 (1095) - 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


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