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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
firkinChad (49) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Drinking 2011 bottle. Holy dark fruit richness.. An intense malt, alcohol heat and beautiful bite. Head is white and holds well with nice lacing. I have 2 6pks aging in dark cool place and has been worth the wait. There is this sharp dryness at the end that really plays well with the rich malt and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1840) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Whiskey, licorice toffee aroma. Medicinal whiskey, oak, floral hop. Licorice and toffee flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish, thin to moderate tannish head, frothy, little lacing.   Strong alcohol, bourbon, caramel, and graham cracker on the nose.   Seems still a little young, 5 months after I bought it.   Lots of bourbon and caramel on the tongue, sweet maltiness.   Big graham cracker and vanilla.   This one is big, and still rather youthful.   Has a bit of an alcohol bite to it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Loads of alcohol dance from start to finish.   Sweet maltiness, caramel, bourbon, and graham cracker make up the background.   Finishes a little rough, yet big and sweet.   This one would be a great one to age for a few years as it still seems a little green and hot right now.   I wished I saved more, but I got an idea of how it would be down the road, less bitter, less alcohol, with more malt/caramel sweetness (just my style).   As is, real enjoyable even if a little hot/green.   Dang, now I really wished I saved more for aging.   This is one that will absolutely flourish over other similar style Barleywines with a year or two in the bottle.   Only thing I will say is it could stand to actually be a bit heavier/maltier.   Would certainly make it last longer than a year or two.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle - Oaky, malty, red wine and hops. Clear amber, rich but thin white head. If only it tasted half as good as it smelled. Alcohol, plum and some mild earthy hop characteristics. The finish is alcohol and no nice fruit or hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1263) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
75cl bottle. APPEARANCE: caramel/amber beer, small unstable beige head. Flat. NOSE: heavy alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, wood. TASTE: wood, vanilla, whiskey, very strong, maybe too strong even...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 27, 2013
750ml bottle. Clear deep amber pour with a quickly fading head. Aroma of caramel, citrus hops, vanilla, bourbon and dried fruit. Flavor is toffee, warming alcohol, bitter hops and some dry oak. Medium body with a long warming finish. Very nice addition to a great beer, but still pretty hot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmb5127 (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Good sweet aroma. Taste is sweet initially and gets a little sour, then finishes a little bitter, solid beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (752) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Aromas of coconut, butterscotch, almond, vanilla, and caramel. Clear dark ruby-bronze with a lasting, very thin, beige head. Mostly dry with a slight bourbon-like sweetness, in combination with flavors of coconut, dried fruit, vanilla, and brandy. Strong, full bodied, and well carbonated. A little hot, but very balanced, and very delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (221) - Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sweet toffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, butterscotch slightly roasty. Slight offwhite head beautiful ruby bronze body. tases of butterscotch, coconut, vanilla good hit of malts kinda like a dessert pastry and some bourbon heat. Smooth but a little hot on palate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roonai (245) - - JUL 20, 2013
Pours deep amber w white head. Nose is chocolate, syrup and toffee. Taste is same w booze note.


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