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RATINGS: 342   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (474) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at the SN taproom. Mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla character and bourbon. Flavor is dark fruits with bourbon and vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a long dry finish. Overall a nice barley wine with some good barrel aged notes.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1973) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Murky dark copper brown. Sweet toffee, dark fruits, some wood and slight sherry notes in the aroma. Barrel shows up more in the flavor, woody, sherry, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon on the back end. Medium To thicker and slick body.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ttrunk (57) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2015
I’ve been away from trying new beers for a little while, and start off again with Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot ale, was a great choice. The appearance reminded me of a cream soda (my perspective influenced by my wife’s craving for the soda). The aroma is of an oak whiskey barrel and the flavor is complex with sweet smoky flavor. I love this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4/VII/15 - 75cl bottle from a trade, shared @ RBBSG IV - BB: n/a (2015-873) Thanks to ??? for the trade!

Clear red brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: chlorine, sweet malts, some chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, bit of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: spicy, quite some cinnamon (is this still from the Hardywood???), sweet, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, little bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsnicholas (375) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2015
(Bottle 750ml $15 from Costco). Ruby color with 2 finger creamy off white head. Aroma is mostly sweet whisky. Taste is whiskey with quite a noticeable alcohol burn. I usually like that, but this seems either too much or something. Then in the end there was some bitterness, but it had a metallic taste. Not a fan of this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2496) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
75cl bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, June 15, brought back from the US of A by Jeremy. Many thanks. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Taste brings forth a pine needles smoothie with a huge Kentucky bourbon influence. Oaky with sharp alcohol notes. Although I’m not massively into whisky this was still a complex and captivating beer that I doubt I’ll see again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2986) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2015
On tap at the brewery taproom in NC. Beautiful clear copies colored body is topped by a surprisingly durable head. This has a bit more input from the barrel aging. Than if prefer. The battleground is not completely masked but I’d more than matched. Too much heat in the feel; this would certainly benefit from some aging.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Review #1000--had this in the basement 5 months. alcohol, grapes, toffee, resin are the aromas.cake with chocolate buttercream is my first taste—chocolate, butterfat, sugar (rounding out to caramel, a bitterness that isn’t citrus or resin but is partially alcohol, oak and a hint of vanilla. Clear red brown with smooth tan head. The mouth is happy to have this beer inside, however briefly. Balanced, diverse and mighty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. Deep amber, light red hue (that might be also just the lightning),… Thick oily caramel, sweet cooked apples, vanilla & bourbon nose,… Taste is smidge thin with sweet vanilla, caramel, cooked & caramelized apple, sugar, sweet candy,… Creamy, faintly metallic body,… Very yummy, could be even better but already very yummy beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG 2015. Clear red color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, sweetish, firm bitter, a hint of dark fruits and quite heavy on the alcohol. Medium body, suitable and quite suitable carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing Tderoeck. Bourbon, boozy, vanilla, oak, hops, nice but maybe a tad too much.


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