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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13982) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 c&c from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. 2013 Expedition. Pours a very dark, ruddy copper with a decent creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma that seems to have alcohol along with brown sugar. Full bodied. There is a non-burning alcohol flavor - could be residual whiskey flavor messing with me. Burnt coconut and dark fruit seem to be appropriate. It’s not dry, but it’s not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. I’m really curious about the barrel. SN isn’t particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isn’t heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1221) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from big bottle. Smelling that bourbon barrel oak. Amber mahogany with lacing. Tasting oak, vanilla, big alcohol, caramel, roasted malt, dried fruit. Mellows nicely as it warms. A bit strong, but excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (1321) - Beckley, USA - AUG 11, 2016
on tap at the Mills River brewery; deep amber to red color; fantastic aroma - sweet malt with hops and bourbon - mostly bourbon, with hints of oak; intense bourbon flavor; oak and hop notes; the bourbon really overwhelms everything else - not that I have a problem with that

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (390) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2016
BOTTLE. Ruby/crimson in colour with off white head.. Smells of sweet toffee apple, malt biscuit & booze with some warmth.. Warm boozy caramel malt, goes to a sappy texture finishing with dried fruits & a hoppy kick. .Sourced Cape Cellars

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Type: 24-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Costco in Goleta (Santa Barbara), Calif. Price: $7.50 ($30 for a High Altitude variety 4-pack) Purchased: May 29, 2016 Consumed: Aug. 5, 2016 Reviewed as: American Barleywine Misc.: Packaged on March 29, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. PT; ABV is actually 11.6 pct. This was the crown jewel out of the four I got from the high altitude four-pack for $30 at Costco, down from a previous price I saw for $40 at Barons. Would be extremely disappointed if this wasn’t the best of the four I tried. Gave the non-BA version a 4.30. Poured a light brown, clear color with two fingers of frothy, khaki head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled bourbon, chocolate, oaky wood, tobacco, fig, vanilla, maple syrup, sugary caramel and toffee. (Smell - 4.25) A bit hot on the tongue initially. Also got boozy bourbon, oaky wood, vanilla, earthy tobacco, fig, caramel, dry maple syrup, toasted toffee and unknown hops. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, woody, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00) This was good, but not as good as I thought it would be. I prefer the base version more. NOTE: Digging it more two days later. Jumped it from a 4.00 to a 4.25. (Overall - 4.25) 4.13 92 A-

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (334) - North Branch, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Packaged on 3/29/16 - from Costco. Not a ton of barrel characters, but the ABV is very well hidden for 11.6%. Hints of vanilla, in there - but overall a good

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1765) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2016 Poured from a 750 ml 2015 vintage bottle. Aroma is malt forward with lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Some treacle with medium light oak notes. Some light vanilla. Moderate hop notes with a woodsy and pine resin character. Light alcohol spice. Pours a hazy brown, with some burnt amber hues and a medium sized, thick tan head that recedes to the edges and lingers. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is rather sweet with lots of caramel. Lighter toffee and burnt sugar with faint treacle. Medium high bitterness. Some moderate hop notes with pine resin, grapefruit and slots of wood. Light alcohol spice and hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but not an amazing one. I really think the hop character and bitterness detract from the beer. I guess I?m not a huge fan of old school American style barleywine. Though I do kind of like their aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2016
24oz bomber from 2016 drank in 2016. Filtered looking amber-brown body. Thin off-white head. Really solid barrel notes..they nail it in the description. Vanilla, coconut, raisin, bourbon, oak. Really adds some considerable complexity to Bigfoot. Really nails it. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1903) - - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, whiskey, and caramel. Taste doesn’t live up to the aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (3674) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2016
@ Basunen 16-7-13: Mycket komplex med fylliga toner av malt, tjära, socker, whisky, lakrits och torkat frukt. Lång fin eftersmak. Elegant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (7556) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle, thanks Eddan. Deep red with a medium head. Sweetish with bourbon, fruit, toffee, malt and some vanilla. The body was thick and the finish with warming alcohol. A tasty one.


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