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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12960) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2015 Thanksgiving, murky orange color with thin foam, almond buttery aroma, touch of butter, malty , creamy, oak wood, pine, smooth finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4620) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Carmel colored pour from 22oz bottle in St. Louis. Butterscotch and sweet. Heavy whisky flavor. A massive beer to put it lightly

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (621) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Aroma is woody, caramel malt, toffee, bourbon, complex. Appearance is burnt orange, off white head. Taste is barrel, woody, booze, a bit of caramel and toffee, bitter, decent. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation. Overall, I think this one with age would work better but for now I’ll stick to original Bigfoot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours a syrupy dark brown with a small ring of head and nice legs up the glass. Aroma of dark dried fruits, raisins, burnt sugar, wood, vanilla and a touxh of alcohol. Taste is sweet syrupy malts following the flavors of burnt sugar, caramelized brown sugar, raisins, dates, dark dried fruits, vanilla... Incredibly complex flavors with the whiskey barrels of vanilla and light notes of oak and whiskey with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish... Great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (966) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby/caramel with a thin, off white head. Aroma is a sweet, smooth bourbon, barrel, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of spirtness. Taste is sweeter but balanced with caramel, bourbon barrel, dark fruits, slight spice and some hope bitterness at the end. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Oily texture with a bone dry finish. Overall a nicely aged American style Barley Wine with caramel, dark fruits, bourbon barrel, and a touch of hope bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (895) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
Tried at Craft Beer Market YEG. Sierra Nevada tap takeover Nov 18. The best barley wine I have tasted. Has a nice hoppy, boozy, wine flavour. The barrell aging adds a ton of complexity. Normally not a BW fan but this is drinkable. Would get again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3735) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2015
Medium sized head off white colour a reddish pour medium carbonation aromas nice bourbon notes oak vanilla woody rich fruits burnt caramel dark chocolate dried fruit molasses toffee the flavours dark chocolate sultanas raisins vanilla smooth bourbon roast oak caramel brown sugar toffee liquorice rich coconut a nut taste sugary sweet tastes roasted goodness medium bitter the finish good malts roast burnt rich hops lasting barrelling notes bourbon good oak bitter lovely Barley Wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1913) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
750mL bottle pours a murky amber/brown with a large khaki head. Caramel and toffee aroma, with vanilla and oak. Nice full flavor yet approachable bourbon vanilla and oak flavors, with caramel and toffee malts, raisins, steady bitterness, and light hop spice. It’s complexity lies in its straight forward simplicity, the individual favors remain simple with a complex balance. Really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2015
GABF 2015. Dark copper color. extremely sweet, tons of malt and brown sugar. A little whiskey, but I’m not sure what kind, and it doesn’t hurt the beer at all. Extremely sweet to the point I can’t imagine drinking a full glass, and certainly not a 750. good flavor anyway, and intense beer for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (857) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours deep hazy brown with an eggshell head. Aroma is full of vanilla and notes of bourbon. Full bodied, finishes sweet and malty.

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