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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 yearóin honor of the 30th Anniversary of this style-bending brewó weíre 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 maltówith rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins. Grab this elusive beast while you can, because it wonít be around for long.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle. "2013 Expedition" is what it says on the label. Pours cloudy brown with orange highlights and a long-sustaining beige head. Aroma consists of toasted coconut, caramel, wet river rock, candied dark fruit. Taste starts out sweet, turns a little tangy and bitter before a lingering savory bitterness finishes it off. Body is huge, carbonation average for style, mouthfeel oily. The wood does wonders here, making an already exceptional beer exquisite. Awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thewade (318) - USA - MAR 31, 2013
Superb. Iím a big fan of Bigfoot, and this is just Nasty (in a good way). Loved sharing this with 2 friends. Smoothe, but not for the weak pallated beer drinkers of the world.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (1961) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle through trade huge thanks to AZBennett! Corked and caged 2013 expedition. Pour has a brown color with nice ruby highlights and a thin coating of tan head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has the promised whiskey barrels done so nicely! Vanilla, oak, toasted custard, brown sugar, juicy wood, caramel, and the distinct malts of Bigfoot. I love that the base beer is there full force but the barrels take it to another level. Mouth feel is medium with good coating and enough carbonation but dialed back a bit from the regular. Flavor brings on the aged malted flavors, light sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit touches, and a bit of hops still lingers. I wish this was widely available it is so enjoyable, it takes a classic favorite to another level while still maintaining what was so good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (274) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a medium-dark copper color with a thin tan head. Smells like toffee and vanilla. taste is sweet and creamy with just a hint of hoppy bitterness to pull it back from being cloying. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, but I donít feel like Iím gonna choke on it or anything. This beer. This fucking beer right here. Good stuff. Very good. One of my favorite barleywines ever.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (124) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bought about a year ago in Chicago from West Lake Liquors. While opening, the cork had a nice pop propelling about 6 feet. The aroma was rich caramel vanilla brown sugar and whiskey. The taste followed suit along with a relatively strong alcohol presence. This is a sipper. Palate was good with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall a damn good Barleywine.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdInSaltLake (639) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Malty sweet bready and oak aroma. Sweet, light caramel, bread malt flavors-- with a lot of oak flavor, and whiskey character. Flavors from the barrel are subastantial, but not too much... Just about right.

Thanks, Michael

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (985) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (783) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours a hazy amber brown color with an off white head. Oak, malt, dark fruit, hop, pine, caramel and alcohol aroma. Oak, hop, malt, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, whiskey, pine and slight vanilla flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness and dark fruit sweetness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oak and malt finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2014
2013 Bottle via BuckeyeBoy Ė thanks! Sat in the cellar for just about a year now; couldnít wait any longer. Itís got an unmistakable Bigfoot smell; rich in hops and sweet like caramel and toffee. The whiskey barrel adds to the sweetness nicely. Pours a deep amber with perfect clarity and topped with a thick finger of creamy beige head. After several more minutes of sniffing (yep, full scale geekdom was exercised here) I finally get to tasting. Heavy hop and caramel malts, toffee, and light wood. I really like the mild influences of the whiskey barrel here, it allows Bigfoot to remain the centerpiece while adding to the overall product. Hard to say, since with only one bottle I didnít sample fresh, but it feels mellower at this point and more complex that a typical one-year old Bigfoot. Really enjoyable; one of the best barleywines Iíve had to date.


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