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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (362) - 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 don’t feel like I’m 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 (158) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage.
Dark copper, thick lasting head, and nice lace.
Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, hops are there, but muted.
Flavor is burnt sugar, whiskey, vanilla, spicy hops, and oak.
Barrel aging definitely toned down the hops, and added a subtle sweetness from the whiskey.
Whiskey and oak tannin build as it warms. Definitely a sipper, as it changes in the glass. This would pair well with A Fuente Hemingway, Brickhouse, or Montecristo white label cigars. Maybe even Rocky Patel Edge corojo.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (618) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
Everything about the barrel-aged variety of Bigfoot is, in fact, Big. The body is a gloriously dark shade of brown with a huge head (incredible lacing, too, by the way). Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and rich malt. Flavor is complex. Toffee, plum, prune, raisin, whiskey, rose hip. Bigfoot likes to be warm before it unveils its vanilla and toasted marshmallow flavors. If you’re going to take on this beast, be advised: words like full-bodied and warm don’t adequately describe this beer. I could only do this beer in sips. With the high ABV, it sure sings one hell of a lullaby. I slept like the dead after this beer. This is a brew for special occasions and small quantities. Damn impressive.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1218) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Deep copper pour, attractive long lasting off white silky and thin head. Dominant aroma are of oak, whiskey with hops playing in the background. Interesting flavor, does not remind me much of the regular bigfoot. I do get brown sugar and raisin flavors. Hops seem more subdued than the non barrel aged variant. A well crafted brew on the whole. ABV is well masked. Smoother palate than the regular beer. If this wasn’t pricey, I’d be buying this more often for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. A beast is an apt description: big, hairy, and mean. Clear dark red amber with a thin fluffy short lived off white head. Aroma of pine, caramel, nugget, bourbon, vanilla and musty oak with some cereal grain notes and alcohol present. Thick chewy resiny palate. Tastes of raisins, dates, bourbon, cereal grain, light citrus fruits, caramel, subtle toasted coconut from the wood on the back end and a surprisingly bitter and dry finish with some earthy oaky vanilla character. Interesting, complex, and especially good at the price point.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Beware this year’s bigfoot, friends. Pours a nice rich amber/copper with a small head that drifts out like the rings of Saturn. The harrowing howl of the hairy cryptic is heard in the distance as you bring the glass to your nose. You nervously sniff as the beast approaches. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, raisins/prunes, and a hint of that booziness. You hear rustling in the trees as the creature gets nearer. You quaff. "Holy shit," you say, as you take in the complexities: lingering caramelized sugars, massive tannins and oak, more raisins, figs, etc., hop bitterness resting on the tongue and giving way to a kind of woody destruction with a hint of honey, a winter-friendly alcohol burn trickling down your gullet as the Bigfoot raises its paw and strikes you down for good. Your campfire smolders as the creature wanders off. You’re dead, but smiling.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Dark, stained-oak and thick enough to block any light at all. Thin but persistent head. Rich, lacquer-laden aroma or furniture-cleaner and alcohol. Drinks with a nice woody base and a whiskey-like warmth to wrap it all up. A beauty for a cold, blustery night. (#4952, 3/6/2013)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1723) - Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours very hazy dark ruby red with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face barrel aged malty barley wine, cherries, strong wood, vanilla, very complex. The taste is very mellow for Bigfoot, strong in wood, vanilla, cherry, but so very smooth. I do get the coconut, which is weird, how does that happen without there actually being coconut in it. Body is surprisingly medium, or should I say slightly lighter than expected, and carbonation is medium as well. I really enjoyed this, even better than regular old Bigfoot, which i am very fond of, the beer that first got me in to craft beer in the first place.


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