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RATINGS: 267   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 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9629) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. 6k rating two late. Pours a somewhat hazy, reddish brown appearance with a small cream colored head. Huge oaky, sweet whiskey, caramel, herbal hoppy, caramel aroma. Lightly boozy, rich caramel, herbal, floral hoppy, caramel, whiskey, big vanilla, whiskey flavor. Delicious. Fuck yeah.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
A - Hazy brown with a bit of ruby and a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal. S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, booze. T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, resiny bitterness, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, booze. M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, bitter finish. D - Nice big barrel character with enough balance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1169) - Nevada, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Dark brown with red edges. Thick head eminates oak, brown sugars, and roasted dark fruit. Raisin, vanilla, and delicious fig flavors dominate the alcohol and oak. Great dark fruit finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1198) - Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues, off white head. Smells oaky, rich, sweet, vanilla. Tastes like bourbon, raisins, prunes, vanilla, oak, cherry. Quite delicious!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap at 10 East. An excellent showing of a barrel aged barleywine and I think it succeeds so well because the base beer is outstanding. So instead of aging it it barrel to make an average beer better, it makes a great beer better. Lots of wet dirt/tree bark, bourbon, spice, dark fruits and vanilla. Flavor echoes the aroma very, very closely. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oaked, toffe and alcohol. Very well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG111 (304) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottled, 2015 vintage. Pours very dark copper color, almost tan head. Aroma is lots of whiskey and hops. Whiskey is prominent, little bit of vanilla, (maybe a bit of coconut, but that’s not something I would have gotten w/o knowing it’s supposed to be in there), big malt character and of course (this being bigfoot) lots of hops. Some citrus hops are notable. Actually, using whiskey instead of bourbon seems to tame the barrel-aged character. It’s there, but not as in your face. You still get plenty of hops instead of all whiskey. Nice. Flavor is similar, lots of hops up front, and whiskey undertones throughout, and it’s 100% there, you wouldn’t mistake it, but it’s not as aggressive as some other barrel-aged beers. So I like that. Bitter finish is notable. This is excellent. The more I sip this beer, the better it becomes. It’s just so good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
On tap at last year’s GABF. Resembled the non-woody Bigfoot in the cup.....distinct bourbon nose, malty sweet, lightly fruity. Definitely woody in the taste...light vanilla and bourbon notes evident. I really liked this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle enjoyed during the Super Bowl... Poured dark, copper orange with a thin head. Nose had loads of caramel, barrel, and whiskey notes. This tasted great. Pretty balanced, but a hint of boozy heat. This could smooth out with some age. Lots of wood with still the classic Bigfoot taste that makes it distinguishable. Some earthy, piney hop tones, even with two years in barrels. Killer beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5879) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Pours an amber color with a small white head. This is one complex beer. I get a lot of whiskey in the aroma, as well as some caramel, cocoa and toffee. The flavor is where the beer really comes into its own. The bourbon is still present, as is a good amount of oak and cocoa. I also get a strong amount of caramel from the base beer, as well as a good amount of vanilla and maple from the barrel aging. Every time I take a sip I notice a new flavor since the beer keeps evolving as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. An outstanding beer. Glad I got to try it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (744) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Thanks Mark! Nice looking Chestnut beer with no head. Whishey forward nose followed by some caramal and alcohol. Bold Burbon flavors blended with toffee, vanilla and cotton candy, chased by lots of hops. Smooth. All of the hops make this different from most barley wines. Alcohol presents itself as burn in the finish. I get some of all the things I like from this beer.


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