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RATINGS: 416   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
john_chaney (21) - - APR 20, 2015
Drink this beer slowly. This is not Bigfoot, this is his angry older brother. Beer pours a dark amber with a half inch of khaki head that recedes slowly leaving a small bit of lacing. Much bolder in every sort of way, except hops. The scent is almost like apple brandy, the grain and alcohol are in your face. The flavor is wood, complex dark fruits, a bit of vanilla, and alcohol. I wondered why Sierra Nevada made bigfoot at such a low abv compared to other barley wines. Age it on bourbon oak for a year, lose 20% volume, and you’ve got a complex 12%+ beer. Pretty sneaky Sierra Nevada. There’s a couple extra ounces in this bottle and you’ll notice it. I say again, drink this beer slowly.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (391) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2016 A rich, sumptuous BW with intense but well balanced tastes. The nose is pungent, featuring slightly burnt caramel and toffee, dark malt, booze and dark berries. The casking is very present, but supported by strong taste elements in the barleywine components. Significant American hops, raisins, apricots, caramel, toffee and a touch of sweet rum work well with the oak and the whiskey casking. The hops create a bite in the aftertaste that keep counterbalancing the booziness and richness of the other taste. elements. Superior. An appropriately dense and thick body and medium carbonation tie the bow on this special BW.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2006
GABF 2006. slightly hazy brown pour with soapy head. Great Aroma. nice oak mellows into apple, sugar, and rum. Alcohol warming. This was one of my favorites at the festival.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (10986) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Beautiful appearance, deep red, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is heavy on the base beer, nice hoppiness, herbal, woody, bourbon is there, plenty of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is like a normal Bigfoot, hoppy bitterness still cuts through. The barrel is mellow in flavor and adds some booze to the alpha acids. Nice tannic notes are added to the dry American barleywine base. I honestly am not always a fan of reg bigfoot but the barrel aging melds with it it just enough to make it better..

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamhorror (84) - USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours thick. Held up to light, the color is a dark amber. Without backlight, the color is dark brown. Sniffing, I get a mild coconut scent, hint of vanilla, and a medium scent of whiskey. First sip is pleasant. I held the sip in my mouth to let the flavors hold. I tasted vanilla, and dark fruit accents such as black cherry or blackberry which weren’t overwhelming. Most of all and more enjoyable, the lingering taste is whiskey, woody, and slight bitterness. The sip left a mild film in the mouth which is fine as the flavor lingered. This lingering taste was bourbon and raison. This Bigfoot stands out from the yearly release. Barrel-Aged is more flavorful and enjoyable. The only draw back, I should’ve bought two bottles instead of one. Once this beer is off the shelves, that’s it. You’ll never find another unless you buy from a collector who is willing to sell.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10445) - 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 (1555) - 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 (1606) - 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.


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