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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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
rondphoto (3337) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Hazy amber brown color, beige head, streaks of lace. Taste is caramel malt that moves toward toffee on the swallow, followed by just enough bittering to keep things in balance. Slight alcohol warms the throat deep in the finish. I don’t detect any bourbon or oak, but no matter - it’s an exceptional brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFunGuy (870) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Pours deep dark rich brown. It has vanilla aromas and a mediums head which lasts for time. It has a malty flavor with is highlighted by vanilla notes. Starts slightly sweet but wait there is a powerful kick on the backend which makes this a big hearty drinking barleywine with great flavor. Very very well done. Oh BTW I'm part Sasquatch and we much prefer that terminology. Bigfoot is a somewhat racist term.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
Bigfoot on toasted coconut. The barrel takes away some of the complexity of the base beer, but adds different components. Hops are there but mellowed. Bitterness is still massive, which is probably necessary for knocking out the boozy sweetness I usually don't care for in whisky barreled beers. Nothing beats Bigfoot, this included, but it's still awesome. This is barrel done right.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (9502) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
Draught at the Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA.
Cloudy deep amber colour with a small head. Sweet and dark fruitiness and sweet syrupy notes in the aroma. Strong dessert wine flavour with alcohol warmth and sweet fruity hops. Super tasty. A truly great dessert beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2015
On tap at The Tap Room in Minot -- I was extremely surprised to see this on tap, so of course I ordered one ... well, two. Nose is definitely whisky and the flavor is definitely a bright-ish BW with some bitterness and young BW flavors. The whisky and barrel are present throughout. A very nice beer. I’m going to have to go back for more soon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (289) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
A rich, sumptuous BW with intense but well balanced tastes. The casking is very present, but supported by strong taste elements in the barleywine components. Significant American hops, raisins, apricots and a touch of sweet rum work well with the oak and the whiskey casking. The hops create a bite in the aftertaste that keeps counterbalancing the booziness and richness of the other taste elements. Superior.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (2011) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours brown/ruby with lots of smooth creamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is big syrup and oak. Flavours are rye whiskey, table syrup, cheerios, plums, coconut, raisins, vanilla. Taste big sweet med/big bitter. Full creamy body with med/light carbonation. A beauty!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - 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 (4195) - 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 (6132) - 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.


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