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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Wow! Very intense. The barrel seems to have smoothed out the Big Foot a little. Hid alcohol fairly well for the huge ABV. I could smell it a couple feet away. No pun intended. TECHNICAL: Drank 4/21/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish amber with some red highlights and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had nice legs. The aroma had heavy caramel and molasses; light citrus hops, lime specifically; ever-so-slight pine hops; grape, raisin, prune, apple cherry; hints of wood; hints of butterscotch; brown sugar; vanilla; bourbon; whiskey; Koo-Aid mix; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was moderates sweet and slightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a long durations. There was caramel, brown sugar, that barley wine taste, bourbon, whiskey, wood, , dark fruit, raisin, prune, vanilla, citrus rind, hops and pine hops, apple, grape, molasses, maple syrup, citrus hops and alcohol. The medium to full, leaning more to full, body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3012) - Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Draft @ The Bistro’s Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a deep garnet color with a white wisp on top. Sweet and hoppy aroma with an obvious woody and bourbon note. Sweet/ bitter flavor with more bourbon and some vanilla. Dusty finish. Tastes like it may have a slight oxidation but it doesn’t detract in the least from this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
snifter @ hard liver - one of the ones i went right after on the first day; light amber with slight cream head; subtle bourbon aromas add a more rich dimension to the flavors over the regular edition; caramel, some fruit and nice amount of sweetness; texture is a little thin and overall just a delight

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2274) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Brown in color with an off-white head. A bourbony barleywine (of course) in the start and finish in both aroma and taste; vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut. Fantastic!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (764) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at Sierra Nevada. Aroma is boozy. Flavor is like bigfoot. I do detect that it is barrel aged. Oaky slightly vanilla. Finishes really dry. Good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (450) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap at the SN taproom. Mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla character and bourbon. Flavor is dark fruits with bourbon and vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a long dry finish. Overall a nice barley wine with some good barrel aged notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11809) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 c&c from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. 2013 Expedition. Pours a very dark, ruddy copper with a decent creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma that seems to have alcohol along with brown sugar. Full bodied. There is a non-burning alcohol flavor - could be residual whiskey flavor messing with me. Burnt coconut and dark fruit seem to be appropriate. It’s not dry, but it’s not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. I’m really curious about the barrel. SN isn’t particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isn’t heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Dark cherry-skin pour with glimpses of burnt tangerine, copper, and plum. Tons of charred white oak, cedar, and maple. Loads of vanilla, whisky, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, fig, toffee, and alcohol. Still a bit hot because it’s young...this one should mellow nicely with age. Sweet but not cloying...honey is prominent in the finish. Sticky but not in a bad way. Much better with the added complexity of the barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wje89 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Surprisingly boozy, even though its aged in whiskey barrels. Raisins come through very well though along with the burnt sugar.


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