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RATINGS: 319   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11698) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Tap sample. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bourbon vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12509) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Copper colored pour with a small khaki head. The nose is full of caramel, brown sugar, whiskey, and vanilla. Hints of coconut, nice raisin fruitiness, alcohol, and plenty of oak. The flavor is a bit more hot than expected, but very nice otherwise. Big vanilla and whiskey notes to go along with the prominent caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Raisin, perhaps a hint of date, oak, and some piny hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Very impressed, after a year of barrel-aging (or maybe a little more?!?!) this one still has a ton of hops. Manages to be hoppy, and have a lot of bourbon character at once. Super strong, so it needs to be sippsed, but has a lot of pine, resinous character as well as the boozy, bourbon vanilla notes. A weird mix, but it works well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2855) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a dark copper from the bottle with thin khaki head and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon sweetness, vanilla, oak, and heavy caramel malt. Taste follows with added hints of dried fruit and burnt sugar. The alcohol from the barrels hides the overtly sweet malts. Pretty decent wide scale barley wine release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3270) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
750ml bottle from Proof. Dark bronze pour with a thin tan head that sticks around. Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, toffee, bourbon. Tastes are sugar, wood, oak, vanilla, burnt, dark fruit -- all the sweetness is knocked down a bit by the booze (a good thing for my tastes). Long bitter finish = whiskey comes through late. Nice enough sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
pours a clear mahogany with a small tan head, and very nice lacing. smell is of caramel, barley, malt, and whiskey. taste is smooth, strong, malt, whiskey, and caramel. ends strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3465) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
5 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon. The aroma has a ton of bourbon present. Light vanilla sweetness. I don’t detect the Bigfoot itself, per se. All barrel in the nose here, but not a bad thing. Scantly hazy amber body with a small, weak, off-white head present. Starts with a sweet, vanilla, oaky flavor from the bourbon. This is followed by a bit of sweetness, which then becomes more Bigfoot-like with the the classic resiny hop bitterness that I love. Finishes very smooth. Ethanol is very well-hidden. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5927) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Big thanks to raveskdr for sharing this one. Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip. Nose is faint bourbon alongside a good Spain of oak. Toast and caramel. Medium body. Fairly dry and bitter. Still too hoppy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 The first thing youre going to notice about this brew is the aroma. There is so much going on, notes of oak, whiskey, raisins, and of course the hops. The hop character has mellowed out a bit thanks to the aging. Lots of flavor too, definitely a sipper. Very robust and hoppy but also rich and malty, almost belgian characteristics to it. The abv is well cloaked too. Honestly, i prefer this to the regular bigfoot. Solid beer.

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