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RATINGS: 251   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (533) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
On tap @ SN Brewery. Pretty darn tasty but not too high on the wood flavor like some of the other barrel offerings I’ve had. Easy drinking, yet pretty noticeable alcohol. Had as part of the sampler platter, then a 10oz glass. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Nose of wood and alcohol. Very one dimnsional with wood and vanilla notes. ever so slightly oxidized with no hints of the original bigfoot.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
GABF 2006: Pretty hazy brownish amber color with a beige head. Dark fruity malt mixed with hops and light whiskey. The flavor started with whiskey notes then some sweet malt and a piney hop finish. what I liked best about this is how the barrel smoothed the beer out. I liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is murky amber with a big bubbled tan head...smell is piney and smokey...the bitterness seems a little subdued...and just a little...otherwise strikingly similiar to regular bigfoot...sweet, but overly bitter...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Lightly grainy aroma with notes of honey, wood and vanilla. The flavor is a swirl of toffee, alcohol, oak and whiskey with moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, drying finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waolsen (1358) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
GABF 2006. Much smoother than I was expecting. Not a huge hop profile like the regular Bigfoot. Nonetheless, a great beer. Due to it’s mellow flavor, I feel this was probably an older Bigfoot vintage, but I’m not sure how old. Hope they bottle this stuff so I can try some more. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - OCT 2, 2006
(09/2006. Draft.) Aromas of vanilla and wood ... sweet maltiness wafting from the glass. Deep amber colored. Creamy, white head that llasts nicely. Dry and woody with hints of vanilla and all the things Bigfoot is known for coming on through. Smooth on the palate, but nicely bodied (medium-full to full) ... softly carbonated ... strange for the big head. Tastes, alas, do not linger.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. The beer pours to a lightly hazed caramel chestnut colored body with a creamy white head. The aroma is extremely oaky, sweet vanilla, light banana, barley. The flavor is really oaked, dry woodsyness, some tannins, some barley. Over barreled. Very creamy and delicate palate.


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