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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (614) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours amber-brown with a large light tan head. Aroma is molasses and creamy choclate-like malts. Aroma is smoooth! Taste is smoooth!! - malts come first, then hop bitterness, then a sweet smooth malty heaven with mild wiskey barrel in the finish. Really, really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a dark reddish amber color. Nose has some strong bourbon notes, and ends up being very dark and smooth. Glad I found this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2013
750ml bottle pours a dark amber with some creamy, white head. Nose is standard Bigfoot, malt, pine resin, orange rind with vanilla, caramel, wood. Flavor is sticky sweet, pine, wood pulp, vanilla. Full bodied, sticky finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Burnt gold. Minimal head. Incredibly sweet like candy. Some vanilla and cinnamon are apparent Sweet with pears and heavy malts. Finish is a bitter Oaked vanilla with a medicine cough syrup astringency. Very strong in a white chocolate sort of way. Yet lower abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnmike (1071) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2013
2013 Bottle pour after doing a vertical of a few years of normal Bigfoot. Barrel Aging this stuff if the way to go. Strong boozy taste and smell. Just what I’m looking for in a BA barley wine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours deep garnet with a creamy head that settles to a ring. Aroma is caramel, roasty malt, toasted coconut, and dark fruit. Taste is cream, fig, caramel, raisin, and coconut. Medium mouth feel, low carbonation, and a boozy dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4809) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle shared, poured a caramel color with aromas of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, booze, and some light dark fruit. Flavors follow suit with a litle booze on the back end. Thanks to the person who shared this a nice beer that I am glad I got to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (1059) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
750mL bottle. Pours a thick and cloudy, deep copper brown with an off-white, heavy-duty (industrial-grade) head, outstanding retention. Mad lacing. Nose is bourbon-barrel, caramelly malt, dried fruit, some vanilla. Mouth is boozy and sticky, semisweet up front, then dries out and hits a long, almost tanniny hoppy bitterness. This is markedly better than the standard Big Foot (which I really didn’t care for), but it still has a finish that tastes like old pennies, which I could do without. I will admit though, that last part aside, this is a decent barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
2013 release. Even deeper caramel mahogany than normal Bigfoot. Fast dissipating head. Huge oak vanilla character on the nose. Nice malt up front, but then the whiskey and oak characters take over. Wood tannins, vanilla, slight oxidation. And almost a spice character. I’m loving how the beer has interacted with the spirit and barrel characters. Delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is bitter with soft vanilla, toasted coconut, floral hops, soft wood notes, booze, caramel and soft citrus. Taste relaxes on the hop bitterness and thrusts more toasted coconut, vanilla, and wood to the forefront along with citrus, dark fruit, pine resins, caramel, brown sugar, chewy malt and booze. Body is medium-full and chewy with dense carbonation and medium to full alcohol warmth. Ends with a bit more of the hop bitterness, softer coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit notes, sticky malt, brown sugar, wood and citrus notes. Nice!

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