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RATINGS: 342   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Really surprised this one isn’t up there. Brown sugar earthy vanilla molasses dripping with honey coated raisins pine cone caramalized liquid yumminess slathered in the time of wooden whiskey vessels

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (794) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Fairly small head despite the apparent carbonation when opening. Nose is subdued and really malty to me. Flavors of toasted coconut. A bit boozy on the back end. But, perhaps that will diminish with some aging. So different compared to the normal BFBW I drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty! Clear brown pour, little carbonation and bourbony sweet aroma. Flavor is hoppy, caramelly booze, oaky and a little sweet. Nicely done. A perfect example of an already great base beer made a little better by some barrel aging.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours amber with a light tan head. Aroma is oak, heavy booze/bourbon, aged hops. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, bourbon, an almost cloying oak, with buttering hops present in the finish. Medium thick body, heat down the throat. Surprising how much the hops have been subdued. Curious to see how this will be in 1-2 yrs. Too hot and booze heavy currently.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6835) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle on the bus, first pour! .. . Pours a deep caramel gold .. . mild foam, spots of lacing . .. woah, very boozy stuff . .. not getting any barrel, just hot caramel and burn .. . what the hell is this?? this isn’t bigfoot .. amazingly disappointed but probably would have gotten a much better score if this didn’t have "sierra nevada bigfoot" on the label .. . . i know, but they were great for throwing. fluttered all over.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1344) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Big thanks to Harold for sharing this beer! Initially, I got a lot of citrusy hop notes with some pine and cedar in the nose. Oak, vanilla, and caramel were present, too. Hoppy! Poured a nice brown with a faint white head. Taste was white oak, some vanilla, hops, caramel, and a bit boozy. Not bad. I’d like to sit on a bottle for a year and then retry this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1779) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by portableparty. Pours an amberish tan with some head. Aroma is bourbon with some of the barleywine slipping through. Fruit and caramel notes but mainly the bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
750ml bottle shared with the great OmegaX
Appearance - Deep red body, frothy head
Aroma - Vanilla, whiskey, honey, caramel, citrus
Taste - Caramel malt, hops, bitter citrus, oak, coconut flakes

For a barrel-aged beer, it was pretty hoppy. All of the great boozy qualities remain from the regular Bigfoot, but now with added earthy and oaky undertones. As it warms up, whiskey becomes more apparent with some nice spiciness and warmth after each sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2056) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tight khaki thin head that fades. Aroma is woody and bourbon malt and yeasty notes. Taste is woody and malty with some spice and hops. Palate is full and chalky with a drying finish. solid Bigfoot!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle - thanks Jeff! Reddish golden pour with a white head. Thinner body. Whiskey is pronounced. Hop aroma as well. Solid.


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