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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roonai (305) - - JUL 20, 2013
Pours deep amber w white head. Nose is chocolate, syrup and toffee. Taste is same w booze note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear burnt sienna with a yellowish tan that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount vanilla and sweet grain with underlying toffee and oak. Flavor has more toffee and burnt sugars with underlying vanilla and sweet grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber pour with an off white head. Whiskey nose. Bland whiskey, hoppy bitterness, mild caramel malt notes. Average mouthfeel and body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle through trade huge thanks to AZBennett! Corked and caged 2013 expedition. Pour has a brown color with nice ruby highlights and a thin coating of tan head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has the promised whiskey barrels done so nicely! Vanilla, oak, toasted custard, brown sugar, juicy wood, caramel, and the distinct malts of Bigfoot. I love that the base beer is there full force but the barrels take it to another level. Mouth feel is medium with good coating and enough carbonation but dialed back a bit from the regular. Flavor brings on the aged malted flavors, light sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit touches, and a bit of hops still lingers. I wish this was widely available it is so enjoyable, it takes a classic favorite to another level while still maintaining what was so good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8907) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear deep reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma has caramel, fruit, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and quite a bit of resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same; the caramel malts and resiny hops compete for attention, oak character everywhere, vanilla and some fruits. It just seemed to need a bit more time for things to integrate better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Pour is transparent ruby red with lots of a tight tan head. Nose has lots of oak and vanilla, notes of caramel and some cooked brown sugar, light berry sweetness behind. Taste has more malt depth, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and brown sugar, light berry sweetness and a fair bit of bitterness. Body is full with moderate carbonation and a chewy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Malty sweet bready and oak aroma. Sweet, light caramel, bread malt flavors-- with a lot of oak flavor, and whiskey character. Flavors from the barrel are subastantial, but not too much... Just about right.

Thanks, Michael

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues, off white head. Smells oaky, rich, sweet, vanilla. Tastes like bourbon, raisins, prunes, vanilla, oak, cherry. Quite delicious!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1607) - Nevada, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Dark brown with red edges. Thick head eminates oak, brown sugars, and roasted dark fruit. Raisin, vanilla, and delicious fig flavors dominate the alcohol and oak. Great dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
1000th RATING!! I chose this selection out of any as Bigfoot was the first big beer I ever had. I was on a roadtrip following Phish up and down the East Coast in 2002 when EricTeusink and I came across this small package store in Rhode Island I think. They had cases of Bigfoot for something stupid, like $20. Not really knowing what it was, we saw the ABV and the price and saw the opportunity to try and sell some on the lots of the upcoming shows. About 7 years later I came back to this beer at a festival and it was love all over again. Damn do I wish I still had a bottle of the first case I had. Anyone reading this and have a 2001 bottle hit me up. Anyways I wanted to pay homage to the original first big beer I had by going with the barrel-aged version. 750 bottle drank by my damn self. Pours a dark mahogany with medium offwhite head that rides the side of the glass for a bit. Smell is big sweet caramel candy, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, all the other components of sweet bourbon. Still can smell the original underneath the nice barrel aging. Lovely. Taste is creamy bourbon, vanilla, coconut, still a decent hop punch in the finish, hints of ripe dark fruits. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Creamy, full, sloshy. Love this beer, but I think if the hops faded just a bit more the finish would be just a tad cleaner for me. Still exceptional and the circumstance of the rate probably helped the score.

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