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RATINGS: 424   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 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
WABeerFiend (388) - - MAR 26, 2016
2015 edition. Poured 03.16.16. A: Marmalade, oak, lemon, funky sour cherry. A: Thin off-white head quickly fades to a ring and swirls of foam. Hazy dark red body. T: Bitter grass, vinegar, and sour raisin dominate. O: I had high hopes for this one, but it smelled awful before even tasting. The sourness was overwhelming in the smell and flavor. There were no toffee, caramel, toasted coconut, or whiskey flavors. Surprisingly, this was a drain pour. Maybe it was infected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1047) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
The appearance of the beer was significantly murkier than the regular Bigfoot, with a brown color starting to look like a mix between a Barleywine and a Dubbel. The head was two fingers thick, and extremely long lived. The aroma was not hop laden like the Bigfoot I remember. Instead of the hop assault, there was a smell of raisins, mixed with vanilla, honey, and toffee. The taste was a parade of dark malt flavors like fig, dark cherry, brown sugar, and caramel. The wood tannins were also strongly present, in the form of vanilla, charred oak, and cinnamon. The hops were far less prominent than regular Bigfoot, but provided a subtle bitterness and spice mid palette onward. The finish was quite dry due to the combination of tannic acids and lingering hops. This was a serious beer that requires slow sipping. It showed off the barrel aging very well. I prefer regular Bigfoot to this, as it is much more lively to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3129) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. 2014 vintage. Pours a dark reddish mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of candi sugar, pine, bourbon, and dried toffee. Flavors of treacle, raisins, grass , green oak and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Complex though. Worth cellaring longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (3483) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
February 26, 2016. Bottle.
Hazy amber with a small off-white head Aroma is wormwood, grass, pine, toffee, tannic wood, hints of whiskey. Taste is medium sweet, slight sharp bitterness. Finish is bitter with sharp grassy and astringent bitter notes, hints of sweet toffee and pine. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Sharp grassy and astringent bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4499) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours tiny hazy pale amber with a frothy beige head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, pine needles, resin, toasted coconut and orange peal. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and piney. Mouthfeel is soft, round, astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, toasted coconut, pine needles, resin and hints of alcohol. Solid but a bit hot in both alcohol and hops. Needs cellar rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a small bubbly tanned head. Aroma is sweet raisins marzipan dark fruits malty fruity. Flavor is fullbodied sweetish fruity malty a bit boozy, but overwhelmingly bitter indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
A: Deep brown with a hint of red, thin off white lacing. N: Caramel, toffee, figs T: Wormwood, caramel, white chocolate, vanilla O: Very bitter! Love the taste in the beginning bit the bitterness is overwhelming!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 4.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of beige frothy/creamy head. Retention is good given the ABV and a finger of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Oh boy, the barrel has had it’s way with this. Exquisitely potent leather with a hint of charcoal. Tobacco, raisin, plum, melon. Oak with supple tannins and vanillins. Caramel and toffee. Resiny hops with herbal and earthy notes. Barrel forward nose that smells great. 3.5 T: Again this is mostly barrel and unfortunately I can taste the whiskey more than the beer. Again tons of leather, tobacco, and raisin. Plum, oak, and vanilla next followed by caramel and toffee. Herbal and earthy hop flavors. Moderate bitterness. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a tannic finish. 3.5 D: This sure if something. It’s a whole hell of a lot of whiskey. I would prefer the barrel to complement the beer rather than dictate it. ★ 940 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 29, 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1612) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
Bouteille 750ml. Couleur acajou opaque, mousse beige foncée aérienne et tenace laissant une dentelle éparse. Arôme de malt caramélisé, boisé, whiskey, fruité, noix. Goût de malt caramélisé, alcool, sucré, bonne amertume, résine, caramel foncé, boisé en fin de bouche. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anthony850 (464) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Very big beer with a great whiskey taste. A hint of vanilla coconut. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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