Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of coconut, almond, vanilla, and caramel. Pours dark bronze with a lasting beige head. Taste has a mild bourbon-like sweetness with coconut, dried fruit and vanilla. Well balanced.
hopdog (9008) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Bourbon, caramel, wood, vanilla, some dark fruits, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.
jefcon (1400) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt sugar, vanilla, soap and band-aid on the nose. Alcohol prevails. I like the Sierra Nevada barley wine quite a lot, but this version takes on too much of the esters and alcohol of whiskey for me.
OKBeerFan (59) - - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome beer. This was a sipper for sure. Really hope SN releases this again. It takes the standard Bigfoot we all know and boosts it up big time with great barrel characteristics of whiskey, coconut, toffee, and some oak as well. This is a definite must try. The only Barrel Aged Barleywine I've had that I enjoyed better was Firestone Walker Sucaba.
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Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks for the share jeff, aroma is bourbon and oak, taste is oaky, vanillia, sweet malts, and overall very full and pretty tasty.
DrewFace (799) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy amber color. Very bourbony, sweet, oaky, vanilla aroma. Much of the same in the flavor. Very tasty.
Steasy66 (890) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Garnet with small white head. Vanilla notes from the barrel, slight hop in the aroma. Nothing super complex, but nice sweet flavor with some hops and great barrel flavor. Nice beer.
halfwayhouse (14) - - NOV 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is fantastic. Great tastes of vanilla and caramel. Finishes with a strong whiskey and oak flavor. Overall great beer.
GG (2054) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at 10 East. An excellent showing of a barrel aged barleywine and I think it succeeds so well because the base beer is outstanding. So instead of aging it it barrel to make an average beer better, it makes a great beer better. Lots of wet dirt/tree bark, bourbon, spice, dark fruits and vanilla. Flavor echoes the aroma very, very closely. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oaked, toffe and alcohol. Very well done.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Didn’t think I’d get any of this - low and behold I scored seven bottles today.
Toasted hazelnut with a light etching of creamy foam. Smells are initially boozy and harsh, allow this one to open for a good 10 minutes. then you’ll be rewarded with vanilla, nougat, whiskey barrel, caramel, hops are still in there, but profoundly subdued. Taste ranges from boozy, to sweet to bitter all in the same mouthful. I get lots of sharp alcohol early, then a deep malty character accented with syrup, spiced rum, bitterness, pine sap, toffee and some bits of plum. The body is thinner than I’d prefer, and the carb a little hi with a wet finish.
Make no mistake, the barrel added to the intensity of this beer. The barrel did not, however, tone down the beast, only changed the hairdoo. This beer is fucking hardcore. I am really surprised it was in the barrel for over a year, as the beer still seems a little rough around the edges (something I respect in a fresh Bigfoot) but with the added potential the whiskey barrel added to the overall depth.