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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3636) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Orange brownish color with small beige head. Oak, plum, raisin, caramel, pine hops and sweet malt were the main smells and flavors. Was happy that the body on this was approachable and not too syrupy. Pretty solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9953) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Brewvival 2015 Trip #82. Keg at Brewvival. Pours a hazy orange with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spicy, green hops, raw malt, toffee, whiskey. The taste is toffee, citrus hops, caramel, mild bourbon. Medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4734) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2015
This is quite excellent. Rich and flavorful, of molasses and hops, this is noticeably stronger than the original, but it’s equally tasty. Great beer, though pricey.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (3891) - - MAR 9, 2015
2014. 11.9% . clear red with medium sized, stable, cream colored head. dusty oak, vanilla, butterscotch aroma. flavors of caramel, butter, vanilla, barrel, peachy fruits, butterscotch. complex flavors. great medium finish with medium body. the usual fresh, sharp hops of ’regular bigfoot’ have mostly diminished already when the beer hits the market. it drinks great now and will be better later, though its hard to imagine this beer improving. this should be the hottest cellarable beer of the year! i only wish i saved some of those 30th anniversary beers from a few years ago.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (702) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear medium brown burgundy color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla, coconut, slight whisky, with a definite bigfoot background. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, heavy malts. Very creamy texture with a lingering vanilla and coconut. Very tasty beer. Way better than the base in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (570) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Sweet vanilla aromas. Smooth oakey and sweet boozy flavors. But of hop and a lot malt ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1960) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from Meditrina. Looks like Bigfoot -- garnet reddish brown with ring and lace. Hoppy woody spicy aroma like Bigfoot with added vanilla and booze. Sweet toasted brown sugar vanilla apple-plum-raisin fruit with spicy woody hoppy finish. Some lingering boozy bitter woody spice. Full thick body. Delicious and fucking intense. Strong and sweet without cloying. Nevertheless, I still prefer the regular Bigfoot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (220) - Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Hazy amber in color with a white head that dicipates rather quickly. Great lacing. Oats and sourdough bread are part of the aroma. A hint of banana and caramel consist in the aroma. Creamy texture with a slight bitter finish. Medium bodied with a alcohol taste. Overall a good beer but I wish it was a little smoother. For the cost it was good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
atatum1234 (11) - Rogers, USA - MAR 5, 2015
A diverse beer. Pour: thick like molasses . A rich amber color, reminds me of syrup. Nose: vanilla, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar, honeysuckle. Taste: a fast punching sugar rush. It starts like a fine wine, dry and sweet. It’s an overwhelming at first taste. Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and wood barrels. As it sits on the tongue, it sweetens even more. The flavor of honeysuckle finishes the beer. As it warms, the alcohol flavor enrich each sip. This is a complicated bottle. Overall: a huge brew to break down. Most barley wines are huge in flavor and palate. This one is no different. I think the nose is where the major differences lie in barrel aging of this beer. I plan to get a few more bottles to cellar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (464) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Small pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small amount of foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass. The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt that has a burnt character to it. The taste is stronger than I even thought it would be. Bourbon is inmy face big time. Next big thing is the burnt/charred taste I mentioned in the smell. Setting down with the flavours at hand, delicious notes of vanilla make a partial rescue to the flavour overload. The mouthfeel, to me, is much lighter than expected and I reckon that’s a good thing. Overall, it is a cool brew to try, especially considering how limited a distro, I’m guessing it sees, but it needs time to mellow out like its little brother. Edit: I forgot to mention that this is the newly released 2015 and is 11.9% abv.


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