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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20303) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Draught@SBWF2012. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is wood, alcohol, toffee, caramel, fruits and some mild resiny notes. Flavour is sweet malts, some fruityness, alcohol, wood and mild toffee and vanilla as well. Balanced and rather mellow.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16599) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Draft @ Jupiter Sour Sunday, Jupiter, Berkeley, CA. Pours a deep reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Sweetish malty woody bourbon vanilla caramel flavor with weak bitter hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon and caramel finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14859) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
15th October 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s new pad. Lightly hazy red-amber beer. Tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth with fine carbonation. Smooth malt and smooth bourbon, just a little spice. Fruity tang with mild berries and a whisper of coconut. Light dry finish. Good BA Barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14196) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
bottle at home ... thanks to Bruce ... copper brown ... thin white head ... soft toffee malt nose ... light whiskey ... soft toffee malts ... sweet fruits .. mellow juicy ... soft whisky linger ...

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Hard Liver ’08
Golden-brown and bright. Boozy, fruity, calvados aromatics with brown sugar elements. Fat body. Lots of booze, hints of wood and vanilla, caramel, chocolate and toast. Big flavour, lots of fun.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10983) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 c&c from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. 2013 Expedition. Pours a very dark, ruddy copper with a decent creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma that seems to have alcohol along with brown sugar. Full bodied. There is a non-burning alcohol flavor - could be residual whiskey flavor messing with me. Burnt coconut and dark fruit seem to be appropriate. It’s not dry, but it’s not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. I’m really curious about the barrel. SN isn’t particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isn’t heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10894) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - thanks to Ken. Pours clear amber with a frothy, tan head. The nose has leaves, dry caramel, dry bread, some wood. Medium sweet flavor with boozy punchy, leaves and earth, dry wood, dry caramel, bitter toasted grass. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, lots of earthy bitterness, dry caramel, dry wood, some leathery berries. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

cloudy amber, scant off white head, sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy hops, big sweet caramel malt flavor well blended by sweet vanilla, nice touch of oak, long earthy bitter finish that grows,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10840) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Copper colored pour with a small khaki head. The nose is full of caramel, brown sugar, whiskey, and vanilla. Hints of coconut, nice raisin fruitiness, alcohol, and plenty of oak. The flavor is a bit more hot than expected, but very nice otherwise. Big vanilla and whiskey notes to go along with the prominent caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Raisin, perhaps a hint of date, oak, and some piny hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10596) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Tap sample. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bourbon vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.


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