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RATINGS: 256   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Brown in color with an off-white head. A bourbony barleywine (of course) in the start and finish in both aroma and taste; vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut. Fantastic!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (949) - Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from Belmont way back when. A: Opaque brown color with a thin head and bubbles collecting on the sides of the glass. N: Bourbon, toffee, biscuit, caramel, vanilla, butter, toast, melon, hops, pine, and earth. T: Very bitter; not much sweetness. M: Heavy body, big alcohol, creamy carbonation. O: A big barrel aged whiskey bomb with a noticeable Bigfoot presence underneath. That said, this one is still hot and untamed, and I don’t think it’s ever going to be much different than what it is now.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2014
75cl, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Wouter for bringing this over!, very complex brew, malty/alcoholic/sweet and slightly woody/bitter/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Wow! Very intense. The barrel seems to have smoothed out the Big Foot a little. Hid alcohol fairly well for the huge ABV. I could smell it a couple feet away. No pun intended. TECHNICAL: Drank 4/21/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish amber with some red highlights and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had nice legs. The aroma had heavy caramel and molasses; light citrus hops, lime specifically; ever-so-slight pine hops; grape, raisin, prune, apple cherry; hints of wood; hints of butterscotch; brown sugar; vanilla; bourbon; whiskey; Koo-Aid mix; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was moderates sweet and slightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a long durations. There was caramel, brown sugar, that barley wine taste, bourbon, whiskey, wood, , dark fruit, raisin, prune, vanilla, citrus rind, hops and pine hops, apple, grape, molasses, maple syrup, citrus hops and alcohol. The medium to full, leaning more to full, body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2337) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle: Thanks... ? Forgot who opened this one. Murky, deep body, nearly opaque & raw sienna in color. Light-khaki head on top that settles quickly; spotting lacing along the glass. Pungent bourbon & whiskey booze on the nose, more so standalone rather than integrated with everything else. Wood, plums, burnt vanilla, brown sugar... Underlying sweetness present, but still overshadowed by the booze. Same notion on the palate. Lots of brown sugar, raisin, molasses, & caramel but the whiskey rings true. Heavy boozy heat & a strong, largely tannic barrel profile. A little bit of brown sugar coated figs towards the finish with a slight kiss of ashy & leafy hop notes, though not nearly as hop forward as original Bigfoot (of course). Lingering tannin & whiskey aftertaste. Not bad, for sure, but perhaps a little too heavy up front with the whiskey aspect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Whiskey barrel aged 750. Like classic Bigfoot, a little rough around the edges. Ample hops and bitterness still shine through the barrels, whic tastes like whiskey, not bourbon. Boozy and big, I think this will sit down well - though I like it now."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4747) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Tivaj: Served in a Chouffe glass: Small creamy head/lacing. Almost clear ruby colored beer. Aromas of brown sugars, figs, dades, prunes, earth... Flavours of wood, some alcohol, some grains, malts, honey, barleys, bitters, grass, herbs, bitters... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, wood, malts, herbs, some sticky sweets and herbs... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a creamy sticky texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours dark mahogany into a snifter. Off -white head with little retention recedes to nothing. Oak and vanilla aromas. Soft with oak and hot caramel front to back.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark amber, vanilla on nose, toffee vanilla taste, bitter dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (834) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Big beast of a beer. Murky khaki color. Both big resinous pines and sweet toffee in the aroma. Taste was sweet, boozy, and piney. Lots more toffee. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Nice.


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