ansalon (3798) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2016
At SWBF 2016. Pours caramel with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, oak, butterscotch, figs, dates, raisins, plums. Holy fuck that aroma! Taste is loads of caramel and candied fruit with prominent toasted oak notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily with moderate carbonation. Just wow. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. A beast is an apt description: big, hairy, and mean. Clear dark red amber with a thin fluffy short lived off white head. Aroma of pine, caramel, nugget, bourbon, vanilla and musty oak with some cereal grain notes and alcohol present. Thick chewy resiny palate. Tastes of raisins, dates, bourbon, cereal grain, light citrus fruits, caramel, subtle toasted coconut from the wood on the back end and a surprisingly bitter and dry finish with some earthy oaky vanilla character. Interesting, complex, and especially good at the price point. CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Beware this year’s bigfoot, friends. Pours a nice rich amber/copper with a small head that drifts out like the rings of Saturn. The harrowing howl of the hairy cryptic is heard in the distance as you bring the glass to your nose. You nervously sniff as the beast approaches. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, raisins/prunes, and a hint of that booziness. You hear rustling in the trees as the creature gets nearer. You quaff. "Holy shit," you say, as you take in the complexities: lingering caramelized sugars, massive tannins and oak, more raisins, figs, etc., hop bitterness resting on the tongue and giving way to a kind of woody destruction with a hint of honey, a winter-friendly alcohol burn trickling down your gullet as the Bigfoot raises its paw and strikes you down for good. Your campfire smolders as the creature wanders off. You’re dead, but smiling. Braudog (6676) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Dark, stained-oak and thick enough to block any light at all. Thin but persistent head. Rich, lacquer-laden aroma or furniture-cleaner and alcohol. Drinks with a nice woody base and a whiskey-like warmth to wrap it all up. A beauty for a cold, blustery night. (#4952, 3/6/2013) Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours very hazy dark ruby red with a thin white head. Aroma is in your face barrel aged malty barley wine, cherries, strong wood, vanilla, very complex. The taste is very mellow for Bigfoot, strong in wood, vanilla, cherry, but so very smooth. I do get the coconut, which is weird, how does that happen without there actually being coconut in it. Body is surprisingly medium, or should I say slightly lighter than expected, and carbonation is medium as well. I really enjoyed this, even better than regular old Bigfoot, which i am very fond of, the beer that first got me in to craft beer in the first place.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Malty sweet bready and oak aroma. Sweet, light caramel, bread malt flavors-- with a lot of oak flavor, and whiskey character. Flavors from the barrel are subastantial, but not too much... Just about right. Emeister84 (2479) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Aromas of coconut, butterscotch, almond, vanilla, and caramel. Clear dark ruby-bronze with a lasting, very thin, beige head. Mostly dry with a slight bourbon-like sweetness, in combination with flavors of coconut, dried fruit, vanilla, and brandy. Strong, full bodied, and well carbonated. A little hot, but very balanced, and very delicious. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours a hazy amber brown color with an off white head. Oak, malt, dark fruit, hop, pine, caramel and alcohol aroma. Oak, hop, malt, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, whiskey, pine and slight vanilla flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness and dark fruit sweetness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oak and malt finish. jake65 (3626) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2014
2013 Bottle via BuckeyeBoy – thanks! Sat in the cellar for just about a year now; couldn’t wait any longer. It’s got an unmistakable Bigfoot smell; rich in hops and sweet like caramel and toffee. The whiskey barrel adds to the sweetness nicely. Pours a deep amber with perfect clarity and topped with a thick finger of creamy beige head. After several more minutes of sniffing (yep, full scale geekdom was exercised here) I finally get to tasting. Heavy hop and caramel malts, toffee, and light wood. I really like the mild influences of the whiskey barrel here, it allows Bigfoot to remain the centerpiece while adding to the overall product. Hard to say, since with only one bottle I didn’t sample fresh, but it feels mellower at this point and more complex that a typical one-year old Bigfoot. Really enjoyable; one of the best barleywines I’ve had to date. tfratzke (97) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Beautiful ruby red in color. Crystal clear. Notes of vanilla, caramel, some spicy booze. Sticky mouthfeel, syrupy. Wonderful. Just the right amount of barrel aging. I can’t get over the amazing color.