Boutip (6562) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with light residual sugar with vanilla and oak notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix of caramelized malt notes with light sugar notes also perceptible, with some oak, vanilla and bourbon notes also present. Body is full with good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Quite the big beers but still keeping some good drinkability with plenty of complexities. Tide (4496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Deep copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, resin, hops, pine, dried fruits, oak and bourbon. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, bourbon, oak, dried fruits and pine. Excellent barley wine. Voodoo (703) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2017
Pours a root beer color with a thin off white head which is gone in a hurry....aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla.....taste is oak dominant, quick hit of sweet barley wine taste shows up, then moving into a bit of booze and vanilla, slightly dry finish of earthy bitterness. Bacchus66 (967) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Draft at the NC source. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Dark malt up front then raisins, molasses, vanilla, oak, wine, hops. Big flavors. Lingering, warming finish. Fairly awesome. Bought a bottle of the 2015 vintage for later. (notes) nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2017
This is one of those that you have to tick, so finally I did. 750ml bottle, too large of a format, but whatever. Tough to deal with that volume. The appearance crushes it. Deep chestnut-amber color with a large, lacy khaki head. The aroma is sticky, syrupy, whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, oak, coconut, and sherry. As for the flavor, well, let me start by saying that English-style barleywine is better, chiefo. But within the limitations of the American style, this is legit. Good sweet caramel malt base, some sherry oxidative notes, faded hops, slightly tannic oaky, bourbony, raisin notes. Full-bodied, higher carbonation for the style. Pretty solid.
PugUglyBrewer (806) - - JUL 13, 2017
Rich cola brown color with a dense head of sand colored foam. Has the caramel rich malt and bold pine resin hoppiness holding it together from the standard Bigfoot. This monster evolves that classic boldness of Bigfoot and cranks it up with intense aromas and flavors of vanilla, oak, prune, burnt sugar, and warming whiskey. arone12 (934) - Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2017
I have been saving this beer for a couples of years now. Dark amber pour similar to the non barrel aged version. Whiskey smell with some oak and pine dominate the aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Nice woody finish with a decent hop balance. This beer was worth the wait. Yummy!!! oobawa (1792) - Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2017
2015 bottle. Nice pour, dark brown with a frothy beige-ish head and moderate lacing. Aroma is deep dark caramel malt and pine, maybe a little whisky on the back but not as strong as you’d expect. Taste starts sweet, caramel and toffee and vanilla, veins of honey and booze, yet quickly grows a strong, bitter pine backbone. Grows increasingly hoppy, yet the oak takes hold on the back end, giving an herbal, woodsy character with hints of whisky on the periphery. Finishes mildly dry, deep malt giving way to oak and a little smoke, with the Kentucky bourbon finally making its presence known deep into the fade. Still a bit hot for a 18-month-old bottle, but drinkable anyway. Might be a little generous in my rating, but damned if BA Bigfoot didn’t make me feel charitable after a pint. ricke49 (92) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2017
Preferring English style Barleywines, I usually find ’regular’ Bigfoot a bit harsh. But whoa! This aged version is flat out delicious. Still with plenty of hop character, but mellowed so nicely - with dark fruit (raisins predominate) and vanilla tones. What grabbed me initially was the aroma, which was immense from 3 feet away as it sat on my counter for a minute while it settled just a bit. I see that it’s "retired", though I bought this bottle very recently. Going back to look for some to cellar. punkska101 (2166) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 Bottle shared by Seb drank with Max A: soft caramel, whiskey, licorice, alcohol, raisins App: hazy dark copper sparing beige head. T/p: full body with moderate long bitter finish. Soft carbonation. O: Big and bold yet an easy to chug down beer. It’s been a while since I’ve tasted something great coming out of Seb’s cellar.
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