Bigfoot 2013 ....
Just had a couple of the newly-released 2013 Bigfoots...
A very solid beer, great rich carmelly nose, dense sticky texture... and a real solid medium-complex barleywine flavor mix.
Overall I had as good or better reaction to this than prior year's releases. Traditionally BF hasn't quite broke through to my personal top-tier of barleywines, but it may be among the best for everyday quaffing...
Several of the great reasons to celebrate fall and winter: all the great barleywines and stouts that will be released.
It not only ages well...it's markedly _better_ a full year after it's original issue. It's a very well made brew and some folks enjoy the immature 'green' flavors present when the brew is first released, while others (myself included) enjoy the mellowed but still robust palate of more mature examples.
The Barleywine/Burton ale (they're essentially the same thing) that I've regularly brewed at home for many years gets a full two years of bulk aging before consumption.