There was mourning in parts of the craft beer community last year when it was announced there would be no Bigfoot. Given the previous year's batch had played a large role in an embarrassing evening at the brewery for The Crafty Pint, it might have been for the best. However, the big brother of the brewery's always lovely Surefoot Stout has been brought back out of retirement for 2011. It's pretty much the Surefoot but condensed, the result as rich and creamy as you could wish for in an imperial stout. We've only had this year's batch from the tank thus far, at which time it was giving off some vanilla aromas among the cocoa and roastiness. Smooth and, quite frankly, luxuriant in the mouth, it's a hearty, hefty, malty treat that is being launched with oysters at the brewery tonight (August 5). Well, sort of launched - it's been available on a couple of taps already, but don't shoot the messenger, OK?