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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2519) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 22, 2015
Pours a rich amber color with a finger of fine khaki fizz. Nose has nice toasted grain, burnt sugar, warm bourbon and some date fruit. Palate follows but has a bit more acrid walnut and dark fruit mingling with the softer caramel and bourbon undertones. Hint of grassy bitterness lingers with some boozy dark fruit in the finish. Nice but not really blown away by this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1545) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2015
draft sampler pour a medium clear brown color that had the aroma of bourbon and barley wine. this beer you can put in the box in the back of the closet for a couple of years. one beer that ages gracefully. the flavor was full and delicious. lots of little flavors of the barley wine with the dark fruits and sweet malts melding with the flavor of the bourbon barrel and the oak and vanilla and char....would like to try this one in a couple of years to compare my notes now. overall deliciously great and no alcohol burn to speak of.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhilJackson80 (461) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2015
22 oz bottle. Tasted on 4/18/15. Bottle from Total Wine Frisco, TX. Aroma was smokey, slightly earthy, leather. The taste was pretty mellow on the hops but still had a well rounded flavor to it. Very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
john_chaney (17) - - APR 20, 2015
Drink this beer slowly. This is not Bigfoot, this is his angry older brother. Beer pours a dark amber with a half inch of khaki head that recedes slowly leaving a small bit of lacing. Much bolder in every sort of way, except hops. The scent is almost like apple brandy, the grain and alcohol are in your face. The flavor is wood, complex dark fruits, a bit of vanilla, and alcohol. I wondered why Sierra Nevada made bigfoot at such a low abv compared to other barley wines. Age it on bourbon oak for a year, lose 20% volume, and you’ve got a complex 12%+ beer. Pretty sneaky Sierra Nevada. There’s a couple extra ounces in this bottle and you’ll notice it. I say again, drink this beer slowly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2015
Way harsh, a bit thin. Not really any finesse here. Burns on the way down and little to none when it comes to mellow vanilla and oak bourbon notes. Rather poorly done but relatively tasty I guess...just as long as you can get past the burning.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
X (66) - California, USA - APR 15, 2015
I regret drinking this now as opposed to letting it age. It is just too green and hot, but it should be lovely in a few years. I recommend the cellar for this beast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TizzleJizzle (725) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
Sampled from a bomber at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Poured a clear mahogany-brown with a thin cream head. Complex taste of whiskey, oak, sweet caramel malts, raisins, vanilla esters, with a subtle floral hop finish. Average carbonation, full bodied. Other thoughts: Now that the hops have mellowed, I’m able to enjoy all the other flavors as they have come to the forefront making for a exceptionally well balanced brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (551) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
Everything about the barrel-aged variety of Bigfoot is, in fact, Big. The body is a gloriously dark shade of brown with a huge head (incredible lacing, too, by the way). Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and rich malt. Flavor is complex. Toffee, plum, prune, raisin, whiskey, rose hip. Bigfoot likes to be warm before it unveils its vanilla and toasted marshmallow flavors. If you’re going to take on this beast, be advised: words like full-bodied and warm don’t adequately describe this beer. I could only do this beer in sips. With the high ABV, it sure sings one hell of a lullaby. I slept like the dead after this beer. This is a brew for special occasions and small quantities. Damn impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (688) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. A- Raisins, booze, bourbon, dark fruits, burnt sugar. A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Raisins, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, boozy. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy finish. O- This was super boozy and bursting with dark fruits, mostly raisin. I did not detect any vanilla or coconut which I had really hoped for. Also drank it fairly fresh. I’m sure some age would really do this beer good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2938) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2015
A damn tasty beer. Aroma was fantastic. Vanilla, bourbon and caramel with slight notes of oak. Pour was a nice medium brown with a tinge of red and a thin off white film for a head. Taste was big and delicious. Not as boozy as it smelled, the bourbon and vanilla were very full and rounded. Coconut and raisin came out as it warmed and, I rarely say this, the small hint of hops I picked up were disappointing. I was hoping they would be gone, but happily they have mellowed. Light carbonation round this great beer out.


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