Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 yearin honor of the 30th Anniversary of this style-bending brew were 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 maltwith rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins. Grab this elusive beast while you can, because it wont be around for long.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (577) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2016 A rich, sumptuous BW with intense but well balanced tastes. The nose is pungent, featuring slightly burnt caramel and toffee, dark malt, booze and dark berries. The casking is very present, but supported by strong taste elements in the barleywine components. Significant American hops, raisins, apricots, caramel, toffee and a touch of sweet rum work well with the oak and the whiskey casking. The hops create a bite in the aftertaste that keep counterbalancing the booziness and richness of the other taste. elements. Superior. An appropriately dense and thick body and medium carbonation tie the bow on this special BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Conifer needles grow through vanilla and candied fruit in this woodsy Barrel-Aged Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam stays atop the misty dark red.
-Alcohol warmth is perceptible throughout.
-Resinous hop bitterness fits with the barrel character.
-Flavor profile is intense yet all components are well balanced.
-The texture is lush and warming. A refined mouthfeel.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonini (37) - porto alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
bela cerveja. bem maltada e encorpada. presente do amigo Martin. balanceada. otima.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6850) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage, been holding this for a special occasion, today is my 5th anniversary on so I think its time to crack this. I prefer my Barley Wines slightly oxidized, so I ready for this. Almost no head on a deep clear ruby color. Aroma is subtle in every aspect, dark fruit, deeper malt and whiskey.

Flavor has raisin, figs, light sugar with just a very slight oxidation note through the middle. The finish has the subtle whiskey barrel with lingering oak. The alcohol cant be found but the warming sensation after the sip is here and gives a slow burn on the way down. The body seems to have thinned out or was never very full to begin with. Oily slick texture across the tongue. After drinking a whole snifter the oxidation notes started to wear on my palate. Should have opened this 9 or maybe 10 months ago. Still all in all a very nice Barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Did a vertical tasting. Started with a 2014 Bigfoot, then 2015 Bigfoot, then finished with this 2015 BA Bigfoot. Quite honestly, they basically all taste the same. Not really getting much more from the BA version, except I paid a lot more. Pretty much a sweet but very hoppy IPA that happens to have some oak and whiskey taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8352) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2015
I remember the regular Big Foot tasting a little better. This one has big caramel, booze, some citrus. Well barrelled. Brown pour, some head. Bottle from Dupont Circle store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1947) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB is clear amber color with a slight head; the aroma is caramel And the taste is a strong bourbon flavor with oak and vanilla that resonates on the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6643) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting. Pours a clear cola with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of caramel, oak and vanilla, Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23328) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle. Clear bright amber color. Aroma of lightly spiced butterscotch. Taste is rich fruity vanilla and burnt caramel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 15, 2015
On tap at The Tap Room in Minot -- I was extremely surprised to see this on tap, so of course I ordered one ... well, two. Nose is definitely whisky and the flavor is definitely a bright-ish BW with some bitterness and young BW flavors. The whisky and barrel are present throughout. A very nice beer. Im going to have to go back for more soon.

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