Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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.

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jsnicholas (627) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2015
(Bottle 750ml $15 from Costco). Ruby color with 2 finger creamy off white head. Aroma is mostly sweet whisky. Taste is whiskey with quite a noticeable alcohol burn. I usually like that, but this seems either too much or something. Then in the end there was some bitterness, but it had a metallic taste. Not a fan of this beer.

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minutemat (5471) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
75cl bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, June 15, brought back from the US of A by Jeremy. Many thanks. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Taste brings forth a pine needles smoothie with a huge Kentucky bourbon influence. Oaky with sharp alcohol notes. Although I’m not massively into whisky this was still a complex and captivating beer that I doubt I’ll see again.

3.8
chinchill (4993) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2015 On tap at the brewery taproom in NC. Beautiful clear copies colored body is topped by a surprisingly durable head. This has a bit more input from the barrel aging than I prefer. The barleywine base is not completely masked but is dominated. Feel: Too much heat in the feel; this would certainly benefit from some aging.

4.1
raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Review #1000--had this in the basement 5 months. alcohol, grapes, toffee, resin are the aromas.cake with chocolate buttercream is my first taste—chocolate, butterfat, sugar (rounding out to caramel, a bitterness that isn’t citrus or resin but is partially alcohol, oak and a hint of vanilla. Clear red brown with smooth tan head. The mouth is happy to have this beer inside, however briefly. Balanced, diverse and mighty.

4.6
77ships (9776) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. Deep amber, light red hue (that might be also just the lightning),… Thick oily caramel, sweet cooked apples, vanilla & bourbon nose,… Taste is smidge thin with sweet vanilla, caramel, cooked & caramelized apple, sugar, sweet candy,… Creamy, faintly metallic body,… Very yummy, could be even better but already very yummy beer.

3.7
Benzai (15586) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG 2015. Clear red color, small off-white head. Smell and taste malts, sweetish, firm bitter, a hint of dark fruits and quite heavy on the alcohol. Medium body, suitable and quite suitable carbonation.

3.6
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing Tderoeck. Bourbon, boozy, vanilla, oak, hops, nice but maybe a tad too much.

3.7
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Pours a deep copper color with a foamy off white head. Notes of vanilla, whiskey, dark brown sugar, figs, and smoke. Not much of the original bigfoot character remains.

4.1
jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2015
750 mL bottle. Deep Amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is of booze, piney hops, brown sugar, whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Taste is of whiskey, booze, oak, malt, pine, herbal hops.

4.1
travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. The look is reddish, beige head, with a clear look. The smell is whiskey, wood, alcohol, brown sugar, fruitcake, rich, and interesting. The taste is fruity, alcohol, sugar, wood, burnt, and good.


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