Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting.it 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

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Iphonephan (7482) - 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.

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Travlr (26430) - 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.

4.3
GreatDane1632 (1174) - 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. I’m going to have to go back for more soon.

3.9
Nickls (2617) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Murky dark copper brown. Sweet toffee, dark fruits, some wood and slight sherry notes in the aroma. Barrel shows up more in the flavor, woody, sherry, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon on the back end. Medium To thicker and slick body.

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Ttrunk (58) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2015
I’ve been away from trying new beers for a little while, and start off again with Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot ale, was a great choice. The appearance reminded me of a cream soda (my perspective influenced by my wife’s craving for the soda). The aroma is of an oak whiskey barrel and the flavor is complex with sweet smoky flavor. I love this beer.

4.2
tderoeck (10617) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4/VII/15 - 75cl bottle from a trade, shared @ RBBSG IV - BB: n/a (2015-873) Thanks to ??? for the trade!

Clear red brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: chlorine, sweet malts, some chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, bit of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: spicy, quite some cinnamon (is this still from the Hardywood???), sweet, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, little bitter.

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jsnicholas (709) - 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 (6252) - 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 (5377) - 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.


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