Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 454   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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3.9
radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
2015 vintage corked bomber into snifter glass, clear orangy-amber color with tan head. Aroma notes of woody oak, bourbon, heavy caramel malt sweetness, toast, citrus-leaning fruitiness, vanilla and slightly herbal. Taste adds strong pine/resin bitter hops, dark dried fruits (plums, raisins), coconut, some nuttiness, oak char and lightly boozey. Heavy body, low-moderate carbonation, oily, rich, dry with woody resin-bitter finish. It’s a big woody heavy barleywine, much more barleywine-like than regular Bigfoot. I can see this being awesome with a few years on it to mellow it out more.

4
smith4498 (3676) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Pours clear dark caramel color with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and pine. Big oak and vanilla flavors with a heavy dose of bourbon. Some some sweet caramel and pine also. Medium to full body moderate carbonation.

3.9
Matt_Foran (102) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Nice malt aroma on the nose that is quickly over taken by the whiskey barrel aroma. On the taste the whiskey flavor from the barrels that it was ages in. High bitterness from the high alcohol. One of the best barrel aged barleywines I have had!

3.8
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Almost missed rating this, as I mistakenly thought I had previously tried a barrel treatment of Bigfoot. I hadn’t. Poured a medium brown out of the bottle, nice creamy head that faded away. Aroma was caramel malts, some woodsy notes, faint fruit, slight pine. Flavor matched. Honestly, preferred the original. Felt like the oak just diminished the hops, and didn’t add enough other interesting notes. But still a nice barleywine.

4.6
zizzybalubba (1887) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2015
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (11.9% ABV according to the bottle). Brownish-orange pour with a short off-white head. Wonderful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and citrus. Bold flavors that mirror the aroma; alcohol is strong upfront with bourbon and oak nearly overwhelming the other flavors of vanilla and coconut but eventually tangerine and brown sugar manage to cut through and tame the alcohol. Finish is bitter with equal credit given to the hop count and assertive malt backbone. A stunning barley wine.

4.1
flatmatt (1621) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2015
750 mL bottle. Pours a crimson amber with a very off-white head. Strong but smooth bourbon brown sugar aroma with some caramel and hops. Bourbon, brown sugar, caramel flavors, oak, some bitterness with occasionally citrusy hops. Quite good.

1.7
Couch0508 (120) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Yuck, I have become a big fan of barley wine over time but I gotta say if this was my first barley wine I would have never had another.

4.3
rosenbergh (11868) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
Draught at the Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA.

Cloudy deep amber colour with a small head.
Sweet and dark fruitiness and sweet syrupy notes in the aroma.
Strong dessert wine flavour with alcohol warmth and sweet fruity hops. Super tasty. A truly great dessert beer.

4.2
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2015
Pours a deep amber/brown with a nice just off white head. Very nice aromas although alcohol does over power: caramel, bread, hay, cereal, nuts, toast, resin, floral, citrus, herbs, dough, cheese, some leather, banana, clove, cooked vegetables, and vanilla. Actually there is enough going on here that I upgraded the aroma to an eight. Potent but fairly balanced flavors: There is a brief pause before a flash of malty sweetness and then a rush of sour. This gives way to bitter, some salt, and eventually umami. Full bodied, creamy and sticky, with average carbonation. The finish is quite a thing: long, lingering, burning bitter and alcohol. A 4.2 doesn’t quite do this beer justice. Isolating the elements yields this score but... experienced at once it’s quite a brew to behold.

3.9
EvanFriend (643) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
Wood, vanilla, a slight bit of alcohol, fades into pine resin hops. This is quite good.


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