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
VsXsV (4560) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Clear deep copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, raw sugar, raisins, light dill, oak, caramel and bread. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of bourbon, hops, raisins and caramel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice stuff!

3.9
evergreen0199 (3527) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle at The Gingerman, Manhattan, New York, USA. A deep amber/red coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, boozy, hoppy, malty, caramel, bourbon aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, malty, caramel, bourbon, some vanilla. A rich tasting heavyweight, very nice indeed.

4
Leini (2079) - SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2016
Sample @ SB&WF 2016. Classic Bigfoot base, albeit less hoppy, with a nice addition of oak and vanlilla. Enjoyable.

3.9
treign (31) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2016
On tap at the Chico brewpub. Pours a murky brown. Nose is a nice mix of sweet malt and barrel. Really nice flavor for a barleywine. Not too sweet with a perfect balance of flavor from the barrel. Really nice thick body as well. Really enjoyable beer.



3.9
Martinus (4718) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016
Clear red brown colour, white head. Aroma of malts, honey, hops and apricot. Sweet flavour, caramel, vanilla. Bitter finish, caramel and hops.
(from 65cL bottle @ RBBSG IV, the Hot and Sweaty Edition, Gent 2015. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!)

3.4
omhper (25835) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2016
Keg at SBWF. Clear mahogay colour, small head. Woody whiskey aroma. Sweet and caramelly with full body and dense, rounded mouthfeel. Fudge and oak, warming finish where whiskey on pears lingers.

3.8
olsvammel (7304) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Hoppy smell with caramel, dried fruit and oak. Similar taste with dill and oak. Nice smell!

4
TEJA (3298) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2016
Draught at SBWF 2016. Small but lasting white head. Smooth and barrel aged aromas with vanilla and piny hop aromas. Nice and smooth malty taste with a big body that is balanced with a firm bitterness.

4.1
donandres (681) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - SEP 29, 2016
4 pack from Costco, 22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Brown hazy liquid, dark tan foam, quickly disappears
Smell: aroma of grains
Taste: low bitterness, hint of sweetness
Aroma: long finish, alcohol comes out
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank: 9/22/2016 8:33 PM

4.5
ansalon (4166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2016
At SWBF 2016. Pours caramel with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, oak, butterscotch, figs, dates, raisins, plums. Holy fuck that aroma! Taste is loads of caramel and candied fruit with prominent toasted oak notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily with moderate carbonation. Just wow.


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