Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 447   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (2294) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 5, 2016
On tap at Torpedo Room in Berkeley, California-USA. Dark purple vivid appearance, off-white foam. Nose: ouh! Vanilla, milk shake, macerated cherries! Mamma Mia! Mouth: mirrors the nose with a more complex chili finish. Great beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1972) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2016
750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage, 11.9% ABV. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a murky brownish/ruby red color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a very long time. Theres also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, oak and a bit of chocolate. However, the taste isnt as nice as the aroma. Theres an unpleasant medicinal bitter flavor that luckily weakened somewhat the longer I drank it, along with some dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and booziness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, its syrupy and has a decent amount of carbonation. I didnt have any problem finishing the bottle, but I didnt like that medicinal flavor in this brew at all. At $19.99 a bottle Ill pass on this in the future at that price. Ill just stick with regular Bigfoot instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2016
Draft into a snifter at Brouwer's. Brown color with ruby highlights and a khaki ring. Syrupy sweet and boozy aroma with a hint of wood and vanilla. Mellow flavor of vanilla, tobacco and molasses, with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Well done to make it drinkable and not over-the-top. No hint of the ABV at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
WABeerFiend (411) - - MAR 26, 2016
2015 edition. Poured 03.16.16. A: Marmalade, oak, lemon, funky sour cherry. A: Thin off-white head quickly fades to a ring and swirls of foam. Hazy dark red body. T: Bitter grass, vinegar, and sour raisin dominate. O: I had high hopes for this one, but it smelled awful before even tasting. The sourness was overwhelming in the smell and flavor. There were no toffee, caramel, toasted coconut, or whiskey flavors. Surprisingly, this was a drain pour. Maybe it was infected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1073) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
The appearance of the beer was significantly murkier than the regular Bigfoot, with a brown color starting to look like a mix between a Barleywine and a Dubbel. The head was two fingers thick, and extremely long lived. The aroma was not hop laden like the Bigfoot I remember. Instead of the hop assault, there was a smell of raisins, mixed with vanilla, honey, and toffee. The taste was a parade of dark malt flavors like fig, dark cherry, brown sugar, and caramel. The wood tannins were also strongly present, in the form of vanilla, charred oak, and cinnamon. The hops were far less prominent than regular Bigfoot, but provided a subtle bitterness and spice mid palette onward. The finish was quite dry due to the combination of tannic acids and lingering hops. This was a serious beer that requires slow sipping. It showed off the barrel aging very well. I prefer regular Bigfoot to this, as it is much more lively to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. 2014 vintage. Pours a dark reddish mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of candi sugar, pine, bourbon, and dried toffee. Flavors of treacle, raisins, grass , green oak and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Complex though. Worth cellaring longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
February 26, 2016. Bottle.
Hazy amber with a small off-white head Aroma is wormwood, grass, pine, toffee, tannic wood, hints of whiskey. Taste is medium sweet, slight sharp bitterness. Finish is bitter with sharp grassy and astringent bitter notes, hints of sweet toffee and pine. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Sharp grassy and astringent bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4778) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours tiny hazy pale amber with a frothy beige head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, pine needles, resin, toasted coconut and orange peal. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and piney. Mouthfeel is soft, round, astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, toasted coconut, pine needles, resin and hints of alcohol. Solid but a bit hot in both alcohol and hops. Needs cellar rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4333) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a small bubbly tanned head. Aroma is sweet raisins marzipan dark fruits malty fruity. Flavor is fullbodied sweetish fruity malty a bit boozy, but overwhelmingly bitter indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AdmiralVernon (1155) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
A: Deep brown with a hint of red, thin off white lacing. N: Caramel, toffee, figs T: Wormwood, caramel, white chocolate, vanilla O: Very bitter! Love the taste in the beginning bit the bitterness is overwhelming!

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