Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 442   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 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (1115) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 2013 bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby/caramel with a thin, off white head. Aroma is a sweet, smooth bourbon, barrel, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of spirtness. Taste is sweeter but balanced with caramel, bourbon barrel, dark fruits, slight spice and some hope bitterness at the end. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Oily texture with a bone dry finish. Overall a nicely aged American style Barley Wine with caramel, dark fruits, bourbon barrel, and a touch of hope bitterness at the end.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
Tried at Craft Beer Market YEG. Sierra Nevada tap takeover Nov 18. The best barley wine I have tasted. Has a nice hoppy, boozy, wine flavour. The barrell aging adds a ton of complexity. Normally not a BW fan but this is drinkable. Would get again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2015
Medium sized head off white colour a reddish pour medium carbonation aromas nice bourbon notes oak vanilla woody rich fruits burnt caramel dark chocolate dried fruit molasses toffee the flavours dark chocolate sultanas raisins vanilla smooth bourbon roast oak caramel brown sugar toffee liquorice rich coconut a nut taste sugary sweet tastes roasted goodness medium bitter the finish good malts roast burnt rich hops lasting barrelling notes bourbon good oak bitter lovely Barley Wine

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2255) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
750mL bottle pours a murky amber/brown with a large khaki head. Caramel and toffee aroma, with vanilla and oak. Nice full flavor yet approachable bourbon vanilla and oak flavors, with caramel and toffee malts, raisins, steady bitterness, and light hop spice. Its complexity lies in its straight forward simplicity, the individual favors remain simple with a complex balance. Really nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5966) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2015
GABF 2015. Dark copper color. extremely sweet, tons of malt and brown sugar. A little whiskey, but Im not sure what kind, and it doesnt hurt the beer at all. Extremely sweet to the point I cant imagine drinking a full glass, and certainly not a 750. good flavor anyway, and intense beer for sharing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pours deep hazy brown with an eggshell head. Aroma is full of vanilla and notes of bourbon. Full bodied, finishes sweet and malty.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0 ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
hazy amber, thin cream ring. Heavy heat in nose, light wood, heavy booze. Oxidized malt, light chocolate and gum, heavy bitterness through the end. Total diabetes tooth decay

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Tap at hopcat, Aroma is vanilla, sweet fruits, and bourbon. Taste is fairly boozy and it finishes with a ton of heat. Flavors of bourbon, sweet fruits and oak get overpowered by the booze, good... just wish it was less boozy

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1462) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2015
750 C&C Dark toffee amber color. Dark leather head. Sticky lacing and a lot of AVB legs. Nose is a lot of barrel, even for about 2 years old now. Lots of whisky and oak. Underneath is figs, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Still a lot of booze in the nose. Taste is whisky up front and then dark fruits, brown sugar, and figs. Big, slow sipper. A tad bit still too hot but quite good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1651) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
Dguste en compagnie de David-Samuel suite un vieillissement d?une dizaine de mois en cellier (pas David-Samuel, la Big Foot). La bire prsente une noble rouge pourpre aux teintes rubis surmonte de cette mousse coquille d?oeuf abondante et collante. Ce liquide est vraiment apptissant et imposant! Armes de whisky amricain, de vanille, de noix de coco, le tout domin par un imposant alcool qui occupe une place de premier plan. En bouche le liquide est autoritaire et exerce une poigne face laquelle je dois m?incliner. Une base parfaitement malte sert de pierre d?assise ce bouquet bois, vanill et sucr o l?alcool ne cherche pas se camoufler. Un sucre brun caramlis au chalumeau. C?est puissant et c?est ce qu?on cherche ici. D?une rondeur parfaite et d?une longueur qui prolonge quasi indfiniment ce plaisir intense, cette bire commande une lente, trs lente dgustation.


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