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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Brewvival 2015 Trip #82. Keg at Brewvival. Pours a hazy orange with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spicy, green hops, raw malt, toffee, whiskey. The taste is toffee, citrus hops, caramel, mild bourbon. Medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12573) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and bourbon with dates, caramel and toast malt, spicy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, moderate hops and bitterness with spicy bourbon, oak and vanilla notes with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium thick light tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, oaky bourbon and coconut. Some hops in the background. The finish is sweet with a malt and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Beautiful appearance, deep red, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is heavy on the base beer, nice hoppiness, herbal, woody, bourbon is there, plenty of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is like a normal Bigfoot, hoppy bitterness still cuts through. The barrel is mellow in flavor and adds some booze to the alpha acids. Nice tannic notes are added to the dry American barleywine base. I honestly am not always a fan of reg bigfoot but the barrel aging melds with it it just enough to make it better..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Bourbon, caramel, wood, vanilla, some dark fruits, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craigs. Pours dark amber, vanilla on nose, toffee vanilla taste, bitter dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (11132) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2016 "Whiskey barrel aged 750. Like classic Bigfoot, a little rough around the edges. Ample hops and bitterness still shine through the barrels, whic tastes like whiskey, not bourbon. Boozy and big, I think this will sit down well - though I like it now."

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daknole (10923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Caramel colored pour, decent sized white head. Lacing is prominent. This beer is a mess IMO. Overly resiny, barrel notes almost taste like the damn thing was aged in pine trees. The booze doesnt help and the damn thing got worse as it warmed. Maybe a few YEARS in the cellar will help? Im not hopeful though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Draft... GABF 06... Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. Lightly grainy aroma with notes of honey, wood and vanilla. The flavor is a swirl of toffee, alcohol, oak and whiskey with moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, drying finish.


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