Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 448   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 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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2.2
daknole (11044) - 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 doesn’t help and the damn thing got worse as it warmed. Maybe a few YEARS in the cellar will help? Im not hopeful though.

4
j12601 (10925) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a clear browned amber with a thin white head. Warm wood, whiskey, caramel. Big plums, earthy old hops. Lots of plum and prune, chocolate, warm and boozy. Very big, definitely a sipper. Long oxidization and plums with some wood bitterness on the finish.

3.7
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

cloudy amber, scant off white head, sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy hops, big sweet caramel malt flavor well blended by sweet vanilla, nice touch of oak, long earthy bitter finish that grows,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

4.7
DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
750 shared at Craft Ale House. Clear copper pour,, looking a lot like bourbon. Nose is huge and complex; with huge oaky whiskey notes, vanilla, plum, spirity heat. I could smell this one for hours. Tastes rich, complex, with big oaky and whiskey flavors up front, some mid-palate heat, vanilla, plum, hops, figgy fruit, and a smooth, powerful finish. This is one of the best beers I have quaffed.

4.3
adnielsen (10602) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. 6k rating two late. Pours a somewhat hazy, reddish brown appearance with a small cream colored head. Huge oaky, sweet whiskey, caramel, herbal hoppy, caramel aroma. Lightly boozy, rich caramel, herbal, floral hoppy, caramel, whiskey, big vanilla, whiskey flavor. Delicious. Fuck yeah.

3.8
BVery (10320) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 Bottle - thanks Jeff! Reddish golden pour with a white head. Medium body. Whiskey is pronounced. Hop aroma as well. Solid.

4.2
DuffMan (10270) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and others. The core character of the Bigfoot is not lost here, and the barrel adds lovely sweet toasty marshmallow, vanilla, and rumcake notes to the already chewy malt structure. The hops are here too, but much less evident. Really great stuff, just as I hoped!

3.7
alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear deep reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma has caramel, fruit, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and quite a bit of resiny hops. The flavor is more of the same; the caramel malts and resiny hops compete for attention, oak character everywhere, vanilla and some fruits. It just seemed to need a bit more time for things to integrate better.

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marcus (10144) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Jupiter Sour Sunday. Pours orange amber with a thin beige head and a slightly sour toffee aroma. There is a very bitter molasses flavor with a dry carbonated finish. This beer is very complex with notes of vanilla booze, raisins and candi sugar.

4
phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by a stranger at DLD- thank you, kind stranger, for reading my wants list! Pours a clear tea-amber color with a small off-white head. Man, the bourbon is big in this one. Alcohol burn in the nostrils and on the palate, with vanilla and caramel notes throughout. But the undeniably heavy hops of the Bigfoot shine through, too. Very cool. Medium-bodied, with a sticky, sweet, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent, though might do even better with some age on it.


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