Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 451   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 20, 2013
Scent of bourbon barrel aging, oak, and hops. Has a strong bite of alcohol and also the resiny degraded hop flavor.


4
Bacchus66 (554) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Draft at the NC source. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Dark malt up front then raisins, molasses, vanilla, oak, wine, hops. Big flavors. Lingering, warming finish. Fairly awesome. Bought a bottle of the 2015 vintage for later. (notes)

4
nickd717 (4706) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2017
This is one of those that you have to tick, so finally I did. 750ml bottle, too large of a format, but whatever. Tough to deal with that volume. The appearance crushes it. Deep chestnut-amber color with a large, lacy khaki head. The aroma is sticky, syrupy, whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, oak, coconut, and sherry. As for the flavor, well, let me start by saying that English-style barleywine is better, chiefo. But within the limitations of the American style, this is legit. Good sweet caramel malt base, some sherry oxidative notes, faded hops, slightly tannic oaky, bourbony, raisin notes. Full-bodied, higher carbonation for the style. Pretty solid.

5
PugUglyBrewer (692) - - JUL 13, 2017
Rich cola brown color with a dense head of sand colored foam. Has the caramel rich malt and bold pine resin hoppiness holding it together from the standard Bigfoot. This monster evolves that classic boldness of Bigfoot and cranks it up with intense aromas and flavors of vanilla, oak, prune, burnt sugar, and warming whiskey.

4.2
arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2017
I have been saving this beer for a couples of years now. Dark amber pour similar to the non barrel aged version. Whiskey smell with some oak and pine dominate the aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Nice woody finish with a decent hop balance. This beer was worth the wait. Yummy!!!

4
oobawa (1500) - Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2017
2015 bottle. Nice pour, dark brown with a frothy beige-ish head and moderate lacing. Aroma is deep dark caramel malt and pine, maybe a little whisky on the back but not as strong as you’d expect. Taste starts sweet, caramel and toffee and vanilla, veins of honey and booze, yet quickly grows a strong, bitter pine backbone. Grows increasingly hoppy, yet the oak takes hold on the back end, giving an herbal, woodsy character with hints of whisky on the periphery. Finishes mildly dry, deep malt giving way to oak and a little smoke, with the Kentucky bourbon finally making its presence known deep into the fade. Still a bit hot for a 18-month-old bottle, but drinkable anyway. Might be a little generous in my rating, but damned if BA Bigfoot didn’t make me feel charitable after a pint.

4.3
ricke49 (51) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2017
Preferring English style Barleywines, I usually find ’regular’ Bigfoot a bit harsh. But whoa! This aged version is flat out delicious. Still with plenty of hop character, but mellowed so nicely - with dark fruit (raisins predominate) and vanilla tones. What grabbed me initially was the aroma, which was immense from 3 feet away as it sat on my counter for a minute while it settled just a bit. I see that it’s "retired", though I bought this bottle very recently. Going back to look for some to cellar.

4
punkska101 (2082) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 Bottle shared by Seb drank with Max A: soft caramel, whiskey, licorice, alcohol, raisins App: hazy dark copper sparing beige head. T/p: full body with moderate long bitter finish. Soft carbonation. O: Big and bold yet an easy to chug down beer. It’s been a while since I’ve tasted something great coming out of Seb’s cellar.
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3.9
cards04 (2822) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 31, 2017
Really good barley wine. Really drinks more like a dipa with the extreme bitterness. The barrel adds a vanilla depth that counters the bitterness. Better than the original.

3.9
northropfrye (3643) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 31, 2017
Tap in south Fargo jl beers. Reddish body. Sweet fruity boozy vinous aroma. Taste is the same with a dry finish and bubelgum and vanilla.

3.8
weordie (1223) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Pours copper with a fluffy head. The aroma is oak, vanilla and sweet malt. Flavour is a big oaky, vanilla and Bourbon hit.


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