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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 28, 2014
Had the privilege of having this amazing brew last night. Pours a cloudy Amber/yellow with a white cream head. You immediately get smells of malts, vanilla, subtle bourbon and good fruit notes. Taste is unbelievably smooth. Get a great flavor from the bourbon barrels. Good woody quality with rich vanilla. Mouth feel is very thick and lingering and the finish is as smooth as velvet. Nice sweet bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (1193) - 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 youd 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 didnt make me feel charitable after a pint.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke49 (26) - 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 its "retired", though I bought this bottle very recently. Going back to look for some to cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1971) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 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. Its been a while since Ive tasted something great coming out of Sebs cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2771) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (3480) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weordie (1104) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1746) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle thanks to Owen. Pours deep crimson red with no head. Aroma is caramel and slight oak. Taste is caramel sweet, bitter pine, vanilla sweet, oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (2533) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Pours a thin head on dark brown body. Aroma is wood, burnt wood, caramel, vanilla and raisins. Taste is wood, mellowed pine bitterness and vanilla. Texture is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (2418) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2016
Good light dark brown body you can see through it anyway and a little head. Yeah, head, these pubs gotta think more about their hatred of head. Headhate! Sbayadd mkay? Heavy heavy ginger on this thing and that is an understatement. Sucking on it I do say. Flavour is overpowered by a frebre3ze style ginger taste with vague hints of malt. No booze but trading ginger in place of it dontt jive either knowwaddamsayyin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1526) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Vintage 2015. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, some barrel notes. Taste is pretty the same with a quite high level of bitterness. Very good.

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