Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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4.7
firkinChad (49) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Drinking 2011 bottle. Holy dark fruit richness.. An intense malt, alcohol heat and beautiful bite. Head is white and holds well with nice lacing. I have 2 6pks aging in dark cool place and has been worth the wait. There is this sharp dryness at the end that really plays well with the rich malt and alcohol.

4.7
halfwayhouse (14) - - NOV 26, 2013
This beer is fantastic. Great tastes of vanilla and caramel. Finishes with a strong whiskey and oak flavor. Overall great beer.

4.7
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.

4.7
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Deep caramel red with a foamy lasting head. Dried fruit and leather smells. Butter scotch taste that moves to a leather finish. Nice full mouth feel.

4.6
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Incredibly red. Smooth, rich booze, vanilla and baking spice. Soft and mellow with long, caramel maltiness. No heat. None, it’s almost unrecognizable and it is amazing.

4.6
adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 18, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep , clear, rusty ruby red color with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of coconut, vanilla, oak, whiskey and toffee. Taste of whiskey, coconut, vanilla, oak and toffee notes. Excellent.

4.6
atatum1234 (28) - Rogers, USA - MAR 5, 2015
A diverse beer. Pour: thick like molasses . A rich amber color, reminds me of syrup. Nose: vanilla, burnt caramel, molasses, brown sugar, honeysuckle. Taste: a fast punching sugar rush. It starts like a fine wine, dry and sweet. It’s an overwhelming at first taste. Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and wood barrels. As it sits on the tongue, it sweetens even more. The flavor of honeysuckle finishes the beer. As it warms, the alcohol flavor enrich each sip. This is a complicated bottle. Overall: a huge brew to break down. Most barley wines are huge in flavor and palate. This one is no different. I think the nose is where the major differences lie in barrel aging of this beer. I plan to get a few more bottles to cellar.

4.6
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 9, 2015
2014. 11.9% . clear red with medium sized, stable, cream colored head. dusty oak, vanilla, butterscotch aroma. flavors of caramel, butter, vanilla, barrel, peachy fruits, butterscotch. complex flavors. great medium finish with medium body. the usual fresh, sharp hops of ’regular bigfoot’ have mostly diminished already when the beer hits the market. it drinks great now and will be better later, though its hard to imagine this beer improving. this should be the hottest cellarable beer of the year! i only wish i saved some of those 30th anniversary beers from a few years ago.

4.6
dwyerpg (6493) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2015
This is quite excellent. Rich and flavorful, of molasses and hops, this is noticeably stronger than the original, but it’s equally tasty. Great beer, though pricey.

4.6
77ships (11480) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. Deep amber, light red hue (that might be also just the lightning),… Thick oily caramel, sweet cooked apples, vanilla & bourbon nose,… Taste is smidge thin with sweet vanilla, caramel, cooked & caramelized apple, sugar, sweet candy,… Creamy, faintly metallic body,… Very yummy, could be even better but already very yummy beer.


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