Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 454   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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4.6
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle. Cannot believe I have not had this bad boy before. Love the Big Foot. The barrel aging does wonders. The vanilla notes smooth it out but the aging doesn’t reduce the wonderful hop profile. Pours a orange brown haze with light beige head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, earthiness, bread, vanilla and booze. Sweet citrusy caramel taste with nice hop hit and smooth creamy vanilla on the backend. Excellent beer. Might be my favorite Bwine because of the complexity.

4.6
77ships (11304) - 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.

4.6
Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours a syrupy dark brown with a small ring of head and nice legs up the glass. Aroma of dark dried fruits, raisins, burnt sugar, wood, vanilla and a touxh of alcohol. Taste is sweet syrupy malts following the flavors of burnt sugar, caramelized brown sugar, raisins, dates, dark dried fruits, vanilla... Incredibly complex flavors with the whiskey barrels of vanilla and light notes of oak and whiskey with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish... Great winter warmer.

4.6
BeerdedDave (1901) - Beckley, USA - AUG 11, 2016
on tap at the Mills River brewery; deep amber to red color; fantastic aroma - sweet malt with hops and bourbon - mostly bourbon, with hints of oak; intense bourbon flavor; oak and hop notes; the bourbon really overwhelms everything else - not that I have a problem with that

4.5
ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
March 9, 2013 via a big boy bottle. Reddish brown pour with nice head that left a thin amount for a while. Aroma was sweet, malty, hoppy and whiskey in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma. Nice sweet caramel malt up front, then a mild hoppy bitterness and a nice woody and whiskey finish. Maybe even a touch of smoke in the aftertaste. This is very smooth and a nice full body. Glad I got a couple bottles of this.

4.5
S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours amber-brown with a large light tan head. Aroma is molasses and creamy choclate-like malts. Aroma is smoooth! Taste is smoooth!! - malts come first, then hop bitterness, then a sweet smooth malty heaven with mild wiskey barrel in the finish. Really, really good!

4.5
poisoneddwarf (2663) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle. "2013 Expedition" is what it says on the label. Pours cloudy brown with orange highlights and a long-sustaining beige head. Aroma consists of toasted coconut, caramel, wet river rock, candied dark fruit. Taste starts out sweet, turns a little tangy and bitter before a lingering savory bitterness finishes it off. Body is huge, carbonation average for style, mouthfeel oily. The wood does wonders here, making an already exceptional beer exquisite. Awesome.

4.5
Thewade (340) - USA - MAR 31, 2013
Superb. I’m a big fan of Bigfoot, and this is just Nasty (in a good way). Loved sharing this with 2 friends. Smoothe, but not for the weak pallated beer drinkers of the world.

4.5
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle through trade huge thanks to AZBennett! Corked and caged 2013 expedition. Pour has a brown color with nice ruby highlights and a thin coating of tan head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has the promised whiskey barrels done so nicely! Vanilla, oak, toasted custard, brown sugar, juicy wood, caramel, and the distinct malts of Bigfoot. I love that the base beer is there full force but the barrels take it to another level. Mouth feel is medium with good coating and enough carbonation but dialed back a bit from the regular. Flavor brings on the aged malted flavors, light sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit touches, and a bit of hops still lingers. I wish this was widely available it is so enjoyable, it takes a classic favorite to another level while still maintaining what was so good.

4.5
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sweet toffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, butterscotch slightly roasty. Slight offwhite head beautiful ruby bronze body. tases of butterscotch, coconut, vanilla good hit of malts kinda like a dessert pastry and some bourbon heat. Smooth but a little hot on palate.


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