Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 449   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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rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
The appearance of the beer was significantly murkier than the regular Bigfoot, with a brown color starting to look like a mix between a Barleywine and a Dubbel. The head was two fingers thick, and extremely long lived. The aroma was not hop laden like the Bigfoot I remember. Instead of the hop assault, there was a smell of raisins, mixed with vanilla, honey, and toffee. The taste was a parade of dark malt flavors like fig, dark cherry, brown sugar, and caramel. The wood tannins were also strongly present, in the form of vanilla, charred oak, and cinnamon. The hops were far less prominent than regular Bigfoot, but provided a subtle bitterness and spice mid palette onward. The finish was quite dry due to the combination of tannic acids and lingering hops. This was a serious beer that requires slow sipping. It showed off the barrel aging very well. I prefer regular Bigfoot to this, as it is much more lively to me.

4.3
ricke49 (39) - 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.

4.2
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
On tap at last year’s GABF. Resembled the non-woody Bigfoot in the cup.....distinct bourbon nose, malty sweet, lightly fruity. Definitely woody in the taste...light vanilla and bourbon notes evident. I really liked this stuff.

4.2
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle enjoyed during the Super Bowl... Poured dark, copper orange with a thin head. Nose had loads of caramel, barrel, and whiskey notes. This tasted great. Pretty balanced, but a hint of boozy heat. This could smooth out with some age. Lots of wood with still the classic Bigfoot taste that makes it distinguishable. Some earthy, piney hop tones, even with two years in barrels. Killer beer.

4.2
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Pours an amber color with a small white head. This is one complex beer. I get a lot of whiskey in the aroma, as well as some caramel, cocoa and toffee. The flavor is where the beer really comes into its own. The bourbon is still present, as is a good amount of oak and cocoa. I also get a strong amount of caramel from the base beer, as well as a good amount of vanilla and maple from the barrel aging. Every time I take a sip I notice a new flavor since the beer keeps evolving as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. An outstanding beer. Glad I got to try it.

4.2
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Thanks Mark! Nice looking Chestnut beer with no head. Whishey forward nose followed by some caramal and alcohol. Bold Burbon flavors blended with toffee, vanilla and cotton candy, chased by lots of hops. Smooth. All of the hops make this different from most barley wines. Alcohol presents itself as burn in the finish. I get some of all the things I like from this beer.

4.2
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Copper pour with white head and lace. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, abv, and raisins. Same as nose but I don’t get the oak. Smooth creamy carbonation and full bodied. Nice warmth.

4.2
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Appearance: Pours hazy dark red with a thin tan ring.

Aroma: Sweet cherry and plum, bourbon.

Taste: Wood, walnuts, dark chocolate,cereal, warm woody bourbon finish. Subdued hops compared to fresh.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied lively creamy carbonation.

Overall: Worth the hype, amazingly tasty. For those familiar with fresh and aged Bigfoot: this is it’s own beast. The agressive hops are subdued and the malt smooths out with the presence barrel character. I wouldn’t bother aging this, I’d drink this now.

4.2
DuffMan (10434) - 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!

4.2
Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 (Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Les houblons sont très présents, juste un peu plus aplanis. Peu de vanille ou de whiskey mais un léger tannin poivré, vraiment délicieux.


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