Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 448   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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tgncc (3130) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
Tap at Blind Tiger. The aroma is bourbon, candi sugar. The appearance is clear, slightly translucent red/brown, off-white head. The flavor is sweet fruit, bread, bourbon. The finish is light booze, sweet, pine needles. Nice. Good example of where barrel aging doesn’t swamp the base beer, but enhances it.

4.2
johnnnniee (4285) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Received in trade and shared with friends. Pours a medium copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of rich caramel a brown sugary malts with a bit of faded earthy pine and citrus with a very nice oak and vanilla. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy syrupy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer, I enjoyed every bit of it.

4.2
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
1000th RATING!! I chose this selection out of any as Bigfoot was the first big beer I ever had. I was on a roadtrip following Phish up and down the East Coast in 2002 when EricTeusink and I came across this small package store in Rhode Island I think. They had cases of Bigfoot for something stupid, like $20. Not really knowing what it was, we saw the ABV and the price and saw the opportunity to try and sell some on the lots of the upcoming shows. About 7 years later I came back to this beer at a festival and it was love all over again. Damn do I wish I still had a bottle of the first case I had. Anyone reading this and have a 2001 bottle hit me up. Anyways I wanted to pay homage to the original first big beer I had by going with the barrel-aged version. 750 bottle drank by my damn self. Pours a dark mahogany with medium offwhite head that rides the side of the glass for a bit. Smell is big sweet caramel candy, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, all the other components of sweet bourbon. Still can smell the original underneath the nice barrel aging. Lovely. Taste is creamy bourbon, vanilla, coconut, still a decent hop punch in the finish, hints of ripe dark fruits. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Creamy, full, sloshy. Love this beer, but I think if the hops faded just a bit more the finish would be just a tad cleaner for me. Still exceptional and the circumstance of the rate probably helped the score.

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Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Garnet with small white head. Vanilla notes from the barrel, slight hop in the aroma. Nothing super complex, but nice sweet flavor with some hops and great barrel flavor. Nice beer.

4.2
hopdog (12382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Bourbon, caramel, wood, vanilla, some dark fruits, and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish.

4.2
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Wow! Very intense. The barrel seems to have smoothed out the Big Foot a little. Hid alcohol fairly well for the huge ABV. I could smell it a couple feet away. No pun intended. TECHNICAL: Drank 4/21/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish amber with some red highlights and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. It also had nice legs. The aroma had heavy caramel and molasses; light citrus hops, lime specifically; ever-so-slight pine hops; grape, raisin, prune, apple cherry; hints of wood; hints of butterscotch; brown sugar; vanilla; bourbon; whiskey; Koo-Aid mix; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was moderates sweet and slightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a long durations. There was caramel, brown sugar, that barley wine taste, bourbon, whiskey, wood, , dark fruit, raisin, prune, vanilla, citrus rind, hops and pine hops, apple, grape, molasses, maple syrup, citrus hops and alcohol. The medium to full, leaning more to full, body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.

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superspak (5511) - Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.2
anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Hazy amber in color with a white head that dicipates rather quickly. Great lacing. Oats and sourdough bread are part of the aroma. A hint of banana and caramel consist in the aroma. Creamy texture with a slight bitter finish. Medium bodied with a alcohol taste. Overall a good beer but I wish it was a little smoother. For the cost it was good.

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malrubius (2861) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from Meditrina. Looks like Bigfoot -- garnet reddish brown with ring and lace. Hoppy woody spicy aroma like Bigfoot with added vanilla and booze. Sweet toasted brown sugar vanilla apple-plum-raisin fruit with spicy woody hoppy finish. Some lingering boozy bitter woody spice. Full thick body. Delicious and fucking intense. Strong and sweet without cloying. Nevertheless, I still prefer the regular Bigfoot.

4.2
seehaferb23 (260) - - MAR 18, 2015
The most expensive beer of beer night but well worth it. I love the non barrel aged one but this is excellent.


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