Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 453   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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malrubius (2981) - 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 (281) - - 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.

4.2
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2015
Pours a deep amber/brown with a nice just off white head. Very nice aromas although alcohol does over power: caramel, bread, hay, cereal, nuts, toast, resin, floral, citrus, herbs, dough, cheese, some leather, banana, clove, cooked vegetables, and vanilla. Actually there is enough going on here that I upgraded the aroma to an eight. Potent but fairly balanced flavors: There is a brief pause before a flash of malty sweetness and then a rush of sour. This gives way to bitter, some salt, and eventually umami. Full bodied, creamy and sticky, with average carbonation. The finish is quite a thing: long, lingering, burning bitter and alcohol. A 4.2 doesn’t quite do this beer justice. Isolating the elements yields this score but... experienced at once it’s quite a brew to behold.

4.2
Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
God almighty. I’m a SN fanboy, but this might be the best thing I’ve ever had by the brewery. Barrel Aged Bigfoot is more than just SN’s classic barleywine plus vanilla/oak notes. This is a complex, boozy monster that leaves a storm in your mouth well past the swallow. It pours a brilliant, deep amber color with a lot of foamy head. The aroma is caramel and vanilla and booze, with a candy/molasses backbone that only hints at the good things to come. The flavor is warm and woody on the front, then brings a flood of sweetness. Figs, vanilla, walnuts, gingerbread, and then a big, aggressive whiskey blast on the finish. This is a beer to sip, not to guzzle. I hope I can get a couple more bottles to sip on before this release is all gone.

4.2
BlackHaddock (7562) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Corked and caged bottle shared with three friends at the June 2015 Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Meeting. I had brought this back from California for such an event. Deep amber/brown body, off-white head. Serious stuff this: rich, warm, smooth, and that’s just the aroma which delights your nasal senses with malty molasses, vanilla and wood like esters all rolled up in an alcohol bundle waiting to be lit. The taste explodes in the mouth with those same main ideas from the nose: malts, vanilla and woody, with an alcohol burn. Yet it has a silkiness in the robust and strong flavours which calms everything: mellow it is not, but it certainly is mature and ripe. A lovely beer to share with like minded people.

4.2
tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4/VII/15 - 75cl bottle from a trade, shared @ RBBSG IV - BB: n/a (2015-873) Thanks to ??? for the trade!

Clear red brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: chlorine, sweet malts, some chocolate, spicy notes, caramel, bit of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: spicy, quite some cinnamon (is this still from the Hardywood???), sweet, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, little bitter.

4.2
fonini (37) - porto alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
bela cerveja. bem maltada e encorpada. presente do amigo Martin. balanceada. otima.

4.2
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, 2015 vintage. Had this one side-by-side with the 2013, and I liked it better, so this will be the rating logged. The pour is a golden brown with a short light tan head. This is decently surprising in accordance to all of the other barley wines we’ve had this evening. The aroma is really hoppy. There is a nice bourbon heat to go with some vanilla and a light maltiness. The hops dominate. The flavor is very similar. The hops are huge and bitter with some brown sugar and light malts, before rolling through a nice citrus finish. The mouth feel is excellent. Thick and creamy with a velvety carbonation and a long, dry, bitter finish. Very good

4.2
nearbeer (5555) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2015
750 ml. 2015 edition, 11.9% abv. Pour is an uncloudy, red-tinged copper with a large sticky-spongy head that settles to a thin creamy topping. Aroma of orange-vanilla toffee with touches of chocolaty resin and tea leaf. Front flavor of orange toffee turns to a melange of vanilla, chocolate, leaf and toasted oak. Long smooth finish of whiskey, chocolate and barrel. Medium-heavy body has a smooth low-medium carbonation and a dangerously drinkable balance for such richness. I was anticipating some alcohol burn, but there’s only just a nice warmth at the finish.

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Savage_Night (434) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Pours dark amber red within minimal khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: malty, caramel, herbs, roasty, earthy, alcohol, butterscotch, woody, vanilla, smoke, molasses, herbal hops, floral, spices, oak, bourbon, slight cinnamon, citrus, dark stone fruit, light salt, peppercorn, bitter berries and raisin. TASTE: malty, caramel, coffee, roasty, herbs, citrus, pine bitterness, hop spice, earthy, vanilla, smoke, woody/oak, floral, soy sauce, raisin, dark stone fruit, butterscotch, spices, cinnamon, light salt, peppercorn, bitter berries, alcohol, bourbon, coriander, molasses, honey and grassy bitterness. AFTER TASTE: roasted malt bitterness, hop spice, caramel, chard oak and bourbon and an oily thick body and a nice alcohol/spice warmth.


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