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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Lowe1983 (1592) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, some floral hops, and bourbon. Flavor it’s similar with a lasting aftertaste.

4.1
wrlangin (224) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pours deep brown with tan head. Mild whiskey aroma. Well balanced between ale and barrel aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
furthur (1180) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle, dark, slightly cloudy amber, nice creM colored head, some lace. Aroma raisin and dried plums, malt, something spicy, vanilla. Taste is malt, whiskey, oak, vanilla, dried cherries, hint of anise, with a sprucy hops finish. Palate is rich and smooth, carbonation moderate. This is last years, so almost a year in the cellar, and it’s still pretty hoppy. Not very sweet, which is a nice suprise.

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Sunni05 (33) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Pours cloudy dark amber almost like it's unfiltered. Hints of banana on the nose. Full bodied flavor with the woody-ness of the oak barrels. Only downside is the aftertaste that is the same as all Sierra Nevada brews...grapefruit. Still...loved it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Muggus69 (2491) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2016
2015 vintage. 750mL corked & caged bottle from Beer Cartel Deep copper body, holds a dense beige head throughout. 4 Nose is intense - toasty, charred, coconuty oak notes, rich treacle, biscuity malts, rum, resiny cedary/pine, cooked citrusy hops. 8 Full body, not as rich as expected, long on the palate, low carbonation. 4 Intensity ramps up on the palate - very woody; charred oak, dark rum, dank piney American hops, treacle, vanilla, toasted coconut, dried fruits. Stacked with bitterness, plenty of length, warming without being spirity. 8 Big brash Barley Wine - very American, very good. 16 4.0

4.1
daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Catching up on older ratings from notes. 750 ml bottle shared on May 5, 2015 by my buddy Shem. Pours a lovely garnet-brown color with a thin layer of tan foam. AROMA of thick toffee and caramel, light bourbon notes, coconut, and vanilla. FLAVOR has significant bourbon notes (vanilla, coconut), brown sugar, sticky dried dates, and still a little bit of hop twang actually. Somewhat sweet but still not quite cloying. Surprisingly smooth finish. (384, 999)

3.8
DCLawyer (2841) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle share at the WWWW beer tasting at iphonephan’s. Medium brown with lite tan head. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, hint of booze. Good.

4.5
WhiskyBraj (13) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
My god, bigfoot is good, but the barrel aged is next level. The oak influence brings down some of the cloying sweetness. Gentle roastiness and toffee balance this beast out. Great.

3.6
pineypower (3317) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Pours out a decent darker amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of burnt sugar, caramel, oak, mild dried fruit, some vanilla, light alcohol. Taste is solid, oak, burnt sugary caramel, light earthy wood, a mild punch of bitterness. Alcohol is there but not over the top

3.6
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle. Clear dark amber pour. Aroma of vanilla, licorice, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, some spices and leather Flavor is quite alcoholic, spicy, sweet, bourbon. Nice balance, a bit alcoholic.


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