Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (Barrel Aged)

 
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RATINGS: 440   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 yearin honor of the 30th Anniversary of this style-bending brew were 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 maltwith rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins. Grab this elusive beast while you can, because it wont be around for long.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1510) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Type: 24-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Costco in Goleta (Santa Barbara), Calif. Price: $7.50 ($30 for a High Altitude variety 4-pack) Purchased: May 29, 2016 Consumed: Aug. 5, 2016 Reviewed as: American Barleywine Misc.: Packaged on March 29, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. PT; ABV is actually 11.6 pct. This was the crown jewel out of the four I got from the high altitude four-pack for $30 at Costco, down from a previous price I saw for $40 at Barons. Would be extremely disappointed if this wasnt the best of the four I tried. Gave the non-BA version a 4.30. Poured a light brown, clear color with two fingers of frothy, khaki head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled bourbon, chocolate, oaky wood, tobacco, fig, vanilla, maple syrup, sugary caramel and toffee. (Smell - 4.25) A bit hot on the tongue initially. Also got boozy bourbon, oaky wood, vanilla, earthy tobacco, fig, caramel, dry maple syrup, toasted toffee and unknown hops. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, woody, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00) This was good, but not as good as I thought it would be. I prefer the base version more. NOTE: Digging it more two days later. Jumped it from a 4.00 to a 4.25. (Overall - 4.25) 4.13 92 A-

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (374) - North Branch, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Packaged on 3/29/16 - from Costco. Not a ton of barrel characters, but the ABV is very well hidden for 11.6%. Hints of vanilla, in there - but overall a good

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1979) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2016 Poured from a 750 ml 2015 vintage bottle. Aroma is malt forward with lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Some treacle with medium light oak notes. Some light vanilla. Moderate hop notes with a woodsy and pine resin character. Light alcohol spice. Pours a hazy brown, with some burnt amber hues and a medium sized, thick tan head that recedes to the edges and lingers. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is rather sweet with lots of caramel. Lighter toffee and burnt sugar with faint treacle. Medium high bitterness. Some moderate hop notes with pine resin, grapefruit and slots of wood. Light alcohol spice and hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but not an amazing one. I really think the hop character and bitterness detract from the beer. I guess I?m not a huge fan of old school American style barleywine. Though I do kind of like their aroma.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5911) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2016
24oz bomber from 2016 drank in 2016. Filtered looking amber-brown body. Thin off-white head. Really solid barrel notes..they nail it in the description. Vanilla, coconut, raisin, bourbon, oak. Really adds some considerable complexity to Bigfoot. Really nails it. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, whiskey, and caramel. Taste doesnt live up to the aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (3923) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2016
@ Basunen 16-7-13: Mycket komplex med fylliga toner av malt, tjra, socker, whisky, lakrits och torkat frukt. Lng fin eftersmak. Elegant.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (8235) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle, thanks Eddan. Deep red with a medium head. Sweetish with bourbon, fruit, toffee, malt and some vanilla. The body was thick and the finish with warming alcohol. A tasty one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2016
Bouteille 75cl, anno 2015. Cuivre trouble, col blanc-cass finement crmeux. Arme au nez grains, malt, effluves de vanille, biscuit avec un lger rtro whisky complt par qcq pointes de fruits noirs. Palais est pais de suite versant sur un niveau alcool rchauffant. Petite amertume houblonne qui offre un lger citronn et fruit, le tout accompagne parfaitement le ct profil bois-chne fort plaisant. Certaine douceur vanille perdure, petite note pice en fin de bouche.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (5167) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
(Sierra Nevada Bigfoot - Barrel Aged) Bottle 650 ml from Summer Secret Santa, many thanks! Corked and caged, vintage 2015. Served into a snifter, ABV 11.9% Deep red coloured body, clear, with almost a full finger of thick, dark beige head on top, with good retention. Aroma has malts, caramel, red fruits, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is sweet, lots of alcohol present, red fruits, caramel, vanilla, malts, dates, bourbon. Medium body, carbonation on the high side, sticky palate. Very good.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dfonorow (2153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle share @ DLD 2016. Bottle from 2010. Pour is deep red/tan with no head. Aroma and flavor of metal, burnt malt, whiskey, and oak. Finish is very metallic and thin. Unfortunately it was oxidized.


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