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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2.6
DeanF (2464) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2016
Good light dark brown body you can see through it anyway and a little head. Yeah, head, these pubs gotta think more about their hatred of head. Headhate! S’bayadd mkay? Heavy heavy ginger on this thing and that is an understatement. Sucking on it I do say. Flavour is overpowered by a frebre3ze style ginger taste with vague hints of malt. No booze but trading ginger in place of it dont’t jive either knowwaddamsayyin.

4.1
beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Vintage 2015. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, some barrel notes. Taste is pretty the same with a quite high level of bitterness. Very good.

3.8
Advocate_Ames (626) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2016
2015 bottle. Pours a dark brown and red mahogany color with a good foam head that laces my glass. The aroma is of caramel sugar, whiskey, some oak, vanilla, and a nice malted grain character. In the description it mentioned burnt sugar and coconut, it showed up in the aroma nicely. As for taste it had a medium bitterness that was rather pleasant, a good mild whiskey favor, and a semi sweet malted grain taste. The fruit like taste blended oddly with the sweet and bitter qualities of this brew. A good sipping big brew, that had a thin to medium body, and the flavors were overrun by bitterness, grains, and booze. Overall an interesting version of Sierra’s Bigfoot but I enjoyed the original non barrel aged fresh version more. Aging this beer held up rather well but it was not needed. This is a great beer to share.

3.9
thomashall (994) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Bomber shared at tasting. Dark copper caramel pour. Aroma is booze and caramel. Taste is similar, some dryness. This is really good.

3.7
jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2016
2015. Gonna dome this while i decorate the tree. Sweet raisin and molasses. Purplish color. Caramel and a bit of vanilla. Some toasty wood on the finish. Complex sipper. Take a while to drink this one

3.9
VsXsV (4438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Clear deep copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, raw sugar, raisins, light dill, oak, caramel and bread. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of bourbon, hops, raisins and caramel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice stuff!

3.9
evergreen0199 (3369) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle at The Gingerman, Manhattan, New York, USA. A deep amber/red coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, boozy, hoppy, malty, caramel, bourbon aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, malty, caramel, bourbon, some vanilla. A rich tasting heavyweight, very nice indeed.

4
Leini (2056) - SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2016
Sample @ SB&WF 2016. Classic Bigfoot base, albeit less hoppy, with a nice addition of oak and vanlilla. Enjoyable.

3.9
treign (31) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2016
On tap at the Chico brewpub. Pours a murky brown. Nose is a nice mix of sweet malt and barrel. Really nice flavor for a barleywine. Not too sweet with a perfect balance of flavor from the barrel. Really nice thick body as well. Really enjoyable beer.

3.9
Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016
Clear red brown colour, white head. Aroma of malts, honey, hops and apricot. Sweet flavour, caramel, vanilla. Bitter finish, caramel and hops.
(from 65cL bottle @ RBBSG IV, the Hot and Sweaty Edition, Gent 2015. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!)


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