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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3.8
olsvammel (7220) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Hoppy smell with caramel, dried fruit and oak. Similar taste with dill and oak. Nice smell!

4
TEJA (3027) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2016
Draught at SBWF 2016. Small but lasting white head. Smooth and barrel aged aromas with vanilla and piny hop aromas. Nice and smooth malty taste with a big body that is balanced with a firm bitterness.

4.1
donandres (527) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - SEP 29, 2016
4 pack from Costco, 22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass Sight: Brown hazy liquid, dark tan foam, quickly disappears Smell: aroma of grains Taste: low bitterness, hint of sweetness Aroma: long finish, alcohol comes out Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for Drank: 9/22/2016 8:33 PM

4.5
ansalon (3802) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2016
At SWBF 2016. Pours caramel with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, oak, butterscotch, figs, dates, raisins, plums. Holy fuck that aroma! Taste is loads of caramel and candied fruit with prominent toasted oak notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily with moderate carbonation. Just wow.

3.9
MarcoDL (4847) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Draft at Slaters. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cinnamon and booze. Soft flavor of creamy herbal caramel, riasin, toffee, buttery vanilla and some malt. Very sticky sweet beer.

4
HighlanderOne (1317) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from big bottle. Smelling that bourbon barrel oak. Amber mahogany with lacing. Tasting oak, vanilla, big alcohol, caramel, roasted malt, dried fruit. Mellows nicely as it warms. A bit strong, but excellent.

4.6
BeerdedDave (1685) - Beckley, USA - AUG 11, 2016
on tap at the Mills River brewery; deep amber to red color; fantastic aroma - sweet malt with hops and bourbon - mostly bourbon, with hints of oak; intense bourbon flavor; oak and hop notes; the bourbon really overwhelms everything else - not that I have a problem with that

4.1
Andrus86 (644) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2016
BOTTLE. Ruby/crimson in colour with off white head.. Smells of sweet toffee apple, malt biscuit & booze with some warmth.. Warm boozy caramel malt, goes to a sappy texture finishing with dried fruits & a hoppy kick. .Sourced Cape Cellars

3.9
User134089 (1644) - - 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 wasn’t 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-

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vandc01 (406) - 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


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