Friday, June 12, 2015
God almighty. I'm a Sierra Nevada fanboy, I should admit that up front... but this special release, Barrel Aged Bigfoot Barleywine, 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 (12.2% ABV). The mouth feel is even thicker than original Bigfoot. This is a beer to sip, not to guzzle. It's only available in seven-fifties, and one of these is plenty for two or three people. I hope I can get a couple more bottles to sip on before this release is all gone.