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Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by dsal89, Nov 1, 2012.

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  1. zappafrank

    zappafrank Aficionado (170) Ohio Sep 9, 2012

    Not a label, per se. Painted bottles. Standard brown glass, with all the lettering and art as paint. Looks just like the label above, just imagine all the black space is the bottle. Looks pretty good in person. Bottling is imminent.
  2. They're from Buffalo Trace I believe, though I don't know which specific whiskey the housed previously.
  3. There are multiple types of barrels. Mostly bourbon, some Tennessee Whisky, some rye and some single-malt scotch in the final to-market blend.

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  4. The bulk of our bourbon barrows are heaven Hill but we have Jim Beam brands in there too, as well as some Buffalo Trace as well. We're promiscuous with barrels, typically we don't do single-barrel bottlings due to the volume, but occasionally we'll do one-off beers in single barrel... We did a Tripel in Pappy barrels a few years back.

  5. CAbeerCAbeerCA

    CAbeerCAbeerCA Savant (320) Maryland Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Can. not. wait.
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  6. When is the tentative release date?? :)
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  7. Kaz646

    Kaz646 Aficionado (100) California Dec 14, 2010

    god i need this. i cannot wait.
  8. alanc

    alanc Aficionado (105) California Aug 13, 2009

    BA Old Numbskull can stand bottle to bottle with any BW. Had an 03 awhile back and it still had a dominate hop presence that was too good for words.

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  9. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (840) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Beer Trader

    I doubt it...:rolleyes:
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  10. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Savant (475) New York Jun 7, 2005

    ....especially considering that KH isn't even a barleywine.
  11. For those interested, it will be poured at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA tomorrow night.
  12. Goosey

    Goosey Aficionado (240) Missouri Jan 18, 2012

    How is King Henry not a barleywine?
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  13. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (425) California Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    please let me know because i have always the KH was a barley wine
  14. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Savant (300) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    i thought i read it was jack daniels, heavens hill, and jim beam somewhere? could be wrong though
  15. Perhaps he is joking about its retirement status on BA.
  16. Gatch

    Gatch Advocate (510) Massachusetts Nov 29, 2006

    Get outta here. Really?! Please confirm.
  17. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (425) California Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    I really want to know the release date of this
  18. I wonder what the crown will look like... will they change it up or will they go with the standard "Bigfoot"?



    On a side note you can see that in 1996 they did not bottle the Bigfoot Barleywine release... I am unsure if it was brewed for draft only. Also, last year I did a vertical tasting of some Bigfoots...2008-2011. This got me thinking... 2008 was the 25th expedition... doing the math and taking into account that there was no "expedition" in 1996 the first year that this product was brewed must have been 1983. Since I've never seen any cap earlier than 1987, it is safe to assume the product had a blank cap or maybe used one of the caps from Sierra Nevada's earliest design. Or, possibly was not bottled and only kegged.

    Anyone have more conclusive info?

    on a side note- a beer loving friend of mine did a vertical with some of his buddies about a month ago... 2007-2012. he told me that 2007 was terrible and he attributed it to the fact that 2007 vintage was a TWIST OFF crown. Told me it had 0 carbonation and was flat and oxidized to the palate. SN... what were you thinking?
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  19. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (425) Tajikistan Jul 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    Couple things - I've had plenty of aged Bigfeet that were twistoffs (many much older than 2007), and they were absolutely fantastic.

    Bigfoot was brewed in 1996, but it's got a regular blue SN crown.
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  20. DrDoitchbig

    DrDoitchbig Savant (395) Michigan Jun 6, 2009

  21. The first time I had Bigfoot was in 1984 at a fund raising tasting for our local public TV/Radio station KQED. The label on the bottle was in black and white and I want to say the cap was a plain gold cap. I have the bottle packed away in my garage.
  22. harrymel

    harrymel Advocate (650) Washington Dec 15, 2010

    True, got one in the basement right now.
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  23. The first time I had Bigfoot was in 1984 at a fund raising tasting for our local public TV/Radio station KQED. The label on the bottle was in black and white and I want to say the cap was a plain gold cap. I have the bottle packed away in my garage.
  24. very nice.. so bottled but in 1984 plain generic cap. if it was unique, I'd have it or know about it. holy cow... (almost) 30 years ago!!
  25. ok. So I have been told SN brewed BF 1996. Cap was a generic SN crown in the color of "Blue"

    any confirmations?
  26. Yeah I'm getting to old fart range but not there yet;)

    If I had known caps were collectable I would have saved them with the bottles...
  27. surlytheduff

    surlytheduff Savant (425) Tajikistan Jul 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    Yes, I confirmed a few messages up. Here's the bottle, and the crown:

  28. And so when are you opening the 1984 Bigfoot? Do you have the whole Bigfoot lineup stashed away? :D
  29. bcj757

    bcj757 Aspirant (25) Dec 21, 2012

    Sounds incredible, barrel aged narwhal even better
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  30. I wish I had a vertical! Back then it was a brewery and/or Chico only release, we couldn't get it in the South Bay:mad:
  31. Sonofalime

    Sonofalime Savant (485) Virginia Oct 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    Show it!!!! Vintage beer porn
  32. ajfa531

    ajfa531 Savant (385) New Jersey Jun 2, 2007 Beer Trader

    The bottle probably has a mustache.

    - Joe
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  33. aorloski

    aorloski Savant (390) Massachusetts Oct 11, 2010

    it was soooooooooo good
  34. dipaguy

    dipaguy Savant (270) Florida Feb 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    Can't wait to try this!! Should be excellent.
  35. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    Here's a B&W scan of the Bigfoot label, circa 1983:


    The use of "Strong Ale" might suggest it was a California-only release, since the then BATF probably wouldn't have allowed "strong" in the type name of a beer. (Altho' they did allow "strong" as a descriptor to differentiate brewers' beers that came in both "under 3.2 abw" and regular strength versions).

    Can never remember when the BATF started allowing "Barley Wine" and "Barleywine" on US beer labels but it still has to be further described as "Barley Wine (Style) Ale " or similar wording. Fritz Maytag was the first to fight that battle, inventing the combined wording "barleywine" for his Old Foghorn, when regulators knocked down "barley wine". Maytag also claimed he was able to that because the first bottlings were CA-only releases.
  36. RedTeflon

    RedTeflon Zealot (85) Dec 31, 2012

    Not attempting to bump this one but I was in the brewery on 12/28/12 and the 30th anniversary was scheduled for release any day. I got in the conversation with 3 employees while checking out of the gift shop. They purposefully don't give hard release dates so they aren't inundated when a release occurs.

    I'm going to check in again this week (I'm a Chico local and checking in is fairly easy). It also gives me an excuse to pick up some of the brewery only releases that I cant get anywhere else in town.
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  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    I would do a ton of horrible things for a pre 2005 bigfoot, just saying.
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  38. RedTeflon

    RedTeflon Zealot (85) Dec 31, 2012

    Sorry I cant help you on the pre 2005, I didnt start saving that early.
  39. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    No terrible things for you, then.
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  40. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (485) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    Good friend and local beer guy has a few of each year Bigfoot back to 1986, and from 2001-up at least a full case. I may rob him one day.
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