Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > The EPIC 5 year vertical tasting of BIGFOOT
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-16-2013, 04:06 AM   #1
Jaybird
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
HomeBrewTalk 2012 Vendor Giveaway Participate
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Jaybird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 6,772
Liked 643 Times on 449 Posts
Likes Given: 184

Default The EPIC 5 year vertical tasting of BIGFOOT

Had the opportunity to do a 5 year vertical of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine
We chose to not open the 2013 and stop at year 2012 because of the flavor profile of the 2012. a few tasting notes from the epic tasting.

2009
Slight oxidation huge roast tannin and caramel notes. zero hop profile on the nose or the palate. This beer was past it's prime and on the decline IMHO.

2010
Zero oxidation. Very nice plumb notes and a touch of raisin with caramel being the highlight of this beer. Malt and barley notes come through at the finish again zero hops on the nose but slightly on the palate. Very nice and warm barleywine.

2011
Absolute balance between the heat of the 9.6ABV the caramel and plumb on the palate and the hops being a real player in this beer both on the nose and tongue. the 2011 was by far the favorite of the group. It tasted clean and fresh and very drinkable. (I would oak this in a hot second)

2012
this is the reason we didn't open the 2013
VERY hot! the hops were so in your face we "almost" couldn't drink it. There was little of anything accept heat and hops. The hops were overwhelming as was the alcohol. This beer needs a year of good aging maybe 18 months.

I did blend the 2011 and the 2010 in a 2 oz glass and I feel this was the best of all.
I feel very privileged to have been a part of this. A HUGE thank you to Byron at Sierra Nevada for the beer from your personal cellar.

Cheers
Jay


Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20130613_184731_213.jpg
Views:	542
Size:	41.9 KB
ID:	128896  
__________________
Need a False Bottom for your Keg, Kettle or Cooler?

I have been making custom False Bottoms for just about everything since 2008

Nor Cal Brewing Solutions, Reddings local homebrew store
(530)243-BEER and (530)221-WINE


Still have questions PM me here or hit the website.

http://www.norcalbrewingsolutions.com and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NorCalBrewingSolutionsfor Facebook only promos too
Smoke Cigars? www.stogietoys.com

*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guy Cigar Club
Jaybird is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 04:07 AM   #2
Pratzie
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Pratzie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,549
Liked 154 Times on 109 Posts
Likes Given: 112

Default

awesome. Craft brewing at its best.


__________________
Bottled: Nothing :(
Kegged: Nothing :(
Primary: Empty
Secondary: Empty
Aging:
On Deck: Deception Cream Stout, BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde, Yooper's Oatmeal Stout, Joe's Ancient Orange Mead, Reaper's Mild
Pratzie is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 04:15 AM   #3
Nargan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 28
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts

Default

I still have a 2006 bottle of this sitting in my fridge. I haven't been able to force myself to open it.
Nargan is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
Jaybird
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
HomeBrewTalk 2012 Vendor Giveaway Participate
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Jaybird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 6,772
Liked 643 Times on 449 Posts
Likes Given: 184

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nargan View Post
I still have a 2006 bottle of this sitting in my fridge. I haven't been able to force myself to open it.
Ohh I am sure from this vertical its WAY past its prime.

At that point I would probably never open it!

Cheers
Jay
__________________
Need a False Bottom for your Keg, Kettle or Cooler?

I have been making custom False Bottoms for just about everything since 2008

Nor Cal Brewing Solutions, Reddings local homebrew store
(530)243-BEER and (530)221-WINE


Still have questions PM me here or hit the website.

http://www.norcalbrewingsolutions.com and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NorCalBrewingSolutionsfor Facebook only promos too
Smoke Cigars? www.stogietoys.com

*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guy Cigar Club
Jaybird is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
hogwash
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
hogwash's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Waynesboro, VA
Posts: 707
Liked 57 Times on 48 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

I'm surprised that there was such a difference between the 2009 and the 2010. I would definitely open the 2006 if I had it. I have a couple 2011s, 4 of the 2012 (which I thought was great when it was fresh) and 8 of the 2013 which I haven't tried yet.
hogwash is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
TNGabe
Feedback Score: 17 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 6,623
Liked 2246 Times on 1519 Posts
Likes Given: 2346

Default

I won 04-11 Bigfoot last month. I'm not too worried about them being past their prime, I've had 10 yr old Bigfoot before and loved it, but I enjoy oxidized flavors more than most people.
__________________
The only thing worse than dumping beer is serving beer you should have dumped.
TNGabe is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
Jaybird
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
HomeBrewTalk 2012 Vendor Giveaway Participate
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Jaybird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 6,772
Liked 643 Times on 449 Posts
Likes Given: 184

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hogwash View Post
I'm surprised that there was such a difference between the 2009 and the 2010. I would definitely open the 2006 if I had it. I have a couple 2011s, 4 of the 2012 (which I thought was great when it was fresh) and 8 of the 2013 which I haven't tried yet.
Yeah I really was surprised too. It was night N day between the 2 of them. It was actually night N day between all of them really. Each one had a character all its own. If you have 2011 IMHO that's the beer to drink.

Cheers
Jay
__________________
Need a False Bottom for your Keg, Kettle or Cooler?

I have been making custom False Bottoms for just about everything since 2008

Nor Cal Brewing Solutions, Reddings local homebrew store
(530)243-BEER and (530)221-WINE


Still have questions PM me here or hit the website.

http://www.norcalbrewingsolutions.com and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NorCalBrewingSolutionsfor Facebook only promos too
Smoke Cigars? www.stogietoys.com

*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guy Cigar Club
Jaybird is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 04:16 PM   #8
jungatheart
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Fort Davis, Texas
Posts: 215
Liked 22 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 133

Default

Do you know how it was stored? At what Temperature?

I'm wondering if Nargan's would still be good because it has been stored refrigerated.
jungatheart is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #9
Jaybird
Sponsor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
HomeBrewTalk 2012 Vendor Giveaway Participate
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Jaybird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nor*Cal
Posts: 6,772
Liked 643 Times on 449 Posts
Likes Given: 184

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jungatheart View Post
Do you know how it was stored? At what Temperature?

I'm wondering if Nargan's would still be good because it has been stored refrigerated.
All 5 years that we got were received from the brewery by Byron who works at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company there in Chico Ca who also has a HUGE passion for beer and does the pouring of Sierra Nevada beers for groups after the tour. (who also uses a Jaybird 15" false bottom for his home brewing (sorry shameless plug, couldn't resist)) He cellared them himself. I am going to guess they were stored under ideal conditions, but that said you just NEVER know...I would ask him for the love of beer science, but I would think it would be insulting.....

Cheers
Jay
__________________
Need a False Bottom for your Keg, Kettle or Cooler?

I have been making custom False Bottoms for just about everything since 2008

Nor Cal Brewing Solutions, Reddings local homebrew store
(530)243-BEER and (530)221-WINE


Still have questions PM me here or hit the website.

http://www.norcalbrewingsolutions.com and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NorCalBrewingSolutionsfor Facebook only promos too
Smoke Cigars? www.stogietoys.com

*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guy Cigar Club
Jaybird is offline
jungatheart Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2013, 10:56 PM   #10
day_trippr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 13,801
Liked 1913 Times on 1490 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jaybird View Post
[...]He cellared them himself. I am going to guess they were stored under ideal conditions, but that said you just NEVER know...I would ask him for the love of beer science, but I would think it would be insulting.....
There are innocent ways to find out. You could mention that folks enjoyed the vertical tasting review, and some - not having access to brewers in high places - asked what was the best way to store big beers to assemble their own vertical collection. Quickly followed by "For instance, how do you store your Bigfoot bottles?"

Btw, thanks for the thread. I found it very interesting indeed...

Cheers!


day_trippr is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I age Stone's Vertical Epic 12.12.12? pdm1982 General Beer Discussion 4 03-05-2013 07:58 PM
For Sale - WTB/WTT: Stone Vertical Epic cliffhanger1821 For Sale 6 10-23-2012 06:02 PM
All-Grain - Vertical epic 09.09.09 Mustangj Belgian Strong Ale 2 04-20-2011 01:37 AM
08 08 08 Stone Vertical Epic Parker36 Commercial Brew Discussion 6 02-22-2010 04:20 AM
08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale Mustangj Recipes/Ingredients 9 09-25-2008 07:10 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS