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Old 06-16-2013, 04:06 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:07 AM   #2
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awesome. Craft brewing at its best.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:15 AM   #3
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I still have a 2006 bottle of this sitting in my fridge. I haven't been able to force myself to open it.

 
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
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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!

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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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.

 
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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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.
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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.

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:16 PM   #8
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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.

 
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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.....

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[...]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...

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