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Title: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: ryang on January 26, 2011, 03:23:16 PM
I eagerly await the release each year!! 

Picked up 2 sixpacks of the 2011 Bigfoot yesterday and split a 12oz with the wife.  Spectacular.  Sooo hoppy.  Sooo malty.  Absolutely beautiful beer -- deep mohagony red, light beige head, very good clarity.  Delectable aromas of rich sweet malt and pine/citrus/earthy hops.  Huge bitterness (90 ibu) from loads of chinook hops, yet still on the verge of very sweet from all the malt and 6* Plato finishing graivty(roughly 1.024)

I'd like to start collecting each year's edition and then do vertical tastings.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: tygo on January 26, 2011, 04:02:56 PM
I'd like to start collecting each year's edition and then do vertical tastings.

I thought about doing this last year but drank it all.  Guess I need to buy a bigger quantity this year.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: Robert on January 26, 2011, 04:49:46 PM
That's why I try to buy a case. I have 2006 to present in my brew-closet. Glad to see the '11 is out finally. It'll be fun to do a 6 year vert sampling.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: morticaixavier on January 26, 2011, 04:50:30 PM
I did a sort of vertical with a 2007 and a 2010 last year. the difference was amazing. the 2007 was all caramelly dark fruits and the 2010 was like a really strong IPA. I honestly liked the 2007 much better although I could tell the 2010 would be a great beer in a couple of years. Unfortunatly none of mine made it that far. I was thining about grabbing some of the 2011 but decided to wait a little while.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: bluesman on January 26, 2011, 05:49:06 PM
I'll have to pick up a sixer of this very fine beer. I can't believe how fast this past year has passed. It seems like I just bought the 2010 SN Bigfoot and the 2011 is now out. Time flies when your brewing beer.  8)
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: nicneufeld on January 26, 2011, 05:54:15 PM
I'll have to pick up a sixer of this very fine beer. I can't believe how fast this past year has passed. It seems like I just bought the 2010 SN Bigfoot and the 2011 is now out. Time flies when your brewing beer.  8)

I agree, time has flown.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: jaybeerman on January 26, 2011, 11:11:31 PM
That's why I try to buy a case. I have 2006 to present in my brew-closet. Glad to see the '11 is out finally. It'll be fun to do a 6 year vert sampling.

geezus that sounds awesome, hope you have some friends/family to share the joy with.  If I did a 6 year vertical with less than two friends you'd find me very horizontal and face down. cheers, j
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: Beertracker on January 27, 2011, 04:10:12 AM
I love this year's batch, but the verdict is still out on its aging potential.  :-\

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (2011 Expedition)
(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq182/Beertracker/DSCF0077-1.jpg)

I've been hunting Bigfoot & collecting trophy cases for the last decade or so.
Here's a vertical that we drank last year.  :-*

Bigfoot Expeditions (1999-2010)
(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq182/Beertracker/Bigfeet.jpg)
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: Robert on January 27, 2011, 02:24:43 PM
That's beautiful Jeff...looks like I need to go find some this weekend. If OK is getting it, TX should too.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: denny on January 27, 2011, 04:44:05 PM
I got to do a 12 year vertical Bigfoot tasting last year.  What we all found were that there were more similarities than differences from year to year.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: blatz on January 27, 2011, 04:57:09 PM
eh, I used to collect a lot of them early in the 2000s, buying a case each year and aging them.

I found that 2 years was the breakpoint, and then they start becoming malt rocketfuel.

I quit buying cases in 2008, now I just buy 1-2 six packs and enjoy some now and some later, but oddly I seem to like it fresh the best.

I know I'm probably rare in that regard as most people prefer it well aged. 
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: nicneufeld on January 27, 2011, 05:58:54 PM
eh, I used to collect a lot of them early in the 2000s, buying a case each year and aging them.

I found that 2 years was the breakpoint, and then they start becoming malt rocketfuel.

I quit buying cases in 2008, now I just buy 1-2 six packs and enjoy some now and some later, but oddly I seem to like it fresh the best.

I know I'm probably rare in that regard as most people prefer it well aged. 

Blatz, I think my experiences are similar to yours.  I've been collecting a sixer a year since I think 2005 or 2006, and I'm not sure I have anything over 3 years old now, but I found that I liked it best at 2 years too.  That said, I'm still curious to see if my tastes have changed and I may let another row of beers stack up for a few years and see if my opinion has changed.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: cheba420 on January 30, 2011, 04:12:19 PM
I usually only grab a bottle or two each year. I drink one the night I get it and save the other for "later". I dont think one's ever lasted more than a week or two. That's "aged" in my house!!!!
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: tygo on February 28, 2011, 02:19:34 AM
Sippin on my first of the 2011 right now.  I have to say that I don't think it's anything spectacular.  I mean, it's a good beer and I'll drink the six pack I bought but I won't go back for more.  It's like it can't decide if it's a hop bomb or a malt bomb. 
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: bluesman on February 28, 2011, 02:23:11 AM
Sippin on my first of the 2011 right now.  I have to say that I don't think it's anything spectacular.  I mean, it's a good beer and I'll drink the six pack I bought but I won't go back for more.  It's like it can't decide if it's a hop bomb or a malt bomb. 

I am on the lookout for the 2011 vintage. I want to do a comparison to the 2010 vintage just to see the effects of age on the malt profile in one year.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: tygo on February 28, 2011, 02:25:23 AM
This was the first I saw it but they had cases of it available. 
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: bluesman on February 28, 2011, 02:28:25 AM
This was the first I saw it but they had cases of it available. 

Yes, I've heard it's out and haven't seen it as of yet. Perhaps it takes a while to get across the country. It will get here sooner than later. I'm looking forward to it.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: punatic on February 28, 2011, 03:54:43 AM
Bigfoot hasn't arrived here yet either.  I have a standing order for 4 cases of Bigfoot (and 4 cases of Celebration too) at my favorite beer store.  I tip the beer mavin with a six pack. She gets it to me at her best sale price, and makes sure my order gets filled before the beer window.

I drink it young.  To my taste it does not age well.  I've got 2 bottles of 2010 Expedition left.  I open my last bottle of last years vintage along side my first bottle of this year's to see how it's changed. 

Had my first in 1988.  I have not been the same ever since.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: chezteth on February 28, 2011, 11:37:56 AM
I happened to find some when I stopped at a local meat market this past week.  I never had it before so I had to buy a six-pack.  mmmmm. tasty, hoppy goodness!   ;D
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: tygo on February 28, 2011, 12:13:17 PM
I need to try it again.  I think my palette was fatigued when I had it last night.  I'd had a few before that  ;D
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: theDarkSide on February 28, 2011, 01:15:21 PM
Yes, I've heard it's out and haven't seen it as of yet. Perhaps it takes a while to get across the country. It will get here sooner than later. I'm looking forward to it.

Strange...we've had it in NH for almost a month now.  I have 2 in my fridge at home but due to that pesky stomach bug, I haven't been in the mood to try it yet.
Title: Re: 2011 SN Bigfoot
Post by: punatic on March 11, 2011, 05:26:24 AM
Finally got some 2011 Expedition here in Puna.  Man I love this time of the year!

Very nice.  For my taste it could have more hops flavor and aroma, but very nice none the less.  4 cases in da cellar...

Also picked up some Widmer W '11 KGB RIP, but that's a topic for another thread.

Thinking of trying a Bigfoot/KGB black and tan.  

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