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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

613 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 143
Gots: 287 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006)
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

2013 Vintage

Pours a murky brown/red/rust color with a smallish head, not too much lacing, cap sticks around on top for awhile though.

Smell has a decent booziness to it which is expected since it hasn't aged terribly long, hop aroma has essentially faded (also expected), decent barrel woodiness on the nose.

Taste starts out with a good malt front, slightly sugary sweet but not even close to cloyingly sweet, alcohol booze sweeps in yet it doesn't have a strong burn, definitely can feel it though, the woody barrel character lingers around the entire time, not being too overwhelming or too weak to notice.

Surprisingly delicate with the barrel aging yet strong enough to be throughly enjoyable with each sip.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2700th review! 750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak, bourbon, citrus zest, herbal, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of big dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Yesterday at 10:23 PM
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Rollzroyce21, Monday at 02:52 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Flabbyjandro, Oct 24, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

primaldiscord, Oct 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Papa_Lafayette, Oct 21, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%

vaughtex, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nice brew, but it lacks a bit in the barrel department. I definitely notice that the barrel helps take the rough, bitter edges off the base. But in terms of imparting flavor, I'm not sensing too much. Perhaps a touch of toffee and a smidge of vanilla.

Overall, I think this a good beer, but not something I'd likely by again at the current price point.

thebigredone, Oct 14, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FreshHawk, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Tom-Peters, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

greenspointexas, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

RochefortChris, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Phobicsquirrel, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CaverDave, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Busker, Sep 28, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

campfirebrew, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

RoamingGnome, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

WILD-THING, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bpk59, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

inspektor, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a dark, crystal clear, caramel coloring with no head. Nose of vanilla, oak, molasses, and spiced wood. More layers release as it warms. Heavy sweetness throughout. Flavors are booze forward, with a vanilla and spice follow. Immediate warmth, with a vanilla and old world fruit backbone, with date, raisin, and fig throughout. This is a malt bomb. Very boozy. Big, bold body, but somehow thin, as well. Interesting. The aftertaste is all booze and malt. The finish is warming, with caramel, toffee, and booze. Heavy.

GarthDanielson, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Zimm, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

too woody

kscaldef, Aug 25, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

Mebuzzard, Aug 24, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.