Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Callenak:
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Sampled at the 10th Annual Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. More than shocked to see this, never knew SN did barrel aging but boy was I happy to see it. Bigfoot is one of my favorite barleywines, and to have it barrel aged .man I love this place. Is the strong ale fest what dreams are made out of?
Pours a deep amber with a slight head that dissipates quickly. Color, of course, resembles regular Bigfoot.
Smell is all Barleywine. Rich caramel with a hint of roast malts. Hops are a little toned down compared to a newly released Bigfoot, but still present. The three C's (cascade, columbus, centennial) are still in full effect though. A mellow citrus zest associated with such. A solid oak presence but don't pick up to much of the whiskey. Was only my 3rd sample at the fest so my palate and nose was still pretty fresh.
It was served a little on the cold side but the warm SoCal day warmed it up quickly for me to get the full effect. Taste was warm and soothing. The normal Bigfoot properties, hoppiness, toasted malt, caramel. The alcohol is more apparent than the regular BW. It was labeled at 12.3%, which is considerably higher than the standards Bigfoot at 9.6%. I know a slight ABV budge can come the barrel, but not that much. I imagine SN brewed a stronger version of Bigfoot for this, maybe to take the test of time better. 9.6% seems like plenty for that though. It had a strong oak taste but not much of the whiskey. I think the high ABV and full flavor of Bigfoot might have drowned it out a bit. It didn't seem to have been aged for that long though. Maybe a year tops, but who knows.
I was very excited to try this so maybe my expectations were a little high and I'm a little over critical. I always dreamt of what Bigfoot would taste like barrel aged, probably more so than any other beer. I think if it would have stayed closer to the original ABV and maybe a little longer in the barrel it would have reached perfection. As it was though, it was an amazing beer that I was more than glad to have consumed. I hope I get a second chance with this one some day.
Serving type: on-tap
12-05-2006 17:59:22 | More by Callenak
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4.04/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a modest head that fades rather quickly
Smell: Caramel and dried fruit (raisin) blend with the vanilla and oak tones from the barrel
Taste: Caramel, raisin and coconut flavors, up front, with the hops becoming assertive in the middle; piney and resinous in the finish, with considerable sweet tones
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: A pretty impressive beer - the barrel-aging tones down the bitter qualities of the underlying beer
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 20:50:24 | More by brentk56
4.41/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 edition that I've been cellaring for about a year. Time for something special to close out Sacramento Beer Week!
A- Pours a murky reddish brown color into a snifter. It seemed to clear a bit as it warmed up. Low but appropriate carbonation for this style leaving no head to speak of.
S- So many layers here; oak, bourbon, malt, dark cherry and just a hint of sherry.
T- Starts out malty sweet and then moves across the entire spectrum of typical barley wine flavors. There is a slight alcohol bite throughout, enough to remind you of what you are dealing with but not hot.More hops flavor than other offerings and I really appreciated the slightly bitter finish which kept things balanced.
M- Medium to full body with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy.
O- A perfect Sunday sipper.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 20:59:34 | More by mschind
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors imparted by the whiskey barrel aging, except that the hops are a bit stronger and lend a light amount of bitterness and slight hints of pine resin.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming to the mouthfeel.
O: The whiskey barrel aging really mellows out the strong dose of resinous hops that you would normally expect from a Bigfoot. It's not difficult do drink because most of the alcohol is hidden from the taste (except what you perceive from the whiskey).
Note: 2013 Expedition.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:36:10 | More by metter98
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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