Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a very dark brown with an enormous frothy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving thin but widespread lacing behind. Decent head retention.
S: Whiskey and lots of it. Does not smell far from an actual bottle of whiskey. Huge amounts of caramel and burnt sugar. Lots of toffee and vanilla. Candied dark fruits. A little oak and some brown sugar to boot. Strong aromas and quite boozy.
T: Welp, more whiskey. Not as super strong as in the aroma but still quite big. Again with the caramel and toffee notes, big time. Candied dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Surprising burst of hops too, primarily pine and resin, I guess they survived the barrel aging. More caramel into the finish with a little wave of bitterness from the hops. The sweet caramel and maltiness in general really reminds me of a peanut brittle (without the peanut brittle of course). Never really got that flavor in a beer but here it is. Big alcohol sting from start to finish, very sharp and boozy beer.
M: Smooth and fairly heavy but it is cut nicely by all of the whiskey. Not nearly as thick as you'd expect.
O: I'm a big fan of bigfoot but I'm not sure this is an improvement. It's a vastly different beer. The barrel aging is so strong (and pleasant, I must admit), it obliterates a lot of the base beer. As a result it becomes a bit unbalanced I must say. Having said that, this is still delicious, especially for a whiskey lover. But it's very boozy and harsh, some age might really improve it I think (not that regular Bigfoot doesn't improve with age too). I enjoyed it but I think I enjoy regular bigfoot more.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2013 03:53:43 | More by Dope
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4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
2013 vintage shared with stillmatic2232 at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.
Pours a clear brown, with some orange-ish tints. A quarter inch head, and unsurprisingly, no lacing.
Smells very boozy and whiskey-like- the beer obviously took on a lot of qualities from the barrel. Smells very woody, with some burnt brown sugar, molasses, and cinnamon.
The barrel aging has mellowed the hop attack on this beer way down. It's a 2013, but the hop level tastes like a regular Bigfoot aged circa '10 or '11. What's remaining is a decadent and boozy landscape- lots of sweet, and slightly spicy, whiskey, intense woodiness, vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, a ton of coconut, especially as it warms, brown sugar, and molasses.
Medium bodied, could be slightly fuller and plumper, but it's a mild complaint. This one is very strong, and very boozy, making it not the easiest beer to drink. It's worth it for the intense (but lush at the same time) flavor. Points are knocked for the body and alcohol presence, however.
This was an intense experience, one I'm glad I have. Bigfoot seems like a natural candidate for barrel-aging, and I'm glad I got a chance to try it.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2014 12:34:37 | More by GreesyFizeek
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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