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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

543 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 543
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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SteelersX

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2013 23:22:37 | More by SteelersX
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -27.7%

04-24-2014 16:57:08 | More by lunarbrew
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Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle of the 2013 bottling. Thanks Doug (I think...) for bringing this one tonight. Poured into a Cigar City snifter today, 4/23/2014.

A- Looks just like regular Bigfoot. Dark caramel brown body, half finger white head with OK retention, no lacing.

S- Smells hoppy still; although the caramel and toffee maltbomb is a lot more forward than in fresh Bigfoot. There's some sort of weird sweet whiskey flavour unlike anything I've tried before, and it interferes a bit with both the malts and hops in this beer. I can't put my finger on it, but it's not really a good aspect.

F- Tons of caramel, toffee, dark malt, and a nice piney bitterness that clearly hasn't faded much at all from fresh regular Bigfoot. The whiskey is strange and doesn't leave quite the spicy sweet flavours that I'm used to from other whiskey barrel-aged beers.. if anything, it seems to increase the bitter hoppiness of the base beer.

M- Similar to base Bigfoot, but the finish is slick, resinous and a bit off-putting. The whiskey just doesn't combine very well with the piney hop aftertaste.

O- A forgettable barrel-aged barleywine. Not really worth ticking off for the expense of getting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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03-24-2014 20:34:12 | More by assman79
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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

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03-15-2014 20:50:24 | More by brentk56
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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.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.