Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by baos:
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into dog faced mug (2009)
A: Decent head over a ruby body.bits of lacing on the tip up.
S: Almost reminds me of a stone brew with serious hops aromas going on, but under that you get dark dried fruit smells and caramel bourbon.
T: Like Arrogant Bastard kinda not really like the other barley wines I have had but a really good beer nonetheless. Hoppy-caramelly sweetness just for a split second that goes straight to bitter hoppiness. Then these two meld pretty good and it ends with ultra dry hop juice finish.. this one is hoppy the whole way through.
M: very nice
D: Strong, but strong is good. If you wanna go to a kegger and dont wanna drink shit beer but still be on the same wavelength as the other folks. A sixer of this will suffice. You'll be wankered without the bonging or beer games... drink up! I actually moved back to my small home town and this is the best beer they have to offer at the LQ.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2009 23:46:10 | More by baos
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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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