Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by barczar:
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No head, and a tad clothier cloudier than the original.
Aroma is more caramel, vanilla than the regular, with a dominant whiskey kick. Slightly smoky, lots of oak character.
Hops, citrusy and resiny, still shine through the whiskey character, but the bitterness is accented nicely by oak. Slightly sweeter backbone, with caramel pitted well against citrus. Sweetness counters the overwhelming bitterness that detracted from my enjoyment of the original.
Lacking in carbonation, fairly still, and seems a bit smoother. Noticeably higher alcohol warmth.
The barrel aging adds more complexity, and I definitely enjoy the aroma more. If you're into barrel aging like I am, think you'll enjoy the added complexity.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2013 21:17:34 | More by barczar
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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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