Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a CBS snifter.
A - Bottle opens with a healthy pop and pours a slightly dirty/muddy medium dark amber color. A short head of loose bubbles forms briefly and leaves behind an uneven ring of off-white bubbles for a collar.
S - Sweet toffee aroma upfront, backed with some assertive vanilla, lightly buttery, sweet and boozy whiskey.
T - Whiskey is up front here for sure and takes the lead with a boozy, alcohol fronted flavor. The Bigfoot base comes thru tho behind it...big hop bitterness comes on behind the booze with some citrusy aspects as well. Oak, vanilla, butter, toffee, bit of brown sugar. A bit unbalanced to me - whiskey and hop bitterness dominate and overpower the rest instead of complementing.
M - Big and boozy - quite noticeable alcohol...a bit rough around the edges and somewhat hot. Noticeable alcohol burn that lingers long past the swallow. Medium body with a lighter mid-level carbonation.
O - Wanted to try a bottle of this fresh, as I love fresh Bigfoot in its standard incarnation (although being aged in a barrel for an extended time probably doesn't qualify this as truly fresh) and its big hop profile that dies over time. Despite these feelings, before drinking this I was figuring that this version would probably go against this and be better with some age. After drinking this bottle, I think that is probably correct. Not bad now, but a bit disjointed and unbalanced. I think as this ages, the whiskey will smooth out and the hops will fade more and this should transform into a much more balanced and better beer. As suspected, my other bottle will be sitting in the cellar for a while to see what happens with this over time.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 00:32:42 | More by portia99
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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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