Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by wspscott:
4.11/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
A: Dark copper/reddish color when held up to a light. Pours with a very thick/creamy tan head that never quite disappears. A little bit of lace.
S: When first opened the bourbon dominates (vanilla, toasted coconut, some wood) but as it warms, the hops become more apparent (hints of citrus and generic "fruit" along with pine).
T: The bourbon barrel is very obvious on the tongue, a definite bourbon flavor along with some of the oak (thankfully not overly tannic like some BA beers). I always get hints of coconut in BA beers but those are usually RISs, it doesn't quite work in an American Barleywine, but it is hidden so not too bad. Along with the coconut, a bit of vanilla and then muted American hops (citrus and pine). The hops jump out a little more if I hold it on my tongue i.e. they are hidden in the malts and bourbon.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel, feels "rich", a sippin' beer, no alcohol heat at all.
O: I like this a lot, but I wonder if some of the Bigfoot greatness is lost in the barrel. This comes across as a slightly hopped up version of an English barleywine, very malt driven with some American hops in the background. In the end a great beer, but I wish they had bottled a BA version of the 30th anniversary stout (Fritz and Ken?) that would be amazing. Very glad to try this, but at $16 a bottle, not sure how often I would pick this up. At the same time, I might finish the whole bottle tonight :)
In the end, I am having a hard time separating what I paid for the beer along with the "rareness" as I rate the beer. This is a delicious beer, but I don't think it is a truly great beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2013 01:05:29 | More by wspscott
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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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