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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

540 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 540
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


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)
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:59:34 | More by mschind
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:36:10 | More by metter98
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.

A - Nice burgundy, minimal head.

S - Strong whiskey with some sweetness.

T - Lots of fruity, caramel malty sweetness balanced by the whiskey barrel characteristics. A rich sipper.

M - Full bodied like you would expect. The ABV is not hidden. Low carbonation, just right for the style.

O - A very flavorful, boozy beer. Wish the alcohol were hidden a little more, but it is still outstanding. I'd imagine this one would only improve with continued aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:22:09 | More by HeadyTheElder
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2013 vintage 750ml brown glass bottle with branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired in SoCal earlier this year and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 93 rating, but I'm not a big fan of the base beer. Reviewed as a barleywine because the label describes it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour which recedes inside 20 seconds, leaving no lacing.

Body colour is an orange-red of average vibrance. Translucent but nontransparent. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing if standard appearance for a barleywine (barrel aged or otherwise). I'm optimistic.

Sm: Faint vanilla. Simplistic oak notes (no rich toasted character or the like). Coconut. Marshmallow. Amber malts. Biscuit malt. Tame timid hop character has a light presence. I get more a bourbon than a whiskey character; there's none of the spice or bite of a whiskey. Some burnt sugar. Caramel. Bread crust.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength, and hints at some nice complexity. I'm looking forward to trying it. It absolutely has a superior aroma to the base beer.

No yeast character or overt boozy alcohol is detectable.

T: Marshmallow, light graham cracker, bread crust, amber malts, some faint alcohol warmth, light vanilla, light burnt sugar, raisin, buried coconut (when I search for it), and some well-integrated whiskey. Maple syrup. Toffee. Candied sugars. Ample caramel. It's certainly sweet, but not cloying. Flirts with a red port wine character, but never quite commits. Admittedly, the barrel notes are pretty tame, and don't seem to develop the base beer's flavour profile all that much. It isn't all that whiskey-evocative; in fact, it isn't all that evocative in general. I'm a bit underwhelmed.

The highlight for me is the coconut.

Decent balance. The build is cohesive, but not gestalt. Depth of flavour is shockingly low for a barrel aged barleywine. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's got nice complexity, but little subtlety, nuance, or intricacy. Each note feels very surface. It's not layered, but rather feels pretty flat.

No yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth. The wetness/dryness balance is a bit off, with it feeling like stale cardboard at some points in the structure and being perfectly fine in others. Full-bodied and thick. Overcarbonated. Supple. Has a warm presence on the palate. Never feels quite right. The texture suits the taste generally well, but feels far from custom-tailored to it. A biteen syrupy. Sticky.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: It's a bit too boozy to be as drinkable as it needs to be. It's better than the base beer, but still underwhelms. I continue to be shocked by Sierra Nevada's high reputation given this is the usual level of quality of their beers. I'm shocked by its 93 rating and wouldn't buy it again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, and while I'll finish the bottle with some effort, it's far from remarkable. It'll get you drunk.

C+

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 07:48:59 | More by kojevergas
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.29.13

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown with a fluffy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Whiskey, caramel, malty.

T - Caramel, toffee, hot whiskey.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, very easy drinking.

O - Nice, I love aging BigFoot, so this was a nice take on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:16:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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johnnieoz

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boxing Day brew.
Same lovely amber maple syrup hues as regular Bigfoot with a smaller off white crown. Oaky aroma, somewhat muted. Taste? Taste! Absolutely magnificent barrel-aging in effect - vanilla, caramel, woody hops. I can't recall having had a smoother beer. It coats the palate with all those flavors thanks to the subdued carbonation. Perhaps it's because I know and love the base beer, but this is one of best beers I've ever had. Kudos Sierra Nevada & please make it available every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:43:27 | More by johnnieoz
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Jjski

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly cellared in the cave for 1 year, due to initial reports of it being hot. That is certainly not the case anymore. Pulled from cellar and drank at 52 degrees Fahrenheit

A-tawny brown with red highlights , head quickly dissipates

S-Caramel , citrus (oranges) whiskey

T-not as bold as I expected. Warm caramel malt, sweet citrus and hops. Well integrated. Barrel oak, minimal whiskey

M- not thick, slightly less than syrupy, like a DIPA

O- I was hoping for a bit more complexity, but the cohesive natures belies the strong alcohol content. Smooth at 1 year. An outstanding barley wine. Is it epic? IMHO not quite. Hoppy indeed, but not at all bitter. The lingering hops on the palate is a pleasant, aged experience. Sort of like Burton Baton. I like oak aged DIPAs, and disdain bitter puckering hops. This is very balanced.

Paired with American cuisine: Hot Dogs, whole wheat penne, and peas ( left over from feeding the kids)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:52:16 | More by Jjski
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with low retention. Beer is a clear, dark, almost opaque amber. Lacing is spotty with little stick and thin legs. Average.

Nose is resiny hop bitterness, caramel, yellow raisin, and sweet booze. Decently aromatic but pretty simple.

Opens sweet red fruit. Notes of plum, molasses, caramel, raisin and prune. Booze comes in towards the middle to balance an aggressive, resiny hop bitterness. End is more sap hop bitterness along with brown sugar, honey and more molasses. Decent but a bit too hoppy for my taste.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down dry and moderately hot. Finishes messy with a sticky aftertaste. Very solid.

Bigfoot is well known as a pretty hopped-up barleywine. However, I thought that with some barrel aging and time, the hop bitterness would mellow out. That's not the case here. If you're into hoppy barleywines, definitely search this one out. If you want something deeper and sweeter, this can certainly be skipped.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:18:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small amount of off-white/slightly khaki looking head develops and leaves lacing. Has a hazy as hell muddy orange-red body.4

Big rich aroma of sweet caramel and vanilla. Some toasty coconut and whiskey from the barrels.

The taste is delectable. Big sweetness to it. The hoppy bitter monster that is regular Bigfoot is much more tamed now but still provides some bitterness. Lower level of carbonation with a hefty medium body. Same notes from the aroma carry over with caramel, vanilla, coconut, and plenty of whiskey hanging around which provides some nice heat to the palate.

Fairly heavy on the whiskey barrel and caramel sweetness with this beer. Excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:45:53 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Pahn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. Birthday present from BA morningthief (/hat tip).

Appearance: Translucent orange-ish brown. Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy white head that dissipates steadily and lacelessly. Predictably leggy due to the high ABV. Great clarity.

Smell: Lingering piny hops, white bread, rounded out by a good dose of oaky vanilla tinged with whiskey. Doesn't hit you over the head, but very pleasing; spicy like whiskey, with some good marzipan-oriented pastries right out of the oven aromas going on. Smells like Bigfoot, aged in whiskey barrels--exactly what you would expect.

Taste: Love it. Huge piny bitterness cutting through thick layers of vanilla oak and "how did they come up with a grain bill that would yield a beer so rewarded by oxidation and age?" Bigfoot malt flavors. This is the beer that taught beer geeks about what good can come of exposing beer to time and oxygen... exposing it to oak tastes exactly how you would expect it to in light of this: delicious.

As for the grocery list: lots of vanilla, not so much caramel, surprisingly heavy layer of molasses, lots of pine bitterness, decent alcohol heat kick but (even at 12%) the heat is overwhelmed by pure flavor. Decadent, satisfying treat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not very intrusive; mild carbonation, mildly dry, not particularly creamy or slick. Just lets the dazzling flavors do their thing.

Overall: I had high expectations for BA Bigfoot and they were met. If you've drank a lot of Bigfoot and a lot of barrel aged beer, you should have a pretty good idea of what this *should* taste like. As is so often the case with Sierra Nevada, the finished product delivers.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:27:18 | More by Pahn
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got up the nerve to pop the cork on this one – cheers.

A: Pours with a burnt orange body that’s surprisingly clear, shimmering with a reddish light. Above is not a head, but more of a paper-thin sheet of beige fizz. Looks like a heavy beer, no doubt.

S: Deep, exquisite caramel and raisin tones fill this nose out with malt overload – with each whiff, you’re swimming in tones of vanilla and toffee. Soon after, with a swell of resinous hop aromas, the sharp, dark bitterness of pine rises just as strong: potent hops promise to balance the thick malts. And it’s all resting on a hardy plank of oak wood – a barrel scent that is pleasingly authentic – which cements this as a mellow, balanced nose.

T: Ah, now this is a palate that’s as distinguished as they come – every sip is full. Expands first with a thick sweetness: a burnt caramel, brown sugar, and cream cheese icing profile with mildly nutty undertones. Blackened toast, vanilla cream, and toasted coconut from the barrel grip the residual sugars and tighten them into something like burnt marshmallow. Sweet, but delicious. And along with the char of the barrel, there’s enough hops to make a bitter mark on this palate: dry pine needles sting alongside a lavish, syrupy resin flavor, one that sits on the palate as much as it invigorates it. Again, they're powerful hops for a powerful palate, but these ones mainly seem to add to the thickness of an already thick beer. Finishes in that mode, slightly dry but with a focus on heavy residual sugars.

M: A beer you can chew, and that’s not at all unwelcome for something this high in alcohol. Its richness makes it a little too tough to drink at times, though – it can become tiresome after a half-pint. My solution: share with friends!

O: Be warned: this is a completely different beast compared to the standard Bigfoot. Expect more complexity, more alcohol, and more sweetness. More intensity, though? Not at all. This is a beer that shows just what barrel-aging can do: smooth a palate or, rather, mellow it out into something that consists of only one overall flavor. In this case, it’s the flavor of barrel-aged Bigfoot: roasty, resinous caramel-sweetness. I don’t know if I can handle another glass of it, but I sure as hell want one.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 03:18:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
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draheim

Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (235460J:46) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber w/ a thin off-white head that settles to a film. Narrow strings of bubbles rise around the sides of the glass.

Aroma is fruity, sugary, and bourbony. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel and molasses dominate.

Taste follows nose. Rich and syrupy, heavy on the caramel and sticky-sweet dried fruits. Figs, dates, brown sugar. Some floral hops. A nice boozy heat warms the chest.

Mouthfeel is heavy and coating, chewy.

Overall an unmistakably big sipper of a beer from SN.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:19:00 | More by draheim
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy brown with orange hints. Light carbonation sits on the sides of the glass.

S - Light brown sugar, orange zest, malty, light dark fruit, light oak

T - Malty, lots of bourbon, light brown sugar, alcoholic, and oak, A light hop presence on the back end. The booze and the hop presence make it have a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with light hoppy bitterness on the backend that gives it a slight astringent bite

T - Tastes like Bigfoot with a bit of barrel to it. I was surprised my how hoppy this still was given the BA timing. It also was still really boozy and could probably use some time to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:39:01 | More by jeonseh
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent ruby red with lots of a tight tan head. Nose has lots of oak and vanilla, notes of caramel and some cooked brown sugar, light berry sweetness behind. Taste has more malt depth, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and brown sugar, light berry sweetness and a fair bit of bitterness. Body is full with moderate carbonation and a chewy feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 16:09:45 | More by cpetrone84
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada is known for hop forward beers, and this beer fits the prototype. Poured into a sample glass, the beer was a murky brown color. It produced a bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and dark fruits. In the initial taste, one detects notes of bourbon, vanilla, pungent hops, and a warming feature. The warmness continues in the aftertaste, though there is no burn from the alcohol. This was a good effort for Sierra Nevada, but the hops were a little to dominant. The hops even intimidated the bourbon to an unfair degree.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:26:54 | More by JohnnyHopps
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Geeked out when this beer was announced and it has been sitting in my cellar for too long, time to indulge. It pours darker than regular bigfoot with a sizable head that disappears within a minute. This beer reminds me very much of Central Waters barrel aged barleywine.

While the hops have faded, the malts certainly have not. Huge oak, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon notes on the nose. The taste follows suit with a sweet boozy vanilla punch. The heat and barrel pretty much cover up any sort of hops or citrus to be had, which is ok by me.

This is a heavy barleywine that should stand the test of time. Very happy I got my hands on a few of these gems.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:33:37 | More by mnphish
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml served in a snifter.
Huge thanks to Hopswagger for snagging this one for me.

A - Pours a slightly hazed amber/brown body with golden edges and a yellowing tan head. A steady collar holds strong the entire session.

S - Opens up with big vanilla and whiskey barrel, lots of fermented fruit, woody dates, berries, apples, concentrated pine forest, sweet charred caramel malts, maple syrup, piney alcohol,

T - Thick caramel malt, resinous pine and peppery hop bitterness, maple flavored cotton candy sweetness, There's a tart slightly acidic fruit character, apple skins, dates, golden raisins, and berry fruit. Charred coconut, vanilla, oak wood, candied citrus oils only come out when warmed up. The hops don't seem to grow in bitterness on the finish like the normal version. The finish is rounded, smooth, and woody. A soft bitterness emerges on the aftertaste.

M - Silky soft feel, full body, carbonation is low and you barely notice it but it still has lifting power.

I've been looking forward to this one as Bigfoot is one of my all-time favorite beers. The aroma and flavors are similar but very different. The whiskey barrels seems to bring mostly vanilla and fruit but not much whiskey flavor. The fruit esters were unexpected and added a nice touch. The mouthfeel was extraordinary. Not as complex as other barrel aged beers I've had but this is still awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 21:47:24 | More by StaveHooks
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade and shared with friends. Pours a medium copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of rich caramel a brown sugary malts with a bit of faded earthy pine and citrus with a very nice oak and vanilla. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy syrupy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer, I enjoyed every bit of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:12:38 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - Deep copper/amber. Small off white head. Settles to naught but a medium collar.

Smell - Very nice barrel character. Lots of nice vanilla, oak, and an inoffensive whiskey. Moderate liquor aroma. Blends nicely with the caramel. Still a hint of hops to it.

Taste - Still has quite a hop presence. Caramel builds, but is quickly overwhelmed by whiskey. Pleasant. Lots of vanilla and oak. Hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Medium body, could use a little more body. Not boozy. A little bit astringent.

Overall - This could use a few years to kill off the hops. Otherwise, it's fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:37:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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srandycarter

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Fairly clear dark amber, nice off white head, leaves slowly. Lots of cling.

S - Big sweet malt hits you right in the face. Wood is secondary, along with the whiskey. Hard to discern the hops with so much going on.

T - Yum. GIGANTIC beer, full of syrupy sweet malt, hot booze, lots of wood and hops to hold it up.

M - Medium to heavy body, great carb, very good balance, especially for such a big beer.

D - Dangerously good.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 19:19:29 | More by srandycarter
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a mahogany brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly leaving no retention or lacing. The beer appears to be pretty thick, due to the syrupy residue on the glass. The smell of the beer is pretty boozy, definitely a high octane brew with the help of that barrel aging pouring out of it. The taste of the beer is malty, sweet, it's got some bitterness to it along with a subtle whiskey flavor in the mix as well. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and boozy with a light carbonation. Overall it's a big beer, and sure to please any fan of the regular Bigfoot. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:58:38 | More by Knapp85
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dogfishandi

New York

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp. "2013 expedition"

Pours out a deep orange/ brown color, cloudy, almost murky. Big off white almost light tan colored head that shows very good retention and lacing.

A very woody aroma from both woody hops and old barrel wood. Carmalized malts, A bit of seaweed and whiskey booziness.

Bitter hops and sweet malt balance each other nicely. Not as bitter as regular Bigfoot, but a hell of a lot sweeter which I'd suspect comes from both the barrel itself and the time spent in the barrel. Caramel, burnt sugar like malts with maybe a slight hint of almost raisin bread. A nice whiskey barrel flavor but not quite as boozey as some BA beers tend to be. Woody, slightly piney like hops and slight hints of seaweed.

Thick and full bodied, even a bit more so than the original version.

A very good barleywine, spot on for what a BA barleywine should taste like, but still there are a lot of better examples out there that offer maybe a touch more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:16:47 | More by dogfishandi
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herman77

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark amber/brown. Looks really rich. Small off white head. A bit of lacing.

S: Lots of carmel and toffee. Roasted sugars. Musty wood, whiskey and a bit of vanilla.

T: Tastes like an aged bigfoot with a kick. Hops have faded a lot, but still very present. Still some of that resin bigfoot hops. The more malt forward profile comes ahead, lots of carmel, burnt sugars and vanilla. Bourbon is there, not too strong, not too light.

M: Medium to heavy body. Average carbonation.

O: Fairly good drinkability for being over 12%. Does not taste that strong. A great twist on an old classic. Looking forward to see what develops a few years from now.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 00:40:49 | More by herman77
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2013 Bottle
12oz. Victory Golden Monkey Tulip

A: Unlike base Bigfoot, Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is bright red in color. The head still offers the thin, spotty, frothy perfection that I love and the whiteness stays consistent up to the edges, where the red shines through and gives off a stunning burnt tone. The only downfall is that the head and lacing have thinned out considerably so everything dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Barrel-Aged Bigfoot offers a huge, prominent banana and coconut aroma to the nose. These scents absolutely over-shadow a still-vibrant whiskey background.

T: The flavor profile of Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is absolutely tremendous. Huge bubblegum and rose pedal tones are backed heavily by one of the most smooth, perfectly hitting, delicately aged, mellow whiskey driven cores I have ever experienced. This barleywine is to die for.

M: The mouthfeel on the tongue from Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is off the charts! The carbonation is there and the lacing is low, but the beer only offers a subtle tingle; enough to make the whiskey waft perfectly, but little enough to stay quiet and keep me feeling like I'm drinking a fine spirit rather than a beer. It's smooth, soft, creamy, but thin. I love what Sierra Nevada did to spin this sensational ale!

OVERALL: I suppose that spirits mellow out and tone down the maltiness, bring out a sharp finish, and thus thin the head retention, so Barrel-Aged Bigfoot isn't as sexy as the base counterpart, but this barleywine is perfect in every other attribute. Similar to base Bigfoot, the complexity between taste and scent is extraordinary, but the tonal spiciness from barrel aging just does this beer wonders. A beautifully balanced, intelligently complex work of brewing art that will not be forgotten...

Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.