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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged

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BA SCORE
92
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686 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 161
Gots: 345 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006

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Photo of stumac
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served (by choice) in a 4oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium mahogany color, with about 1/4 inch (which is a lot in a glass this small) of light khaki head that had low-moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was totally dominated by the whiskey. Even Bigfoots notorious over-hopping doesn't show through. On the tongue some malt and hops did show through, but the booze dominates. I hate that in a beer. I want the chosen spirit to complement the beer.

The body was thinner than I like in a BW, but was typical for the base beer. Drinkability was hurt by the overpowering amount of booze, I would have a problem finishing a pint or bottle. Overall, while not a "bad" beer in the technical sense, this was an unenjoyable brew for me. YMMV.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small amount of foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass.

The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt that has a burnt character to it.

The taste is stronger than I even thought it would be. Bourbon is inmy face big time. Next big thing is the burnt/charred taste I mentioned in the smell.

Setting down with the flavours at hand, delicious notes of vanilla make a partial rescue to the flavour overload.

The mouthfeel, to me, is much lighter than expected and I reckon that's a good thing.

Overall, it is a cool brew to try, especially considering how limited a distro, I'm guessing it sees, but it needs time to mellow out like its little brother.

Edit: I forgot to mention that this is the newly released 2015 and is 11.9% abv. And as the beer warmed, the base beer's hoppiness came through.

Photo of kmcw86
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerhan
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll keep this brief.

A-Poured two fingers into a Teku glass, small head, light brown syrupy, ruby color

S-Candy, medicinal aroma with minimal vanilla lingering.

T-Meh, I am not sure what is going on here. The bigfoot flavor keeps trying to shine through but it is almost like there is a barrier from the barrel blocking it and this sort of vanilla sheath prevents it from permeating.

M-This was the 2015 batch, it felt boozier and less crisp than the last batch. The alcohol really hits you fast but at least the carbonation is almost nonexistent.

O-Not worth the $18.99 price tag. I wanted to revisit this one so I bit the bullet. I just do not see the point of putting this in a 750ml bottle when they have the capacity to sell 375ml 4 packs. After this and the Barrel Aged Narwhal I am going to look for better options than Sierra Nevada for barrel aged high gravity beers (at least in this price range).

Bottle label 5/5 --this was probably the biggest factor in me deciding to pick this up.

Photo of Mikestaf
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGlitz87
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2015-02-27 in Columbia, PA from a corked and caged bomber. It's the 2015 release from just a few days ago.

A - Surprisingly-clear mahogany with a 1.5-finger tan head that lingers for a few minutes; and mild lace.

S - Caramel, molasses, toasted brown bread, pine, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

T - Caramel, pine, candied-orange, toffee, raisin, mint, cherry, orange zest, mild bourbon, oak and coconut with malt and alcohol sweetness (but just moderately-boozy). Finish retains the balance of all these flavors; pivoting just a bit towards the citrus bitterness.

M - Heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Thick, syrupy, resinous and mildly prickly. Clings and clings and clings and clings.

O - This is one great beer. The bourbon barrel-aging has tamed the hop bite of regular Bigfoot and enhanced the other flavors. It now seems like a cross between American and English barleywines. I've always really liked Bigfoot and this version takes it up a notch or two. Impressive. Really sits in the sweet spot for my palate. I'm rating this a tad above the also-excellent Bourbon Barrel-Aged Narwhal; likely-reflecting my changing preferences towards Barleywines over Imperial Stouts. This is going to age really well.

Photo of Carpentiere
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claire3321
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparty1224
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 1 Pt 9.4 Fl. oz. bomber poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Bottled on 1/22/15, making this just under a month old.

A: Pours a dark ruby-red color, pretty clear. Just a thin ring of white head laces the beer.

S: Lots of vanilla, oak, molasses. Some maple-candy sweetness in there as well. Picking up some licorice and candied red apples too. The whiskey barrel isn't huge on the nose, but it's definitely there.

T: Vanilla, oak, rich maple syrup. Some caramel and raison notes as well. Big, big hop presence here in the finish. Lots of dank, piney, resinous qualities to it. Quite bitter actually.

M: Nice and full, good carbonation for a barrel-aged beer. Very hot and boozy on the finish, with quite a lingering bitterness.

O: I remember being very fond of this beer back when it first came out in 2013... but that was before I had tried BCBBW. I love regular Bigfoot, and in general I prefer the very hop-forward American-style barleywines. But when it comes to throwing them into barrels, I think you have to go English-style. The smooth, malty flavors just work so much better in the barrel. This beer still feels very hot, hoppy and undercooked, even after a year in a barrel. Also, the barrel character isn't huge here. BCBBW is in 3rd-use barrels, and the barrel is way more present there. This is a very nicely done beer, and it's just what I expected from barrel-aging Bigfoot. But I just really prefer BA English-style BW's so much more, and this leaves me wanting a bit.

Recommendation: A bit easier to come by in 2015 compared to 2013, so get on it while you can, it's totally worth it.

Photo of jfstilling
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JOrtt
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cheesy26
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wmark35
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of noproduction
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coolhandbeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big foot maple candy, very smooth and not overdone.

Photo of aquazr1
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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