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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
outstanding

608 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 142
Gots: 288 | FT: 28
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

icehawk, Aug 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Tittles, Aug 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ElijahRivera, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

plumcrazyfx, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

legend8706, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Fluffmeister, Jul 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ZachBDC, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Hophead717, Jul 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Nobcefus, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ari32, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

shangwang, Jul 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kevgod, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Satchboogie, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of BarryMFBurton
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.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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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.

draheim, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

VonZipper, Jul 17, 2013
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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.

jeonseh, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

HavasuDG, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

supa0525, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GeorgeH, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.