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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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638 Ratings

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 156
Gots: 280 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006

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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.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.