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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

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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, and wood. Taste is much the same with a hoppy finish and an alcohol kick. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a hoppy flavor I wasn't quite expecting from a barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:15:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Credit for the American-style barleywine can be largely, if not solely attributed to Sierra Nevada and their Bigfoot Barleywine. Its taken thirty years of recipe formulation and execution and over a decade of barrel aged technique to achieve the seduction of taste that this bottle delivers.

Its tawny brown pour provides highlights of mahogany, ruby, and maroon just as soon as the beer releases its slightly yellowish foam. Mostly clear in color, the beer's sheer darkness prevents it from being see-through. Capped by that ultra-creamy froth, the beer retains exceptional for its high alcohol and barrel-aged character, all the while lacing randomly and intricately as the beer fades.

Maple syrup, oak, and incredible whisky are the boldest scents to entice the olfactory senses, but a secondary rise of dark pitted fruit, kettle caramelized toffee, toast, citrus peels and vanilla often times rival the more overt scents. Its a very lush and inviting set of aromas that seem to meld together beautifully.

Robust sweetness of caramelized malts provide a healthy and heaping dose of toffee, maple, and caramel. But just as the sweetness takes on port-like proportions, the fruit notes of plumb, raisin, currant, dates, grapes, and figs take hold and turn the beer slightly tart and savory. Aged oak, vanilla, and malt starches provide a mild creamy taste that teases the middle palate with notions of milkshake. But finishing with an overwhelming sense of whisky is peppery, coconut-like, moderate citrusy bitterness and strongly of barrel-infused alcohol for a taste that takes the original Bigfoot right out of orbit.

Full bodied without question, however the beer has a certain lightness due to how the whisky barrel smoothed out the textures, mellowed the hops, and tamed the alcohols somewhat. But a gradient lessening of malt sweetness allows the stronger alcohols to cut through the malt and usher in a balanced, warm, and malty-dry finish.

I'm rather surprised of how much the barrels diealed down the hops and rounded out the malts to sherry-like or port-like savoriness and complexity. But with the influx of bourbon barrel aged beers, I have become accustomed to expect more bourbon character than this simplified whisky flavor provided. Even still, its a world class barleywine that more resembles English versions than the standard Bigfoot provides.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 06:28:16 | More by BEERchitect
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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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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I shouldn't have drank this two hours before the U-M vs Indianer game,whoo it knocked me back a little.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burgundy with a nice tight one finger white head atop,great rich clarity.Big hop resins mixed with toasted oak in the nose,as it warms whiskey gets bigger and bigger.The whiskey barrel is really big on the palate but the powerful hops acts as a counter balance wich doesn't happen much with barrel aged beers,vanilla and dark fruit round out the flavor profile.This is a deeply consentrated flavorful beer,the hops are HUGE for something that has sat for a year,but the aging makes it complex to the hilt.Thanks to Roger at Bestway for hookin me up this,it was a pleasure to drink...to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:42:00 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night at Sheffields with EehaiCJ.

Small snifter, around 8-10oz. pour. Dark crimson highlights, with a compact head of light tan foam.

Aroma is big on the bourbon. Plenty of vanilla, tobacco, and mild whiskey vapors when swirled. It lasts for the half-hour duration of the tiny globular glass. Some sprucey hops squeeze through underneath, reminding me of the original Bigfoot character.

Big boozy whiskey dominates, plenty of vanilla bean, maple syrup, caramel toffee, and peppery alcohol at the end, with a lingering hop bite. It feels viscous and syrupy a little, but with some carbonation. This was very enjoyable, but the high ABV put the brakes on another one. Very potent in small doses.

2013 bottle: whiffs of coconut, big brown sugar and caramel, wet wood, lingering bitterness. Lots of dry oak, traces of dry piney hops from the base beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 15:01:16 | More by emerge077
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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bourbon Bigfoot (draft) from the Toronado BWine Festival (A-)

A Poured a nice deep,deep amber as the bourbon pushed through this. You can tell the bourbon influence just by the look.

S: Medium smell of bourbon, not to overbearing and very subtle. It did not overpower the barleywine which was good. They were well balanced.

T: Taste is fully sweet, rounded malty goodness and that smooth bourbon flavor was there throughout.

M: No bite on this one.

O: Like liquid candy and one of my favorite barleywines to date.
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2013 Bourbon Bigfoot (bottle)

A: Poured clear copper color with bubbles and a short-lived tannish colored cap which leaves behind some faint bubbles but no lacing

S: Pickle juice? Cheap bourbon, old wood, caramel and faded piney hops

T: Initial stinging booze with hop bitterness, pine needles, whiskey and old wood breakthrough as does some Earthiness. Mdway I get a bit of sticky sweetness with a light run at vanilla. The finish is looong with bittering hops a bit sticky at times

M: Medium to full body, a bit overcarbonated and thin,pickle juice comes to mind as a lingering flavor on the palate

O: Not so impressed by the bottle. A but thin, overcarbed, a light astringency and ultimate letdown compared to then draft version. It reminded me of BA Old Ruffian to a deree and thats not a positive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 03:32:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From NOTB notes last month.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of whiskey, caramel malts, a bit musty, toffee, bready malts, toasted malts, and some herbal notes.

t - Tastes of whiskey, tea, herbal notes, floral notes, caramel malts, toasted malts, toffee, roasted malts, earthy notes, mustiness. A bit hot but I like it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some light alcohol heat.

o - Overall a nice beer, though I didn't think it was a big improvment on the base beer. Lots of whiskey and caramel, if you're one of those people who love the normal Bigfoot you'll probably love this one. I've always thought Bigfoot was very good, but not great, and would say the same with this. Have a bottle of this and plan on sitting on it for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 15:56:14 | More by mdfb79
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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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with some friends at the Apothecary alehouse the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with brownish hilights. Head retention is pretty good, and the beer has adequate lacing. The beer definitely has the look of one that has seen some extended barrel aging. On the nose, the whiskey aroma is what you notice first, but there's still plenty of the expected bigfoot dry citrus, light pine and noticeable sweet malt. The flavor profile is even better, and I'm impressed by how well the whiskey flavor intertwines with the hoppy barleywine flavor. Otherwise, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the whiskey flavor muting the hoppy bitterness slightly. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, bitter, whiskey tinged finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't seem over the top in this moderately sweet, hophead's delight. It's well integrated into the flavor profile, with no heat on the finish.

Very nice. Would be curious to see how this beer tastes with a couple of years of bottle age on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:29:33 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange pour, really impressive, looks more like a dipa than the somewhat brown tones of regular bigfoot. The significant jump from 9.6% to 12.2% also makes me think that it might just be a stronger base batch, as thats a big jump from just being a in a bourbon barrel, but not impossible either. Anyways, orange pour, nice 1/3" white head on it, something you don't see every day with a barreled beer.

Good and complex aroma, obviously whiskey, maybe even some peat malt, oak, toffee, stayed away from hot alcohol sting. Even a little twinge of citrus to it.

Taste, the vanilla was much stronger than expected, but not a problem at all. Drank pretty easy. Usually, I like to either drink Bigfoot fresh, or after at least 3 years, the 2 years that this was aged made me worried it would be in an awkward teenage phase, but not at all. It is very different from fresh bigfoot, no doubt. But it is also different than 2 year old bigfoot, the barrel just really transforms this beer into something you don't (or didn't) associate with what I've come to know Bigfoot as since the mid90s.

Plenty of caramel still runs through the mouthfeel, but the hops are so far downplayed on the flavor list, you still can't believe this is Bigfoot. Its robust and strong, I don't want to say "boozy" but this is never going to be mistaken for a session ale either. I was pretty impressed, and I'm sure I'll save a bottle or two to drink in 2020 or whatnot down the road.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 17:55:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had a few of these now, but wanted to give a bottle a proper review.

Pours with a short lasting khaki head... and only has spotty lacing... the brew is polished deep amber.

Christ it is amazing how hoppy this is... thick resinous pine combines with caramel, lite vanilla and dry toast... pretty damn boozy, not from the barrels but from the 12%.. with warmth, I get something that I associate with coconut.

More barrel presence on the palate helps balance out the hoppiness... again, thicker caramel and vanilla.. hints of dried cherry.. as it warms up, the oak gets a bit drying, almost like a tannic quality... long bitter bite on the finish clashes too much with the barrel presence and the hefty

A lighter than expected carbonation accentuates an already pretty thick brew.

Honestly, a bit of a mess right now, but the bones of a great BA BW are there.. but it is going to take a long sleep in the cellar to round out the flavors/aromas. The hops and the barrel qualities fight each other too much right now.

4/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:54:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for the bottle share. From notes.

A real supper clear amber body, just looking crystal with a faint tan collar.

Nose has mild sweet malts, with a sense of toned down hop front. Not much sense of barrel aging bouquet coming off of this beer.

First sip on the palate is wondering how this is different from regular Bigfoot. The hop angle is larger on the nose which is unexpected, hitting at some pine. There's a little bit of toasty oak squeaking out of this with some filling character, maybe a little caramel, but it's really hard to tell. Palate is a bit wet for a barrel aged brew.

The ironic thing is this really doesn't taste much different than regular Bigfoot to me, with perhaps just a hint of slightly more caramel. Otherwise this isn't something that is doing much for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 21:22:10 | More by smakawhat
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting snifter. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, earth, citrus hop, caramel hop, vanilla, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, caramel hop, earth, citrus, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The nose on this one definitely stood out over the regular version of this brew with the addition of vanilla and subtle oakiness on top of an already solid aroma. Hard to beat that if I’m honest. The rest of the brew was very solid for the style and quite easy to drink despite the ABV. Even the alcohol that was present in the flavor was very well integrated to the point that you wouldn’t even notice it unless you were truly looking for it. A really well done barrel treatment to an already solid brew. Can’t go wrong with that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 18:19:03 | More by thagr81us
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
12.2% ABV, 2013 Expedition

A - Ruby highlights accentuate this clear rusty amber beer giving it a fantastic color! The modest pour creates a tan head atop the still liquid and is nicely retained, resulting in a ring of foam and some fingers of lace after a few moments of settling.

S - Barrel-aged Bigfoot is upfront about it's booze; "ale aged in whiskey barrels" adorns the front of the bottle and, with the first whiff, it's evident. The alcohol flows freely from this beer but somehow remains in check with the base beer, harmoniously complimenting it rather than sweeping it aside. Oak and whiskey envelope gooey caramel sweetness and toasted bread adding complimentary notes of vanilla and traces of pure maple syrup. Don't give this beer a swirl though, you'll regret the off-putting aroma of burning rubber and resiny plastic immediately. Unlike the yearly release of this beer, barrel-aged Bigfoot is hardly hoppy-smelling.

T - Sharp whiskey alcohol grips the tongue with the first sip, softly giving way to bold maltiness and the complex nuances that follow; vanilla, oak tannins, dark fruits and pure maple syrup. With each passing sip, the alcohol which lingers on the palate becomes a little less intrusive, allowing for greater exploration of the malt complexity within. Notes of hops; earthiness and grapefruit rind add a fine layer of depth to the finish.

M - Whiskey flavor and alcohol give this big beer a surprisingly thin feeling from the get-go, but it's smooth and nicely rounded for a wonderful drinking experience that finishes with subtle dryness, alcohol warmth, and lingers on the palate for a long-lasting impression. Bigfoot's usual bitterness is surprisingly absent here.

O - Taking a iconic beer such as Bigfoot and giving it the barrel treatment seems like a big, yet necessary step for Sierra Nevada which resulted in a terrific contrast to the yearly release and is quite a pleasure to drink side-by side with the "normal" one. It's most noticeable variance is (obviously) the whiskey, but also the stark lack of hops, seemingly overpowered by it's time in the barrel. This potent "older brother" to Bigfoot is a welcome addition to Sierra's offering which will hopefully return (with more availability?).

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:47:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a deep mahogany amber with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma dominated by whiskey with light citrus, hops and caramel malt. Flavor is well integrated caramel malt, light piney hops, vanilla, mild oak and lots of nice whiskey. Excellent medium to heavy creamy body. Flavors are considerably muted from fresh Bigfoot, but the time in the barrel has melded the flavors into a rich malty, whiskey infused whole with hints of the original hops. Very nicely done for lovers of whiskey barrel aged ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 03:14:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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maximum12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, wasn't going to hunt this one down, but went to the store looking for cooking wine & lo! there were a bunch on the shelf. What do you do? You buy one. Well, I buy one. Big 750 ML of glass & liquid shared with my lovely wife.

The pour is dark red, doesn't look to far off of an amber, but I'm betting it doesn't taste like one. Apparent & sufficient carbonation. Nose isn't much to write your mistress about, caramel, whiskey, but both the smoke from a distant fire.

Whiskey Barrel Aged Bigfoot is like an alcohol-tipped boot to the nads. Wow. I like hot beers & rarely notice other beers that people complain about, but this, this is something. Hot Hot Heat. Gives way to some more of that hot caramel, some hot piney hops, & warm whiskey. None of it well integrated. Really kind of bland, there just isn't much to get worked up about in any direction. Heavy. Too heavy. It feels like it might be a chore to get through half of this liver-wringer.

Was really looking forward to this & there's just not really much here. It's a fiery, alcohol laden canvas that hasn't had a bad modern painting splashed on it. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:58:12 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle $15. I was excited to get a bottle because I heard only 20 cases came to CO. I also remember liking this when I had a taste at GABF five or six years ago. Unfortunately this one was a real disappointment for me. Appearance was about identical to regular Bigfoot, ruby red but less head than the regular. The aroma was quite nice, good whiskey and barrel coming out of the bottle and my glass. The flavor was just a mess for me. Huge bitter hops conflicted with whiskey flavors and then heavy brown sugar, just messy. I think my real problem was that the beer just had too much bitterness that in my opinion does not work well with the whiskey barrels. I would not purchase this again but if barrel aged Narwhal comes out, whew!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:25:20 | More by ArrogantB
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - clouded reddish/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - the whiskey makes itself known but the aroma of Bigfoot is lurking in the background.

T - WOW, Bigfoot is a delicious beer to begin with and SN takes it up a notch with the whiskey barrel aging. Everything malty and hop wise that Bigfoot is with the taste of whiskey blended in perfectly.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.

O - the abv never makes itself known but someone put whiskey in my Bigfoot and I like it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:49:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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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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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to CBS snifter. Thanks to Adam for this one!

A - Murky dark amber/brown colour with a dark ruby glow along the bottom. A thin layer of dirty white head formed on the pour.

S - Sweet whiskey and vanilla dominate the nose with caramel, toffee, maple syrup and lighter oak notes also present.

T - A huge alcohol presence is noticeable at first but then settles down, while remaining warming throughout. Whiskey, oak and vanilla come through from the barrel and are met with dark caramel, toffee, raisin and maple flavours. Good integration of barrel and base beer.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 18:12:22 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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