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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

572 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 572
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 136
Gots: 287 | FT: 29
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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ari32

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-22-2013 16:38:37 | More by ari32
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-22-2013 01:04:41 | More by shangwang
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-21-2013 03:44:20 | More by kevgod
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DmanGTR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-20-2013 18:42:52 | More by DmanGTR
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-20-2013 02:50:01 | More by Satchboogie
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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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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-18-2013 04:30:36 | More by duff247
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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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VonZipper

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-17-2013 02:09:57 | More by VonZipper
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-16-2013 22:16:41 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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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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HavasuDG

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-16-2013 07:03:08 | More by HavasuDG
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-16-2013 03:31:32 | More by supa0525
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GeorgeH

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-14-2013 21:50:46 | More by GeorgeH
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BraveGator

Georgia

3/5  rDev -27.7%

07-14-2013 21:07:07 | More by BraveGator
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dcloeren

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-13-2013 17:51:10 | More by dcloeren
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-13-2013 04:01:29 | More by RandyBoBandy
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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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DavidRose

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2013 00:01:30 | More by DavidRose
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elrogish

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-11-2013 01:41:49 | More by elrogish
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

07-09-2013 21:59:49 | More by DonFrap
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Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-09-2013 07:01:12 | More by Zbeetleman
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-07-2013 23:45:20 | More by tbone1384
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ManLoveBeer

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-06-2013 20:12:10 | More by ManLoveBeer
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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
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.