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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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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2013 Bottle
12oz. Victory Golden Monkey Tulip

A: Unlike base Bigfoot, Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is bright red in color. The head still offers the thin, spotty, frothy perfection that I love and the whiteness stays consistent up to the edges, where the red shines through and gives off a stunning burnt tone. The only downfall is that the head and lacing have thinned out considerably so everything dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Barrel-Aged Bigfoot offers a huge, prominent banana and coconut aroma to the nose. These scents absolutely over-shadow a still-vibrant whiskey background.

T: The flavor profile of Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is absolutely tremendous. Huge bubblegum and rose pedal tones are backed heavily by one of the most smooth, perfectly hitting, delicately aged, mellow whiskey driven cores I have ever experienced. This barleywine is to die for.

M: The mouthfeel on the tongue from Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is off the charts! The carbonation is there and the lacing is low, but the beer only offers a subtle tingle; enough to make the whiskey waft perfectly, but little enough to stay quiet and keep me feeling like I'm drinking a fine spirit rather than a beer. It's smooth, soft, creamy, but thin. I love what Sierra Nevada did to spin this sensational ale!

OVERALL: I suppose that spirits mellow out and tone down the maltiness, bring out a sharp finish, and thus thin the head retention, so Barrel-Aged Bigfoot isn't as sexy as the base counterpart, but this barleywine is perfect in every other attribute. Similar to base Bigfoot, the complexity between taste and scent is extraordinary, but the tonal spiciness from barrel aging just does this beer wonders. A beautifully balanced, intelligently complex work of brewing art that will not be forgotten...

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:56:01 | More by RobertColianni
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brown with a bit of ruby and a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, booze.

T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, resiny bitterness, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, bitter finish.

D - Nice big barrel character with enough balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:20:59 | More by ngeunit1
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Pours dark amber red with nice clarity and one fingered cream colored head that dies down quickly and leaves a thin lacing ring with no carbonation.

S - Lots of bourbon aroma, oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee, candied brown sugar; overall the aroma is assertively boozy.

T – Follows the nose. Lots of oak tannin and bourbon up front followed by a quick hit of vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, toasted toffee, mild floral, and ends with a boozy, toffee and moderate citrus/grapefruit lingering finish.

M – Thick and full bodied, slick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O – For 12.2%, this is an impressive beer because as boozy as it is, there’s very little to no alcohol burn and as the beer sits for awhile it opens up and mellows. Bigfoot is decent but age it in a barrel and the result is magic.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 19:56:41 | More by jzeilinger
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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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a deep ruby red/burgundy almost black with a finger of creme colored head which gave off some nice lacing. the smell is a blast of vanilla and whiskey, caramel, sweet malt, a banana-like scent makes it overall sweet and leaning towards fruity. oh my.. the flavor is SO SO tasty. the whiskey is as mellow as it is in the central waters bourbon barrel barleywines.. i'd hate to compare it, but this is on par with that. vanilla, banana, whiskey/bourbon (sorry, don't mean to offend people but there's not much of a difference to my palate in the 2 different liquors), oak, tons of delicious sweet malt.
full body with a moderate amount of carbonation for the style. creamy and very subtle with the alcohol warmth but it does catch up to you.

this is a phenomenal beer in every aspect. as a barrel aged beer, it falls nothing short of its promise. as a barleywine, i like mine hoppy, strong, yet sweet.. this one is lacking on the hops, but is still damn close to perfect. as a barrel aged barleywine, it is delicious. a 12% abv that you don't realize until, well, it's too late.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:48:43 | More by facundoCNB
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into RR -tion glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy auburn with a centimeter of dense white head which leaves heavy lacing. The nose features plenty of Bigfoot character up front with that notable earthy hop profile which is paired with caramel and molasses. The whiskey comes through next brings Ina string presence of vanilla. The hops are also very present on the finish and seem like they may clash with the whiskey. The taste tells a different story though. The hops a present up front and are smoothed out by a hefty dose of vanilla and oak. The flavors marry together quite well and make for a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is big with moderate carbonation. Overall, I was skeptical about such a hoppy barleywine being barrel aged, but it definitely works in this case. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:34:13 | More by homebrew311
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

A dark brown body with about one finger of bubbly tan head. The head fell to a ring and left some light lacing inside the glass.

Big nose. Dark fruits, oak, whiskey, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and herbal. Broad and deep. Just layer upon layer every time you dove in for a sniff.

Dark fruits, caramel, and toffee roll onto the tongue with whiskey, tea, oak, and brown sugar through the middle. The finish is some damp oak, vanilla, and dark fruits with a hearty dose of whiskey. Layers of complexity bring something a little different with each sip. The barrel seems to have enhanced the majority of the flavors in the base beer, all the while keeping the sweetness in check (for the most part.)

Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Chewy.

This did not disappoint. Huge complexity with bold flavors only making a great beer even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 12:56:42 | More by ColForbinBC
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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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n2185

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear dark copper with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: tons of oak with whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and citrus hops dominate the nose with a fair amount of booze.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of oak and woody tanin flavors with whiskey, caramel, and vanilla. There is also a moderate hoppy bitterness with a fair amount of booziness.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being sticky sweet by being boozy and hoppy.

O: a solid beer overall, but a bit overwhelmingly boozy. Maybe in a year or two it was more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:52:54 | More by n2185
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A darker cloudy amber, bubbles are heavy on the body creating a subtle head. A white-orange tinted head rose to maybe a 1/3" off the body looking real good.

Smell: You know the more you drink the scent gets better. Strong scotch with heavy vanilla; heavy malts. It's one of those type of scents that you would just want to breathe in.

Taste: You feel the alcohol right from the beginning with hints of light malt, heavy vanilla and I forget to mention the alcohol.

Mouth: Medium, and f'n sticky. I will tell you this has a little bit of dryness to it but you feel rum cask to it before even placing the glass down. Comes off a little woody, could be fermenting an aging in the barrels. Real good in my book.

Overall: After sitting in my fridge for maybe three weeks, I decided to split the bottle with my dad and what great move. To drink this on your own is just selfish, share the wealth....everyone should have a glass. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:41:48 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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barczar

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head, and a tad clothier cloudier than the original.

Aroma is more caramel, vanilla than the regular, with a dominant whiskey kick. Slightly smoky, lots of oak character.

Hops, citrusy and resiny, still shine through the whiskey character, but the bitterness is accented nicely by oak. Slightly sweeter backbone, with caramel pitted well against citrus. Sweetness counters the overwhelming bitterness that detracted from my enjoyment of the original.

Lacking in carbonation, fairly still, and seems a bit smoother. Noticeably higher alcohol warmth.

The barrel aging adds more complexity, and I definitely enjoy the aroma more. If you're into barrel aging like I am, think you'll enjoy the added complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:17:34 | More by barczar
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JeffH

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is not my favorite barley wine every year but the aging process has stepped up the Bigfoot to something truely amazing. The big ABV on this beer is masked by incredible sweetness and coconut flavors. The medium bodied brew gives an initial taste of caramel malt and slight hop bitterness which is quickly consumed buy the sweeter notes imparted by the barrel aging. I am very excited to try my second bottle in a year or so, if I can wait that long to break it open!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 04:28:03 | More by JeffH
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

2013 edition

A: Pours a very dark brown with an enormous frothy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving thin but widespread lacing behind. Decent head retention.

S: Whiskey and lots of it. Does not smell far from an actual bottle of whiskey. Huge amounts of caramel and burnt sugar. Lots of toffee and vanilla. Candied dark fruits. A little oak and some brown sugar to boot. Strong aromas and quite boozy.

T: Welp, more whiskey. Not as super strong as in the aroma but still quite big. Again with the caramel and toffee notes, big time. Candied dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Surprising burst of hops too, primarily pine and resin, I guess they survived the barrel aging. More caramel into the finish with a little wave of bitterness from the hops. The sweet caramel and maltiness in general really reminds me of a peanut brittle (without the peanut brittle of course). Never really got that flavor in a beer but here it is. Big alcohol sting from start to finish, very sharp and boozy beer.

M: Smooth and fairly heavy but it is cut nicely by all of the whiskey. Not nearly as thick as you'd expect.

O: I'm a big fan of bigfoot but I'm not sure this is an improvement. It's a vastly different beer. The barrel aging is so strong (and pleasant, I must admit), it obliterates a lot of the base beer. As a result it becomes a bit unbalanced I must say. Having said that, this is still delicious, especially for a whiskey lover. But it's very boozy and harsh, some age might really improve it I think (not that regular Bigfoot doesn't improve with age too). I enjoyed it but I think I enjoy regular bigfoot more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:53:43 | More by Dope
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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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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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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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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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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into my CCB snifter this brew pours a really nice red hue with an off white head the quickly dissipates (the only flaw).

S. The aroma is complex. As it warms the whiskey stings your nose. The mault has lasted through the aging, notes of sweet caramel, the hops that are signature to SN are present, but tame.

T. The flavor is amazing. Smooth, whiskey flavors ( the good whiskey flavors). Caramel, notes of vanilla, raw burnt/spent whiskey barrels with SN hops mildly on the back of the pallet.

MF. For BA beers this brew has an excellent MF. This beer did not thin. Good carbonation, chewy mault backbone.

Overall, this is an excellent example of a classic beer becoming more iconic. To me its obvious the larger craft breweries (SN and SA) are struggling to stay pace with the more extreem, ever changing craft beer world. I recently have BA Ovilla, and it was awesome. I hope this becomes a year round brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:22:19 | More by TKEbeerman
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep amber color. Different than the color of regular Bigfoot, if my memory serves. Off white layer of head, which was more than I was expecting for this high ABV brew. Some lacing bits on the swirl.

S: Ah, nice nose here. Sweet caramel and toffee notes. Burnt sugar. Sweet malts. Vanilla. Oak. Booze is certainly there.

T: Some bitterness in tip of tongue for the remaining hops. But this is certainly no where near the hoppiness of the regular Bigfoot. Sweet caramel and vanilla coming in from the barrel aging. It's boozy and could lend well to some aging. Finish gives you lingering vanilla and bourbon booze flavors. Really starts to heat the throat during the sip too.

M: Full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 14:22:58 | More by inlimbo77
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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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joefuzz

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours just like regular Bigfoot, deep ruby with a small slightly off white head. Smells of piney hops and some slight whiskey. Taste is hop forward with that great Bigfoot malt bill complimented very nicely by a slight vanilla/marshmallow aftertaste and some decent alcohol heat. The barrel doesn't overpower the base beer it is pretty much the perfect blend. Mouthfeel is perfect for a barleywine with just the right amount of carbonation. Regular Bigfoot is one of my favorite barleywines and I had thought that there was no room for improvement but this has taken me by suprise. Sierra Nevada has done wonders for the craft beer community for decades and this is just another great example of them pushing into the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:26:08 | More by joefuzz
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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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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass. Bottled in 2013.

A - Pours mahogany in color with bright ruby highlights when backlit. A frothy finger of head dies pretty quickly to a lace inducing halo.

S - Smells malty and sweet. Full of plum, caramel, raisins, vermouth, pear, and vanilla. Faint pine hops, or what used to be pine hops, lurk in the background. Complex and full of fruit. Smells more similar to an English BW than an American BW, but that's to be expected after an extended stay in the barrel.

T - Starts sweet with many of the fruits from the aroma. Molasses, vanilla, and nice drying pine needles follow. Bitter oak and some invited whiskey heat on the finish. Toffee and pine linger. I am surprised how balanced this beer is because I picked up little else but sweetness on the nose. There is a lot going on and all of the flavors work well together. Impressive.

M - Medium-thick body with mellow carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with just a bit of heat on the back end.

O - I love Bigfoot and I was excited to get a few bottles of this. This is a phenomenal variation from the original. That time in the barrel imparted a remarkably balanced and complex flavor profile full of vanilla, whiskey, and appropriately sweet malts & fruits. There is a bit of heat, but I rather enjoyed that. Despite consuming the entire 12.2% ABV bottle, I never grew tired of this beer; in fact, I could have gone for another pour. I am glad I picked up multiples of this beer. I will hang on to one to see how it ages, but in my opinion this is a fantastic fresh beer. Hopefully this will be much easier to get once the NC brewery is up and running.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:50:42 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Mertzy81

Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish-brown with a dense creamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Fruity and malty with a noticable bourbon presence.

T: Big flavor. The same old familiar hoppy Bigfoot taste but with a strong taste the evolves from potent bourbon to a soft and complex vanilla flavor as your palate adjusts.

M: Big, thick, and silky smooth with light carbonation.

D: There are many beers that don't do well with bourbon aging. This isn't one of them. If you like Bigfoot, then you should buy copius amounts of this if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:37:06 | More by Mertzy81
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MickeyD

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice dark golden reddish brown with a finger width high head and medium carbonation. Good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell: a slight roasted caramel is noted but mostly a piney aroma from the hops is coming through.

Taste: citrus and pine are strong with a bite of carbonation. The hops really come through and a taste of piney spice comes through but the malt is very subtle.

Mouth feel: The feel is a bit heavy but not too much. Carbonation was a bit heavy. Bit of a sweetness left on my lips.

Overall: This style is a good one especially for a hop lover, which I am not necessarily. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 01:29:21 | More by MickeyD
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.