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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

694 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 164
Gots: 355 | FT: 33
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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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 694 | Reviews: 126 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cheesy26
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wmark35
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of noproduction
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coolhandbeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big foot maple candy, very smooth and not overdone.

Photo of aquazr1
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtrigonis
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrodriguez
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 750mL bottle served into a snifter.

Three and a half fingers of pillow-like, chewy, light oatmeal-colored head preside over a dark amber and brown body. Lace streaks about the glass as the head slowly recedes. 4.75

Smells awfully similar to the non-BA, floral, caramel-heavy and tinged with booze. Something perfume-like is highly present on the nose and I'm not so keen on it. But the vanilla that emerges as I sit waiting to dive in for a drink is a nice exit. 3.5

Tobacco, leather, and oak hang on my tongue after the first sip and let me know the finish is excellent, but I have to now figure out everything that preceded these flavors. Well, sweet caramel, raisin and combined oatmeal cookie lead things off, but this blissful taste is rudely interrupted by a perfume-like hop injection. It's not completely ruinous but certainly diminishes an otherwise sweet treat entrance. Interestingly, by taking a smaller sip I reduce the perfume presence and allow for more oatmeal cookie, tobacco, oak, vanilla, caramel and the like. There are a number of flavors that are outstanding here. 3.75

Just as that perfume messes with the taste it also has an impact on the feel, making for an overly hopped, harsh bite. Fortunately, there's excellent smoothness wrapped around this perfume to make for a smooth creamy brew with a slight bourbon-like quality. 3.75

I think there's an excellent bee here with more age but it's rough around the edges fresh. I picked up multiples so I'll have the opportunity to revisit some years down the line.

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with a light brown thin head. The nose is robust and delicious. Whiskey and booze right up front. Toffee, vanilla, pepper, mild citrus, Hawaiian Punch. The flavor is really nice. A bit more subtle than other barrel aged barleywine I've had. The mouth feel is a bit too thin, but still nice.

Photo of Borrego805
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McMatt7
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
3.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque and strong whiskey smell. The taste is unbalanced - alcohol forward and surprisingly bitter and thin. Overall, this brew has some decent qualities but they are not working well together. Aged in whiskey barrels for an entire year is probably what drives the price here but for me the price tag does not justify beer.

Photo of Herky21
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samtrillo
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit too Boozey for me.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.