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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

581 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 581
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 138
Gots: 285 | 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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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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Pinche_Oso

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-30-2013 05:30:48 | More by Pinche_Oso
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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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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-29-2013 00:28:59 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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kodt

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-28-2013 16:18:49 | More by kodt
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cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-28-2013 05:30:13 | More by cmadd
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WillP22

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-27-2013 02:53:19 | More by WillP22
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-26-2013 23:54:47 | More by spycow
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waltonc

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-26-2013 22:34:29 | More by waltonc
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-24-2013 21:04:02 | More by BAsbill
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dcguitar

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +20.5%

04-23-2013 00:49:14 | More by dcguitar
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Kreko7

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-21-2013 16:31:10 | More by Kreko7
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chefduff2

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-21-2013 16:25:43 | More by chefduff2
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hilgart1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

04-21-2013 05:07:34 | More by hilgart1
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-20-2013 14:43:38 | More by Zachtheporter
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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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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-18-2013 20:26:37 | More by browniewithnuts
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APreacher

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-18-2013 20:26:08 | More by APreacher
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adam42381

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-16-2013 21:35:53 | More by adam42381
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M1A2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-16-2013 14:55:53 | More by M1A2
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dvmky

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-15-2013 22:21:17 | More by dvmky
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-15-2013 22:02:43 | More by CelticAleMan
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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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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-15-2013 03:12:20 | More by Duff27
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Zuidman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-15-2013 03:00:02 | More by Zuidman
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.