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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

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 138
Gots: 288 | 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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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-25-2013 00:29:28 | More by dirtylou
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John_M

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 John_M
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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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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-23-2013 13:56:34 | More by thegerm87
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

03-23-2013 10:40:11 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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casapy

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-23-2013 01:09:34 | More by casapy
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crazyj

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-22-2013 19:17:01 | More by crazyj
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jlenik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-21-2013 23:08:09 | More by jlenik
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-21-2013 03:42:38 | More by DelicateDelirium
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theCoder

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-21-2013 01:43:03 | More by theCoder
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tlacott1

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-20-2013 02:02:03 | More by tlacott1
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wells9uk

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-19-2013 11:14:24 | More by wells9uk
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-19-2013 02:32:19 | More by mendvicdog
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-19-2013 02:09:41 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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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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macrosmatic

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-18-2013 15:20:09 | More by macrosmatic
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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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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-17-2013 18:49:18 | More by jbaker67
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-17-2013 15:37:52 | More by josephwa
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ant880

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-17-2013 13:08:56 | More by ant880
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-17-2013 04:13:50 | More by HoistinBrews
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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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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-17-2013 03:03:12 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2013 19:42:02 | More by Jason
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BrittEBurke

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2013 14:23:48 | More by BrittEBurke
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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