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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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630 Ratings

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 151
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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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Florida9, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of funcooker78
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

funcooker78, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of jdhugeloser
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

jdhugeloser, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Gatordaddy, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

skaboom420, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of HarryPotHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HarryPotHead, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Eduk8traz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Eduk8traz, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

hollywood_15063, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of reverbking
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

reverbking, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Gonzoillini, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

laxer8811, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Mertzy81
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Mertzy81, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of MickeyD
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

MickeyD, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
5/5  rDev +20.8%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

BarrytheBear, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

mdaschaf, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Jslay013, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Davit, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this one fresh, it can't be more than a couple months since bottling. Poured from a bomber into a Westvleteren goblet.

Appearance: Pours an earthy brown with shades of deep red. Pours relatively thick and leaves a minimal head (practically no head at all).

Smell: Awesome whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits - plums, raisins & figs, malts and definitely some vanilla presence. Absolutely delicious aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a lot of the characteristics from the scent - whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits, malts. Then it shifts rather abruptly to alcohol and some hops which is interesting. Finishes with plenty of oak, alcohol, and some bitter hops. It's an interesting combination of the sweet start and the bitter finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation: perhaps a bit thinner than I was expecting but not too thin by any means.

Overall: A very, very interesting beer. I knew drinking this one fresh out of the barrels would be an interesting experience. The time in the barrels has really given Bigfoot a big change. The flavor profile is much different (less hoppy, more malty & boozy), but there are still some remnants of it left in this one. I thought this was a good beer, and I can only imagine how incredible it can get with a couple years on it.

Resuin, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

HamGlade10, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of mattszczesiul
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

mattszczesiul, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of JD4Cali
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's because I loved another barleywine that bf brought me this as a "hey it's Friday!" gift. I know that's SO sweet but, well, there's a bizzilian gifts that are a guaranteed "OMG" and maybe beer isn't one of them? OK, back story: I love bourbon and adore Manhattans. And recently I really liked a beer that was sweet and rich and layered with toffee character so it isn't really anyone's fault. It would seem natural to think "get the Bourbon loving gf a beer aged in whiskey barrels!"
The problem became that I just didn't like it so much.
Yes moments? It is beautiful and comes in a bottle like champagne (yum!) and looks stunning in a glass. It even smells like whiskey. What went wrong? All that sweetness and whiskeyness don't seem to really work together, like clashing plaids or wearing too many shades of green.
I can't give it a bad review (ugh should anyone's second review be bad??) but simply warn y'all that this isn't a nice, easy to love kind of beer. It has it's challenges.

JD4Cali, Mar 02, 2013
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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