Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev -2.7%
Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a modest head that fades rather quickly
Smell: Caramel and dried fruit (raisin) blend with the vanilla and oak tones from the barrel
Taste: Caramel, raisin and coconut flavors, up front, with the hops becoming assertive in the middle; piney and resinous in the finish, with considerable sweet tones
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: A pretty impressive beer - the barrel-aging tones down the bitter qualities of the underlying beer
03-15-2014 20:50:24 | More by brentk56
4.41/5 rDev +6.3%
2013 edition that I've been cellaring for about a year. Time for something special to close out Sacramento Beer Week!
A- Pours a murky reddish brown color into a snifter. It seemed to clear a bit as it warmed up. Low but appropriate carbonation for this style leaving no head to speak of.
S- So many layers here; oak, bourbon, malt, dark cherry and just a hint of sherry.
T- Starts out malty sweet and then moves across the entire spectrum of typical barley wine flavors. There is a slight alcohol bite throughout, enough to remind you of what you are dealing with but not hot.More hops flavor than other offerings and I really appreciated the slightly bitter finish which kept things balanced.
M- Medium to full body with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy.
O- A perfect Sunday sipper.
03-10-2014 20:59:34 | More by mschind
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors imparted by the whiskey barrel aging, except that the hops are a bit stronger and lend a light amount of bitterness and slight hints of pine resin.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming to the mouthfeel.
O: The whiskey barrel aging really mellows out the strong dose of resinous hops that you would normally expect from a Bigfoot. It's not difficult do drink because most of the alcohol is hidden from the taste (except what you perceive from the whiskey).
Note: 2013 Expedition.
03-03-2014 01:36:10 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Nice burgundy, minimal head.
S - Strong whiskey with some sweetness.
T - Lots of fruity, caramel malty sweetness balanced by the whiskey barrel characteristics. A rich sipper.
M - Full bodied like you would expect. The ABV is not hidden. Low carbonation, just right for the style.
O - A very flavorful, boozy beer. Wish the alcohol were hidden a little more, but it is still outstanding. I'd imagine this one would only improve with continued aging.
02-03-2014 02:22:09 | More by HeadyTheElder
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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