Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 578 | Reviews: 108 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:36:10 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 02:22:09 | More by HeadyTheElder
3.56/5 rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in a mini snifter out of a bottle at Max's ($7)
A: Deep brown. Minimal head. (not good lighting at Max's)
S: Sweet barley with just hints of pine. Barrel notes on the nose.
T: Sweet. Weird whiskey notes permeate. Odd flavors, which are almost off. Lots of oak. There is a lot of barrel here and not in a good way. The Bigfoot I know and love is lost in there. I was expecting a sublime presentation like they achieved with BA Narwhal (hadn't even had Narwhal before I had it on tap).
M: Thick, almost viscous.
O: I had missed out on buying a bottle of this early on before I had even had Bigfoot (I think) but I wasn't shelling out $16 for a 750 back then. Then, I heard they had a bottle at Frisco's for $25 and on-site consumption. Finally, it just randomly popped up on tap at Max's for a Sierra Nevada Pint Night (score). I'm glad I didn't bounce on the other opportunities because this one did not live up to the hype for me. I had been looking for it for a while, and it was sub-par. My friend had a bottle in his cellar and he said to be wary and that it won't be what you expect and he was right. Save your money and just age a case of regular Bigfoot every year.
Serving type: on-tap
01-27-2014 11:28:10 | More by gillagorilla
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.