Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one open and sharing, saved me from having to search the city for it. Pours a murky, deep-amber color, nearly copper and almost on the verge of being called raw sienna. The light-tan head settles rather quickly and leaves very spotting lacing on the edges of my glass.
Light whiskey and bourbon on the nose - more standout-ish on its own, rather than integrated into the rest of the aromas. Slight wood and oak with some sweet plums, crispy burnt vanilla, and brown sugar. It's hard to remember how similar this is to the regular Bigfoot, but I believe this one packs a more powerful punch. Of course, that's to be expected, given the whiskey barrel aging and all.
The taste is full of brown sugar and an underlying bourbon heat that starts off on the smaller side, but crescendos throughout the sip and actually becomes quite hot. Sweet figs and dates which tasted like they were soaked in a bourbon bath for years. The malt provides a huge caramel and molasses backbone which becomes washed out a bit by the booze and fruits.
This one is also quite hoppy, and if I recall correctly, the original Bigfoot had a nice hop profile to it as well. They seem even a bit stronger, here. Ashy and leafy, providing a small amount of bitterness to the aftertaste, which is largely dominated by boozy dark fruits and wet wood. Thick body all around with a slick and sticky mouth feel, medium carbonation.
A nice addition to regular Bigfoot, although the whiskey barrel aging made this one quite hot and somewhat difficult to easily drink. Hopefully this one will become more readily available, because I'd like to pick up a few more and age them to see if it blunts the heat a little. Thanks again to Jeff for this one.
02-10-2013 23:52:31 | More by tectactoe
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Picked up a 750 ml bottle yesterday from Total WIne Arrowhead for $14.99. Been looking for it on line which they tend not to do with their limited releases.
Beer poured reddish brown with a nice head on the initial pour that dissapated pretty quick.
Nose is light whiskey and hints of sweetness.
Taste is slightly sweet, whiskey is light and blended nicely, oaken vanilla notes, caramel malt backbone is nice and lends a strong backbone. Hops finish is surprisingly still there, just not as prevelant as a fresh Bigfoot.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, with a bit of carbonation lingering.
Overall definitely a blast to try. I love Bigfoot and seek it out each year. This is definitely a treat to get my hands on a bottle. Not sure how this would age but may give it a whirl if i can score another bottle!
02-10-2013 23:37:10 | More by arizcards
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
Had about 6 oz. of this last night tasting with friends.
Appearance: Light mahogany. A little darker than I imagined.
Smell: This beer smells super boozy. Smells much more boozy than it really is. I took this as a sign of great aging and balance.
Taste: Unbelievably balanced contrary to the strong whiskey smell. Smooth oak, matured barley-wine, balanced with a perfect amount of whiskey flavor. Everyone in the room was blown away after the first sip.
Mouthfeel: not syrupy at all, and I dig the carbonation with these. Everything seems to fit.
Overall: I prefer this beer to KBS, and I love Breakfast stout. This beer is not a novelty, it is balanced to perfection and the whole concept was executed perfectly. Keep in mind I've only had 5-10 whiskey barrel aged beers, but I've had my fair share of barley-wines, including aged bigfoots. This beer is on a very high level.
02-10-2013 23:21:15 | More by bcp5296d
4.54/5 rDev +9.4%
750ml bottle served in a snifter.
L - clouded reddish/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.
S - the whiskey makes itself known but the aroma of Bigfoot is lurking in the background.
T - WOW, Bigfoot is a delicious beer to begin with and SN takes it up a notch with the whiskey barrel aging. Everything malty and hop wise that Bigfoot is with the taste of whiskey blended in perfectly.
F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.
O - the abv never makes itself known but someone put whiskey in my Bigfoot and I like it!
02-10-2013 22:49:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.11/5 rDev -1%
750Ml poured into a snifter
A- Pours very murky dark amber brown. A small head of an off tan color. Intense alcohol legs.
S- Big whiskey notes. A lot of sour mash. A tiny touch of alcohol, A slight spiciness. A big whiskey forward smelling brew.
T- The same big signature bitterness up front you would expect from Bigfoot. A robust hop profile of spiciness and herbal notes. A slight onion and grassness from the hops. A big whiskey profile to this beer. There is a ton of sour mash in this beer. There is also a dry prickle and sharp wood flavor from the barrels. The malts are subtle but back up the whiskey nicely. This is a bitter and dry tongue tingler.
M- Thick and heavy, this whiskey bomb leaves your mouth dry and has a sharp bite from the wood. A bitter Barleywine.
O- This is a solid BA Barleywine, I was hoping for better but it just doesn't seem like whiskey and Bigfoot are a perfect combo. The beer is well made and well blended. I think on slight downfall is the quality of whiskey. While the whiskey is prominent in this beer, It's no Pappy. Regardless, It is a good beer that just didn't quite pan out perfectly.
02-10-2013 00:14:20 | More by TwelveOunces
4.44/5 rDev +7%
corked and caged bottle to the dome...in a sierra nevada balloon glass. picked this up locally...gotta say one of the harder beers to track down of late.
a - brew poured a semi transparent ruby with a thin off beige head of bubbles that hung out for a short time leaving a thin skin of bubbles on the surface.
s - wow. really nice. bigfoot is there, with a big glazing of whiskey. it is a perfect match. lots of wood and boozy caramel with the hoppy goodness of bigfoot's big hop and malt bill beneath. toffee, vanilla, caramel...whiskey.
t - zippity doo da...VERY nice. sort of what one would expect, exactly as advertised...it is bigfoot in a whiskey barrel. much like the nose, toffee, caramel with a strong glazing of whiskey over everything. definitely boozy, but palatable. burnt sugar and toasted coconut.
m - fairly boozy, leaves a tingle in my mouth. chewy.
o - overall, as advertised. bigfoot in a whiskey barrel. it is a winner. paint me impressed!
02-09-2013 02:09:31 | More by cosmicevan
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Presentation: On tap at the Prohibition Pig after a long day. Served in a 12 oz. tulip glass slightly chilled.
Appearance: Pours a creamy beige head with some nice retention. The lacing holds well to the glass. Medium to dark amber in color with a touch of haze.
Aroma: The whiskey from the barrels is very upfront and blends surprisingly well with the base beer. The base contributes some caramel, sherry and a touch of piney hops. The hops are definitely far more subdued than in fresh Bigfoot.
Taste: Really nice blend of the barrel and the base beer. Caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and a touch of peat all hit upfront with a bit of fused alcohol. The hops are definitely faded and don't dominate nearly as much as they do in fresh Bigfoot. They do lend a nice bitterness that offsets some of the other sweet flavors and adds some nice complexity. Drinks really smoothly.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with nice carbonation. A big beer.
Overall, I really thought that the barrel did wonders to this beer and really added some nice new dimensions to the base beer. I got the really nice background sherry and medicinal tones of 2-3 year old Bigfoot along with really nice barrel character. It didn't feel muddled as I thought it might with the combination of the hops and the barrel. Well done. I will be looking to get a bottle or two to see how this evolves over time.
02-08-2013 02:53:52 | More by Gosox8787
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
A: deep amber brown with ruby highlights, tan two-finger head of dense foam; didn't really lace my tulip glass - they subsided quickly
S: sweet malty aromas and whiskey, floral and earthy hops and yeasts.
T: fantastic tasting - rich, rugged malt flavors, sweeter up front than on the finish. I thought of bitter toffee/burnt sugar and old coffee. Some hints of dried dark fruit, vanilla, and musky earth and wood; nicely bitter and savory. Whiskey notes hover around the palate. Bittersweet and resinous...
M: great chew, medium density, moderate carbonation, more coating than tingling, slight tackiness
O: a great barleywine - complex and hearty, strong and only semi-sweet - sweeter than the normal Bigfoot, but not overly sweet; the bitter hops leaft a great aftertaste between sips. Reminded me of American and English strong ales/old ales. Definitely something to buy again if spotted.
02-06-2013 01:41:46 | More by Greywulfken
4.06/5 rDev -2.2%
P: Dark copper brown body with a generous crown of creamy cappuccino silk.
S: Huge whisky aroma, toasted coconut, vanilla extract, dark fruits and burnt sugar.
T/M: The barrel aging mellows out the harsh earthy hops and creates a rich malted barley concoction. Burnt sugar, toasted coconut and vanilla encompass my mouth and create a creamy velvet mouthfeel. Booze is present but nicely incorporated given the high ABV.
O: Nice tasty barley wine. I really prefer the original due to the lack of hops goodness but it was a special treat to have for sure. Cheers!
02-05-2013 21:39:22 | More by Hopswagger
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
This beer capped off a vertical tasting of Bigfoot from 2007 to 2013. By this point, we were pretty much palate-fatigued, but this beer really made everyone sit up and take notice. The aroma is immediately striking, with its strong whiskey notes. Two years in the barrel really imparted a strong character. Same goes for the taste. It’s Bigfoot, but wrapped up in whiskey barrel goodness. Never too much of the barrel though. Really, the balance is exceptional in how they managed to deliver the best of both worlds. The oaky vanilla also nicely plays with the flavors. Barrel Aged Bigfoot was the star of the show as we all thought it was the most enjoyable beer of the bunch. I feel lucky to have tried this special release.
02-05-2013 19:39:53 | More by JEdmund
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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