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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
93
outstanding

635 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 151
Gots: 283 | FT: 28
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 SirHefeweizen
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was very happy to get a hold of this beer. Poured into a Leffe glass it was a few shades darker than the original bigfoot. Almost a brownish burnt color. The mouth feel was not as thick as I was expecting, The taste was a whole new beast for sure, heavy on the whiskey notes, with a lot less hop profile than before. Some burnt sugar and raisin notes as the bottle mentions. The nose was strong with the barrel, it was hard to get the sweet malty scent i was used to, very little hop overtones either.
Overall I was very happy with this beer, the alcohol, while very high, was not too dominant in the flavor and it was unique for sure

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of YogiBeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2013 Expedition marked on bottle. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, murky ruby red color, close to brown but not quite. A decent off white head develops, maybe a half a finger, and settles in as spotty foam cap. There is some wispy lacing left on the glass and there is less of it as the beer disappears.

The appearance might be the Bigfoot we all know but the nose sure isn't. Whiskey and oak dominate the nose. Neither is overpowering but they stand out above all else. To a lesser extent there is some vanilla and a caramel/toffee sweetness. The barrel notes really come through here and make this a completely different beer than it was.

The taste still has a lot of barrel character to it but the hops that pack a punch in fresh Bigfoot are here as well. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey, some dark fruit and piney hops are all here and mix so well that it's tough to discern where one ends and the other begins. Aside from the unmistakable resiny bitterness from the hop finish each characteristics seem to be present all the way through each sip.

The mouthfeel is big and sticky with a decent but not unwelcome alcohol kick. The carbonation is relatively high for the style, especially a BA version. Lower carbonation would perhaps make the beer a bit smoother and less rough around the edges. Time could work that out as well.

This is definitely a really good beer. The barrel notes already seem to be well integrated already and it compliments the already great base beer nicely. As mentioned, the carbonation is high for the style and it sort of throws the mouthfeel off a bit for me. I'd like to see this beer down the road to see what comes of it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Jason, thanks man.

The beer pours a nice brown and red mixed color with some nice shine, it has a *tiny* head with a fresh pour but it dies down to a still spirit look very quickly.

The smell is absolutely dominated by the whiskey, really the only reason it's not all whiskey is that th malt balances the heat down on the barrel completely so it's nice and fluffy... good, but one dimensional.

The taste has a nice marshmallow pillowy sweetness with some nice warm pie spice notes and even a hint of slight acidity. Good barrel notes, some slight hoppy and raisin notes from the base.

Feel is good, beer good overall.

Photo of powz87
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've heard that this one is pretty hot at the moment - but I've never been afraid of a bit of booze in my beer. Plus, I prefer fresh Bigfoot 9 times out of 10 to begin with. Let's see...

Pours pretty much just as you'd expect with the addition of a deeper copper body. Good, consistent lacing and a surprising amount of beading beneath the carb cap. Really nice looking stuff I'd say.

They definitely didn't hesitate when it came to the barrel's contribution to the nose profile. Massive warm whiskey and vanilla, oak... the hops take a back seat to everything that is whiskey. There's also plenty of muddied toffee and caramel beneath all that. Alcohol content certainly shows itself, no doubt. I can jibe though.

There's the hops. Huge bittersweet hops jump right on the front end of the palate, giving way to the heat of the whiskey and a semisweet finish. Between the bite of the hops and the warmth of the alcohol, it tears up the tongue. Everything surfaces in the end though... caramel and toffee, smooth charred wood, dry yet sticky... plenty of heat.

I'd love to give this a taste a year or two down the road but I can dig it for what it is. Well done, Sierra Nevada. My favorite 750ml beer from them in recent memory.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap at Harry's Hofbrau in a sampling glass.

A: No head. Very murky golden brown. Translucent.

S: Fruity alcohol. Smells great!! Rich toffee malts, tropical hops(!?), and delicious whisky. Huge fan.

T: Wow. Boozy and hugely bourbony. This tastes more like a bourbon barrel aged RIS than a Barleywine. Hops are strongly bitter, but overshadowed by the caramelized sugar and great malt. The end taste is dry and long and lingeringly bitter. Very impressive.

M: Light, spicy hops; sweet sticky caramel. Hops win.

O: Truly phenomenal. One of the most exciting beers I've tried in recent memory. Highly recommended.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Credit for the American-style barleywine can be largely, if not solely attributed to Sierra Nevada and their Bigfoot Barleywine. Its taken thirty years of recipe formulation and execution and over a decade of barrel aged technique to achieve the seduction of taste that this bottle delivers.

Its tawny brown pour provides highlights of mahogany, ruby, and maroon just as soon as the beer releases its slightly yellowish foam. Mostly clear in color, the beer's sheer darkness prevents it from being see-through. Capped by that ultra-creamy froth, the beer retains exceptional for its high alcohol and barrel-aged character, all the while lacing randomly and intricately as the beer fades.

Maple syrup, oak, and incredible whisky are the boldest scents to entice the olfactory senses, but a secondary rise of dark pitted fruit, kettle caramelized toffee, toast, citrus peels and vanilla often times rival the more overt scents. Its a very lush and inviting set of aromas that seem to meld together beautifully.

Robust sweetness of caramelized malts provide a healthy and heaping dose of toffee, maple, and caramel. But just as the sweetness takes on port-like proportions, the fruit notes of plumb, raisin, currant, dates, grapes, and figs take hold and turn the beer slightly tart and savory. Aged oak, vanilla, and malt starches provide a mild creamy taste that teases the middle palate with notions of milkshake. But finishing with an overwhelming sense of whisky is peppery, coconut-like, moderate citrusy bitterness and strongly of barrel-infused alcohol for a taste that takes the original Bigfoot right out of orbit.

Full bodied without question, however the beer has a certain lightness due to how the whisky barrel smoothed out the textures, mellowed the hops, and tamed the alcohols somewhat. But a gradient lessening of malt sweetness allows the stronger alcohols to cut through the malt and usher in a balanced, warm, and malty-dry finish.

I'm rather surprised of how much the barrels diealed down the hops and rounded out the malts to sherry-like or port-like savoriness and complexity. But with the influx of bourbon barrel aged beers, I have become accustomed to expect more bourbon character than this simplified whisky flavor provided. Even still, its a world class barleywine that more resembles English versions than the standard Bigfoot provides.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.