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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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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 158
Gots: 457 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006

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Ratings: 818 | Reviews: 152
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into RR -tion glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy auburn with a centimeter of dense white head which leaves heavy lacing. The nose features plenty of Bigfoot character up front with that notable earthy hop profile which is paired with caramel and molasses. The whiskey comes through next brings Ina string presence of vanilla. The hops are also very present on the finish and seem like they may clash with the whiskey. The taste tells a different story though. The hops a present up front and are smoothed out by a hefty dose of vanilla and oak. The flavors marry together quite well and make for a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is big with moderate carbonation. Overall, I was skeptical about such a hoppy barleywine being barrel aged, but it definitely works in this case. Very tasty.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

A dark brown body with about one finger of bubbly tan head. The head fell to a ring and left some light lacing inside the glass.

Big nose. Dark fruits, oak, whiskey, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and herbal. Broad and deep. Just layer upon layer every time you dove in for a sniff.

Dark fruits, caramel, and toffee roll onto the tongue with whiskey, tea, oak, and brown sugar through the middle. The finish is some damp oak, vanilla, and dark fruits with a hearty dose of whiskey. Layers of complexity bring something a little different with each sip. The barrel seems to have enhanced the majority of the flavors in the base beer, all the while keeping the sweetness in check (for the most part.)

Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Chewy.

This did not disappoint. Huge complexity with bold flavors only making a great beer even better.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to CBS snifter. Thanks to Adam for this one!

A - Murky dark amber/brown colour with a dark ruby glow along the bottom. A thin layer of dirty white head formed on the pour.

S - Sweet whiskey and vanilla dominate the nose with caramel, toffee, maple syrup and lighter oak notes also present.

T - A huge alcohol presence is noticeable at first but then settles down, while remaining warming throughout. Whiskey, oak and vanilla come through from the barrel and are met with dark caramel, toffee, raisin and maple flavours. Good integration of barrel and base beer.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear dark copper with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: tons of oak with whiskey, vanilla, caramel, and citrus hops dominate the nose with a fair amount of booze.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of oak and woody tanin flavors with whiskey, caramel, and vanilla. There is also a moderate hoppy bitterness with a fair amount of booziness.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being sticky sweet by being boozy and hoppy.

O: a solid beer overall, but a bit overwhelmingly boozy. Maybe in a year or two it was more balanced.

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A darker cloudy amber, bubbles are heavy on the body creating a subtle head. A white-orange tinted head rose to maybe a 1/3" off the body looking real good.

Smell: You know the more you drink the scent gets better. Strong scotch with heavy vanilla; heavy malts. It's one of those type of scents that you would just want to breathe in.

Taste: You feel the alcohol right from the beginning with hints of light malt, heavy vanilla and I forget to mention the alcohol.

Mouth: Medium, and f'n sticky. I will tell you this has a little bit of dryness to it but you feel rum cask to it before even placing the glass down. Comes off a little woody, could be fermenting an aging in the barrels. Real good in my book.

Overall: After sitting in my fridge for maybe three weeks, I decided to split the bottle with my dad and what great move. To drink this on your own is just selfish, share the wealth....everyone should have a glass. Salud!

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head, and a tad clothier cloudier than the original.

Aroma is more caramel, vanilla than the regular, with a dominant whiskey kick. Slightly smoky, lots of oak character.

Hops, citrusy and resiny, still shine through the whiskey character, but the bitterness is accented nicely by oak. Slightly sweeter backbone, with caramel pitted well against citrus. Sweetness counters the overwhelming bitterness that detracted from my enjoyment of the original.

Lacking in carbonation, fairly still, and seems a bit smoother. Noticeably higher alcohol warmth.

The barrel aging adds more complexity, and I definitely enjoy the aroma more. If you're into barrel aging like I am, think you'll enjoy the added complexity.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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