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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
92
outstanding

607 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 141
Gots: 288 | 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 Harvey98
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Harvey98, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

TwelveOunces, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of BigJohnny
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

BigJohnny, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Grant35
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Grant35, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

CaptDavyJones, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

cosmicevan, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

BillHilly, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gosox8787, Feb 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

jongullotti, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

SteelersX, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Greywulfken, Feb 06, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Hopswagger, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of JEdmund
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JEdmund, Feb 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ramblinwreck101, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

johnhenryconway, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 15.99. Bottled 01/13. Served in an Ommegang tulip.

Pours deep garnet with one and a half finger off white head. Plenty of patchy lacing.

Smells of piney hips, whiskey and toffee.

The hops and whiskey battle for dominance. Pine, whiskey, citrus rind, toffee, oak, burnt caramel and booze infused dark fruits.

Medium full, oily feel with a good bit of carbonation. Long bitter, boozey aftertaste.

A nice new take on Bigfoot. The whiskey compliments as supposed to competes. It's definately worth a try if you can land a bottle.

ThickNStout, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

marine1975, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

jsurfs82, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Justin_Neff
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark copper color with a 2 finger head. Great lacing that sticks on the glass throughout the entire drink. The foamy lacing sticks around the brew for the whole drink. Nice and fluffy.

S: Whhhiskey! Hints of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and butter. Good.

T: More whiskey. Lots of malt. Caramel - more than the nose suggests. Some oak. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

M: Full body and very creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Couldn't believe when my dad showed up at my doorstep in Ohio this morning and told me he came across a bottle of this in Indiana. I truly owe him, as this one was worth the hype. Thanks Pops!! Great balance of flavor, smell, and body.

Justin_Neff, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I shouldn't have drank this two hours before the U-M vs Indianer game,whoo it knocked me back a little.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burgundy with a nice tight one finger white head atop,great rich clarity.Big hop resins mixed with toasted oak in the nose,as it warms whiskey gets bigger and bigger.The whiskey barrel is really big on the palate but the powerful hops acts as a counter balance wich doesn't happen much with barrel aged beers,vanilla and dark fruit round out the flavor profile.This is a deeply consentrated flavorful beer,the hops are HUGE for something that has sat for a year,but the aging makes it complex to the hilt.Thanks to Roger at Bestway for hookin me up this,it was a pleasure to drink...to say the least.

oberon, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

marct, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ambruns1979, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I cannot simply use the "Had" feature for this one. I personally find this beer far different than several reviews and figured I'd put forth a voice with which some others may agree.

Pours a clear brownish red with a khaki head and is nice looking.

Nose is a juxtaposition of fresh "IPA pineapple" hops and malt and burnt sugar. Neither is proper for style - both "mixed together" makes for one of the really few terribly unbalanced noses I've smelled. The hops character is great; the malt/carmel character is great - they do not marry well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, rich and nicely carbonated but relatively meaningless when fighting with the nose, flavor profile and finish.

Flavors are citrus/pine hops overlapping and fighting with burnt-sugar/carmel and malty tones. There is no one following the other; there is no "over tone" or "undertone." These are just two conflicting, unbalanced, disjointed flavor profiles that make for a conflicting and confusing drink. There is a character of "carbonated whiskey," . .strong whiskey, that is pervasive and not appealing. There is such an assertive alcohol presence that some of the sweetness in the nose is clearly the alcohol and the actual taste of the whiskey/alcohol seems much more than 12.2% abv. (Not that 12.2% is low....it just tastes like its about 80 proof! i.e. 40% abv!)

The finish follows the flavor profile - same comments - very confusing.

This one is just not for me. JMO

GRG1313, Feb 01, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bigfoot aged in whiskey barrels

A: Clear amber, with a decent off-white head

S: Amazing... whiskey (Jack Daniels comes to mind but in the best way possible), oak, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, mint, with an underlying barleywine aroma that brings it all together.

T: Starts off with whiskey and toffee, then transitions into a barleywine taste with lots of oak and dark fruits, finishes with more of a bitterness than I was expecting, though it is not at all unpleasent. It has a nice stickiness about it that allows the flavors to linger for a bit and it only gets better with every sip.

M: Decent, though the carbonation is a bit much for this beer in my opinion.

D: Great, I had to keep reminding myself that this was 12% ABV

Overall this beer was amazing, everything I had hoped it could be, definitely gonna try to seek out more of this to see how it is with some more age on it.

mjweth2, Feb 01, 2013
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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