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
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635 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 149
Gots: 284 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bourbon Bigfoot (draft) from the Toronado BWine Festival (A-)

A Poured a nice deep,deep amber as the bourbon pushed through this. You can tell the bourbon influence just by the look.

S: Medium smell of bourbon, not to overbearing and very subtle. It did not overpower the barleywine which was good. They were well balanced.

T: Taste is fully sweet, rounded malty goodness and that smooth bourbon flavor was there throughout.

M: No bite on this one.

O: Like liquid candy and one of my favorite barleywines to date.
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2013 Bourbon Bigfoot (bottle)

A: Poured clear copper color with bubbles and a short-lived tannish colored cap which leaves behind some faint bubbles but no lacing

S: Pickle juice? Cheap bourbon, old wood, caramel and faded piney hops

T: Initial stinging booze with hop bitterness, pine needles, whiskey and old wood breakthrough as does some Earthiness. Mdway I get a bit of sticky sweetness with a light run at vanilla. The finish is looong with bittering hops a bit sticky at times

M: Medium to full body, a bit overcarbonated and thin,pickle juice comes to mind as a lingering flavor on the palate

O: Not so impressed by the bottle. A but thin, overcarbed, a light astringency and ultimate letdown compared to then draft version. It reminded me of BA Old Ruffian to a deree and thats not a positive.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is similar to the original only in the background, right up front it is definitely barrel aged. Bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, caramel, molasses, a hint of piney hops and some booziness. The bourbon barrel comes forward REALLY strong in the taste. Toasted coconut, oak, bourbon, caramel, pine hops, vanilla, some citrus and sweet roasted, caramel malts. I like the more pronounced malts of the barrel-aged version as opposed to the standard Bigfoot. The hops are much more muted and subtle. Medium to full body, low but proper carbonation, very smooth, not too boozey and a sweet, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. I could drink this all the time whereas the original is a bit rougher, in my opinion.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
2013 vintage

A: Dark copper/reddish color when held up to a light. Pours with a very thick/creamy tan head that never quite disappears. A little bit of lace.
S: When first opened the bourbon dominates (vanilla, toasted coconut, some wood) but as it warms, the hops become more apparent (hints of citrus and generic "fruit" along with pine).
T: The bourbon barrel is very obvious on the tongue, a definite bourbon flavor along with some of the oak (thankfully not overly tannic like some BA beers). I always get hints of coconut in BA beers but those are usually RISs, it doesn't quite work in an American Barleywine, but it is hidden so not too bad. Along with the coconut, a bit of vanilla and then muted American hops (citrus and pine). The hops jump out a little more if I hold it on my tongue i.e. they are hidden in the malts and bourbon.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel, feels "rich", a sippin' beer, no alcohol heat at all.
O: I like this a lot, but I wonder if some of the Bigfoot greatness is lost in the barrel. This comes across as a slightly hopped up version of an English barleywine, very malt driven with some American hops in the background. In the end a great beer, but I wish they had bottled a BA version of the 30th anniversary stout (Fritz and Ken?) that would be amazing. Very glad to try this, but at $16 a bottle, not sure how often I would pick this up. At the same time, I might finish the whole bottle tonight :)

In the end, I am having a hard time separating what I paid for the beer along with the "rareness" as I rate the beer. This is a delicious beer, but I don't think it is a truly great beer.

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this side-by-side with Bigfoot 2012.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: About a shade or two darker that the standard Bigfoot, with a head that was about a finger + shorter. Great looking BA brew.

S: I got a sillouette of the hops in there from "Bigfoot," but there was a nice coconuty, bourbon character on top. Understated, but really nice.

T: Oh yeah. Definitely the SN hop profile underneath the barrels. Muted, muted, muted, yet still there. I could definitely tell it was the same beer.

M: Low in carbonation (as it should be), low in lacing (as it should be), and not too sweet, bitter, or bourbony.

O: This was like an old friend who you respect as a cook and lets you try something that wasn't QUITE as good as what he or she made recently, but you can tell they are experimenting are their proud of it. I respect this beer and Sierra Nevada for making it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-reddish amber color with a decent off-white head and minimal lacing

S-whiskey, caramel, malt

T-dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, oak, vanilla, enveloped in whiskey

F-medium body with low carbonation, smooth with the alcohol not very apparent given the ABV

O-a nice variation of one of my favorite barleywines

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange pour, really impressive, looks more like a dipa than the somewhat brown tones of regular bigfoot. The significant jump from 9.6% to 12.2% also makes me think that it might just be a stronger base batch, as thats a big jump from just being a in a bourbon barrel, but not impossible either. Anyways, orange pour, nice 1/3" white head on it, something you don't see every day with a barreled beer.

Good and complex aroma, obviously whiskey, maybe even some peat malt, oak, toffee, stayed away from hot alcohol sting. Even a little twinge of citrus to it.

Taste, the vanilla was much stronger than expected, but not a problem at all. Drank pretty easy. Usually, I like to either drink Bigfoot fresh, or after at least 3 years, the 2 years that this was aged made me worried it would be in an awkward teenage phase, but not at all. It is very different from fresh bigfoot, no doubt. But it is also different than 2 year old bigfoot, the barrel just really transforms this beer into something you don't (or didn't) associate with what I've come to know Bigfoot as since the mid90s.

Plenty of caramel still runs through the mouthfeel, but the hops are so far downplayed on the flavor list, you still can't believe this is Bigfoot. Its robust and strong, I don't want to say "boozy" but this is never going to be mistaken for a session ale either. I was pretty impressed, and I'm sure I'll save a bottle or two to drink in 2020 or whatnot down the road.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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