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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: 812
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 158
Gots: 450 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006

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This is not my favorite barley wine every year but the aging process has stepped up the Bigfoot to something truely amazing. The big ABV on this beer is masked by incredible sweetness and coconut flavors. The medium bodied brew gives an initial taste of caramel malt and slight hop bitterness which is quickly consumed buy the sweeter notes imparted by the barrel aging. I am very excited to try my second bottle in a year or so, if I can wait that long to break it open!

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2013 edition

A: Pours a very dark brown with an enormous frothy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving thin but widespread lacing behind. Decent head retention.

S: Whiskey and lots of it. Does not smell far from an actual bottle of whiskey. Huge amounts of caramel and burnt sugar. Lots of toffee and vanilla. Candied dark fruits. A little oak and some brown sugar to boot. Strong aromas and quite boozy.

T: Welp, more whiskey. Not as super strong as in the aroma but still quite big. Again with the caramel and toffee notes, big time. Candied dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Surprising burst of hops too, primarily pine and resin, I guess they survived the barrel aging. More caramel into the finish with a little wave of bitterness from the hops. The sweet caramel and maltiness in general really reminds me of a peanut brittle (without the peanut brittle of course). Never really got that flavor in a beer but here it is. Big alcohol sting from start to finish, very sharp and boozy beer.

M: Smooth and fairly heavy but it is cut nicely by all of the whiskey. Not nearly as thick as you'd expect.

O: I'm a big fan of bigfoot but I'm not sure this is an improvement. It's a vastly different beer. The barrel aging is so strong (and pleasant, I must admit), it obliterates a lot of the base beer. As a result it becomes a bit unbalanced I must say. Having said that, this is still delicious, especially for a whiskey lover. But it's very boozy and harsh, some age might really improve it I think (not that regular Bigfoot doesn't improve with age too). I enjoyed it but I think I enjoy regular bigfoot more.

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From NOTB notes last month.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of whiskey, caramel malts, a bit musty, toffee, bready malts, toasted malts, and some herbal notes.

t - Tastes of whiskey, tea, herbal notes, floral notes, caramel malts, toasted malts, toffee, roasted malts, earthy notes, mustiness. A bit hot but I like it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some light alcohol heat.

o - Overall a nice beer, though I didn't think it was a big improvment on the base beer. Lots of whiskey and caramel, if you're one of those people who love the normal Bigfoot you'll probably love this one. I've always thought Bigfoot was very good, but not great, and would say the same with this. Have a bottle of this and plan on sitting on it for a while.

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