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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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694 Ratings

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 164
Gots: 355 | FT: 33
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Bottle opens with a healthy pop and pours a slightly dirty/muddy medium dark amber color. A short head of loose bubbles forms briefly and leaves behind an uneven ring of off-white bubbles for a collar.

S - Sweet toffee aroma upfront, backed with some assertive vanilla, lightly buttery, sweet and boozy whiskey.

T - Whiskey is up front here for sure and takes the lead with a boozy, alcohol fronted flavor. The Bigfoot base comes thru tho behind it...big hop bitterness comes on behind the booze with some citrusy aspects as well. Oak, vanilla, butter, toffee, bit of brown sugar. A bit unbalanced to me - whiskey and hop bitterness dominate and overpower the rest instead of complementing.

M - Big and boozy - quite noticeable alcohol...a bit rough around the edges and somewhat hot. Noticeable alcohol burn that lingers long past the swallow. Medium body with a lighter mid-level carbonation.

O - Wanted to try a bottle of this fresh, as I love fresh Bigfoot in its standard incarnation (although being aged in a barrel for an extended time probably doesn't qualify this as truly fresh) and its big hop profile that dies over time. Despite these feelings, before drinking this I was figuring that this version would probably go against this and be better with some age. After drinking this bottle, I think that is probably correct. Not bad now, but a bit disjointed and unbalanced. I think as this ages, the whiskey will smooth out and the hops will fade more and this should transform into a much more balanced and better beer. As suspected, my other bottle will be sitting in the cellar for a while to see what happens with this over time.

Photo of lovindahops
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like fresh Bigfoot so I figured I should probably try this fresh as well.

A- BA Bigs pours a dark red amber with a frothy white head that recides quickly. Glowing intimidation (if you will) of a big body beer in the distance seems to be the likely case

S- Big whiskey and the groo grux king! Massive presence of the barrel aging is mingling over the dark fruit, fig, raisin, and sweet apple flavor. Caramel, oak, and vanilla coate the aforementioned fruit them presenting a high octane scent profile. I can certainly smell some coconut theme in there too. Extreme scent profile might be a understatement

T- sweet caramel, figs, and oak vanilla is amplified by a burst of the whiskey barrels. A smooth burnt sugar flavor enrobes your mouth with flavors that are then whiplashed with whiskey. This is a big time well thought out barrel aged brew. The darkened fruit bigfoot flavor has heightened caramel flavor, but not so much in the hops department. It's just a straight shot of beastly oaky barleywine flavor

M- good syrupy carbonation is anticipated upon and equally received

O- what a beast. This brew is a monster. There is so much activity going on that has blown up exponentially from the whiskey barrels. Detailed work that produced an excellent product. I would have expected nothing less from sierra nevada

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of MRsojourner
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A light copper with good clarity. The head is persistant and made of creamy tan bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass. The alcohol shows some legs but mostly coating the glass in sheets.

S: There was an inviting aroma of burnt sugar that hit my nose when poped the cork, down in the glass there is a strong aroma of oak and malt. The oak mostly brings cinnamon, coconut and whiskey notes while the rich barley wine malt brings smells of sweetness, burnt sugar, red cherries and raisins. There isn't any noticeable hops but a smooth, moderate alcohol aroma.

T: Cherries, oak, a toffee-like malt sweetness and moderately-strong hops bitterness dominate the flavor with some alcohol making it's presence clear in the middle. Moderate whiskey flavors as well. There is a good amount of hops bitterness but an almost equal amount of sweetness making for a balance that is about even with a finish that manages to be sweet while having a lingering hops bitterness.

M: A Creamy, medium-full bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Fairly strong alcohol warmth without being unpleasant or solventy.

O: I'd use this as a classic example of style for an oak aged beer as the barrel aging of strong yet the Barleywine flavors are clear and the overall flavors are balance and complementary.

Photo of ridglens
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of SirHefeweizen
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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%

Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of partypak
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rab53
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
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.