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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: 791
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 160
Gots: 442 | FT: 53
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: 791 | Reviews: 147
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep amber color. Different than the color of regular Bigfoot, if my memory serves. Off white layer of head, which was more than I was expecting for this high ABV brew. Some lacing bits on the swirl.

S: Ah, nice nose here. Sweet caramel and toffee notes. Burnt sugar. Sweet malts. Vanilla. Oak. Booze is certainly there.

T: Some bitterness in tip of tongue for the remaining hops. But this is certainly no where near the hoppiness of the regular Bigfoot. Sweet caramel and vanilla coming in from the barrel aging. It's boozy and could lend well to some aging. Finish gives you lingering vanilla and bourbon booze flavors. Really starts to heat the throat during the sip too.

M: Full bodied.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, wasn't going to hunt this one down, but went to the store looking for cooking wine & lo! there were a bunch on the shelf. What do you do? You buy one. Well, I buy one. Big 750 ML of glass & liquid shared with my lovely wife.

The pour is dark red, doesn't look to far off of an amber, but I'm betting it doesn't taste like one. Apparent & sufficient carbonation. Nose isn't much to write your mistress about, caramel, whiskey, but both the smoke from a distant fire.

Whiskey Barrel Aged Bigfoot is like an alcohol-tipped boot to the nads. Wow. I like hot beers & rarely notice other beers that people complain about, but this, this is something. Hot Hot Heat. Gives way to some more of that hot caramel, some hot piney hops, & warm whiskey. None of it well integrated. Really kind of bland, there just isn't much to get worked up about in any direction. Heavy. Too heavy. It feels like it might be a chore to get through half of this liver-wringer.

Was really looking forward to this & there's just not really much here. It's a fiery, alcohol laden canvas that hasn't had a bad modern painting splashed on it. Mediocre.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours just like regular Bigfoot, deep ruby with a small slightly off white head. Smells of piney hops and some slight whiskey. Taste is hop forward with that great Bigfoot malt bill complimented very nicely by a slight vanilla/marshmallow aftertaste and some decent alcohol heat. The barrel doesn't overpower the base beer it is pretty much the perfect blend. Mouthfeel is perfect for a barleywine with just the right amount of carbonation. Regular Bigfoot is one of my favorite barleywines and I had thought that there was no room for improvement but this has taken me by suprise. Sierra Nevada has done wonders for the craft beer community for decades and this is just another great example of them pushing into the future.

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