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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

608 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 142
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 mjweth2
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
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, bottle states "Aged in oak whiskey casks for over a year." Dark amber in color, with a vigorous pour yielding a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Surprisingly muted aroma - light woody characteristics, and a hint of fusel alcohol. Flavor is overwhelmingly barrel and booze-dominated; tons of wood and alcoholic heat with sweet malt flavors only making a cursory appearance. No hop flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, though there is very little carbonation.

Bottom line: if you like booze-bombs, open one of these ASAP. Otherwise, I'd suggest sitting on this for a while before opening. Definitely has potential.

FunkyMacGroovin, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, and wood. Taste is much the same with a hoppy finish and an alcohol kick. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a hoppy flavor I wasn't quite expecting from a barrel aged beer.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Trilogy31
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Hoping i am in the right place for this beer as it it appears i am the first to review the newly released 750 bottled version. A slow hiss as i pull the cork, this brew pours a brilliant amber ruby hue with a beige finger of creamy foam - stunning looking. The nose is a beauty as well, bourbon barrel booze esters, caramel, nougat, vanillin. Also bright sugar plums and sticky toffee along with dates and booze soaked figs. Very complex on the nose with a lot of booze as well. The taste is not quite to the level of the nose with the alcohol hiding up some more of the noses nuanced characteristics. Brings oloroso sherry, rye whiskey as well as irish whiskey, somehwhat grainy and drying. The finish is somewhat tannic and very boozy, cannot imagine how amazing this will be in two years after having time to mellow and all the flavors to integrate.

Trilogy31, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

oldp0rt, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

emaciated, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

drewone, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Rich540, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Devi0us, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Cowcakes, Jan 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

leschkie, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Amerikon, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

unclekeith, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

LooseMoose1978, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Meadhall in Cambridge for 12 Brewers of Christmas on 12/19/12.

A: Amber-brown with a decent sized off-white head that fades quickly. A bit of lace and retention. As it should look.

S: Crazy amount of bourbon & whiskey, booze, butter, butterscotch, brandy, sour, apple, wood, earth, dark fruit, brown sugar. So complex. I could probably add more but I need a sip.

T: Everything a BA American BW should have. The sweet booze and wood are there as are a great hop presence and bitterness to balance the sweetness. Great barrel presence but also plenty of roasted sweet malt. Each sip gets better. The last big swig was perfect. Tons of barrel and malt with the right touch of hops.

M: Massive flavor, smooth as hell, and dry like it should be.

O: I came to this event specifically for this beer (and to donate $ to Toys for Tots). It was totally worth it and this beer surpassed my expectations which were already high. A very special beer. Talked to the local SN rep who said this is the beer that is going into bottles in early 2013. Went into barrels in 2010. Specifically Stranahan, Jim Beam, and Heaven Hill. Supposedly a mistake but they went with it for the 30th Anniversary of Bigfoot this year. Amazing stuff.

Gatch, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Aaron_Ramson, Dec 16, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

ericdailey, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jhatwig, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rkcrozier, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

TobinMitnick, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

mechanicalprints, Feb 20, 2012
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.