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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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578 Ratings

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 137
Gots: 286 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2013 vintage 750ml brown glass bottle with branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired in SoCal earlier this year and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 93 rating, but I'm not a big fan of the base beer. Reviewed as a barleywine because the label describes it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour which recedes inside 20 seconds, leaving no lacing.

Body colour is an orange-red of average vibrance. Translucent but nontransparent. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing if standard appearance for a barleywine (barrel aged or otherwise). I'm optimistic.

Sm: Faint vanilla. Simplistic oak notes (no rich toasted character or the like). Coconut. Marshmallow. Amber malts. Biscuit malt. Tame timid hop character has a light presence. I get more a bourbon than a whiskey character; there's none of the spice or bite of a whiskey. Some burnt sugar. Caramel. Bread crust.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength, and hints at some nice complexity. I'm looking forward to trying it. It absolutely has a superior aroma to the base beer.

No yeast character or overt boozy alcohol is detectable.

T: Marshmallow, light graham cracker, bread crust, amber malts, some faint alcohol warmth, light vanilla, light burnt sugar, raisin, buried coconut (when I search for it), and some well-integrated whiskey. Maple syrup. Toffee. Candied sugars. Ample caramel. It's certainly sweet, but not cloying. Flirts with a red port wine character, but never quite commits. Admittedly, the barrel notes are pretty tame, and don't seem to develop the base beer's flavour profile all that much. It isn't all that whiskey-evocative; in fact, it isn't all that evocative in general. I'm a bit underwhelmed.

The highlight for me is the coconut.

Decent balance. The build is cohesive, but not gestalt. Depth of flavour is shockingly low for a barrel aged barleywine. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's got nice complexity, but little subtlety, nuance, or intricacy. Each note feels very surface. It's not layered, but rather feels pretty flat.

No yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth. The wetness/dryness balance is a bit off, with it feeling like stale cardboard at some points in the structure and being perfectly fine in others. Full-bodied and thick. Overcarbonated. Supple. Has a warm presence on the palate. Never feels quite right. The texture suits the taste generally well, but feels far from custom-tailored to it. A biteen syrupy. Sticky.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: It's a bit too boozy to be as drinkable as it needs to be. It's better than the base beer, but still underwhelms. I continue to be shocked by Sierra Nevada's high reputation given this is the usual level of quality of their beers. I'm shocked by its 93 rating and wouldn't buy it again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, and while I'll finish the bottle with some effort, it's far from remarkable. It'll get you drunk.


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 07:48:59 | More by kojevergas
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

12-29-2013 20:26:19 | More by Eric15
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.29.13

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown with a fluffy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Whiskey, caramel, malty.

T - Caramel, toffee, hot whiskey.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, very easy drinking.

O - Nice, I love aging BigFoot, so this was a nice take on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:16:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boxing Day brew.
Same lovely amber maple syrup hues as regular Bigfoot with a smaller off white crown. Oaky aroma, somewhat muted. Taste? Taste! Absolutely magnificent barrel-aging in effect - vanilla, caramel, woody hops. I can't recall having had a smoother beer. It coats the palate with all those flavors thanks to the subdued carbonation. Perhaps it's because I know and love the base beer, but this is one of best beers I've ever had. Kudos Sierra Nevada & please make it available every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-20-2013 19:46:14 | More by Casey3236
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-17-2013 03:48:19 | More by mikeincharleston
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-16-2013 23:52:44 | More by bcostner1
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New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly cellared in the cave for 1 year, due to initial reports of it being hot. That is certainly not the case anymore. Pulled from cellar and drank at 52 degrees Fahrenheit

A-tawny brown with red highlights , head quickly dissipates

S-Caramel , citrus (oranges) whiskey

T-not as bold as I expected. Warm caramel malt, sweet citrus and hops. Well integrated. Barrel oak, minimal whiskey

M- not thick, slightly less than syrupy, like a DIPA

O- I was hoping for a bit more complexity, but the cohesive natures belies the strong alcohol content. Smooth at 1 year. An outstanding barley wine. Is it epic? IMHO not quite. Hoppy indeed, but not at all bitter. The lingering hops on the palate is a pleasant, aged experience. Sort of like Burton Baton. I like oak aged DIPAs, and disdain bitter puckering hops. This is very balanced.

Paired with American cuisine: Hot Dogs, whole wheat penne, and peas ( left over from feeding the kids)

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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New York

3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with low retention. Beer is a clear, dark, almost opaque amber. Lacing is spotty with little stick and thin legs. Average.

Nose is resiny hop bitterness, caramel, yellow raisin, and sweet booze. Decently aromatic but pretty simple.

Opens sweet red fruit. Notes of plum, molasses, caramel, raisin and prune. Booze comes in towards the middle to balance an aggressive, resiny hop bitterness. End is more sap hop bitterness along with brown sugar, honey and more molasses. Decent but a bit too hoppy for my taste.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down dry and moderately hot. Finishes messy with a sticky aftertaste. Very solid.

Bigfoot is well known as a pretty hopped-up barleywine. However, I thought that with some barrel aging and time, the hop bitterness would mellow out. That's not the case here. If you're into hoppy barleywines, definitely search this one out. If you want something deeper and sweeter, this can certainly be skipped.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:18:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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