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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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610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 142
Gots: 289 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

thatoneguymike, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

eawolff99, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a modest head that fades rather quickly

Smell: Caramel and dried fruit (raisin) blend with the vanilla and oak tones from the barrel

Taste: Caramel, raisin and coconut flavors, up front, with the hops becoming assertive in the middle; piney and resinous in the finish, with considerable sweet tones

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty impressive beer - the barrel-aging tones down the bitter qualities of the underlying beer

brentk56, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

AndyEdgar, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of mschind
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition that I've been cellaring for about a year. Time for something special to close out Sacramento Beer Week!

A- Pours a murky reddish brown color into a snifter. It seemed to clear a bit as it warmed up. Low but appropriate carbonation for this style leaving no head to speak of.

S- So many layers here; oak, bourbon, malt, dark cherry and just a hint of sherry.

T- Starts out malty sweet and then moves across the entire spectrum of typical barley wine flavors. There is a slight alcohol bite throughout, enough to remind you of what you are dealing with but not hot.More hops flavor than other offerings and I really appreciated the slightly bitter finish which kept things balanced.

M- Medium to full body with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy.

O- A perfect Sunday sipper.

mschind, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Lare453, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

pengs68, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

TriageStat, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has lots of flavors imparted by the whiskey barrel aging, except that the hops are a bit stronger and lend a light amount of bitterness and slight hints of pine resin.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming to the mouthfeel.
O: The whiskey barrel aging really mellows out the strong dose of resinous hops that you would normally expect from a Bigfoot. It's not difficult do drink because most of the alcohol is hidden from the taste (except what you perceive from the whiskey).

Note: 2013 Expedition.

metter98, Mar 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

trancesk8er, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

smithj4, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Blaze5445, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

GeoffreyM, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Griffith, Feb 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jrae2424, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

strongaf, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JakerLou, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

srgj88, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.

A - Nice burgundy, minimal head.

S - Strong whiskey with some sweetness.

T - Lots of fruity, caramel malty sweetness balanced by the whiskey barrel characteristics. A rich sipper.

M - Full bodied like you would expect. The ABV is not hidden. Low carbonation, just right for the style.

O - A very flavorful, boozy beer. Wish the alcohol were hidden a little more, but it is still outstanding. I'd imagine this one would only improve with continued aging.

HeadyTheElder, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

duceswild, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mini snifter out of a bottle at Max's ($7)

A: Deep brown. Minimal head. (not good lighting at Max's)

S: Sweet barley with just hints of pine. Barrel notes on the nose.

T: Sweet. Weird whiskey notes permeate. Odd flavors, which are almost off. Lots of oak. There is a lot of barrel here and not in a good way. The Bigfoot I know and love is lost in there. I was expecting a sublime presentation like they achieved with BA Narwhal (hadn't even had Narwhal before I had it on tap).

M: Thick, almost viscous.

O: I had missed out on buying a bottle of this early on before I had even had Bigfoot (I think) but I wasn't shelling out $16 for a 750 back then. Then, I heard they had a bottle at Frisco's for $25 and on-site consumption. Finally, it just randomly popped up on tap at Max's for a Sierra Nevada Pint Night (score). I'm glad I didn't bounce on the other opportunities because this one did not live up to the hype for me. I had been looking for it for a while, and it was sub-par. My friend had a bottle in his cellar and he said to be wary and that it won't be what you expect and he was right. Save your money and just age a case of regular Bigfoot every year.

gillagorilla, Jan 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

KHarz, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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