Trip In The Woods: Ginger Bigfoot | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by WCKDVBZ on 10-24-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of DigitGrowler
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, looks like the bottling date is October 4, 2016. Served in a Sierra Nevada snifter, the beer pours a cloudy brownish/red color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like whiskey, ginger, dark bread, brown sugar, oak and figs. Taste is similar to the aroma, with whiskey, ginger, vanilla, dark bread, brown sugar, caramel, earthiness, oak and figs. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. If you like ginger, then I definitely recommend this brew cause it is mostly about the ginger. Have to say this has aged well over 2 years, wish I would have bought some more! $7.99 a bottle (I believe it was on closeout when I purchased it).

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaseydad
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with just a touch of light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is straight ginger with just a touch of oak. Smell is somewhat refreshing if ginger is your thing. Taste is dominated by ginger upfront that fades into oak from the whiskey barrels. The ginger fades a bit as it warms up and touches of vanilla, figs, plums, raisins, and brown sugar become more prevalent on the backend. Finish is somewhat peppery, which is no doubt due to the ginger addition to the beer. Feel is pretty on par for the style, maybe slightly high on the carbonation. Overall, I didn't find this really enjoyable although it wasn't terrible either. It got better as it warmed up which caused the ginger to fade a little bit. If ginger is something you enjoy, give this a try. Otherwise, there are much better BA barleywines out there.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 29.44 (Including shipping)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 1.14/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA.
Bottle dated 100516 on the shoulder with black ink, stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Opens with an unenthusiastic “Pop”.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Appears black but when held to the light, becomes dark amber with a slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), beige, dense head with a few rocks, slowly diminishing to a four mm ring and a complete rocky layer.
Lacing – Poor – just a single partial ring of tiny bubbles. Considering the alcohol level (11.4% ABV) and the barrel aging, this is better than expected.
Pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.5 - Ginger and wasabi. Very pleasing and refreshing.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with a subdued ginger which mutates into a mild white pepperiness, slightly sweet. Ends with a gingery aftertaste. No malt, no distinct hops, no oak barrel, no whiskey, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Belches produce ginger and faint malt.
Palate – 4.25 - Medium, almost syrupy, lively carbonation(!).
Impression and summation – 4.5 - I like ginger – when I cook with it, I eat the slices. While the appearance of this barley wine is darker than expected, the first thing I noticed was the fantastic aroma – this smelled like a Japanese restaurant (Minus the stench of shellfish)! While the ginger is not overpowering, it certainly makes its presence known and, while this beer doesn’t lay claim to any wasabi, I’ll swear I can smell it too. This doesn’t resemble Bigfoot in either smell or taste – perhaps a cousin twice removed on his mother’s side – one that shows up the rest of the family. If it wasn’t for that godawful price point!

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Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 4/14/17.

Pours a deep ruby/amber, somewhat opaque, with a short, quickly dissipating head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, plums, figs, dates, brown sugar, brown bread, whiskey, toffee, light ginger and spices. The taste is malt, plums, more ginger than the nose, cherries, caramel, raisins, whiskey, oak, some vanilla, light alcohol. Mostly smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

A very good Barleywine, with a great balance between the base beer and the barrels. The ginger certainly adds to the flavor, but is a no-show in the aroma. Liked this one a lot and probably could have aged it quite a bit longer. Not sure why the low rating on this.

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear shimmering copper-brown with a fizzy tan head that disappears completely to a mirror surface, but for some popping clear bubbles that emerge sporadically.

This smells like a freshly prepared Japanese dish--tons of fresh zesty ginger, while sesame oil and soy are either seared into my brain as accompaniments, or are actually coming through too.

Thankfully some caramel and bourbon-esque heat attempt to come through on the palate, but that super spicy, potent and fresh ginger absolutely dominates. Again it's almost simulating other typical flavors you get when you're having a dish featuring that fresh of ginger, like Thai basil.

Feel is medium, with a crisp carbonation that thickens up to a froth, finishing dry with some boozy heat. It just a food that beer really shouldn't be trying to taste like.

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Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like bold ginger, with some grassy and pine hops and coconut and a bit of caramel and oak.
T: It tasted like fresh ginger, with some pine hops and coconut and a little caramel and vanilla and oak. It had a clean and spicy ginger aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Great huge body.
D: This was a unique brew, but the scent and taste were dominated by ginger so all the delicious barrel aged Bigfoot was lost. The body was great, but the finish was a little harsh, so it was better to sip. Age would probably help the ginger subside and bring better balance. Fresh is interesting to try, but not really that great. Disappointing.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle from Fall, 2016. Aged until now. Poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: Really pleasant chestnut color. Very little white foamy head with no retention, leaves nothing.

S: Ginger upside yo' head. Really crowds out everything else. Hope you like ginger. Some bourbon barrel and yeasty notes.

T: Ginger and ginger ale predominate. Bourbon and barrel and some breadiness in middle before ginger re-asserts. Slightly spicy finish (it's the ginger) and maybe a little ABV heat.

F: Medium bodied to a little bit full, not much carbonation. Ginger is very powerful and not sure if any amount of aging would bring this into balance. It just dominates.

O: I've always been a Mary Ann guy, personally.

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Photo of CJNAPS
2.19/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I'm sure it's just me but didn't like this at all, but I'm not a fan of ginger at all but had to give this a try
being how its from SN. So don't take my word and give it a try for yourself. cheers

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Burnt Siena sort of color in the glass. Clarity appears good- perhaps a mild haze. Hard to tell. Cream-colored head settles out after a time. Wispy lacing.

S: Bready. Thick caramel. Golden raisin. Very bread pudding-like. Hefty dose of earthy and piney hops. Ginger pulls out of the background as it warms, in a sweeter candied form. Faint whiffs of whiskey and wood.

T: Bread, crust, caramel, heavy toast. Earthy and piney hop bite is stiff. Hops go a bit grapefruity and citrusy too. Ginger rides up alongside the hop bitterness with a sharpness of its own. Strong ginger spice. Orange marmalade. The barrel is far more vocal than the nose let on- oaky vanillins, firm whiskey character, woody. The finish is a strong interplay of barrel and ginger, with the ginger dominating and remaining in focus long after the swallow.

M: Rich, thick, round, creamy. Huge body. Gentle but apparent carbonation enhances the ginger sharpness. Warming and soothing.

O: Bigfoot is a bold and monstrous beer, so the philosophy seems to have been to incorporate an equally bold ginger addition. It comes across a bit too heavy-handed for me though. It gets to be sharp and domineering. That's coming from a guy who loves ginger too. I think it would work a bit better if it were just toned down a few notches. As it stands, not a bad sipper if you like ginger and can deal with the heavy-handed approach.

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Photo of zkoehn
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlfaMale
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours malt brown with a small head. Little lacing. Ginger is noticed in aroma and taste. Whisky not so much. Interesting combination which intrigued me, but ended up not being my cup of tea. I can see how this could be popular in the right crowd, during the right season (winter) and paired with the right food (BBQ).

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Photo of ShortyTahoe
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours slightly dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is low.

Smell: The initial aroma is predominantly ginger. There are also malty rich elements and whiskey. It also has hints of dark fruits and bread.

Taste: The spiciness of the ginger drives the taste. The malty richness is in the background. The malts are highlighted by sweetness and a touch of molasses and bread. There are also low dark fruit notes.

Feel: It has a moderately heavy feel to it with a finish that is spicy from the ginger combined with bitterness.

Overall, this is an interesting barleywine in which ginger dominates the palate with the traditional barleywine elements in the background.

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Trip In The Woods: Ginger Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 121 ratings