Bigfoot - Barrel-Aged
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
Ratings:
1,370
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 03, 2022
Added:
Dec 05, 2006
Wants:
  186
Gots:
  595
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

**
2/2/2022

2015 bottle to snifter....following up a 2015 regular bigfoot.

Still boozy sfter 6+ years. Whiskey, hint of rum character.

Also lots of raisin, oak, leather ,

Sappy sticky finish.

Strong and bold and still untamed.

**

Feb 03, 2022
 
4 by leinie13 from Ohio on Aug 28, 2021
 
3.98 by Mikexw from New York on Feb 26, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by misteil from Ireland

had this, 2016 bottle, while on a zoom call with my friends on what would usually be our yearly wine and cheese night, covid got in the way of those plans, also barelywine has wine in the name so good enough, this beer was crazy, so complex, such great depth of flavour, very floral and earthy, lot of pine, whiskey, brandy, dark malt flavours, pumpernickel bread, ovaltine, honey, caramel, honey, nicely sweet, medium to high bitterness on the finish, malt flavours linger, great beer

Dec 27, 2020
 
3.77 by Dbot from Delaware on Dec 18, 2020
 
3 by RickS95 from Indiana on Oct 03, 2020
Photo of EMV
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2015 vintage. Poured form a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Cloudy chestnut brown pour. Thick foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Bourbon and vanilla. Booze... sweet sugars and spice.

T.F: Follows the nose. Brown sugar and toffee... bourbon and booze. Dark fruit, bread, and whiskey. Complex... some vanilla and spice. Thick and heavy bodied... sticky mouthfeel. Some bitterness comes through as well. Boozy but dangerously drinkable. Better as it warms a bit.

O: An outstanding BA barley-wine. It's hard to do this style this boozy this well, but Sierra Nevada nailed it. 5 years in the bottle and drinks like a dream.

Jun 28, 2020
 
4.5 by tittyfish from Minnesota on Jun 13, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Been waiting to do this for a while. A long day with lots of yardwork, I'm sore. Then campfire and smores with the kids, this is a nice top off, 2015 vintage

It has the consistency of fresh motor oil when it pours, thick and viscous, light foamy off-white head fair retention, fair lacing as well, long sticky legs, dark hazy mahogany brown color

Nose brings a great barleywine aroma, juicy malts, lots of sweet candy like malts but not too sweet, toffee, caramel, really nice soft almost winey aged slight oxidized malt character with some malt-derived ester fruits like plum, little raisiny, rich caramel, vanilla cream and mild barrel notes, with some smooth whiskey in the background almost Irish whiskey,

Taste starts with more of the rich malts, but this time big whiskey comes through, more American whiskey almost bourbon like, lots of vanilla barrel and vanilla cream, a little toasted oak, plenty of sweet malts, burnt brown sugar, candi sugar or rock candy like, lots of caramel and toffee, with more malt-derived fruity esters, light plum fig like, and a little aged malt slight oxidized sherry or port wine characters, toasted oak and a little baking spices, touch of coconut even, typical Bigfoot hoppy note, earthy spicy hops kick in with med-high bitterness, mild sticky finish with a bit of stickiness and lingering spicy hops

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich almost chewy, med foamy carb, light warming alcohol

Overall what I expected, delicious, wish the barrel was a bit more, but maybe age dropped the barrel out a bit, hops are still very prevalent, and aged malt characters were nice, so overall still a great beverage, but hard to justify the huge price tag

May 03, 2020
 
5 by doctorgary from New York on Apr 13, 2020
 
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
 
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Lucular from Maryland

5 oz pour on tap. This is a big, boozy barleywine that features caramel, oak, toffee, and citrus/pine hops with some bourbon. Too sweet and boozy for my taste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Unfortunately this one is a letdown for me.

Jan 09, 2020
 
4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 24, 2019
 
4 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 14, 2019
 
5 by tp1962 from Illinois on Sep 29, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by 1EyedWilly from Colorado

Tasted and bought at Sierra Nevada Brewery. Bigfoot has always been a favorite. Barrel aged (and aged again) just makes it that much more interesting and special.

Aug 23, 2019
 
4.25 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Aug 03, 2019
 
4.5 by Odysseyalien from New Jersey on Jun 12, 2019
 
2.57 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 10, 2019
 
4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on May 04, 2019
 
3.98 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Mar 24, 2019
 
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Feb 15, 2019
 
4.14 by WDPark from West Virginia on Feb 09, 2019
 
4.25 by videofrog from Texas on Jan 20, 2019
 
3.77 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 05, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

July 9th, 2015 - This is a big boy, and like an adolescent labrador it doesn't know it's own heft, but it settles on your gut anyway. For such a dark sounding beer, it actually let's some light through the shaker pint glass it occupies, casting a dark brown haze onto the table. But the nose is true to form, with three primary notes at play: booze, wood and whiskey. The palate is noticeably oily, with alcohol and plenty of whiskey to burn, which deserves to be shared. The flavor is neither too sweet nor too intense, and repeated sips reveal subtler notes of leather. But make no mistake - this brew is hot with ethanol.

Dec 01, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

22 oz bomber, dated 3/29/16. Poured into a Fonta Flora snifter. Pours a deep reddish brown, very little light visible through the glass. Smells of heavy malts, toffee, and bourbon notes. Taste is similar, but with nicely balanced hop flavors as well, the age seems to have eased the hop forward characteristic of the standard Bigfoot. Feel is thick, but not too heavy, goes down very smoothly despite its strength. Overall a fantastic improvement on the already excellent Bigfoot.

Nov 25, 2018
 
4.18 by Muss42 from Michigan on Oct 06, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

750 ml bottle, 2015, poured into a tulip

A- A deep ruby red/brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Caramel malts, some dark fruits and some cherries, some whiskey, charred oak, piney hops.

T- Whiskey, caramel, some vanilla, some dark fruits/sweet cherries, oak, piney.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A really like how this aged, I remember sharing a fresh bottle with a friend and liking it but felt the barrel and hops needed some time to mellow and smooth out, and that is exactly what happened to this.

Sep 07, 2018
 
4.41 by sweetbrew82 from California on Aug 10, 2018
 
4.15 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on May 28, 2018
 
4.03 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on May 22, 2018
 
4.12 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Apr 14, 2018
 
4.12 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Apr 06, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

750ml 2015 vintage. Copper colored pour, small bubbly head. Sweet heat in the aroma, molasses, malts and booze. Taste is also sugary sweet, smooth, enough warmth to be noticeable. Not over the top, but right where it needs to be.

Apr 02, 2018
 
3.77 by MNBeer1017 from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2018
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2.46/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by bendnorman from New York

its fine but no attribute of this beer really pops

Feb 21, 2018
 
3.16 by chunkymayo101 from New York on Feb 21, 2018
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Bottle received in trade. Needs more barrel presence.

Jan 19, 2018
Bigfoot - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1370 ratings