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

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Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedBigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,183
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
1,347
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
179
Gots:
602
Trade:
69
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Ratings: 1,347 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarrettB
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Muss42
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbiello
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MNBeer1017
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bendnorman
2.46/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

its fine but no attribute of this beer really pops

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Photo of chunkymayo101
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade. Needs more barrel presence.

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Photo of paresis
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDarcy
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours brown with reddish hues. Head retention is moderate and it has visible legs.

Smell: It has numerous malty and hoppy aromas initially. The malty flavors are caramel and molasses. The whiskey notes are moderate. There are also some citrus flavors and dark fruits of figs and raisins. There is a hint of spice in the background.

Taste: The whiskey flavors are prominent with the caramel and molasses. There is also a slight brunt note in the background. In addition there are cherry pipe tobacco notes with figs, floral, and citrus flavors in the background.

Feel: It has a full body that is not quite chewy with a moderately bitter after taste with a slight hot alcohol warming into the finish.

Overall, there are an abundant aromas and flavors the work well together than become more clear as the beer warms. The slight hot warming is just enough to make it enjoyable and not overly done.

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Photo of zimm421
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was gifted a generous tasting of this as an aged 4 year old. The smoothness was surprising as was the buttery goodness. It was soft and could not believe it was a Barleywine. One of the best I have tasted.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Mahogany in color with a mild haze. Virtually no head or lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, treacle. Caramel turtles, nutty. Bread pudding. Hops have faded into a soft earthiness. Golden raisin and fig. Barrel brings seasoned oak and faint whiskey.

T: Heavy toast, over-baked scones, bread crust, caramel. Hops have faded into a sharp steely bitterness with faint earth. Pinches of brown cocoa. Caramel turtles. Booze-soaked raisins. Oaky. Whiskey heat. Hop bitterness returns on the finish.

M: Very thick and rich. Coating. Little to no carbonation remaining.

O: This is at an awkward age. The whiskey heat comes on a bit strong and the hop bitterness isn't done fading out. Just makes for a weird vibe. Fresh, this has all the boldness and hops of Bigfoot, but with the added oak and whiskey character. Fresh, it was very good. At 4 years of age, I'm not feeling it as much. Maybe more time will help? Who knows. To play conservative I think I would open at 2yrs if done again.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with light residual sugar with vanilla and oak notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix of caramelized malt notes with light sugar notes also perceptible, with some oak, vanilla and bourbon notes also present. Body is full with good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Quite the big beers but still keeping some good drinkability with plenty of complexities.

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Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,347 ratings