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

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

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Ratings: 1,334 |  Reviews: 268
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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Photo of FFreak
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened and shared on a warm October evening around the campfire. Almost clear, pinkish amber color with a finger of rough head that dissipates to a ring. Nice aromas of rock candy and plums. Taste is smooth and sweet with just a hint of bourbon and oak. Delicious.

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

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter.
Hard to say on color as I was by a campfire in evening. Nice amber/garnet color from what I could see a low level of head.
Aromas were lots of sticky sweet roasted malt, plum, raisin. Some mellow vanilla and bourbon.
Flavor was really nice, sticky, candy with plum and raisin, wood and bourbon.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Maybe could use a bit more bourbon, but really nice!

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

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo a couple summers ago.

From a corked and caged 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2015
Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with great retention. Clear maroon red or rust in color with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly recedes to a full wisp and coats the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving decent lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, woody character, vanilla notes, some caramel and red fruits on the nose. Raisin aromas as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Bourbon and oak flavors up front, with caramel sweetness and vanilla up front. Bold finish of woody notes, bourbon, alcohol, piney hop bitterness, as well as some raisins and red fruits. Fruity, bitter with good bourbon and wood flavors here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. This is definitely hoppy Bigfoot with bourbon and wood on it. Well done and enjoyable, and the couple years on it probably worked out for the better. A solid barrel aged version of a hoppy barley wine. Good stuff and well worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - great bottle, a more refined bigfoot. And bigger.
S - huge citrus and pine hops, caramel malts and a big barrel character - vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, toasted coconut
T- same deal as nose - big pine and grapefruit balanced well by a caramel malt character but then that barrel characteristic kicks in
M - oh it's heavy, alc present but appropriate, 11.9%abv; aftertaste is more of the same goodness
O - great beer. Not much else to say about it. It's a classic.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big bottle pouted into 4 4.5ml glasses and enjoyed with old friends on 9/7/17.

deep brown/red body with initially a nice small tan head which disappeared fairly quickly. No lacing.

Nose is encouraging, a little hop, a lot of sweet aromas, dried fruit and malt.

The hops are a little stronger on the taste, as is the bozziness, but not so much so that it takes over the drink. Solid sweet background and this balances out quite nicely for a palate like mine which leans towards English more than the American style barleywines.

Mouth is a little below medium, warm sweet and boozy with a little bite in the finish.

Overall, a sipper enjoyed by all.

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Photo of BEER88
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a 3 year vertical and it was delicious.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, and I really didn't care for it in comparison to its un-barreled brethren. Far more sharp bitterness than even a fresh Bigfoot, and I'm not sure why. Maybe this is an outlier bottle, despite being properly cellared. I've had BA Bigfoot on draft before and don't recall it standing out like this.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-Line

2015 Expedition
ABV: 11.9%

Poured into a goblet a really nice cloudy brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/creamy light tan head, which also leaves a medium size island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some nice whiskey/oak, vanilla, with some raisins, figs, plums, some sweetness. The taste is malty, hoppy, with some very nice whiskey/oak notes, nice touch of vanilla, nice touch of dark fruit (raisins, figs, plums), some pretty nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, pretty nice complex brew. Overall, this is one tasty brew. Glad I found some.

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

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