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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

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

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

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Ratings: 1,326 |  Reviews: 266
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

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

Speckled custard over cherry amber. 4.25
Wood, cherry cough drop, brown sugar, and booze. 4
Cranberry and autumn leaf, dried orange rind, bourbon sugar, speck of cocoa, and pine bite. 4.25
Medium-dull, chewy, smooth. 4

First time I’ve seen a BA’s barleywine truly work. Sierra quality showing through. 4

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

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottling.

An old classic with a new touch. Who wouldn't be excited about that!

Burgundy and covered by a thick tan froth. Aroma is bigly with ripe cherry, gum, plum and pine. Smells like the base brew but a bit more boozy. Tastes rich with cherry, other dark fruits and pine of course but has a bigger fusel bit among some notes of wood and throughout the finish. Medium side of heavy in body and goes down a bit rough at the edges (as expected), so make no mistake, this is no metro-sexual stroll down the runway, but a hike through the woods, which is just the way I like it.

Definitely a brew any long-time geek will want to get to, and that some newer folks to the scene (that don't mind the ignominy of seeking out a lesser whale) may enjoy.

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

2015 expedition.

I typically don't age barrel aged beers, especially ones I've never tried. I made an exception this time because Bigfoot is MUCH better to me with at least 3 years on it. This spent almost a year in the barrel, so this beer is in my sweet spot. I've been looking forward to this for a long time.

It's obvious that Bigfoot spent that year in a freshly emptied, quality barrel. In light of that, it's incredible to me how easy it is to taste that aged Bigfoot flavor I know so well in the midst of all that oaky, boozy goodness.

The sharp, charred toffee flavor and pine needle bitterness don't jibe perfectly at all times with the sweet, vaguely chocolaty, whiskey notes punctuated by tingly oaky tobacco.

Some sips are a sublimely balanced treat that represent everything I hoped this beer would be. Sometimes too much of that toffee peeks through, clashing with the whiskey.

Overall I would have to say that this a magnificent treat that I would love to have again. If SN packaged this sensibly in 12 ounce bottles I would buy a case every year.

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Photo of thoglund
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchase place/price unrecorded. Numbers above the label are partially removed.
750 mL cork and cage bottle stored at 42 degrees. Served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – whiskey which fades to nothing.
Head small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy with some rocks, good retention. Slowly diminishing to a three mm ring with tight lacing immediately above. Thin complete layer with rocks.
Lacing – very nice: wide curtains of small, intricate patterns of even tinier bubbles. The lacing and head are all that give this beer any visual appeal.
Body – dark brown, dirty looking.
Flavor – really not very good. The whiskey from the nose doesn’t make it to the flavor. In fact, there is little flavor at all. Allowing it to warm on my tongue frees the alcohol and a hint of caramel and nothing else. Overall, kind of sour and not in a good way. No hops, no diacetyl, no malt.
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

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

Enjoyable beer, slightly hoppy American barley wine with strong underlying malt flavor. Just popped a bottle from 2013 - carbonation declined but flavor seems to have mellowed and deepened. Good now or good later!

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