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

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged
BA SCORE
90.4%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 1,316 ratings
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,513
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
1,316
Liked:
1,190
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
9.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
180
Gots:
608
Trade:
70
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,316 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VABA
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An exceptional beer deeply aromatic and with a very complex taste and an excellent flavor! Yet another excellent and complex beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the brand new Sierra Nevada facility in Mills River, NC. Dark amber with a nice off-white head. A lot of oak, with whiskey taste predominating. Alcohol is in your face. Medium-thick mouthfeel; pretty smooth considering the alcohol content. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robwestcott
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of IckyT2012
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KBS
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopcat. Was underwhelmed with this beer. Was expecting something at least close to BCBW or Central Waters BBBW but it wasn't close. Felt quite thin and didn't live up to my expectations for the style.

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

Photo of Raime
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Remember buying this a few years ago and throwing into the basement to age. Stopped drinking for a few years, and just stumbled upon it today. Bomber was $25.99, and I really hope this one held up or got better with age.

Look - Poured from the bomber into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear amber with small amounts of sediment floating throughout the glass. A head never quite forms on this one and it only remains a cloud formation around the top edges of the drink. Carbonation appears to be dead flat. No lacing shall remain due to the failed head formation.

Smell - Smells quitw medicinal at this point with a large dosage or bottom shelf Canadian style whiskey. Isn't exactly what I would call inviting, but it isn't as bad as it sound.

Taste - Things got a bit better here. The hops have clearly died down and turned to slightly floral. Woody notes run rampant with a moderately burning whiskey characteristic. Finish is slightly medicinal, almost like robitusin in nature.

Feel - Body is very full and quite sweet with zero carbonation. Sits stickily in the mouth and numbs the tongue. Bourban adds the burn that tingles the mouth. Beers swallows hard and that robitusin flavor comes through again.

Overall - This wasn't all that great. Especially at the price point. Not sure if I stored it improperly or what. I likely won't finish the rest of the bomber. Pass in the future.

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Photo of Nick29
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fehrminator
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of riotontheroad
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gcasher
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears like cola
Smells like wood with whiskey overtones.
Tastes strongly of wood with sweet malt and whiskey.
Feels very dry.
Overall, this is a strong barleywine with a lot of wood on the nose and in the flavor.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Two fingers of beige frothy/creamy head. Retention is good given the ABV and a finger of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Oh boy, the barrel has had it's way with this. Exquisitely potent leather with a hint of charcoal. Tobacco, raisin, plum, melon. Oak with supple tannins and vanillins. Caramel and toffee. Resiny hops with herbal and earthy notes. Barrel forward nose that smells great.

3.5 T: Again this is mostly barrel and unfortunately I can taste the whiskey more than the beer. Again tons of leather, tobacco, and raisin. Plum, oak, and vanilla next followed by caramel and toffee. Herbal and earthy hop flavors. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a tannic finish.

3.5 D: This sure if something. It's a whole hell of a lot of whiskey. I would prefer the barrel to complement the beer rather than dictate it.

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Photo of Grodd87
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayes86
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-09-25
750ml corked/caged bottle, split between a pair of chalices. I don't see a date anywhere on the bottle, except where it says, "2015 Expedition". I swear I've reviewed this beer before -- I remember trying it and liking it -- but there's no record of it here.

Pours deep brown-ruby with a small white head, slow and spare carbonation. Smell is vague, dark fruit, bourbon.

Taste is Bigfoot up front -- with a surprisingly delayed whiskey barrel finish. Strange how separate those two experiences seem right now. Heavy hops, strong alcohol, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little oily. Overall, good beer - but not as good as I remember.

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Photo of JandJMD
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 1,316 ratings
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