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
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
Ratings:
1,305
Reviews:
254
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
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176
Gots:
610
For Trade:
69
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Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaxon53
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mig100
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition

A: Pours a very dark brown with an enormous frothy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving thin but widespread lacing behind. Decent head retention.

S: Whiskey and lots of it. Does not smell far from an actual bottle of whiskey. Huge amounts of caramel and burnt sugar. Lots of toffee and vanilla. Candied dark fruits. A little oak and some brown sugar to boot. Strong aromas and quite boozy.

T: Welp, more whiskey. Not as super strong as in the aroma but still quite big. Again with the caramel and toffee notes, big time. Candied dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Surprising burst of hops too, primarily pine and resin, I guess they survived the barrel aging. More caramel into the finish with a little wave of bitterness from the hops. The sweet caramel and maltiness in general really reminds me of a peanut brittle (without the peanut brittle of course). Never really got that flavor in a beer but here it is. Big alcohol sting from start to finish, very sharp and boozy beer.

M: Smooth and fairly heavy but it is cut nicely by all of the whiskey. Not nearly as thick as you'd expect.

O: I'm a big fan of bigfoot but I'm not sure this is an improvement. It's a vastly different beer. The barrel aging is so strong (and pleasant, I must admit), it obliterates a lot of the base beer. As a result it becomes a bit unbalanced I must say. Having said that, this is still delicious, especially for a whiskey lover. But it's very boozy and harsh, some age might really improve it I think (not that regular Bigfoot doesn't improve with age too). I enjoyed it but I think I enjoy regular bigfoot more.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste strongly contains charred oak with a generous (but not overwhelming) dose of whisky. Burnt caramel, sweet malt, coconut and a somewhat bitter finish Nose is very nice, burnt toffee and brown sugar. Nice stuff, though the burnt wood flavours are a bit strong.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-reddish amber color with a decent off-white head and minimal lacing

S-whiskey, caramel, malt

T-dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, oak, vanilla, enveloped in whiskey

F-medium body with low carbonation, smooth with the alcohol not very apparent given the ABV

O-a nice variation of one of my favorite barleywines

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Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting snifter. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, earth, citrus hop, caramel hop, vanilla, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, caramel hop, earth, citrus, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The nose on this one definitely stood out over the regular version of this brew with the addition of vanilla and subtle oakiness on top of an already solid aroma. Hard to beat that if I’m honest. The rest of the brew was very solid for the style and quite easy to drink despite the ABV. Even the alcohol that was present in the flavor was very well integrated to the point that you wouldn’t even notice it unless you were truly looking for it. A really well done barrel treatment to an already solid brew. Can’t go wrong with that.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:
This beer poured about as nicely as the base beer. Chestnut and auburn, with a decent amount of clarity noticeable in a half glass. Head is red-tinted tan, and does last at the edges.
The nose doesn't hide the barrel aging at all, which is fine, but also doesn't seem to offer much beyond it, either. I actually get a little blackberry scent in a warmer beer.

The taste follows the nose with bourbon, oak, some vanilla immediately coming through. The base beer tastes come out mid taste (molasses, blackberry, hint of date, followed by a green hops character), but the alcohol burn lasts throughout. That burn and a mildly thinner feel than I was expecting weighed down the feel.

I liked this better than a young regular Bigfoot, but it still isn't quite my cup of tea. Perhaps some aging is called for.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukass
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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