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
4.15/5
1,319 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:
#1,508
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
1,319
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
180
Gots:
607
Trade:
69
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,319 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of jaxon53
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Pencible
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like strong toasted coconut with some oak and vanilla and nutty toffee.
T: It tasted like copper hops and toasted coconut, with some oak and vanilla and earthy caramel. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with a little fine carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was a solid brew that smelled amazing, like coconut cream pie. The taste was more like standard Bigfoot with a bourbon barrel twist. The body was solid, but the finish was hot, so it must be sipped. I can only imagine this improving with age. A shame I only have this one. Still a very enjoyable drink fresh.

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Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of deonreds
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is transparent ruby red with lots of a tight tan head. Nose has lots of oak and vanilla, notes of caramel and some cooked brown sugar, light berry sweetness behind. Taste has more malt depth, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and brown sugar, light berry sweetness and a fair bit of bitterness. Body is full with moderate carbonation and a chewy feel.

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Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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 gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one open and sharing, saved me from having to search the city for it. Pours a murky, deep-amber color, nearly copper and almost on the verge of being called raw sienna. The light-tan head settles rather quickly and leaves very spotting lacing on the edges of my glass.

Light whiskey and bourbon on the nose - more standout-ish on its own, rather than integrated into the rest of the aromas. Slight wood and oak with some sweet plums, crispy burnt vanilla, and brown sugar. It's hard to remember how similar this is to the regular Bigfoot, but I believe this one packs a more powerful punch. Of course, that's to be expected, given the whiskey barrel aging and all.

The taste is full of brown sugar and an underlying bourbon heat that starts off on the smaller side, but crescendos throughout the sip and actually becomes quite hot. Sweet figs and dates which tasted like they were soaked in a bourbon bath for years. The malt provides a huge caramel and molasses backbone which becomes washed out a bit by the booze and fruits.

This one is also quite hoppy, and if I recall correctly, the original Bigfoot had a nice hop profile to it as well. They seem even a bit stronger, here. Ashy and leafy, providing a small amount of bitterness to the aftertaste, which is largely dominated by boozy dark fruits and wet wood. Thick body all around with a slick and sticky mouth feel, medium carbonation.

A nice addition to regular Bigfoot, although the whiskey barrel aging made this one quite hot and somewhat difficult to easily drink. Hopefully this one will become more readily available, because I'd like to pick up a few more and age them to see if it blunts the heat a little. Thanks again to Jeff for this one.

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Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of MDDMD
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 hilgart1
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,319 ratings
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