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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 | website

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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4.15
pDev:
22.41%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with some friends at the Apothecary alehouse the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with brownish hilights. Head retention is pretty good, and the beer has adequate lacing. The beer definitely has the look of one that has seen some extended barrel aging. On the nose, the whiskey aroma is what you notice first, but there's still plenty of the expected bigfoot dry citrus, light pine and noticeable sweet malt. The flavor profile is even better, and I'm impressed by how well the whiskey flavor intertwines with the hoppy barleywine flavor. Otherwise, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the whiskey flavor muting the hoppy bitterness slightly. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, bitter, whiskey tinged finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't seem over the top in this moderately sweet, hophead's delight. It's well integrated into the flavor profile, with no heat on the finish.

Very nice. Would be curious to see how this beer tastes with a couple of years of bottle age on it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle $15. I was excited to get a bottle because I heard only 20 cases came to CO. I also remember liking this when I had a taste at GABF five or six years ago. Unfortunately this one was a real disappointment for me. Appearance was about identical to regular Bigfoot, ruby red but less head than the regular. The aroma was quite nice, good whiskey and barrel coming out of the bottle and my glass. The flavor was just a mess for me. Huge bitter hops conflicted with whiskey flavors and then heavy brown sugar, just messy. I think my real problem was that the beer just had too much bitterness that in my opinion does not work well with the whiskey barrels. I would not purchase this again but if barrel aged Narwhal comes out, whew!

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into my CCB snifter this brew pours a really nice red hue with an off white head the quickly dissipates (the only flaw).

S. The aroma is complex. As it warms the whiskey stings your nose. The mault has lasted through the aging, notes of sweet caramel, the hops that are signature to SN are present, but tame.

T. The flavor is amazing. Smooth, whiskey flavors ( the good whiskey flavors). Caramel, notes of vanilla, raw burnt/spent whiskey barrels with SN hops mildly on the back of the pallet.

MF. For BA beers this brew has an excellent MF. This beer did not thin. Good carbonation, chewy mault backbone.

Overall, this is an excellent example of a classic beer becoming more iconic. To me its obvious the larger craft breweries (SN and SA) are struggling to stay pace with the more extreem, ever changing craft beer world. I recently have BA Ovilla, and it was awesome. I hope this becomes a year round brew.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep amber color. Different than the color of regular Bigfoot, if my memory serves. Off white layer of head, which was more than I was expecting for this high ABV brew. Some lacing bits on the swirl.

S: Ah, nice nose here. Sweet caramel and toffee notes. Burnt sugar. Sweet malts. Vanilla. Oak. Booze is certainly there.

T: Some bitterness in tip of tongue for the remaining hops. But this is certainly no where near the hoppiness of the regular Bigfoot. Sweet caramel and vanilla coming in from the barrel aging. It's boozy and could lend well to some aging. Finish gives you lingering vanilla and bourbon booze flavors. Really starts to heat the throat during the sip too.

M: Full bodied.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, wasn't going to hunt this one down, but went to the store looking for cooking wine & lo! there were a bunch on the shelf. What do you do? You buy one. Well, I buy one. Big 750 ML of glass & liquid shared with my lovely wife.

The pour is dark red, doesn't look to far off of an amber, but I'm betting it doesn't taste like one. Apparent & sufficient carbonation. Nose isn't much to write your mistress about, caramel, whiskey, but both the smoke from a distant fire.

Whiskey Barrel Aged Bigfoot is like an alcohol-tipped boot to the nads. Wow. I like hot beers & rarely notice other beers that people complain about, but this, this is something. Hot Hot Heat. Gives way to some more of that hot caramel, some hot piney hops, & warm whiskey. None of it well integrated. Really kind of bland, there just isn't much to get worked up about in any direction. Heavy. Too heavy. It feels like it might be a chore to get through half of this liver-wringer.

Was really looking forward to this & there's just not really much here. It's a fiery, alcohol laden canvas that hasn't had a bad modern painting splashed on it. Mediocre.

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

Pours just like regular Bigfoot, deep ruby with a small slightly off white head. Smells of piney hops and some slight whiskey. Taste is hop forward with that great Bigfoot malt bill complimented very nicely by a slight vanilla/marshmallow aftertaste and some decent alcohol heat. The barrel doesn't overpower the base beer it is pretty much the perfect blend. Mouthfeel is perfect for a barleywine with just the right amount of carbonation. Regular Bigfoot is one of my favorite barleywines and I had thought that there was no room for improvement but this has taken me by suprise. Sierra Nevada has done wonders for the craft beer community for decades and this is just another great example of them pushing into the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a small snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for the bottle share. From notes.

A real supper clear amber body, just looking crystal with a faint tan collar.

Nose has mild sweet malts, with a sense of toned down hop front. Not much sense of barrel aging bouquet coming off of this beer.

First sip on the palate is wondering how this is different from regular Bigfoot. The hop angle is larger on the nose which is unexpected, hitting at some pine. There's a little bit of toasty oak squeaking out of this with some filling character, maybe a little caramel, but it's really hard to tell. Palate is a bit wet for a barrel aged brew.

The ironic thing is this really doesn't taste much different than regular Bigfoot to me, with perhaps just a hint of slightly more caramel. Otherwise this isn't something that is doing much for me.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass. Bottled in 2013.

A - Pours mahogany in color with bright ruby highlights when backlit. A frothy finger of head dies pretty quickly to a lace inducing halo.

S - Smells malty and sweet. Full of plum, caramel, raisins, vermouth, pear, and vanilla. Faint pine hops, or what used to be pine hops, lurk in the background. Complex and full of fruit. Smells more similar to an English BW than an American BW, but that's to be expected after an extended stay in the barrel.

T - Starts sweet with many of the fruits from the aroma. Molasses, vanilla, and nice drying pine needles follow. Bitter oak and some invited whiskey heat on the finish. Toffee and pine linger. I am surprised how balanced this beer is because I picked up little else but sweetness on the nose. There is a lot going on and all of the flavors work well together. Impressive.

M - Medium-thick body with mellow carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with just a bit of heat on the back end.

O - I love Bigfoot and I was excited to get a few bottles of this. This is a phenomenal variation from the original. That time in the barrel imparted a remarkably balanced and complex flavor profile full of vanilla, whiskey, and appropriately sweet malts & fruits. There is a bit of heat, but I rather enjoyed that. Despite consuming the entire 12.2% ABV bottle, I never grew tired of this beer; in fact, I could have gone for another pour. I am glad I picked up multiples of this beer. I will hang on to one to see how it ages, but in my opinion this is a fantastic fresh beer. Hopefully this will be much easier to get once the NC brewery is up and running.

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Photo of Mertzy81
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish-brown with a dense creamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Fruity and malty with a noticable bourbon presence.

T: Big flavor. The same old familiar hoppy Bigfoot taste but with a strong taste the evolves from potent bourbon to a soft and complex vanilla flavor as your palate adjusts.

M: Big, thick, and silky smooth with light carbonation.

D: There are many beers that don't do well with bourbon aging. This isn't one of them. If you like Bigfoot, then you should buy copius amounts of this if given the chance.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice dark golden reddish brown with a finger width high head and medium carbonation. Good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell: a slight roasted caramel is noted but mostly a piney aroma from the hops is coming through.

Taste: citrus and pine are strong with a bite of carbonation. The hops really come through and a taste of piney spice comes through but the malt is very subtle.

Mouth feel: The feel is a bit heavy but not too much. Carbonation was a bit heavy. Bit of a sweetness left on my lips.

Overall: This style is a good one especially for a hop lover, which I am not necessarily. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this one fresh, it can't be more than a couple months since bottling. Poured from a bomber into a Westvleteren goblet.

Appearance: Pours an earthy brown with shades of deep red. Pours relatively thick and leaves a minimal head (practically no head at all).

Smell: Awesome whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits - plums, raisins & figs, malts and definitely some vanilla presence. Absolutely delicious aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a lot of the characteristics from the scent - whiskey, chocolate, dark fruits, malts. Then it shifts rather abruptly to alcohol and some hops which is interesting. Finishes with plenty of oak, alcohol, and some bitter hops. It's an interesting combination of the sweet start and the bitter finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation: perhaps a bit thinner than I was expecting but not too thin by any means.

Overall: A very, very interesting beer. I knew drinking this one fresh out of the barrels would be an interesting experience. The time in the barrels has really given Bigfoot a big change. The flavor profile is much different (less hoppy, more malty & boozy), but there are still some remnants of it left in this one. I thought this was a good beer, and I can only imagine how incredible it can get with a couple years on it.

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Photo of JD4Cali
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's because I loved another barleywine that bf brought me this as a "hey it's Friday!" gift. I know that's SO sweet but, well, there's a bizzilian gifts that are a guaranteed "OMG" and maybe beer isn't one of them? OK, back story: I love bourbon and adore Manhattans. And recently I really liked a beer that was sweet and rich and layered with toffee character so it isn't really anyone's fault. It would seem natural to think "get the Bourbon loving gf a beer aged in whiskey barrels!"
The problem became that I just didn't like it so much.
Yes moments? It is beautiful and comes in a bottle like champagne (yum!) and looks stunning in a glass. It even smells like whiskey. What went wrong? All that sweetness and whiskeyness don't seem to really work together, like clashing plaids or wearing too many shades of green.
I can't give it a bad review (ugh should anyone's second review be bad??) but simply warn y'all that this isn't a nice, easy to love kind of beer. It has it's challenges.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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 hctap00
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A sexy beer. I am not good at colors, but I'll do my best to describe the appearance. Held to the light, it is ruby red, with a fair amount of translucence. When not in the light, it reminds me of a scotch ale. Are dark brownish mahogany, with red hints, fairly murky. Lovely tan lacing that never fades.

Aroma has hints of regular Bigfoot. Some of the citrus and pine hops, but far more subtle. Plenty of oak and vanilla, maybe some molasses. Some booze noticeable but not too much. Overall malty, sweet goodness. More mellow than I expected.

It is still pretty hoppy. Definitely has mellowed after a year in the barrel, but the hops are still prevalent. This is a good thing, as I love the hop profile of Bigfoot. Perfect combination of citrus, pine, and hop sweetness. The malt profile surrounding the hops is also Bigfoot-esque, but richer, and a bit harsher, but in a good way. Hard to pick out individual flavors with so much going on. Obviously the oak/vanilla is prominent. The bottle label says "rich burnt sugar...toasted coconut and raisins." Not sure about the last two, but definitely the burnt sweetness. There is some kind of lingering fruitiness in the finish that I like. I really like that the whiskey booziness is distinct but not overwhelming. Adds another layer of complexity rather than merely burning alcohol.

Rather creamy, lingers for a while...nice.

While it was not exactly what I was expecting, it was still very enjoyable. Perhaps it is the Boltcutter effect, but I thought that BA Bigfoot would be an all out flavor assault and completely lacking in subtlety. Far from it, this beer was rather mellow and never overpowering. The flavor of the whiskey barrel rather than the intensity and the heat was most noticeable. I like what SN did with this. I hope they continue with this annual release.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear ruby, not much carbonation, one finger off white head.

S-Burnt coconut, oak and not much whiskey.

T-Some spiciness, the burnt coconut is a tad too dominate, some bitterness and some molasses.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-The coconut was too much for me. Wanted more bourbon/oak and caramel. Maybe age will do this some good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
12.2% ABV, 2013 Expedition

A - Ruby highlights accentuate this clear rusty amber beer giving it a fantastic color! The modest pour creates a tan head atop the still liquid and is nicely retained, resulting in a ring of foam and some fingers of lace after a few moments of settling.

S - Barrel-aged Bigfoot is upfront about it's booze; "ale aged in whiskey barrels" adorns the front of the bottle and, with the first whiff, it's evident. The alcohol flows freely from this beer but somehow remains in check with the base beer, harmoniously complimenting it rather than sweeping it aside. Oak and whiskey envelope gooey caramel sweetness and toasted bread adding complimentary notes of vanilla and traces of pure maple syrup. Don't give this beer a swirl though, you'll regret the off-putting aroma of burning rubber and resiny plastic immediately. Unlike the yearly release of this beer, barrel-aged Bigfoot is hardly hoppy-smelling.

T - Sharp whiskey alcohol grips the tongue with the first sip, softly giving way to bold maltiness and the complex nuances that follow; vanilla, oak tannins, dark fruits and pure maple syrup. With each passing sip, the alcohol which lingers on the palate becomes a little less intrusive, allowing for greater exploration of the malt complexity within. Notes of hops; earthiness and grapefruit rind add a fine layer of depth to the finish.

M - Whiskey flavor and alcohol give this big beer a surprisingly thin feeling from the get-go, but it's smooth and nicely rounded for a wonderful drinking experience that finishes with subtle dryness, alcohol warmth, and lingers on the palate for a long-lasting impression. Bigfoot's usual bitterness is surprisingly absent here.

O - Taking a iconic beer such as Bigfoot and giving it the barrel treatment seems like a big, yet necessary step for Sierra Nevada which resulted in a terrific contrast to the yearly release and is quite a pleasure to drink side-by side with the "normal" one. It's most noticeable variance is (obviously) the whiskey, but also the stark lack of hops, seemingly overpowered by it's time in the barrel. This potent "older brother" to Bigfoot is a welcome addition to Sierra's offering which will hopefully return (with more availability?).

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into wine glass at avenue pub nola. Pours a syrupy brown with reddish hue. Not any head but some lacing is present. Big sweet syrup molasses malty booze aroma. Lots of whiskey notes and dried cherry. Taste is sweet dried fruity malty...all kinds of flavors here. Some tobacco and vanilla woody shine. Its soooo smooth its almost unbelievable. I could basically chug this. Wow. What a fantastic barleywine...

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into Deschutes tulip snifter

A - Beautiful, clear, dark ruby beer pours with about 1 finger of crisp white foam. Really gorgeous when held to the light. Slight head retention, good lacing.

S - Everything I was hoping to smell here. Great barrel aged character, chocolatey barley - these overpower the hops that I normally associate with Bigfoot.

T - Oak whiskey barrel and sweet barley forward. Chocolatey. A nice bitterness. Great taste.

M - Nicely carbonated, good amount of oiliness, just the right amount of burn. Very refreshing.

O - So. Good. There were a lot of things to love about this beer, and it definitely did not disappoint. I really hope they can continue to release this year after year. It is an EXCELLENT barleywine, and a great contender in the current barrel-aging craze. Absolutely worth trying. Buy two or three bottles, try to cellar at least one.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a small, fizzy off-white head that fades quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smells of oak notes of wood and a bit of vanilla.

Tastes of big hop and whiskey notes duking it out. Oak and vanilla notes come through first and definitely make their presence known. This leads rather well into a toasted bread, caramel, and toffee to soften the presence of the oak. Dark fruit notes come through as well with the sweetness adding depth. Everything culminates in a big hop finish with pine and citrus notes cutting through the sweetness. Finishes a little hot with a slight belly and throat warmth.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty and the barrel-aging fans should love it.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very minimal white head grows on top of the clear emerald colored medium viscous liquid.

Lots of caramel, coconut, tobacco, leather, vanilla, whiskey, yum.

Loads of dry tobacco flavors. Whiskey is very prevalent. Bitterness is near perfect and I dig the extremely low carbonation. Sweetness is nice-and-even throughout the dynamic complexity of the brew. Very well blended and thought out.

Drink this badboy near room tempature... Opens very nicely and has a wonderful array of deep flavor. It's certainly one of the top BA B-wines IMO. I can't wait to see what direction my other BABF goes in after 5years+... Highly recommended

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was just incredible One of those beers you are familiar with and have tried over the years—fresh and aged—and then it’s knocked out of the park with the new characteristics barrel aging gives it.

This poured an amber color with light foam. Simply incredible aroma, with a muted hoppiness but just these great toffee and coconut notes that have emerged. The flavor has an upfront bitterness which turns into part smooth and partly sweet. I pick up candied orange, shaved coconut, and this nice piney chew. Fantastic finish. I could easily drink this one all day.
This is a fantastic beer turned extra amazing.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle shared By Banich, thanks!

Pours a clearish ruby amber with a transient light cream head that fades to a thin collar and no lace. Aroma of whiskey and... um, whiskey and pine sap, maple, oak and oppression. Flavor is sweet and oaky. Doesn't really taste like Bigfoot, just straight whiskey and wood. Sweet and syrupy, burnt and toasted, piney hops and awww hell who cares. Very raw, oaky, hoppy and woodsy. Even Oaked Horizontal was more interesting than this. Seriously, what's the point of this mess?

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Photo of harrymel
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Didn't think I'd get any of this - low and behold I scored seven bottles today.

Toasted hazelnut with a light etching of creamy foam. Smells are initially boozy and harsh, allow this one to open for a good 10 minutes. then you'll be rewarded with vanilla, nougat, whiskey barrel, caramel, hops are still in there, but profoundly subdued. Taste ranges from boozy, to sweet to bitter all in the same mouthful. I get lots of sharp alcohol early, then a deep malty character accented with syrup, spiced rum, bitterness, pine sap, toffee and some bits of plum. The body is thinner than I'd prefer, and the carb a little hi with a wet finish.

Make no mistake, the barrel added to the intensity of this beer. The barrel did not, however, tone down the beast, only changed the hairdoo. This beer is fucking hardcore. I am really surprised it was in the barrel for over a year, as the beer still seems a little rough around the edges (something I respect in a fresh Bigfoot) but with the added potential the whiskey barrel added to the overall depth.

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Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Bottle opens with a healthy pop and pours a slightly dirty/muddy medium dark amber color. A short head of loose bubbles forms briefly and leaves behind an uneven ring of off-white bubbles for a collar.

S - Sweet toffee aroma upfront, backed with some assertive vanilla, lightly buttery, sweet and boozy whiskey.

T - Whiskey is up front here for sure and takes the lead with a boozy, alcohol fronted flavor. The Bigfoot base comes thru tho behind it...big hop bitterness comes on behind the booze with some citrusy aspects as well. Oak, vanilla, butter, toffee, bit of brown sugar. A bit unbalanced to me - whiskey and hop bitterness dominate and overpower the rest instead of complementing.

M - Big and boozy - quite noticeable alcohol...a bit rough around the edges and somewhat hot. Noticeable alcohol burn that lingers long past the swallow. Medium body with a lighter mid-level carbonation.

O - Wanted to try a bottle of this fresh, as I love fresh Bigfoot in its standard incarnation (although being aged in a barrel for an extended time probably doesn't qualify this as truly fresh) and its big hop profile that dies over time. Despite these feelings, before drinking this I was figuring that this version would probably go against this and be better with some age. After drinking this bottle, I think that is probably correct. Not bad now, but a bit disjointed and unbalanced. I think as this ages, the whiskey will smooth out and the hops will fade more and this should transform into a much more balanced and better beer. As suspected, my other bottle will be sitting in the cellar for a while to see what happens with this over time.

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

I like fresh Bigfoot so I figured I should probably try this fresh as well.

A- BA Bigs pours a dark red amber with a frothy white head that recides quickly. Glowing intimidation (if you will) of a big body beer in the distance seems to be the likely case

S- Big whiskey and the groo grux king! Massive presence of the barrel aging is mingling over the dark fruit, fig, raisin, and sweet apple flavor. Caramel, oak, and vanilla coate the aforementioned fruit them presenting a high octane scent profile. I can certainly smell some coconut theme in there too. Extreme scent profile might be a understatement

T- sweet caramel, figs, and oak vanilla is amplified by a burst of the whiskey barrels. A smooth burnt sugar flavor enrobes your mouth with flavors that are then whiplashed with whiskey. This is a big time well thought out barrel aged brew. The darkened fruit bigfoot flavor has heightened caramel flavor, but not so much in the hops department. It's just a straight shot of beastly oaky barleywine flavor

M- good syrupy carbonation is anticipated upon and equally received

O- what a beast. This brew is a monster. There is so much activity going on that has blown up exponentially from the whiskey barrels. Detailed work that produced an excellent product. I would have expected nothing less from sierra nevada

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.
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