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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-AgedSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged
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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

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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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Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A light copper with good clarity. The head is persistant and made of creamy tan bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass. The alcohol shows some legs but mostly coating the glass in sheets.

S: There was an inviting aroma of burnt sugar that hit my nose when poped the cork, down in the glass there is a strong aroma of oak and malt. The oak mostly brings cinnamon, coconut and whiskey notes while the rich barley wine malt brings smells of sweetness, burnt sugar, red cherries and raisins. There isn't any noticeable hops but a smooth, moderate alcohol aroma.

T: Cherries, oak, a toffee-like malt sweetness and moderately-strong hops bitterness dominate the flavor with some alcohol making it's presence clear in the middle. Moderate whiskey flavors as well. There is a good amount of hops bitterness but an almost equal amount of sweetness making for a balance that is about even with a finish that manages to be sweet while having a lingering hops bitterness.

M: A Creamy, medium-full bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Fairly strong alcohol warmth without being unpleasant or solventy.

O: I'd use this as a classic example of style for an oak aged beer as the barrel aging of strong yet the Barleywine flavors are clear and the overall flavors are balance and complementary.

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Photo of SirHefeweizen
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was very happy to get a hold of this beer. Poured into a Leffe glass it was a few shades darker than the original bigfoot. Almost a brownish burnt color. The mouth feel was not as thick as I was expecting, The taste was a whole new beast for sure, heavy on the whiskey notes, with a lot less hop profile than before. Some burnt sugar and raisin notes as the bottle mentions. The nose was strong with the barrel, it was hard to get the sweet malty scent i was used to, very little hop overtones either.
Overall I was very happy with this beer, the alcohol, while very high, was not too dominant in the flavor and it was unique for sure

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Photo of ms11781
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2013 Expedition marked on bottle. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, murky ruby red color, close to brown but not quite. A decent off white head develops, maybe a half a finger, and settles in as spotty foam cap. There is some wispy lacing left on the glass and there is less of it as the beer disappears.

The appearance might be the Bigfoot we all know but the nose sure isn't. Whiskey and oak dominate the nose. Neither is overpowering but they stand out above all else. To a lesser extent there is some vanilla and a caramel/toffee sweetness. The barrel notes really come through here and make this a completely different beer than it was.

The taste still has a lot of barrel character to it but the hops that pack a punch in fresh Bigfoot are here as well. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey, some dark fruit and piney hops are all here and mix so well that it's tough to discern where one ends and the other begins. Aside from the unmistakable resiny bitterness from the hop finish each characteristics seem to be present all the way through each sip.

The mouthfeel is big and sticky with a decent but not unwelcome alcohol kick. The carbonation is relatively high for the style, especially a BA version. Lower carbonation would perhaps make the beer a bit smoother and less rough around the edges. Time could work that out as well.

This is definitely a really good beer. The barrel notes already seem to be well integrated already and it compliments the already great base beer nicely. As mentioned, the carbonation is high for the style and it sort of throws the mouthfeel off a bit for me. I'd like to see this beer down the road to see what comes of it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Jason, thanks man.

The beer pours a nice brown and red mixed color with some nice shine, it has a *tiny* head with a fresh pour but it dies down to a still spirit look very quickly.

The smell is absolutely dominated by the whiskey, really the only reason it's not all whiskey is that th malt balances the heat down on the barrel completely so it's nice and fluffy... good, but one dimensional.

The taste has a nice marshmallow pillowy sweetness with some nice warm pie spice notes and even a hint of slight acidity. Good barrel notes, some slight hoppy and raisin notes from the base.

Feel is good, beer good overall.

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Photo of yamar68
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've heard that this one is pretty hot at the moment - but I've never been afraid of a bit of booze in my beer. Plus, I prefer fresh Bigfoot 9 times out of 10 to begin with. Let's see...

Pours pretty much just as you'd expect with the addition of a deeper copper body. Good, consistent lacing and a surprising amount of beading beneath the carb cap. Really nice looking stuff I'd say.

They definitely didn't hesitate when it came to the barrel's contribution to the nose profile. Massive warm whiskey and vanilla, oak... the hops take a back seat to everything that is whiskey. There's also plenty of muddied toffee and caramel beneath all that. Alcohol content certainly shows itself, no doubt. I can jibe though.

There's the hops. Huge bittersweet hops jump right on the front end of the palate, giving way to the heat of the whiskey and a semisweet finish. Between the bite of the hops and the warmth of the alcohol, it tears up the tongue. Everything surfaces in the end though... caramel and toffee, smooth charred wood, dry yet sticky... plenty of heat.

I'd love to give this a taste a year or two down the road but I can dig it for what it is. Well done, Sierra Nevada. My favorite 750ml beer from them in recent memory.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap at Harry's Hofbrau in a sampling glass.

A: No head. Very murky golden brown. Translucent.

S: Fruity alcohol. Smells great!! Rich toffee malts, tropical hops(!?), and delicious whisky. Huge fan.

T: Wow. Boozy and hugely bourbony. This tastes more like a bourbon barrel aged RIS than a Barleywine. Hops are strongly bitter, but overshadowed by the caramelized sugar and great malt. The end taste is dry and long and lingeringly bitter. Very impressive.

M: Light, spicy hops; sweet sticky caramel. Hops win.

O: Truly phenomenal. One of the most exciting beers I've tried in recent memory. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Credit for the American-style barleywine can be largely, if not solely attributed to Sierra Nevada and their Bigfoot Barleywine. Its taken thirty years of recipe formulation and execution and over a decade of barrel aged technique to achieve the seduction of taste that this bottle delivers.

Its tawny brown pour provides highlights of mahogany, ruby, and maroon just as soon as the beer releases its slightly yellowish foam. Mostly clear in color, the beer's sheer darkness prevents it from being see-through. Capped by that ultra-creamy froth, the beer retains exceptional for its high alcohol and barrel-aged character, all the while lacing randomly and intricately as the beer fades.

Maple syrup, oak, and incredible whisky are the boldest scents to entice the olfactory senses, but a secondary rise of dark pitted fruit, kettle caramelized toffee, toast, citrus peels and vanilla often times rival the more overt scents. Its a very lush and inviting set of aromas that seem to meld together beautifully.

Robust sweetness of caramelized malts provide a healthy and heaping dose of toffee, maple, and caramel. But just as the sweetness takes on port-like proportions, the fruit notes of plumb, raisin, currant, dates, grapes, and figs take hold and turn the beer slightly tart and savory. Aged oak, vanilla, and malt starches provide a mild creamy taste that teases the middle palate with notions of milkshake. But finishing with an overwhelming sense of whisky is peppery, coconut-like, moderate citrusy bitterness and strongly of barrel-infused alcohol for a taste that takes the original Bigfoot right out of orbit.

Full bodied without question, however the beer has a certain lightness due to how the whisky barrel smoothed out the textures, mellowed the hops, and tamed the alcohols somewhat. But a gradient lessening of malt sweetness allows the stronger alcohols to cut through the malt and usher in a balanced, warm, and malty-dry finish.

I'm rather surprised of how much the barrels diealed down the hops and rounded out the malts to sherry-like or port-like savoriness and complexity. But with the influx of bourbon barrel aged beers, I have become accustomed to expect more bourbon character than this simplified whisky flavor provided. Even still, its a world class barleywine that more resembles English versions than the standard Bigfoot provides.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bourbon Bigfoot (draft) from the Toronado BWine Festival (A-)

A Poured a nice deep,deep amber as the bourbon pushed through this. You can tell the bourbon influence just by the look.

S: Medium smell of bourbon, not to overbearing and very subtle. It did not overpower the barleywine which was good. They were well balanced.

T: Taste is fully sweet, rounded malty goodness and that smooth bourbon flavor was there throughout.

M: No bite on this one.

O: Like liquid candy and one of my favorite barleywines to date.
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2013 Bourbon Bigfoot (bottle)

A: Poured clear copper color with bubbles and a short-lived tannish colored cap which leaves behind some faint bubbles but no lacing

S: Pickle juice? Cheap bourbon, old wood, caramel and faded piney hops

T: Initial stinging booze with hop bitterness, pine needles, whiskey and old wood breakthrough as does some Earthiness. Mdway I get a bit of sticky sweetness with a light run at vanilla. The finish is looong with bittering hops a bit sticky at times

M: Medium to full body, a bit overcarbonated and thin,pickle juice comes to mind as a lingering flavor on the palate

O: Not so impressed by the bottle. A but thin, overcarbed, a light astringency and ultimate letdown compared to then draft version. It reminded me of BA Old Ruffian to a deree and thats not a positive.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is similar to the original only in the background, right up front it is definitely barrel aged. Bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, caramel, molasses, a hint of piney hops and some booziness. The bourbon barrel comes forward REALLY strong in the taste. Toasted coconut, oak, bourbon, caramel, pine hops, vanilla, some citrus and sweet roasted, caramel malts. I like the more pronounced malts of the barrel-aged version as opposed to the standard Bigfoot. The hops are much more muted and subtle. Medium to full body, low but proper carbonation, very smooth, not too boozey and a sweet, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. I could drink this all the time whereas the original is a bit rougher, in my opinion.

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Photo of wspscott
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
2013 vintage

A: Dark copper/reddish color when held up to a light. Pours with a very thick/creamy tan head that never quite disappears. A little bit of lace.
S: When first opened the bourbon dominates (vanilla, toasted coconut, some wood) but as it warms, the hops become more apparent (hints of citrus and generic "fruit" along with pine).
T: The bourbon barrel is very obvious on the tongue, a definite bourbon flavor along with some of the oak (thankfully not overly tannic like some BA beers). I always get hints of coconut in BA beers but those are usually RISs, it doesn't quite work in an American Barleywine, but it is hidden so not too bad. Along with the coconut, a bit of vanilla and then muted American hops (citrus and pine). The hops jump out a little more if I hold it on my tongue i.e. they are hidden in the malts and bourbon.
M: Very creamy mouthfeel, feels "rich", a sippin' beer, no alcohol heat at all.
O: I like this a lot, but I wonder if some of the Bigfoot greatness is lost in the barrel. This comes across as a slightly hopped up version of an English barleywine, very malt driven with some American hops in the background. In the end a great beer, but I wish they had bottled a BA version of the 30th anniversary stout (Fritz and Ken?) that would be amazing. Very glad to try this, but at $16 a bottle, not sure how often I would pick this up. At the same time, I might finish the whole bottle tonight :)

In the end, I am having a hard time separating what I paid for the beer along with the "rareness" as I rate the beer. This is a delicious beer, but I don't think it is a truly great beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this side-by-side with Bigfoot 2012.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: About a shade or two darker that the standard Bigfoot, with a head that was about a finger + shorter. Great looking BA brew.

S: I got a sillouette of the hops in there from "Bigfoot," but there was a nice coconuty, bourbon character on top. Understated, but really nice.

T: Oh yeah. Definitely the SN hop profile underneath the barrels. Muted, muted, muted, yet still there. I could definitely tell it was the same beer.

M: Low in carbonation (as it should be), low in lacing (as it should be), and not too sweet, bitter, or bourbony.

O: This was like an old friend who you respect as a cook and lets you try something that wasn't QUITE as good as what he or she made recently, but you can tell they are experimenting are their proud of it. I respect this beer and Sierra Nevada for making it.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange pour, really impressive, looks more like a dipa than the somewhat brown tones of regular bigfoot. The significant jump from 9.6% to 12.2% also makes me think that it might just be a stronger base batch, as thats a big jump from just being a in a bourbon barrel, but not impossible either. Anyways, orange pour, nice 1/3" white head on it, something you don't see every day with a barreled beer.

Good and complex aroma, obviously whiskey, maybe even some peat malt, oak, toffee, stayed away from hot alcohol sting. Even a little twinge of citrus to it.

Taste, the vanilla was much stronger than expected, but not a problem at all. Drank pretty easy. Usually, I like to either drink Bigfoot fresh, or after at least 3 years, the 2 years that this was aged made me worried it would be in an awkward teenage phase, but not at all. It is very different from fresh bigfoot, no doubt. But it is also different than 2 year old bigfoot, the barrel just really transforms this beer into something you don't (or didn't) associate with what I've come to know Bigfoot as since the mid90s.

Plenty of caramel still runs through the mouthfeel, but the hops are so far downplayed on the flavor list, you still can't believe this is Bigfoot. Its robust and strong, I don't want to say "boozy" but this is never going to be mistaken for a session ale either. I was pretty impressed, and I'm sure I'll save a bottle or two to drink in 2020 or whatnot down the road.

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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 arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle yesterday from Total WIne Arrowhead for $14.99. Been looking for it on line which they tend not to do with their limited releases.

Beer poured reddish brown with a nice head on the initial pour that dissapated pretty quick.

Nose is light whiskey and hints of sweetness.

Taste is slightly sweet, whiskey is light and blended nicely, oaken vanilla notes, caramel malt backbone is nice and lends a strong backbone. Hops finish is surprisingly still there, just not as prevelant as a fresh Bigfoot.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, with a bit of carbonation lingering.

Overall definitely a blast to try. I love Bigfoot and seek it out each year. This is definitely a treat to get my hands on a bottle. Not sure how this would age but may give it a whirl if i can score another bottle!

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Photo of bcp5296d
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had about 6 oz. of this last night tasting with friends.

Appearance: Light mahogany. A little darker than I imagined.

Smell: This beer smells super boozy. Smells much more boozy than it really is. I took this as a sign of great aging and balance.

Taste: Unbelievably balanced contrary to the strong whiskey smell. Smooth oak, matured barley-wine, balanced with a perfect amount of whiskey flavor. Everyone in the room was blown away after the first sip.

Mouthfeel: not syrupy at all, and I dig the carbonation with these. Everything seems to fit.

Overall: I prefer this beer to KBS, and I love Breakfast stout. This beer is not a novelty, it is balanced to perfection and the whole concept was executed perfectly. Keep in mind I've only had 5-10 whiskey barrel aged beers, but I've had my fair share of barley-wines, including aged bigfoots. This beer is on a very high level.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - clouded reddish/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - the whiskey makes itself known but the aroma of Bigfoot is lurking in the background.

T - WOW, Bigfoot is a delicious beer to begin with and SN takes it up a notch with the whiskey barrel aging. Everything malty and hop wise that Bigfoot is with the taste of whiskey blended in perfectly.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.

O - the abv never makes itself known but someone put whiskey in my Bigfoot and I like it!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750Ml poured into a snifter

A- Pours very murky dark amber brown. A small head of an off tan color. Intense alcohol legs.

S- Big whiskey notes. A lot of sour mash. A tiny touch of alcohol, A slight spiciness. A big whiskey forward smelling brew.

T- The same big signature bitterness up front you would expect from Bigfoot. A robust hop profile of spiciness and herbal notes. A slight onion and grassness from the hops. A big whiskey profile to this beer. There is a ton of sour mash in this beer. There is also a dry prickle and sharp wood flavor from the barrels. The malts are subtle but back up the whiskey nicely. This is a bitter and dry tongue tingler.

M- Thick and heavy, this whiskey bomb leaves your mouth dry and has a sharp bite from the wood. A bitter Barleywine.

O- This is a solid BA Barleywine, I was hoping for better but it just doesn't seem like whiskey and Bigfoot are a perfect combo. The beer is well made and well blended. I think on slight downfall is the quality of whiskey. While the whiskey is prominent in this beer, It's no Pappy. Regardless, It is a good beer that just didn't quite pan out perfectly.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked and caged bottle to the dome...in a sierra nevada balloon glass. picked this up locally...gotta say one of the harder beers to track down of late.

a - brew poured a semi transparent ruby with a thin off beige head of bubbles that hung out for a short time leaving a thin skin of bubbles on the surface.

s - wow. really nice. bigfoot is there, with a big glazing of whiskey. it is a perfect match. lots of wood and boozy caramel with the hoppy goodness of bigfoot's big hop and malt bill beneath. toffee, vanilla, caramel...whiskey.

t - zippity doo da...VERY nice. sort of what one would expect, exactly as advertised...it is bigfoot in a whiskey barrel. much like the nose, toffee, caramel with a strong glazing of whiskey over everything. definitely boozy, but palatable. burnt sugar and toasted coconut.

m - fairly boozy, leaves a tingle in my mouth. chewy.

o - overall, as advertised. bigfoot in a whiskey barrel. it is a winner. paint me impressed!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap at the Prohibition Pig after a long day. Served in a 12 oz. tulip glass slightly chilled.

Appearance: Pours a creamy beige head with some nice retention. The lacing holds well to the glass. Medium to dark amber in color with a touch of haze.

Aroma: The whiskey from the barrels is very upfront and blends surprisingly well with the base beer. The base contributes some caramel, sherry and a touch of piney hops. The hops are definitely far more subdued than in fresh Bigfoot.

Taste: Really nice blend of the barrel and the base beer. Caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and a touch of peat all hit upfront with a bit of fused alcohol. The hops are definitely faded and don't dominate nearly as much as they do in fresh Bigfoot. They do lend a nice bitterness that offsets some of the other sweet flavors and adds some nice complexity. Drinks really smoothly.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with nice carbonation. A big beer.

Overall, I really thought that the barrel did wonders to this beer and really added some nice new dimensions to the base beer. I got the really nice background sherry and medicinal tones of 2-3 year old Bigfoot along with really nice barrel character. It didn't feel muddled as I thought it might with the combination of the hops and the barrel. Well done. I will be looking to get a bottle or two to see how this evolves over time.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber brown with ruby highlights, tan two-finger head of dense foam; didn't really lace my tulip glass - they subsided quickly

S: sweet malty aromas and whiskey, floral and earthy hops and yeasts.

T: fantastic tasting - rich, rugged malt flavors, sweeter up front than on the finish. I thought of bitter toffee/burnt sugar and old coffee. Some hints of dried dark fruit, vanilla, and musky earth and wood; nicely bitter and savory. Whiskey notes hover around the palate. Bittersweet and resinous...

M: great chew, medium density, moderate carbonation, more coating than tingling, slight tackiness

O: a great barleywine - complex and hearty, strong and only semi-sweet - sweeter than the normal Bigfoot, but not overly sweet; the bitter hops leaft a great aftertaste between sips. Reminded me of American and English strong ales/old ales. Definitely something to buy again if spotted.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Dark copper brown body with a generous crown of creamy cappuccino silk.

S: Huge whisky aroma, toasted coconut, vanilla extract, dark fruits and burnt sugar.

T/M: The barrel aging mellows out the harsh earthy hops and creates a rich malted barley concoction. Burnt sugar, toasted coconut and vanilla encompass my mouth and create a creamy velvet mouthfeel. Booze is present but nicely incorporated given the high ABV.

O: Nice tasty barley wine. I really prefer the original due to the lack of hops goodness but it was a special treat to have for sure. Cheers!

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

This beer capped off a vertical tasting of Bigfoot from 2007 to 2013. By this point, we were pretty much palate-fatigued, but this beer really made everyone sit up and take notice. The aroma is immediately striking, with its strong whiskey notes. Two years in the barrel really imparted a strong character. Same goes for the taste. It’s Bigfoot, but wrapped up in whiskey barrel goodness. Never too much of the barrel though. Really, the balance is exceptional in how they managed to deliver the best of both worlds. The oaky vanilla also nicely plays with the flavors. Barrel Aged Bigfoot was the star of the show as we all thought it was the most enjoyable beer of the bunch. I feel lucky to have tried this special release.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 15.99. Bottled 01/13. Served in an Ommegang tulip.

Pours deep garnet with one and a half finger off white head. Plenty of patchy lacing.

Smells of piney hips, whiskey and toffee.

The hops and whiskey battle for dominance. Pine, whiskey, citrus rind, toffee, oak, burnt caramel and booze infused dark fruits.

Medium full, oily feel with a good bit of carbonation. Long bitter, boozey aftertaste.

A nice new take on Bigfoot. The whiskey compliments as supposed to competes. It's definately worth a try if you can land a bottle.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,254 ratings.
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