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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

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 1,261
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: brown, copper, reddish with white frothy foam half finger of head.
S: sweetness, alcohol, fruity sweetness, some barrel notes
T: lacking sweetness and barrel notes. I get medicine flavors. This is more bitter than sweet, and it finishes with dry alcohol.
F:thin, but coating, goes down easy.
O: not going to get drink this again, and that includes the rest of this bomber. Bummer

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hearty murky orange pour that looks lighter than bigfoot base's solid brown color. Good almost half inch head, much less from a whiskey barrel beer. Sierra Nevada always knows how to make a pretty beer.

Aroma was fuckin' hot as shit. Whoof. Some citrus and toffee apparent.

Taste was also super warm, vanilla, wood, obvious whiskey effect. This base beer has to be different from normal bigfoot. Real hoppy and caramel-y in the mouthfeel as well. Should be interesting to see where these go with a few seasons under their belt.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I let this age a year to lighten the hops and tame some of the alcohol. The whiskey was still very strong with intense barley, caramel malt and toffee. It tastes like a whisky barreled barley wine so it's spot on.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bigfoot is such a cult classic in the craft beer world. The Barrel Aged version is no different in terms of genius. This takes all those fine aspects of the original and adds even more complex sweetness from the barrels. This is a truly special bottling from SN and one I hope they send my way every year. One of the best American Barleywine ales in the world.

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Photo of arlo19
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH signature glass. Great head, look, and sweet bourbon flavor. Can taste the same hop profile as their classic pale ale. Aroma and after taste is dry bitter hops, too much for my taste. Overall, solid American barleywine. Personally I prefer sweeter English style :-)

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Photo of CNoj012
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz corked bottle into an Other Half Tulip. Beer is about 9 months old. This beer pours a very dark amber brown color with a huge khaki colored head. The retention is outstanding and it leaves thick webbed lacing. The smell is whiskey, wood, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste follows suit. Not sure if there would have been more hops present (like in the regular version) if I had drank this fresh. Medium feel, slick and a bit boozy. Overall an enjoyable beer, but I prefer the hoppiness of the regular version.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy brown with red highlights and frothy off-white head with good retention. Whiskey, oak, and vanilla aromas with light roasty notes. Similar flavor with caramel and toffee with bittering spicy linger and dryness. Light boozy flavor. Dry finish with hoppy linger.

Balanced toward the dry hoppy finish. Wonderful flavor but a little too dry. Good warmth and a nice dichotomy of hops and barrel aged whiskey flavors.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, shared
A - coppery-brown body with a fluffy tan head that holds good retention
S - complex malty aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, pine, whisky, vanilla, oak
T - bold flavors very reminicent of the usual Bigfoot with caramel, brown sugar, toffee, piny hops, along with the oak, whisky (doesn't seem to be bourbon), and vanilla from the barrel age
M - fuller body, alcohol warming and even hot at times even though it's expected with the big boozy ABV
O - this is a beast. It's a rarity to find and get to try it, and it was worth it. Given the price point I doubt I will drink it again though.

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

750ml C&C bottle; vintage 2015.

poured into Side Project Sour flutes.

Appearance: medium caramel brown body. A thick cap of khaki head resulting from a moderate pour; the head drops down to no head at all and a ring around the glass.

Smell: Pineapple and caramel. Mild bourbon note, earth, and oak.

Taste: Moderate bitterness and a light sweetness. Pineapple hop profile with caramel and brown sugar malt profile. Bourbon balances with the hops intensity. Slightly boozy. Nice oak presence that is slightly dry.

Mouthfeel: almost reaching full bodied beer heftiness. low end of moderate carbonation. Light booze. Well carbonated. Solid mouthfeel.

Overall: This is pretty solid. Barrel aging makes the base beer Bigfoot a little bit better. The bourbon barrel aging helps to tame the massively hopped american barleywine. Worth trying once, but at the price point I will probably not repeat purchasing this beer.

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

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 Awolter
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage drank in mid September 2015. Strong toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon. Some bitterness left, not much. A delightful treat. Put a few years on it and it's spectacular. I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This monster sat for a year.

Pours a nice clear amber colored ale with a not so large cream colored foamy head. No lacing at all.

Still getting good whiskey whiffs and the ever present Bigfoot stank....er....smells. Sweet hops, caramel and sticky sweet candy.

Taste is very whiskey forward but blends extremely well with the Foot base beer. Nice hops still present after a year and still a touch hot but way more mellow from sitting. Cola and brown sugar present and accounted for.

A tad thin for such a beast.

Overall this is a nice variant from the original Foot. The whiskey is a nice touch and gives it a nice warming kick but the base Foot is easily identifiable with each sip and reminds me that Bigfoot is not a lie.....if I believe it. Huh?

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

Really tasty. On draft at brewery. Just the right amount of sweetness. The barrel adds just enough heat to this so you know you're drinking a hefty ABV without deterring from the pleasantness of a well rounded barley wine. It's not quite nectar from the gods, more like angel tears from a clear sky.

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

Clear amber color with a thin film of beige foam. Clear whiskey notes with some alcoholic notes. Taste is also full on whiskey. Sweet at first and bitter on the finish. Feels a lot like an Irish whiskey.

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Photo of BullDoza
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours translucent amber/orange-y color. Settles in to glass a deep amber/soil color. 1 finger, tight, cream head. Bubbles throughout. Not much in the way of alcohol legs.

N: Best part of the beer, IMO. Spirits from the barrel are there. Caramel. Raisin. Toasted coconut. Nice malty sweetness. As it warms, and I take a few big hearty "sniffs" the pine-y hops Bigfoot is known for are there.
*I did NOT read the back of the bottle prior to taking my notes and rating, but to my surprise...I damn near nailed what SN tells us we'll pick up on. Fairly happy with myself.*

T: Hops are more apparent; this is the Bigfoot ale I know. Whiskey/barrel character is there, but not front and center by any means. The hops steal the show. Very bitter toward middle of the palate. Finishes with an enjoyable (and needed) malt sweetness.

M: Medium. Fine. That is all.

O: I like the normal version. I like the BA version. The barrel adds quite a bit on the nose, and just enough on the taste. Solid beer and glad I picked it up.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a vertical tasting. Started with a 2014 Bigfoot, then 2015 Bigfoot, then finished with this 2015 BA Bigfoot. Quite honestly, they basically all taste the same. Not really getting much more from the BA version, except I paid a lot more. Pretty much a sweet but very hoppy IPA that happens to have some oak and whiskey taste.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy mahogany hue with a frothy, half-inch, off-white head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Some lacing, but no legs. Nose expresses ethanol, whiskey notes, toasted oak and a trace of caramel. Taste consistent with nose - whiskey is very much in the forefront and a medicinal ethanol quality follows; sweetness is masked. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a little thin. Carbonation is mild, but a little too assertive. All and all, this beer needs a few years to mellow out in my opinion. Much of the complexity is masked by the alcohol. If I had another bottle, I would open it somewhere between 2018-2020.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I popped this at the near perfect time given my preference on Bigfoot. The hops were still plenty pronounced even after 8 months of cellaring but it complemented the barrel notes wonderfully. Nice creamy feel and insanely drinkable for the high ABV. My recommendation would be to age it longer if you don't enjoy the spiciness of the hops in Bigfoot. If you like that hop character, drink it now. It's wonderful.

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Photo of uvachief
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass. Poured more brown than amber red. Big fluffy more brown than tan head as well. Smells like wet Piney hops instead of a sugary barley wine. Tastes more earthy as well. Thin like most barley wines. You do get bourbon on the front and back. Tastes like a barrel aged barley wine but needs a tad bit more sweetness for me. Not bad at all. Just not great.

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