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

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4.15/5
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1,326 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:
#1,551
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
1,326
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
179
Gots:
605
Trade:
67
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Ratings: 1,326 |  Reviews: 266
Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Expedition Barrel-Aged Bigfoot barley wine. Aged somewhat, obvious. Pours slick and viscous, like smooth caramel, falling into my Chimay chalice. No head formed. Aroma is rich and intoxicating with sweet malt and vanilla rich from the oak. Flavor is more assertive, with a strong American barleywine profile up front, and the dull bitterness of baking cocoa in the middle of my tongue. Gradually that melts away and reveals the (comparatively subtle) oaky vanilla profile has soaked into every corner of my mouth. Just a hint of alcohol burn in the back of the mouth, and then it's all gone -- remarkably clean finish. With a little age on it, barrel aged bigfoot is an impressively layered beer. And yeah, I do get a bit of that coconut. Enjoyable and quite drinkable even at 11.9%.

750 mL, 2015.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrojanRB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle poured march 2017

Pours a brownish amber, thin cream head

Massive oak nose, a little vanilla, some bourbon

Taste is overpowering oak, burnt sugar, a little molasses

Slightly oily, little carbonation

Overall, disappointing. I didn't taste it fresh, but I'm not impressed after 2 years of aging. The barrels didn't seem charred (I got mostly fresh oak, not much caramelization, bourbon), and it was overpowering. Perhaps I'm spoiled by Firestone and the Bruery's BA beers

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

Photo of Angerhaus
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

This is a HUUUUUGE beer, appropriately enough. It follows the base beer - dark copper color, tan head, and the aromas have the base beer, especially the caramel and toffee and the resiny hops.

Where this steers away from the base beer, obviously, is the barrel, which is very present on the nose and in the taste, but not in a negative way - the vanilla and oak mix well with the base beer to create a new beer that is most excellent.

I sat on this for two years, and I'm glad I did, because it aged really well. Just a pleasure to drink on a cold Minnesota evening.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 25, 2016

750 ml bottle, tulip glass

A – Deep, brilliant mahogany, and extraordinarily clear. Almost two inches of off-white to light tan foam, frothy, which leaves significant legs and lacing as it recedes.

S – Resin, treacle, chewy molasses, a blast of vanilla, crème brulee, caramel. Some straight bourbon notes, along with stone fruit, peach pits.

T – A lot of alcohol here, fruity and slightly floral. Molasses and vanilla are massive. Some resin, apple, and caramel. Not as complex as the nose.

M – Still highly bitter, prominent so throughout, despite the barrel aging. Malt sweetness and a warm, nearing hot, alcohol bite. Somewhat thick, though not as chewy/viscous as other examples, comes across more as a “triple IPA” than a barleywine. Somewhat tannic, dry on the finish.

O – A very strong entry in the barrel aged barleywine category, but lacks complexity on the flavor, and seems to be missing something on the mouthfeel.

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

Photo of smutty33
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with a one finger off white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, vanilla, coconut and whiskey.

T - The taste starts sweet with vanilla, caramel, toffee and coconut followed by some piney hops. The finish is oak and whiskey barrel.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a solid beer. The flavors are heavy on the piney hops and oak. Not something i'd buy often but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

To be fair to this beer, this was a 2013 bottle, and I have not had this beer fresh to do a comparison. There didn't seem to be any defects from it aging three years.

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

2015 Vintage served chilled in a wine glass.

The pour was very smooth with not a lot of carbonation. Nose was whisky, coconut, walnuts, sweet malts and a hint of hop character. Taste follows the nose exactly. I really enjoyed this beer. I do think it was worth the price of admission.

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

Photo of Brob245
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Erik-P
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I just don't feel like this beer is any good. Bitter and malty with not much else going on. I don't get much of any whiskey notes at all. Just tastes like an old malty barleywine. I'm pretty pissed I spent $25+ on this and wasted a year aging it. I won't ever buy this beer again.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,326 ratings
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