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
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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

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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

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Ratings: 1,340 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of MikeWard
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big bottle pouted into 4 4.5ml glasses and enjoyed with old friends on 9/7/17.

deep brown/red body with initially a nice small tan head which disappeared fairly quickly. No lacing.

Nose is encouraging, a little hop, a lot of sweet aromas, dried fruit and malt.

The hops are a little stronger on the taste, as is the bozziness, but not so much so that it takes over the drink. Solid sweet background and this balances out quite nicely for a palate like mine which leans towards English more than the American style barleywines.

Mouth is a little below medium, warm sweet and boozy with a little bite in the finish.

Overall, a sipper enjoyed by all.

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Photo of BEER88
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a 3 year vertical and it was delicious.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, and I really didn't care for it in comparison to its un-barreled brethren. Far more sharp bitterness than even a fresh Bigfoot, and I'm not sure why. Maybe this is an outlier bottle, despite being properly cellared. I've had BA Bigfoot on draft before and don't recall it standing out like this.

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

Bought On-Line

2015 Expedition
ABV: 11.9%

Poured into a goblet a really nice cloudy brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small/creamy light tan head, which also leaves a medium size island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some nice whiskey/oak, vanilla, with some raisins, figs, plums, some sweetness. The taste is malty, hoppy, with some very nice whiskey/oak notes, nice touch of vanilla, nice touch of dark fruit (raisins, figs, plums), some pretty nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, pretty nice complex brew. Overall, this is one tasty brew. Glad I found some.

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Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speckled custard over cherry amber. 4.25
Wood, cherry cough drop, brown sugar, and booze. 4
Cranberry and autumn leaf, dried orange rind, bourbon sugar, speck of cocoa, and pine bite. 4.25
Medium-dull, chewy, smooth. 4

First time I’ve seen a BA’s barleywine truly work. Sierra quality showing through. 4

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

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottling.

An old classic with a new touch. Who wouldn't be excited about that!

Burgundy and covered by a thick tan froth. Aroma is bigly with ripe cherry, gum, plum and pine. Smells like the base brew but a bit more boozy. Tastes rich with cherry, other dark fruits and pine of course but has a bigger fusel bit among some notes of wood and throughout the finish. Medium side of heavy in body and goes down a bit rough at the edges (as expected), so make no mistake, this is no metro-sexual stroll down the runway, but a hike through the woods, which is just the way I like it.

Definitely a brew any long-time geek will want to get to, and that some newer folks to the scene (that don't mind the ignominy of seeking out a lesser whale) may enjoy.

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

2015 expedition.

I typically don't age barrel aged beers, especially ones I've never tried. I made an exception this time because Bigfoot is MUCH better to me with at least 3 years on it. This spent almost a year in the barrel, so this beer is in my sweet spot. I've been looking forward to this for a long time.

It's obvious that Bigfoot spent that year in a freshly emptied, quality barrel. In light of that, it's incredible to me how easy it is to taste that aged Bigfoot flavor I know so well in the midst of all that oaky, boozy goodness.

The sharp, charred toffee flavor and pine needle bitterness don't jibe perfectly at all times with the sweet, vaguely chocolaty, whiskey notes punctuated by tingly oaky tobacco.

Some sips are a sublimely balanced treat that represent everything I hoped this beer would be. Sometimes too much of that toffee peeks through, clashing with the whiskey.

Overall I would have to say that this a magnificent treat that I would love to have again. If SN packaged this sensibly in 12 ounce bottles I would buy a case every year.

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchase place/price unrecorded. Numbers above the label are partially removed.
750 mL cork and cage bottle stored at 42 degrees. Served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – whiskey which fades to nothing.
Head small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy with some rocks, good retention. Slowly diminishing to a three mm ring with tight lacing immediately above. Thin complete layer with rocks.
Lacing – very nice: wide curtains of small, intricate patterns of even tinier bubbles. The lacing and head are all that give this beer any visual appeal.
Body – dark brown, dirty looking.
Flavor – really not very good. The whiskey from the nose doesn’t make it to the flavor. In fact, there is little flavor at all. Allowing it to warm on my tongue frees the alcohol and a hint of caramel and nothing else. Overall, kind of sour and not in a good way. No hops, no diacetyl, no malt.
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyable beer, slightly hoppy American barley wine with strong underlying malt flavor. Just popped a bottle from 2013 - carbonation declined but flavor seems to have mellowed and deepened. Good now or good later!

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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

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,340 ratings