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
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:
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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,305
Reviews:
254
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
610
For Trade:
69
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Ratings: 1,305 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gandres
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4 pack from Costco, 22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Brown hazy liquid, dark tan foam, quickly disappears
Smell: aroma of grains
Taste: low bitterness, hint of sweetness
Aroma: long finish, alcohol comes out
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank: 9/22/2016 8:33 PM

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Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nctide
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 24-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Costco in Goleta (Santa Barbara), Calif.
Price: $7.50 ($30 for a High Altitude variety 4-pack)
Purchased: May 29, 2016
Consumed: Aug. 5, 2016
Reviewed as: American Barleywine
Misc.: Packaged on March 29, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. PT; ABV is actually 11.6 pct.

This was the crown jewel out of the four I got from the high altitude four-pack for $30 at Costco, down from a previous price I saw for $40 at Barons. Would be extremely disappointed if this wasn’t the best of the four I tried. Gave the non-BA version a 4.30.

Poured a light brown, clear color with two fingers of frothy, khaki head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled bourbon, chocolate, oaky wood, tobacco, fig, vanilla, maple syrup, sugary caramel and toffee. (Smell - 4.25)

A bit hot on the tongue initially. Also got boozy bourbon, oaky wood, vanilla, earthy tobacco, fig, caramel, dry maple syrup, toasted toffee and unknown hops. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, woody, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was good, but not as good as I thought it would be. I prefer the base version more. NOTE: Digging it more two days later. Jumped it from a 4.00 to a 4.25. (Overall - 4.25)

4.13 | 92 | A-

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Photo of Mashbrew
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great barleywine that benefits from the aging. Very strong both in nose and taste. Raisinous and caramelly, the hops are subdued but still present.

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Photo of priwen
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownBottle
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015. I really like this beer. Maybe the extra year was good for it. Tastes amazing with Dark Chocolate covered Espresso Beans.

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Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety 4-pack 24 oz. bottle $29.99 Costco
Dark brown amber color
Heavy mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Strong bourbon characteristics, definitely a beer to be sipped to be enjoyed. A beer to be shared because drinking it all yourself might be a bit too much due to its strong flavors. Glad to try it once, probably not again for a long while.

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Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwmoore
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get 2 bottles of the 2015 edition of this beer. Cracked one open tonight. Poured into my snifter glass, this beer pours a clear, dark amber color with bright ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly off-white, tan head that's about an inch thick when poured that settles a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a big cluster swirl of a film layer of foam that covers about half the beer's surface. Decent lacing. Aromas of tasted caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, and hints of dates and figs along with a nice oaked, bourbon booze smell. The taste is pretty much the same, with nicely toasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a nice vanilla and toffee presence followed by a wonderful oaked bourbon presence that provides a bit of a burn that gives way to the aforementioned dates and figs. All of this is rounded out with a slight earthy and floral hop presence. Has a fairly crisp and prickly, also smooth, slightly chewy and sticky, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a decently smooth, clean finish. Dangerously drinkable for a beer with this beer's ABV %. A real winner here for sure!

Eric

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Barrel-Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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