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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
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
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:
#1,549
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 Nctide
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +7.7%
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 -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jwmoore
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jae61
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear rich plum-burgundy with a thick khaki head. Head retention is moderate, with no lacing left behind. It is a shade darker, and also clearer, than regular Big Foot. The Big Foot Barleywine carries notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and toasted and nutty malts. The barrel aged version adds in notes of oak, bourbon, and alcohol, which are almost overwhelming. It certainly smells much heavier than the base beer. A sip of this barrel aged barleywine opens up a huge complexity of flavors, with oak, and bourbon opening it up. While the aroma's bourbon has a bit of a burn, the taste is smooth and well balanced. Notes of caramel, toffee, and nutty malt back up the rounded barrel aged opening. Mouth feel is bubbly, with a little bit of a sting, but otherwise nice. It has a medium to medium-full consistency depending on serving temperature. Overall, it's a sublime barleywine, but it certainly carries a lot more weight and complexity than its non-barrel aged brother. It's complexities are well managed and flavorful though.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Drinking side-by-side with 2016 Big Foot.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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