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

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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

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Ratings: 1,305 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of Jae61
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PerfecTool
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brewery in NC. This is a very unique beer. Barley wines in general are pretty unique for me, but adding the bourbon flavor really adds some complexity. It's rather boozy but goes down smooth. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

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Photo of dandiprat2015
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear and dark amber in color with a sandstone, bubbly two-finger width head with fair retention, dissipating to a thin, mostly broken layers of suds across the surface. No notable lacing.

Smell - Sweet. Caramel, lots of oak, a hint of vanilla and a quite a bit of bourbon booziness once it warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Loads of caramel and sweet oaky flavors with subtle vanilla. Some earthy, leafy hop character. Deeper oak notes and bourbon carries through in the finish, along with the aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Fair smoothness with a dry finish.

Overall - Smoother and a bit sweeter than the regular Bigfoot, especially considering the relative age. That said, it's not worth the price. Definitely better as it hits room temperature. Not sure I'd drop $20 on a single bottle, but $30 for that 4-pack variety they had at Costco might make me stop and pause for a moment.

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

Photo of Tunic
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kalosjakar
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015, cellared for approx. 6+ months.

Murky rust looking with an off white, slightly creamy head.

Aroma: whisky, vanilla, oak, caramel, dark fruits, mild boozy factor.

Taste: i get moderate bitter hops and oak up front, sweet malt, vanilla, whisky aftertaste. Boozy bite at the end.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klourie
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark mahogany color with deep amber/copper colored edges and a two finger off-white head that quickly settles. Decent retention lasting most of the way through with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet and boozy aroma with prominent complex barrel characteristics nicely integrated into the earthy hops, leathery malt and vinous fruit notes of the base beer. Very nice barrel presence with charred oak, sweet spirit, toasted coconut, mallow and silky vanilla bean. Very complex, not just generic booze/whiskey. Underneath, there's subtle grassy hop resins along with burnt sugar, caramel, toffee and vinous sweetness. Hints of fig, date, raisin and plum. Smells really good.

Medium body and slightly oily/viscous with strong barrel character that's very nicely integrated into the base. Similar to the aroma but not quite as impressive. Oak and spicy whiskey is stronger than expected and the silky, luscious coconut and vanilla/mallow notes found in the nose are pretty subtle. Still, this beer is complex and enjoyable especially if you like quality whiskey flavor in your BA beers. Plenty of spirit flavor and boozy sweetness but there's little to no heat. Complexity makes it a bit of a sipper but it's surprisingly easy to drink at 12.2%. Thankfully the barrel is well integrated without obliterating the flavors of the base. Dry bitter resins up front with grassy pine and sticky buds quickly countered by sweet caramel malt, toffee, light chocolate, burnt sugar, shaved coconut and vinous sweetness. Lots of dark fruit with plum, grape, currant, date, fig and raisin. Slightly earthy and leathery with a faint tobacco presence complimenting the hops and balancing the sweetness. Overall, a flavorful complex beer that's well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of ZachT
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage, 11.9% ABV. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a murky brownish/ruby red color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, oak and a bit of chocolate. However, the taste isn't as nice as the aroma. There's an unpleasant medicinal bitter flavor that luckily weakened somewhat the longer I drank it, along with some dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and booziness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and has a decent amount of carbonation. I didn't have any problem finishing the bottle, but I didn't like that medicinal flavor in this brew at all. At $19.99 a bottle I'll pass on this in the future at that price. I'll just stick with regular Bigfoot instead.

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Photo of Cold_1
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Givemebeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Bigfoot: Cellared for over 1 year

Look: Beautiful beer. Deep amber ruby colored and clear. Nice lacing. Oozes class.

S: Figs, prunes, plums, and as stated on the bottle raisins coconut and vanilla also present. Good strong complex aroma.

T: Oh this is a bit boozy. Not too boozy - reminds you that this one is definitely a sipper. The balance is pretty incredible on this one. Dark fruits lead off on the palate before shifting to the barrel qualities. The alcohol comes through at the end leaving a warming feeling.

M: Full bodied and tamed carbonation.

O: One classy sipper from Sierra Nevada. Beautiful bottle and as expected fine product inside the bottle as well. Happy to have bought this rather expensive beer and cellared it for a year.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a sipper if there ever was one. I was expecting a big huge boozy beer. Although you have take it easy with this one, it's truly a well put together barley wine. Big on malt, hops and bourbon. Very warming and smooth. Wish I had another bottle of this for sure.

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Photo of knotes1963
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

'14 version on tap at Brouwers.

Just has the '16 non-BA version last week. Don't have them side by side but similar appearance by memory. Smell is sweeter, still some hops but more caramel. Taste is balanced but still strong hop presence. Surprising for a 2 year old brew. Subtle whiskey and noticeable booziness. Caramel and strong lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thicker than the original but on the medium low end for BA beers. Very pleasant and not heavy though which adds to drinkability.

Overall I like it a lot and the barrel aging compliments the base beer quite well.

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Photo of Bugcatcher
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fan-fucking-tastic this is an absolutely incredible beer.

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