Trip In The Woods: Bourbon Barrel Aged Vintage Bigfoot | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.36/5
Outstanding
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A combination of one-, two-, and three-year Kentucky bourbon barrel aged Bigfoot.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
32
pDev:
4.59%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 32
Photo of JRed
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark molasses brown in body with off-white head. Smells of dark molasses, syrup, cinnamon apple skins, orange skins too? Tastes of molasses, booze-soaked apples, oranges, peaches. Sugar. Some dryness.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark amber, with a tannish white head supported by a steady stream of bubbles. Nose is oak, light vanilla, sweet malts and hops. Tastes of warming bourbon, vanilla, dark cherries, strong malts, and a more subdued hop presence than expected. Finish is slick, sticky and chewy, with the stickiness staying throughout. Overall the best version of Bigfoot I've ever tried, easily among my top 10 beers.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear; reddish amber in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1 finger tan head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: smells big; dark fruit, cherries, oak, vanilla, toffee, and bourbon;

T: tastes just as big; sweet malt for a moment, then it follows the nose;

M: medium to full bodied; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; ridiculously smooth for 12.1%;

O: sublime;

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Photo of Roguer
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smoothest Bigfoot ever. Woody, tons of caramel and earthy, neutral hops. Coconut and vanilla.

Absolutely beautiful beer, crystal clear and dark caramel colored.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Bourbon, toasted malt, oak, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and light tannins

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and some toffee. Goes into the base a little more with some light pine and earthiness. Dark fruit comes through in the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smoothed out from the barrels and blending

O: An incredible blend of 3 vintages of BBA Bigfoot. Makes for a great sipper on any occasion. Definitely worth grabbing a few bottles

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours mahogany colored with a two finger ecru head; spotty lacing but good retention

Smell: Charred oak barrel, Bourbon, caramel and pine with hints of raisin and Maraschino cherry

Taste: Caramel, Maraschino cherry and raisin forward, with the charred oak making a powerful statement; very piney, through the middle, with the Bourbon bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Lots of interesting malt tones here that I suspect will benefit from additional aging in the bottle

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Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Hop Slam Snulip glass not sure or care when it was bottled. Pours a very attractive chestnut with a solid finger khaki head that leaves nice thick rings of lace with very solid retention. 4.75

Smell is starts with Oaked vanilla bourbon, char, brown sugar, caramel, dates, and toffee. 4

Taste folllows more pronounced and balanced woody bourbon slaps your palate immediately, with vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, oak, and toffee. 4.25

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, plenty of life for the style and 12.1% ABV, a touch dry and that is expected, and at its heft a very approachable sipper. I will have one in my cellar for sure, for the next Holiday season. 4.25

Overall maybe a little boozier than I prefer, but a very complex and balanced BA Barleywine that demands respect and reminds you why Sierra Nevada is a pioneer in craft beer and filthy rich because of the passion. 4.25

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Photo of larryi86
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep ruby red with a three finger off white head.

S- Piney, citrus, cherries, charred oak, bourbon, some vanilla, toffee, caramel.

T- Caramel, toffee, cherries, bourbon, oak, piney hops, touch of citrus.

M- Smooth, medium body, high carbonation.

O- A great barrel aged version of Bigfoot, everything that I love both fresh and aged Bigfoot comes through and is well balanced.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured an opaque, dark brown color with a large, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee and piney hops. Sweet toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla and booziness.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good grief, is this tasty... I'm a big fan of the base beer so I knew I had to have this one if I ever saw it... bought a couple and decided to pop one open while watching the Islanders hose the Pens....

The barrel aging of the different vintages together blends a touch of the sheer hoppiness of Bigfoot, the sweet caramel bliss that it turns into with age and a healthy dose of Kentucky bourbon... I dig it...

The perfect marriage....reminds me of a pecan pie that has a healthy shot of bourbon in it... sweet, caramelly, touches of booze here and there, an earthiness from the barrel... just masterfully done...

Highly highly recommended if you come across it... paid around $22 for this and will continue to do so until it disappears... I'm going to hold onto a bottle of this one for Christmas as it reminds me of a big sweet Christmas pudding... just terrific....

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Photo of stevepat
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich ruby/copper with a healthy khaki head and lots of active carbonation.
Smell starts out with spicy fig and raisin, slight bourbon notes. There are still hints of hops in the back as it warms up a bit. Lovel
Taste starts out with some spicy herbal/floral notes along side barrel char and caramel. There are also rye like spiciness and wonderful fig and cherry notes.
Mouthfeel is amazing, I love the thinning on this compared to unbarrelled versions. Keeps this behemoth from bogging down the tongue.
Overall this is the best barleywine that I have personally ever had. In general the style trends a little sweet for me and the balance of the barrel character and the slightly higher than typical hoppy notes make this a wonderful nectar to my mind. I will engage in some creative financial planning to justify getting more of these for sure.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Liquor Shed in Casper, $19.60.

Pours..looks like the Bigfoot. Loads of foam and lacing. Does the foam ever quit? Not a complaint. That high of an abv and long lasting foam is a very good thing.

The smell is Bourbon, pretty strong malty presence, fruity, and definitely has a hoppy bite.

The taste is so smooth, no alcohol burn whatsoever. Fruity, malty, hop bitterness that is fairly light, Bourbon is integrated so well that it has me shaking my head.

Substantial body with the carbonation on the lighter side.

Wow, I really dig this.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/5/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red, light orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, red grapefruit, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, raisin, fig, date, citrus peel/zest, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, oak char, citrus rind, herbal, floral, grass, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, red grapefruit, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, raisin, fig, date, citrus peel/zest, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, oak char, citrus rind, herbal, floral, grass, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, red grapefruit, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red apple, raisin, fig, date, citrus peel/rind, toasted biscuit, brown bread/crust, oak char, molasses, herbal, floral, grass, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly slick/sticky/resinous/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 12.1%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged American barleywine! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced between rich malts, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Light residual sweetness with lingering bitter/tannic dryness. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example. This is significantly better than the regular BBA Bigfoot with the extended (blended) barrel time. Feels thicker/richer, less bitter, with more barrel presence.

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Trip In The Woods: Bourbon Barrel Aged Vintage Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 32 ratings