EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty sweet bready and oak aroma. Sweet, light caramel, bread malt flavors-- with a lot of oak flavor, and whiskey character. Flavors from the barrel are subastantial, but not too much... Just about right.
Emeister84 (1609) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of coconut, butterscotch, almond, vanilla, and caramel. Clear dark ruby-bronze with a lasting, very thin, beige head. Mostly dry with a slight bourbon-like sweetness, in combination with flavors of coconut, dried fruit, vanilla, and brandy. Strong, full bodied, and well carbonated. A little hot, but very balanced, and very delicious.
beertholomeus (1239) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber brown color with an off white head. Oak, malt, dark fruit, hop, pine, caramel and alcohol aroma. Oak, hop, malt, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, whiskey, pine and slight vanilla flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness and dark fruit sweetness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oak and malt finish.
jake65 (2901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Bottle via BuckeyeBoy – thanks! Sat in the cellar for just about a year now; couldn’t wait any longer. It’s got an unmistakable Bigfoot smell; rich in hops and sweet like caramel and toffee. The whiskey barrel adds to the sweetness nicely. Pours a deep amber with perfect clarity and topped with a thick finger of creamy beige head. After several more minutes of sniffing (yep, full scale geekdom was exercised here) I finally get to tasting. Heavy hop and caramel malts, toffee, and light wood. I really like the mild influences of the whiskey barrel here, it allows Bigfoot to remain the centerpiece while adding to the overall product. Hard to say, since with only one bottle I didn’t sample fresh, but it feels mellower at this point and more complex that a typical one-year old Bigfoot. Really enjoyable; one of the best barleywines I’ve had to date.
tfratzke (69) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful ruby red in color. Crystal clear. Notes of vanilla, caramel, some spicy booze. Sticky mouthfeel, syrupy. Wonderful. Just the right amount of barrel aging. I can’t get over the amazing color.
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky red brown color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, citrus, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon alcohol. Taste of vanilla, caramel, day fruits, grass, tobacco, bourbony alcohol in the finish.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Dark coppery amber colored with light beige head. Aroma is dominated by notes of whiskey barrel, dark sugars, caramel malt and pine resin. Taste is brown sugar, resiny hops and toasted coconut upfront along with some whiskey, dark fruits and citrus rind to round things out. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a final dose of toasted oak and hops resin in the finish. Overall, it’s rich and full-flavored without being too sweet or boozy. Well done.
john_chaney (18) - - APR 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drink this beer slowly. This is not Bigfoot, this is his angry older brother. Beer pours a dark amber with a half inch of khaki head that recedes slowly leaving a small bit of lacing. Much bolder in every sort of way, except hops. The scent is almost like apple brandy, the grain and alcohol are in your face. The flavor is wood, complex dark fruits, a bit of vanilla, and alcohol. I wondered why Sierra Nevada made bigfoot at such a low abv compared to other barley wines. Age it on bourbon oak for a year, lose 20% volume, and you’ve got a complex 12%+ beer. Pretty sneaky Sierra Nevada. There’s a couple extra ounces in this bottle and you’ll notice it. I say again, drink this beer slowly.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2006. slightly hazy brown pour with soapy head. Great Aroma. nice oak mellows into apple, sugar, and rum. Alcohol warming. This was one of my favorites at the festival.
crossovert (9521) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful appearance, deep red, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is heavy on the base beer, nice hoppiness, herbal, woody, bourbon is there, plenty of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is like a normal Bigfoot, hoppy bitterness still cuts through. The barrel is mellow in flavor and adds some booze to the alpha acids. Nice tannic notes are added to the dry American barleywine base. I honestly am not always a fan of reg bigfoot but the barrel aging melds with it it just enough to make it better..