Home >

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot - Barrel Aged

Serve in Snifter


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Our Bigfoot Barleywine is a craft beer legend. Each winter, this beast of a beer appears and wreaks havoc on unsuspecting palates with its intense bittersweet flavors. This year—in honor of the 30th Anniversary of this style-bending brew— we’re releasing a very special version of this cult classic: Aged in oak whiskey casks for nearly two years, this barrel-aged Bigfoot is incredibly complex. The assault of resinous hops has mellowed, and the influence of the wood has shifted focus toward the malt—with rich burnt-sugar flavors and notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and raisins. Grab this elusive beast while you can, because it won’t be around for long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (2426) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2016
Draught at SBWF 2016. Small but lasting white head. Smooth and barrel aged aromas with vanilla and piny hop aromas. Nice and smooth malty taste with a big body that is balanced with a firm bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donandres (359) - , Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2016
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (3002) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2016
At SWBF 2016. Pours caramel with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, bourbon, oak, butterscotch, figs, dates, raisins, plums. Holy fuck that aroma! Taste is loads of caramel and candied fruit with prominent toasted oak notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily with moderate carbonation. Just wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4151) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Draft at Slaters. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cinnamon and booze. Soft flavor of creamy herbal caramel, riasin, toffee, buttery vanilla and some malt. Very sticky sweet beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1234) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from big bottle. Smelling that bourbon barrel oak. Amber mahogany with lacing. Tasting oak, vanilla, big alcohol, caramel, roasted malt, dried fruit. Mellows nicely as it warms. A bit strong, but excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (1351) - Beckley, USA - AUG 11, 2016
on tap at the Mills River brewery; deep amber to red color; fantastic aroma - sweet malt with hops and bourbon - mostly bourbon, with hints of oak; intense bourbon flavor; oak and hop notes; the bourbon really overwhelms everything else - not that I have a problem with that

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (418) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2016
BOTTLE. Ruby/crimson in colour with off white head.. Smells of sweet toffee apple, malt biscuit & booze with some warmth.. Warm boozy caramel malt, goes to a sappy texture finishing with dried fruits & a hoppy kick. .Sourced Cape Cellars

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
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-

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (340) - North Branch, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Packaged on 3/29/16 - from Costco. Not a ton of barrel characters, but the ABV is very well hidden for 11.6%. Hints of vanilla, in there - but overall a good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1821) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2016 Poured from a 750 ml 2015 vintage bottle. Aroma is malt forward with lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugar. Some treacle with medium light oak notes. Some light vanilla. Moderate hop notes with a woodsy and pine resin character. Light alcohol spice. Pours a hazy brown, with some burnt amber hues and a medium sized, thick tan head that recedes to the edges and lingers. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is rather sweet with lots of caramel. Lighter toffee and burnt sugar with faint treacle. Medium high bitterness. Some moderate hop notes with pine resin, grapefruit and slots of wood. Light alcohol spice and hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but not an amazing one. I really think the hop character and bitterness detract from the beer. I guess I?m not a huge fan of old school American style barleywine. Though I do kind of like their aroma.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 43

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50