E.H. Taylor Barrel Finished “Bigfoot” Beer: Sierra Nevada’s Highest ABV Ever

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2022 E.H. Taylor Bourbon Barrel Aged Bigfoot. Courtesy Image

More big news from the hot release month of October. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company announced this week their highest ABV beer ever in partnership with Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet E.H. Taylor Bourbon Barrel Aged Bigfoot, a barley wine style ale aged an unheard of seven years, the last year spent slumbering in E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon barrels. Sign us up please.

It’s the first beer collaboration for the E.H. Taylor brand.

E.H. Taylor Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bigfoot is 15% ABV. It comes in in 750-ml. bottles in a canister reminiscent of the E.H. Taylor, Jr. packaging.

Per the brand, the beer brings rich flavors of molasses, caramel and burnt sugar, the brewery reports, balanced by whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops found in Sierra Nevada’s cult-classic Bigfoot Ale.

“The time in the barrels has changed the beer and made it so complex,” says Sierra Nevada Product Manager Terence Sullivan. “We love collaborations. But something of this magnitude — some of the finest beer and some of the finest bourbon in the world — it’s really something special.”

Colonel E.H. Taylor Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bigfoot will only be available in select markets and in limited quantities through Sierra Nevada’s online shop.

“Both Sierra Nevada and Buffalo Trace Distillery are pioneers in innovation amongst their categories,” says Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “Collaborating on a project like this is quite special. Both companies have made a massive impact on pushing the boundaries of craft beer and American whiskey, leading the foray into premiumizing the industry.”