Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AmitC:
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one is a gem of a beer. Extremely wonderful brew. This one is dated 20.912 I am assuming that means 20th September 2012.
Pours with an off white colored head of over three finger thickness. Head has a good standing as a thin fluffy layer. Extremely powerful lacing that is very sticky. Color is Dark amber in light and almost dark copper inside the glass. Ruby hues are present. A large number of bubbles. Somewhat hazy with some minuscule suspensions of dry hops.
Aroma: Very citrus and resin hop heavy upfront aroma. Super and fills the nose like an IPA. Some malt backbone and sweetness is not at all apparent. Hidden caramel malt flavor. Some alcohol is minutely observed. Aroma subsides very heavily in some time after pouring.
Taste: Strong hop presence in the taste as well but accompanied by a very solid malt profile. An excellent mix of bittering citrus and resin hops and malts. Malts have a caramel, toasted flavor and keep fighting the bitterness but do not succeed. This one plays with the palette just like a more balanced IPA does. Aftertaste in the mouth is bitter. It takes some time for palette to come to terms with this one. A very good display of hops and malts, i must say. Wins my heart. Mild alcohol presence for its strength. Provides a warmth while drinking. Finish is bitter dry.
Mouth feel: Full bodied and with more than moderate carbonation. No astringency for me but hop phobics will find it bitter. Alcohol is mild but does provide the kick when everyhing sinks in.
Style Rate: 4.75
Personal Rate: 4.75
I am so impressed by this brew. Not very far from my favorite style and provides the kick through its strength. A beer to fall in love with, for the price. Personally, I would drink this as fresh as i can get. Aging wouldn't serve me well as it will take away all of those hops, alcohol and warmth.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 00:47:02 | More by AmitC
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4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a balloon glass.
Look: Dark rusty amber with more burnt orange when held up to light. A tan colored head dissipates to a wispy film while a decent amount of foamy lacing stays on the glass.
Aroma: Lots of oaky wood and piney hops with an undertone of syrupy malts.
Taste: Thick, syrupy sweet malts are immediately evident. This is followed up by a very bitter, pine and spruce hop bill with good grapefruit rind citrus in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, heavy, and slightly sticky.
Overall: Quality flavors and aromas all the way around. Definitely rich and worth sipping for a while.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 20:21:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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