Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
review taken from notes during my inet down time 2012.
12 oz brown stubby bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Label shows a wildman spotting what has to be a Bigfoot ;).
A - deep garnet to very dark amber. Massive offwhite head has good thickness and fluff and offers stick all over my glass and I mean all over the glass.
S - loads of hops. Grapefruit and some pine aroma. hints of fruit within the giant hoppiness. Small sweet character with some caramel malt.
T - Hops cover every inch of the mouth. Grapefruit and earthy pine flavors dominate. light fruitiness are with every hop note within this brew. Never coming to full, but always there. Sweet caramel flavor is gone before it ever even really get's started. A real hop loaded flavor gem here. So many different hop notes and all different from one another.
M - Big and full in body. Thick in the mouth with alcohol warming throughout. A very enjoyable beer that does take some rocks to drink.
O - This isnt your sister's budlight. This is a full blown flavor monster that those of us who know great beer enjoy yearly. This is one that's talked about often amongst my friends while sitting around the camp fire. No, I'm not talking about an actual bigfoot you see people on tv chasing around the west coast. I'm talking about this work horse of a flavor monster Sierra Nevada are so gracious enough to release to we craft guys every winter. A true classic in our world.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2012 22:07:41 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Today I will be reviewing the mythical Bigfoot, a brown hair covered beast that roams the Pacific Northwest woodlands attracting attention from the occasional camper with a video camera... Wait a sec. I'm actually reviewing the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale or Initialised (as always in my Sierra Nevada reviews) as SNBBSA. What more can be said about Sierra Nevada, they rule the roost when it comes to the West-Coast craft scene, and I imagine they are all-round nice guys/girls as well. Note: This is the 2014 batch, and also my first US style Barleywine.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: A deep hazy cooper body with a ring of beige lace awaits the next lucky drinker (i.e. me).
S: An intriguing mix of dark fruits (fig, raisin, dates), pine and citrus hops. Also noted is a caramel malt and a hint of bread yeast that lingers around. There is a great synergy going on between these aromas, it's as if a fruity Belgian Quadrupel got in bed with an aggressive hop forward American IPA and the two had a passionate love-making session.
T: Then the flavour hits you, nay punches you right in the tongue. Elements of the above aromas swirl about taking a dump right on my palate. There is however a sharp forward hop bitterness that is a tad distracting, it's like an ultra concentration of pine and grapefruit. Shame when everything else within the taste of this fine Ale hits the right spot.
M: Dense and syrupy - it has the consistency of a delicious beer-flavoured treacle.
D: I guess I knew what I was in for when I cracked open SNBBSA but boy oh man oh girl oh woman it really smacks you around. Although the hop bitterness is a smidge over the top, the flavour and texture of this beer is indeed akin to a big hairy manbeast roaming the giant redwood forests of Oregon. Perhaps the only thing holding it back from being as great as a similar ABV Belgian Quad would be finesse - the Belgians nail finesse, whilst the Americans bring complexity to the table it will only take you so far, then you need finesse.
Food match: The heavy body of this beer really makes it more of an after-dinner brew, however if you were going to attempt it with food then you need a bold spicy cuisine like a Thai with a light body to counteract any bloat, such as a green Papaya salad with chopped red chilli.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 07:53:15 | More by doktorhops
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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