Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Copernicus:
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured a 12oz. bottle of the 2014 into a snifter.
Not sure if a full review is even necessary; this one NEEDS some age. I'll probably buy a second bottle and wait a few years to then do a vertical tasting.
A: It pours a deep mahogany, nutty brown with ruby undertones...somewhere between amber and amber brown. It forms a good off-white head and a foamy lace. There is a slight haze.
S: It smells of nice spicy malt with a sturdy hop background. It's piney, like a wet boreal forest. It also displays some nice medium dried fruit like apricot and orange along with some clove and brown sugar.
T: It's bittersweet but well-balanced. It could even develop some sherry qualities when it ages. It's not too biting despite its alcohol content, but age will mellow it out even more. It tastes young, incomplete, like unripened fruit.
O: All of the makings of a good quaff are there, but the verdant flavors need a few years to work out their differences. Everything felt and tasted too spread out and disconnected, not fully integrated.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 19:54:40 | More by Copernicus
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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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