Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.44/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Reviewing a 2011 bottle that is now a bit over 3 years old.
A: Pours a clear amber/red with a very tall and frothy dark tan head. Head fades pretty slowly with great retention. Still substantial lacing too.
S: Sugary sweet dark fruits (raisins mainly) and candied citrus. Caramel too. I remember this being quite hoppy when I had it fresh, it's now very sweet and malty smelling with quite a bit of fruit mingling in.
T: Ahh but there still some hoppiness left in the flavor. A bit of a bite. Nothing like it is fresh but plenty of pine and grapefruit with a small wave of bitterness. Much sweeter than I remember regardless. Caramelly and sweetbread malt. That bitter and sweet candied orange flavor stands out, almost marmalade-like at points. Dry, bitter piney finish with some herbal zing to it at times. Crackery - saltine-like in the finish and aftertaste to go with a citrusy hard candy flavor that lingers forever.
M: Somewhat heavy and sweet but with a still-bitter and a lightly dry, crackery finish.
O: Well, I've always heard this is one of the best aging beers and I can see why. Still has big and bold flavors with good hoppiness. The finish especially still has a strong bitterness and hop presence. Great complexity. Very tasty and enjoyable. No negative signs of age. It's pretty different than from fresh, but not necessarily better or worse. Still great, just a big change. I didn't change any scores except I subtracted .25 from the appearance. Will have to revisit around the 5 year mark I think.
05-24-2012 review of a pretty fresh bottle:
2012 vintage, a few months old.
A: A really dark amber pour with a huge fluffy tan head adorning it. Fades quite slowly, leaving big fluffy streaks of lacing all over the glass. (4.5)
S: Big hoppy aroma. Citrus, mainly grapefruit and some tropical fruit to boot. Even some pine notes. This is no IPA though, there is a mountain of sweet caramel malt hiding behind the hop aromas. (4.5)
T: Lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit up front. Tangerine, mango, apricot. A bit of pine. As it finally fades, there is a super sweet caramel malt with some breadiness in there too. Some hints of honey towards the finish. Piney, resinous bitterness carries into and through the aftertaste. Touch of alcohol bite lingers in the aftertaste. (4.5)
M: Somewhat heavy, crisp with hop bitterness. A bit oily and drying.(4)
O: The quintessential american barleywine. It's very bright with hops when it's fresh, making it a borderline malty DIPA (like a double crooked tree or a 120min). Great balance of bitterness and sweetness, great balance of hops amongst themselves to boot. One of my favorite, if not THE favorite american-style barleywine. Can't wait to review an aged version from my cellar sometime in the future. Or better yet, a barrel-aged version when it arrives! (4.5)
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 06:00:02 | More by Dope
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