Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ESPNman:
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours a deep hazy amber, producing one and a half fingers of almost-white head. It pours almost like a syrup, coating the glass and leaving cappuccino-like trails in the head. Solid lacing.
S - Holy hops, Batman. At first whiff, it was difficult to convince myself that this is a Barleywine (style ale). There is some burnt sugars, a hint of fruit, and some sweetness in the nose... but mostly it's similar to Hoptimum where the dominant scent is sticky fresh hops. It'll be interesting to see how this fades as the beer ages.
T - While the hop bite is certainly present up front, there's a lot more to this beer. Sticky caramel coats the tongue, and is backed by fig and a bit of floral flavors. Definitely some candy-like sugar in there... with maybe a bit of apple as well. Although it's not what I was expecting from the style, I think this will age into a wonderful example of the style. For now, it's just an exceptional beer.
M - Medium bodied, thick, sticky, and a good example for the style. The mouthfeel improves more than anything else as the beer warms.
O - Another solid entry into the SN archives. This year's Bigfoot is certainly hoppier than previous entries, but it'll prove to be a winner over time.
Served into a Stone IRS Snifter.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2013 06:27:35 | More by ESPNman
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District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Have had this beer in the past and my memory was such that I didn't recall thinking much of it. My palate has evolved (for the better??), so I decided to try again.
I definitely enjoyed it more than I recalled. The appearance was dead on for what I expected color-wise, but the thin head that provided significant lacing pushed it to the wonderful state. I couldn't get much from the smell in strength, but what I hit seemed in line with the style.
For the taste, feel, and overall, I have one slight issue in the mix of sweetness, dark fruits, and tartness combined with the hops bitterness is just slightly off-putting. Admittedly, this beer does a better than others. Combine that with the nice taste of dark fruit, cherries, a little molasses up front, and all that leads to my ratings.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 01:40:49 | More by cjgiant
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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