Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Fatehunter:
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
2011 Bottling. New review eight months later with a bottle from the same sixer that was sitting in my cellar temp'd wine/beer closet.
Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy amber color with a finger of dirty-white head.
It has a deep malt smell that you could get lost in. Big improvement from the first review. There is also a black licorice smell.
Heady malt taste, almost knocked me over. Still has the gripping bitterness, which balances the malt well. Big and powerful all the way through. It also has a great alcohol warming finish.
Heavy body, low carbonation. Nothing changed here.
It got a lot better only eight months later. I still have a few more that I'll open one a year.
Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a thick, tight dirty-white head. Looks regal.
The smell is, well, almost non-existent. A bit of wet malt and brown sugar.
Sweet, but not too much. A bit of maltiness. A gripping bitterness, a lasting aftertaste.
Heavy in the mouth, but not really thick. Light carbonation. True to the style.
Maybe it needs to cellar for awhile... 'cause it was fairly average.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2011 22:49:02 | More by Fatehunter
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4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 bottle consumed 3/15/14 after a little over a year in the cellar.
A- pours a reddish copper. Very clean looking and nice head.
S- sweet smell. Maybe a hint of bourbon even though this wasnt aged in a barrel. Good smell.
T- tastes delicious but almost like a beer in transition. It has shed a little bit of the hoppy bite the freshy had and has more of a sweet malt backbone. Still very balanced but could smooth/mellow more.
M- great mouthfeel-tickles the tongue. Nothing to complain about here.
O- this is a great beer. I will purchase at least a 4 pack every year. Im looking forward to seeing this one after 2-3 years in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 21:50:40 | More by BoJengs
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured straight down into a large style tulip it produced a massive, thick, fluffy, light beige/off-white three finger head with considerable staying power (after a couple of minutes in the glass it was still well over a finger) and considerable lacing. Color is a hazy, opaque, tawny brown with hints of amber. Nose is well balanced with crisp, piney, and slightly grapefruit hops underlying a big, malty nose presenting dark caramel, toffee, molasses, a tinge of vanilla and, well, just plain old malted sweetness. For a 9.6% abv, there is no sign on the nose of the higher alcohol content. Sip is bittersweet on the front of the tongue leading with lightly floral piney hop notes. Midpalate sees the full expression of this powerful and complex brew with an explosion of multi-layered sweet flavors from the malt including caramel, stewed fruits, dried Turkish apricot, sweet dark bread, and fruitcake. The hop component has a fresh and extremely well-balanced quality and presents a generalized sense of light citrus and pine bitterness. The back of the tongue and swallow sees an aggressive hop expression overtake some pronounced malty caramel notes, first in terms of light crisp pine notes and then an aggressive burst of tannic, slightly rubbery bitterness. Finish is somewhat thin, given the strength and depth of flavor on the sip, and consists most strongly of drying tannins with, again, notes of bitter grapefruit and pine. Despite a head suggesting massive carbonation, the mouthfeel was velvety smooth and slick while the alcohol never really showed up. I meant to A/B this with last year’s Bigfoot but before I could do it, someone at our holiday party back in December accidentally drank the 2012 Bigfoot I’d been saving all year. Grrr!! At any rate, based on my review of last year’s Bigfoot, this one seems a bit less hop forward and more malty, with some greater depth in the malt profile. I think that’s an improvement and a better reflection of what I’ve come to expect from American Barleywine’s. I’d like to see more happen in the finish, but all-in-all, this was a terrific brew and an excellent example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 03:21:00 | More by 8stringfan
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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