Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle from 2010 Vintage pack. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: The beer poured a beautiful amber/caramel color into the snifter; truth be told, the color is fairly similar to maple syrup with some reddish hues in the light. A very respectable head tops the beer and leaves massive, long-lasting strings of web-like lacing down the glass during consumption.
Smell: Hops are the order of the day here, and they are in abundance. The signature citrus aroma in most of SN's brews comes through, but there are also strong hints of pine and some underlying notes of caramel malt and some fruit. Evident smell of alcohol as well.
Taste: HUGE hop profile out front which takes no mercy on your palate. Tastes of citrus and especially pine abound, and there is little sweetness to be found in the initial taste. But there are some slight caramel notes in the middle as well as some notes of dark fruit to balance out the ample bitterness. Very balanced, but the taste of this sucker is gigantic. Not for the faint of heart. The high alcohol content also provides some lingering bitterness (along with the hops) long into the finish.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth for such a big beer. Surprisingly smooth, actually. The bitterness in the finish might cause some to find it coarse, though. The beer is fairly thick in body, and this is definitely a beer to slowly sip on as opposed to quaff in gigantic gulps.
Drinkability: With the alcohol content and interesting flavor, it would be way too easy to put a few of these down, but this is a beer to handle with caution and to enjoy slowly. I mean, it took me over an hour to really finish the glass and enjoy it.
A massive beer for the winter months. Definitely enjoyable, but it may have been a bit too much for my unrefined palate. Still fantastic, though. I would love to see how aging smooths out this bad boy.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2010 05:48:02 | More by Groomsy
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District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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
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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