Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by HiGravShawn:
2.98/5 rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Disclaimer: I like hoppy beers. I love IPAs and their kin. I aparently have not had a American Barleywine before because I have never tasted something so hoppy with such sharp maltiness. Maybe I went in expecting th wrong thing, but this is only the second SN beer I haven't loved (other was Kellerweis).
Look and mouthfeel were fine. Smelled ok although hoppier than expected.
Taste... like a double IPA with some malt hidden deep inside. It was extremely hoppy and this is from someone who drinks DIPA and Arrogant Bastard regularly. It just didn't blend well to me. I could barely taste any malt and the hops were very bitter. I have to wonder if this is really fresh and should be aged a while otherwise I would think something is wrong with it, but I don't know of any off flavors that would do this. It's like sucking on pine needles.
I will try one again one day just to see what the deal is.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2010 22:14:46 | More by HiGravShawn
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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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