Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark maroon hue with some visible sediment and a thin foamy off-white head.
Aroma: Rich caramel that is both sweet and aromatic. Some pine and a little earthiness from the hops.
Taste: As advertised, the palate is sweet with a strong bitterness that sneaks up on you. Starts with rich amber and caramel malts that provide a hint of sweetness. However, if you blink you just might miss those flavors because the hop bitterness swarms in after about the halfway point and provides some serious IBUs as well as a great earthy flavor. The aftertaste is somewhat dry and completely hop forward. Even though the hops play a major role, it is still a balanced brew. Not quite as sweet as I had anticipated but that lack of sweetness might be why it is not cloying at all. Lots of flavor and no hint of the 9.6% ABV. Would love to see them do a special release of this and bump that ABV up a bit to really let Bigfoot loose.
Mouthfeel: Just a couple hairs below full bodied with smooth carbonation. Easy drinkability which is an accomplishment given the style.
Final Thoughts: I've been looking forward to trying this beer since hearing about it through BA. I'm not disappointed, especially given the price ($10 for a 4-pack). Would I drink it again? Yes, I have one more in the beer fridge and two aging in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2013 23:21:26 | More by JamesMN
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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