Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
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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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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