Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Jekster:
4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance: This beer pours a deep dark cherry read that fades to a dark garnet pink red on the edge of the glass. There is a slight one finger light caramel head that maintains persistence while drinking the brew.
Smell: The smell is phenomenal. There is a deep sticky pine resin character along with a fresh cut grapefruit citrus character. There is a slight spicy character of rosemary or thyme along with dark caramel undertones. Tones of sweet bourbon hide as well in the background finding a nice balance with the forward hop character.
Taste: The first character on the pallet is definitely a strong hop citrus peer bitterness. This is quickly backed by an almost dark chocolate malt character along with a pleasant sweet red cherry flavor. The flavors literally hit you in waves providing a deep a complex character throughout the whole beer. There are tones of bread crust, burnt marshmallow and wildflower honey. There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but nothing astringent or unpleasant at all. The beer finishes with a nice warming feeling of alcohol although it was not detected in the least with the smell.
Mouthfeel: For as big as this beer taste it does not feel overly thick or syrupy. In fact it is actually a full bodied beer with a slight slickness and rather dry finish clean finish.
Drinkability: I would enjoy sipping a few of these throughout the evening. It is definitely not a beer to drink quickly, but rather one to enjoy with a nice cigar or a roaring fire.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is a wonderful sipper of a beer. It is amazingly complex while not being overbearing in any way. It has the perfect level of aroma, flavor, and alcohol to make it the perfect sippable beer for a cold evening. For the price point it is unmatched in my opinion by any barley wine I've had. If you're a barley wine or big beer fan this is a must get before the winter is over. This beer truly sips like a fine spirit.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2009 01:44:31 | More by Jekster
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Dark reddish brown with a decent light tan head and good lacing.
S: Good smell lots of dark fruits coming through with a malt/caramel backing.
T: Nice dark fruit sweetness at first with some malty mid then finishes with a slightly bitter hoppy end, and a nice hint of alcohol burn. only complaint is the aftertaste.
M: a little too carbonated for me but nice and smooth and not sticky
O: very good beer. this is a re review with an aged bottle for a couple months d
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 01:12:12 | More by GinjaSlice
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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