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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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6,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,124
Reviews: 2,805
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 246
Gots: 1,053 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For those familiar with the Stone "Double Bastard Ale", this beer will be perfect for you.

A: Great appearance overall, cloudy, and barely transparent. Mediocre head with moderate lacing.

S: Wow, I walked away from my beer to toss the bottle in the recycling across the kitchen and the smell quickly consumed the kitchen and followed me.

T: The taste is exceptional, no doubt about it. This is not a true barleywine, but it is most certainly an exeptional "American Strong Ale" as this is very similar to Stone's Arrogant and Double Bastard Ales. This beer is a flat-out terrific value. I believe I got it for under $2.00 for a single 12 oz. bottle. Expect roasted malts of the highest quality. Absolutely delicious.

M: The mouthfeel could definitely stand to be improved. This beer doesn't sit well in the mouth because it's just not as smooth as it needs to be to achieve perfection like Stone's Double Bastard has. The alcohol only exaggerates the slight sourness to the beer. It also has a slight astringency. I bet aging would improve this.

D: This is still a very drinkable beer for being a 10%er.

Sierra Nevada really outdid themselves with this one. I'm going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:35:09 | More by JohnL9013
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Today I will be reviewing the mythical Bigfoot, a brown hair covered beast that roams the Pacific Northwest woodlands attracting attention from the occasional camper with a video camera... Wait a sec. I'm actually reviewing the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale or Initialised (as always in my Sierra Nevada reviews) as SNBBSA. What more can be said about Sierra Nevada, they rule the roost when it comes to the West-Coast craft scene, and I imagine they are all-round nice guys/girls as well. Note: This is the 2014 batch, and also my first US style Barleywine.

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A: A deep hazy cooper body with a ring of beige lace awaits the next lucky drinker (i.e. me).

S: An intriguing mix of dark fruits (fig, raisin, dates), pine and citrus hops. Also noted is a caramel malt and a hint of bread yeast that lingers around. There is a great synergy going on between these aromas, it's as if a fruity Belgian Quadrupel got in bed with an aggressive hop forward American IPA and the two had a passionate love-making session.

T: Then the flavour hits you, nay punches you right in the tongue. Elements of the above aromas swirl about taking a dump right on my palate. There is however a sharp forward hop bitterness that is a tad distracting, it's like an ultra concentration of pine and grapefruit. Shame when everything else within the taste of this fine Ale hits the right spot.

M: Dense and syrupy - it has the consistency of a delicious beer-flavoured treacle.

D: I guess I knew what I was in for when I cracked open SNBBSA but boy oh man oh girl oh woman it really smacks you around. Although the hop bitterness is a smidge over the top, the flavour and texture of this beer is indeed akin to a big hairy manbeast roaming the giant redwood forests of Oregon. Perhaps the only thing holding it back from being as great as a similar ABV Belgian Quad would be finesse - the Belgians nail finesse, whilst the Americans bring complexity to the table it will only take you so far, then you need finesse.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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