Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 6,118 | Reviews: 2,805 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Maxwell:
3.86/5 rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2014 Vintage- The beer pours a deep, candied, ruby color with a nice, off-white head that borders on the color of white sand and has a mild retention. As the head goes, it leaves a thick blanket of lacing on the glass. The beers body is deep in color, but clear and rather translucent, even in its darkness. When I splash the beer against my glass, it leaves the briefest of alcoholic legs, hinting at the booze within it. As a whole, the beer is quite nice on the eyes. On the nose, the beer smells like an old-school DIPA: damply piney, with a strong caramel malt shiver running up the nostrils to suggest toffee. As it opens up, I start to get hints of plum and prune in the malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially of hop bitters (mostly of the pine variety). The middle of the sip sees a touch boozy heat, and towards the finish, the bitters are greeted by a powerful burst of caramel malt sweetness, which bends this beer back towards balance. Boozy heat and sweetness return on the finish, combining to intensify the afterfeel of bitterness in the mouth. In flavor, this beer begins with a fresh burst of sticky pine resin, moving slowly towards fresh pine needles and bitter medicine. This medicinal bitterness slowly blends into an ooie-gooey caramel and toffee sweetness. The transition bring hints of brown sugar-coated plums and prunes alongside solvent-like alcoholic heat. The finish sees a beautiful burst of caramel bread that has me looking forward to the things to come. The aftertaste is decidedly bitter with pine sap and medicine. In the mouth, the beer feels full bodied with a sticky, chewy mouthfeel, a middling carbonation, and a definite tingle on the tongue that could be coming from the alcohol or from hidden acidity. The sides of the tongue are shocked with bitter-bite once the beer has left the mouth, and the mouth as a whole is left dry except for the far extremities which pool spittle. Overall, fresh Bigfoot tastes like a boozy DIPA in today’s world. It’s hot, it’s hoppy, and it’s got a nice balancing malt that finishes quite elegantly and lets you know this is an American Barleywine. Admittedly, I’m more fond of the English Barleywines, but this is a classic of the American style, and has some nice complexity to it. This beer is a classic for a reason and should not be missed.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2014 15:48:33 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
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.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
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.
Food match: The heavy body of this beer really makes it more of an after-dinner brew, however if you were going to attempt it with food then you need a bold spicy cuisine like a Thai with a light body to counteract any bloat, such as a green Papaya salad with chopped red chilli.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 07:53:15 | More by doktorhops
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,118 ratings.