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

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,779 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5779
Reviews: 2784
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


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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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (March 2, 2010). Serial number on the label says "000710838" so it's bottled 8:38am PST, January 7th, 2010 on bottling line #1, (see here: http://www.sierranevada.com/images/BottleCode2009.pdf).

I'm intentionally drinking a very fresh 2010 vintage to compare it to older and more aged versions.

Eyes: Pours a soupy darkish red/copper. I need to pour the bottle slowly and wait as the head is so full and threatens to spill over. The off white foam is incredibly thick, and looks like the surface of the moon as it receded. Massive lacing. Gorgeous.

Nose: The hops are prominent, a sweet citrus, fruity profile. Dried fruit mix in with caramel. Smells very close to a DIPA, but not quite there.

Tongue: An extremely complex profile here. It's very thick and syrupy, with sweet malts, and bitter hops especially on the tail. All flavors are very well blended. The alcohol is fairly evident also.

Mouth: Thick, chewy and pasty, good carbonation for the weight. The savory mouthfeel seems to last for ever.

Libation: This is truly a great beer. I had heard this was a lot more hoppy than it actually was, there are enough hops to add an interesting dimension. Even trying this very fresh, I don't see how anyone could confuse this for a DIPA, but it is certainly a very tasty, very warming offering that I'll look forward to drinking and storing every year.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 10:15:00 | More by OttoBomb
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip style stem glass.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, lovely ruby amber color with a creamy off white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head, great lacing, nice head that dissipated and lingered on the beer's surface.

Smell: Smell is outstanding, nice sweet aroma up front blending into a well balanced aroma. Some alcohol on the nose but it is not very noticeable for a 9.6% abv.

Taste: Sweet upfront, bitterness in the middle, and finishes with a nice malt character. Lovely taste, I think the bitterness stands out the best and really blends and balances with the other flavors. Big flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation is perfectly balanced.

Overall: Great beer, Sierra Nevada's High Altitude series is one of my favorite, can't wait to try Hoptimum. I have had Narwhal (one of my favorite beers) and Bigfoot is great. Going to pick up another four pack to age and sample with the next few releases.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. Opened April 2014.

A - Pretty spot on color for a barelywine. Murky redwood and deep brewed tea. Bone-white head settles into a nice rim and then hangs around with excellent retention.

S - Sweet with just an edge of booze in the background. Caramel, orange, chocolate chips, applewood, prunes, and mashed apples.

T - Close to my archetype of an american barleywine; clean bitter hops and a sweet malty center with a warm boozy frame. Caramel, sourdough bread, toffee, strong woody hops, white booze. Lingering bitters and caramel.

M - On par for a barelywine. Medium body with nice carbonation.

O - Lives up to expectations. Definitely on the hoppy end of the spectrum for the style, but imho that's one of the most important features that separates American Barleywines from English Barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

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S: Caramel and pine.

T: Very hop forward. Bitterness hits first, then the pine and resin, followed by faint tropical fruits and big, caramel malts.

M: Thick and syrupy but not cloying.

O: Less barleywine in flavor and more of a less-tropical-more-caramel double or triple IPA. After getting over the slight disappointment on the first sip, despite knowing that this wasn't going to be a typical barleywine and expecting a lot of hops, I'm surprised at how good this is.

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