Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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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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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