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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,111 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,111
Reviews: 2,805
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 248
Gots: 1,051 | 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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Patrick999

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours into my snifter that definitive American Barleywine amber-brown. Not much sediment if any - is this not bottle-conditioned? Thick and long-lasting head for a b-wine. Some lacing and a thin coating hangs around.

S - It smells plenty hoppy. along with some caramel-like whisky. A little acetone, smells a tad hot. Nose not lacking, though, that's for sure.

T - Alcohol doesn't seem to be quite as present as in the smell. Big bitter hit of Cascades, nicely balanced by thick, sweet malt. Nothing too outlandish, just a great drinker.

F - Has that thick hop-oily feel I recognize from many Imperial IPAs. Full bodied, but not quite as thick and syrupy as many other barleywines.

D - For a barleywine, this is great drinking, not just sipping. I could conceivably have a couple of these. I couldn't do that with an Old Ruffian, Olde School, or too many other barleywines, no way.

25 years....it's yet another style definitive for Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure it's my absolute favorite barleywine, but it's up there. Factor in the ridiculously low price for a 6-pack, and you see why Bigfoot is such an anticipated beer. Here we reap the benefits of Sierra Nevada being a "bigger" craft brewer and thus enjoying greater economies of scale; few others give us this kind of value.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 23:15:25 | More by Patrick999
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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.
93 out of 100 based on 6,111 ratings.