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