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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

6,052 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,052
Reviews: 2,804
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,044 | FT: 38
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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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into my perfect pint glass. This'll be my first beer after a week at sea drinking nothing but light lagers. I needed something hoppy!

In the appearance, a plethora of shades are visible. Light orange to deep crimson to dusky ambers. Like looking into a tiger's eye stone. Frothy tan head that has the consistency and retention of ocean foam. Head gets about halfway down then settles in for the night. Mostly clear, but with some cascading sediment that dances from top to bottom. Ribbons of bubbles rocket to the top. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen.

In the nose, heavy citrusy hops. Lemons, grapefruit, almost edging on IPA hoppiness. But then I get the maltiness: sweet caramel.

Holy bitterness. This thing is so hop heavy. The resin clings to the tongue; it stings the nostrils. Oranges, grapefruits. I'd be tempted to categorize this as an IPA/DIPA if not for a honey sweet, grainy character. Oddly, I even pick up some fruity red wine notes as it warms. Alcohol is there, but not distracting.

Mouthfeel is just what I expect from a barleywine: syrupy, warming. Medium/high carbonation. Boozy. Nom.

I've had the 2009 and 2010 versions of this beer, and each has been a sensory adventure. I wouldn't say it's the best barleywine I've ever had (that status still belongs to Mirror Mirror) but it's an extremely solid example of the style -- and a welcome return to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 06:38:26 | More by Phelps
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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