Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Philousa:
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2009 Batch imbibed at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto on 2/10/12.
Pours a red caramel in color with a little head. Clarity is apparent when held up to the light. Rich caramel, hint of chocolate, with some heat in the nose. Rich is the operative word. Held up well. heat balances out the sweet well. Big caramel again in flavor. Thick. Turns alcoholic, biting, then bitterly hoppy with dark, burnt chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Incredibly well balanced, considering what went in it. Great complexity but not too complex and very smooth with an alcohol bite for balance sake.
This is my first Bigfoot, so I look forward to comparing it to a fresh batch. From what I've heard, this is the best bang for your buck when drinking barleywines. I can tell that this sat down well and mellowed out. That said I want to experience the hop aroma and flavor to its fullest, fresh. This is a complex beer that I look forward to getting to know over the years.
Serving type: on-tap
02-15-2012 06:05:33 | More by Philousa
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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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