Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2010 vintage served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Tuscaloosa, AL
How is this beer still on-tap in September? I was worried about the tap lines but I had a sample and everything was OK, so I ordered this twice.
Pours a luscious rufous color, like liquid rust. Dark enough that you can't see through it but it is not cloudy in the slightest bit. A dense two fingers of buff leather colored head sits like a heavy crown. Add to it spindly lacing and you have an impressive looking draught beer.
Pungent, toasted sourdough bread and some caramel provide the initial aromas. This is mostly malt, which is expected given the nine months of age on this keg. Raisin, drunken fig, maybe a small trace of Werther's Original candy. The hops provide a astringent quality to the nose; the citrus fruit is pretty much missing at this point. This is still good though it will get even better.
The taste mostly follows the nose. Lots of bready flavors. The hops are felt more prominently on the tongue; pine and a touch of tangerine are well-integrated into the malty body. Dark fruits and toffee. Booze for sure. A smidge of diacetyl, unfortunately; I taste a bit of butterscotch here and there.
This pour of Bigfoot was pleasantly toothsome in terms of mouthfeel but not so viscous that you couldn't drink the thing. The alcohol makes this a sipper, especially on your second glass that you shouldn't have but get anyway. No less drinkable than what the style calls for though.
Bigfoot is in its awkward in-between stage - some of you who have long hair will remember the awkward in-between stage of short and long when you were growing your hair - where the hops have started lose their fresh impact but the malt character hasn't developed enough to compensate. This stage occurs between 7 months and 14 months old in my experience. It's Bigfoot though - it is always going to be good. I was just stoked to see it on-tap here in AL.
Serving type: on-tap
09-02-2010 16:11:56 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Dark reddish brown with a decent light tan head and good lacing.
S: Good smell lots of dark fruits coming through with a malt/caramel backing.
T: Nice dark fruit sweetness at first with some malty mid then finishes with a slightly bitter hoppy end, and a nice hint of alcohol burn. only complaint is the aftertaste.
M: a little too carbonated for me but nice and smooth and not sticky
O: very good beer. this is a re review with an aged bottle for a couple months d
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 01:12:12 | More by GinjaSlice
4.04/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Orange/Amber with solid off-white head. Nice appearance.
Smell: Caramel maltiness, raisins, hops
Taste: Nice spicy hop presence! Raisins, figs, and caramel malts, with a good barleywine alcohol burn. Really solid flavors.
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy, but pretty typical barleywine.
Overall: Solid barleywine! Definitely one of the better brews I have had in this style.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 20:20:07 | More by MemphisSooner
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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