Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RushLimbmalt:
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I braved the 2005 expedition. And a expedition it is... This barleywine is young, but I braved it anyway. It pours a cloudy amber color and has a nice tan head that leaves thick sticky lace on my glass. The aroma is a wall of hops... so much so that you can barely detect any of the malt and there is definitely a lot of malt in this beer. The taste is a immediate assault of hops on the tongue, backed up by a thick malty body. I can't wait to try it again after it ages a year or two... If I can wait that long. Lastly it is lacking in drinkability simply because it has a high enough ABV to smack you down if you get careless, but then it is so good it is best savored not swilled down like an American piss beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2005 08:53:23 | More by RushLimbmalt
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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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