Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheCondor:
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I poured a couple of these tonight for Memorial Day with a fellow Veteran. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass
Appearance - Pours a deep amber color with a decent one finger head that sticks well to the glass, leaving good lacing. Head retention leaves a little to be desired. A good looking beer though.
Smell - Seems pretty hoppy for a barleywine. I had to do a double take because I was pretty sure the bottle said it was a barleywine, but I wanted to make sure I hadn't mized up and grabbed one of my Union Jacks or something. Thought I may have lost my marbles there for a second. Very hop forward in the nose, much more so than most barleywines. Alcohol and a bit of malts round out the nose.
Taste - While I have not drank as many barleywines as stouts or many of he other styles, this seems agressively hoppy for the style. A wallop of hops is right up front, pine and floral, with the hops flavor carrying through most of the drink. There is a malt backbone to speak of. Wasn't real wild about it.
Mouthfeel - Dry hop finish with an alcohol presence as well. Leaves the bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied, solid carbonation level.
Overall - I just wasn't that crazy about this beer. I think this would be a good candidate for aging, to mellow out some of the hop character. I'm not much of a hop head, so the aggressive hop nature wasn't really up alley. It was a decent beer, but I certainly could have spent my money elsewhere. Oh well. You win some, you lose some, and I lost this one big time.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2013 02:27:40 | More by TheCondor
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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