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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4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Today I will be reviewing the mythical Bigfoot, a brown hair covered beast that roams the Pacific Northwest woodlands attracting attention from the occasional camper with a video camera... Wait a sec. I'm actually reviewing the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale or Initialised (as always in my Sierra Nevada reviews) as SNBBSA. What more can be said about Sierra Nevada, they rule the roost when it comes to the West-Coast craft scene, and I imagine they are all-round nice guys/girls as well. Note: This is the 2014 batch, and also my first US style Barleywine.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: A deep hazy cooper body with a ring of beige lace awaits the next lucky drinker (i.e. me).
S: An intriguing mix of dark fruits (fig, raisin, dates), pine and citrus hops. Also noted is a caramel malt and a hint of bread yeast that lingers around. There is a great synergy going on between these aromas, it's as if a fruity Belgian Quadrupel got in bed with an aggressive hop forward American IPA and the two had a passionate love-making session.
T: Then the flavour hits you, nay punches you right in the tongue. Elements of the above aromas swirl about taking a dump right on my palate. There is however a sharp forward hop bitterness that is a tad distracting, it's like an ultra concentration of pine and grapefruit. Shame when everything else within the taste of this fine Ale hits the right spot.
M: Dense and syrupy - it has the consistency of a delicious beer-flavoured treacle.
D: I guess I knew what I was in for when I cracked open SNBBSA but boy oh man oh girl oh woman it really smacks you around. Although the hop bitterness is a smidge over the top, the flavour and texture of this beer is indeed akin to a big hairy manbeast roaming the giant redwood forests of Oregon. Perhaps the only thing holding it back from being as great as a similar ABV Belgian Quad would be finesse - the Belgians nail finesse, whilst the Americans bring complexity to the table it will only take you so far, then you need finesse.
Food match: The heavy body of this beer really makes it more of an after-dinner brew, however if you were going to attempt it with food then you need a bold spicy cuisine like a Thai with a light body to counteract any bloat, such as a green Papaya salad with chopped red chilli.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 07:53:15 | More by doktorhops
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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