Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark orange-amber with a creamy 2-finger off-tan head, rather sticky, laying like a creamy blanket atop the brew. Reduces to a small ring, with thick and wet lacing.
A big, fruity brew from the start- nose shows bright hoppy tones of orange, passionfruit and red grapefruit alongside estery tones of cherry and apricot. Oddly like a Sauvignon Blanc wine in those respects. Hops even seem to throw in a saline-like minerality. Roast on the malt and the pine give woody impressions, while the booze covers up just about everything else.
Big bodied palate throws a hefty dose of caramelly malt around that joins quickly with the slick hop smoothness, only faintly fruity, picking up some serious chewy bran before the big bitterness and booziness seem to attack in unison- flavors of pine, faint grapefruit. The thick alcohol keeps the body up for a while before finally yielding texture to the long lingering bitterness, very mouthwatering, with that malty bran joined by the estery-alcohol combination akin to moonshine soaked cherries.
A fantastic Barleywine. Typically I'm very quick to dismiss a hoppy Barleywine but the big estery profile on this seems to bring the hops around in a really good way. Easily my favorite American Barleywine so far.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2012 21:00:50 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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