Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Tifore:
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2010 Vintage. Poured into my DFH snifter.
A - Pours a deep cherry color with some orange hues. I may have over aggressively poured this beer because it developed a huge 3 finger head that even spilled out of my glass a tad. The head started out as a light tan olor but as time went on turned into a off white and got super airy with huge bubbles. It also left the most delicious and sticky lacing that I have ever seen all along the sides of my glass and a very thick cap to top it off.
S - Smells of loads and loads of sweet dark fruits and grapes. Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, some melon in there too as well as concord or sweet purple grapes. Lots of malts with carmel and slight roastyness in there as well. The overly sweetness of this beer even reminds me of Koolaid.... Haha.
T - The taste is absolutely delish. Very strong and bitter to start but that fades quick to the sweetness which takes you along for a malty berry ride to a coffee and toffee lingering finish.
M - Mouthfeel is good. By the end of the beer I felt it had lost all carbonation and almost felt a little flat, I was lost by this but overall a great smooth beer that leaves you with a awesome finish.
D - Well this barleywine is pretty intense and overpowering at times so it is a sipper and perhaps a one per night only thing. I will definitely be savoring the rest of the six pack and letting it age. Highly drinkable
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2010 03:13:04 | More by Tifore
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3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured straight down into a large style tulip it produced a massive, thick, fluffy, light beige/off-white three finger head with considerable staying power (after a couple of minutes in the glass it was still well over a finger) and considerable lacing. Color is a hazy, opaque, tawny brown with hints of amber. Nose is well balanced with crisp, piney, and slightly grapefruit hops underlying a big, malty nose presenting dark caramel, toffee, molasses, a tinge of vanilla and, well, just plain old malted sweetness. For a 9.6% abv, there is no sign on the nose of the higher alcohol content. Sip is bittersweet on the front of the tongue leading with lightly floral piney hop notes. Midpalate sees the full expression of this powerful and complex brew with an explosion of multi-layered sweet flavors from the malt including caramel, stewed fruits, dried Turkish apricot, sweet dark bread, and fruitcake. The hop component has a fresh and extremely well-balanced quality and presents a generalized sense of light citrus and pine bitterness. The back of the tongue and swallow sees an aggressive hop expression overtake some pronounced malty caramel notes, first in terms of light crisp pine notes and then an aggressive burst of tannic, slightly rubbery bitterness. Finish is somewhat thin, given the strength and depth of flavor on the sip, and consists most strongly of drying tannins with, again, notes of bitter grapefruit and pine. Despite a head suggesting massive carbonation, the mouthfeel was velvety smooth and slick while the alcohol never really showed up. I meant to A/B this with last year’s Bigfoot but before I could do it, someone at our holiday party back in December accidentally drank the 2012 Bigfoot I’d been saving all year. Grrr!! At any rate, based on my review of last year’s Bigfoot, this one seems a bit less hop forward and more malty, with some greater depth in the malt profile. I think that’s an improvement and a better reflection of what I’ve come to expect from American Barleywine’s. I’d like to see more happen in the finish, but all-in-all, this was a terrific brew and an excellent example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 03:21:00 | More by 8stringfan
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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