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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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6,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,124
Reviews: 2,805
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 246
Gots: 1,053 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. Over 2000 reviews of this beer. Is there really anything to add?

Drank this 2010 just over two weeks before the best before date of 22/01/2011 (duly noted that this date is written in the European manner so I can only assume it was intended for export).

Poured between an ISO tasting glass and a high tumbler the head was just everywhere and foaming like James Murdoch at the Edinburgh TV Festival. The mini tornado of thick beading moved throughout the deep reddish brown liquid.

A deep long piney nose and in the centre of all that is just a whiff of a sweet core. This is reflected in the taste but there is also some orange in there too. Some long pricklish acidity to taste. Very hoppy too. Tres nice.

Leaves lots of very light and delicate lacing.

I would have liked some more clinging lingering coating of the mouth. Just a bit more dimension for perfection. Still very impressive.

I can fully understand how some might consider this to be almost like an Imperial IPA. It is a total contrast to an English Barley Wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 20:11:56 | More by Zimbo
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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.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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