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

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,775 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5775
Reviews: 2782
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


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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barczar

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a brilliant garnet with a densely foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates moderately, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply caramelized malt, dark fruit, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. Bruised cherries, prunes, and raisins accompany a hint of citrus and pine. Perfumey ange herbal hops round out the profile.

Medicinal cherry dominates the flavor, which finishes decidedly bitter and resiny, with a touch of onion and fresh cut grass. There's a luden's cough drop character upfront., which is then dominate by hops. Booze is evident throughout. Caramelized malt provides respite, but it's brief. More complex malt and ester character emerges late.

Body is a tad full, slightly creamy, with carbonation slightly on the low side and significant alcohol warmth.

Malt complexity is overridden by the brutally bitter hop character. Some hop flavor is present. The phenolic character is slightly offputting. Overall, delivers on its promise, but a little too bitter for my palate. Esters eventually save the day.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:04:19 | More by barczar
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S: Caramel and pine.

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M: Thick and syrupy but not cloying.

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Barleywine. Being a novice in the beer world, I immediately checked the barleywine wikipedia page after bringing a 4-pack of this character home. Upon pouring a glass, I notice an incredibly vibrant amber, almost red hue. While incredibly vibrant, it also sports an apparent cloudiness to it's texture. A short, creamy and frothy head sits on top of the beer like a autumn cloud at sunset.
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,775 ratings.