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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,050 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,050
Reviews: 2,804
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,044 | FT: 38
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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beagle75

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2012 vintage.

A: Clear, dark amber color with less than one finger of sticky turmeric-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spirituous, with signature spicy hops a la Sierra Nevada and complex vinous/caramel/crystal malt. Alcohol heat is suggested.

T: Begins very off-dry, with dark citrus hop aromatics that complement well the caramel fermented grain. Acidity is mild into the middle where bitterness comes on early. It is a very clean beer, flavor-wise, which seems to allow the palate to really dwell on the bitterness that becomes more and more pure and oppressive through the finish. Alcohol is barely tasted until long after the finish when lingering bitterness finally fades.

M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The archetypal American barleywine; Bigfoot's focus on hops is as contemporary as any of the style, but it seems to drop another weight class in terms of strength with every passing year. Once maligned as America's most unhealthy beer, it is now a reasonable sub-10% abv in a world where bigger is assumed to always be better. It shares the same house quality of spicy (fresh) Cascade hops that adorns Sierra Nevada's pale ale and Celebration IPA. Often tried by unsuspecting celebrators, this isn't really a beer for changing minds or creating trends. However, it is always there in case one's taster needs recalibrating.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:02:13 | More by beagle75
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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