Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
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.
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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4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 bottle consumed 3/15/14 after a little over a year in the cellar.
A- pours a reddish copper. Very clean looking and nice head.
S- sweet smell. Maybe a hint of bourbon even though this wasnt aged in a barrel. Good smell.
T- tastes delicious but almost like a beer in transition. It has shed a little bit of the hoppy bite the freshy had and has more of a sweet malt backbone. Still very balanced but could smooth/mellow more.
M- great mouthfeel-tickles the tongue. Nothing to complain about here.
O- this is a great beer. I will purchase at least a 4 pack every year. Im looking forward to seeing this one after 2-3 years in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 21:50:40 | More by BoJengs
District of Columbia
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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