Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bohemiandonut:
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Barley wine is an oft-confusing style for me. The moment I think I know what to expect, another throws me for a loop and I'm left unsure I even know how to consider such a beer. That said, Bigfoot, I challenge thee to challenge me to understand you.
Pours a brilliant scarlet red with head that is just itching for another swirl. Aroma is exactly what I wanted, malted-over citrus rind simply bursting with brown sugary booze.
Wow what a taste! Nothing I could have expected, very smoky (in a good way), woody, and complex. The mouthfeel really adds to this experience, creamy but dry, exploding in a million different directions of flavor. To emphasize, this DOES NOT taste like charcoal or mesquite, but rather like a perfectly peat-y cognac dipped cigar. Tobacco leaf and pine needle.
I think I may go back and buy every last bottle of this, so happy to find it still on the shelf! Definitely a beer to drink with Santa. Thank you Chico.
(So many A's from me lately but don't worry, those are just the beers I'm reviewing...)
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2010 06:57:56 | More by bohemiandonut
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4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
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.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 07:53:15 | More by doktorhops
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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