Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bosox941827:
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2010 vintage; 12 oz bottle poured into over-sized red-wine glass. A bit leery of this as barleywine not usually "my" style, but figured I'd be in good hands with Sierra Nevada....
A - Impressively amber, nearly opaque, but not quite. Color tells you this is a "serious" beer.
S - Hops and more hops, not what you'd necessarily expect from a barleywine, but this is SN we're talking about here...can't wait to taste this smell. Getting some sweet malt/molasses on the nose as well, as well as a bit of alcohol.
T & M - Wow...if I didn't know better (and I don't - not too familiar with this style), I would have thought this was a double/triple IPA - in Sierra Nevada's hands that may be what this is (in essence). The hoppiness is pervasive and extremely pleasant (full disclosure: hophead writing this review), run on solid backbone of malty sweetness. Alcohol reveals itself only at the end and becomes more prominent as the beer warms up, but it is balanced with the other flavors and not overpowering. But the story here is really the hops; they command the entire palate and the linger is just amazing. For those that like that sort of thing, it is just fabulous..you can make each sip last 10 minutes if you want. Mouthfeel is almost creamy as carbonation is appropriately low.
D - Surprisingly pretty high; don't get me wrong, this is definitely a sipper, but it's one that you could sip for quite a while and this is because of its balance.
As I said at the top, I was a bit leery of barleywines, and that probably led me to try SN's take on this to start, since I knew it would be properly hoppy. But whatever class you put it in, this is a fantastic beer, and highly recommended. Am definitely inspired to try other takes on this style....
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2010 00:42:54 | More by bosox941827
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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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