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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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5,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 5779
Reviews: 2784
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown stubby with a vintage date of 2004 on the cap. A small amount of sediment stay still during the pouring. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Thick pancake like head with a webby trail of lace all over the glass. Clear brownish garnet color is brilliant against the light.

Smell: Enthralling aroma of fresh hops hits the nose with a stiff punch of grapefruit and mild pine. Light fruity esters and a caramel like malt are in the back.

Taste: Pungent right from the beginning, not astringent just really bitter from the hops. Then lays in the malt base which is a stable foundation of caramel and toasted sweetness. Some fruity esters jump into the mix as well as a clean yeast in the back ground. Towards the end things dry out with a faint fusel alcohol tagging along for the ride.

Notes: Perhaps a bit green though still damn tasty, drink it now for a good whack to the taste buds or let it sit a year or so to mellow it out. Either way Bigfoot a sure thing.

Bottled 2003 batch.

Appearance: The head is perfection, the lace is thick and sticky with a web like trail down the glass. Deep and dark amber color with a tawny reddish hues.

Smell: Perfumy hop resin aroma with a sweetish oily floral back ground, pungent in light grapefruit and vague piney scents. Esters throw a whiff of alcohol in. Some caramel in the nose within the blanket of malt sweetness that can’t seem to cover the hops.

Taste: The body is big, strong and unwavering. Well textured moderate carbonation. Flat out the hops show who is boss, bitterness is hard but with little astringency. Oily hops make for a slick and smooth mouth feel. As the hops roll over the taste buds the flavor becomes more rustic with a bit of earthy leafy hop flavor. Lots more to go around with the hops with citric and piney flavors. Maltiness may not be the dominant one though it still gives a good sweet push on the palate. Caramel and a toasted malt sweetness swirl around the hops and seem semi melded with each other. Alcohol is certainly not to be ignored either with a slow yet steady warmth, mild esters and a fruity character of ripe figs and prunes.

Notes: A bit more balanced than previous years with that same trademark hardcore hop character. This is the Big Mamma of hoppy barleywines and you have to love the stuff. This is a well aged beer if you have the willpower.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 21:18:09 | More by Jason
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001: Hell yeah! A bit raw, but expected for such a young big beer. Lay this baby down for some years and you'll have a totally different beer ... but back to this one.

Dark copper, with a nice patchy foam head. Killer aroma of aggressive hops with a citric sting. A very creamy and smooth beer. Flavour is initially overrun by hops (grapefruity, piney, salty, leafy and raw as all hell), then the big malt sweetness (a tad treacle-like) and alcohol flavours kick in to smooth things out. Fruity? yes. Oh, and by the way, the alcohol is very present, warming and dangerous.

Treat this beer with the utmost respect ... sip and savour.

Anyone look at the inside of the cap? Gotta love that image of 2 campers sitting down with BigFoot and having some brews over a campfire. Hell yeah!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2002 19:33:09 | More by Todd
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist cap bottle, with a mountain landscape and some looney hick pulling a donkey. 1998 Vintage.

Appearance: Dark-red amber, with an off-white sticky head.

Smell: Loads of hop aroma (loads), and a strong alcohol vapor that is almost perfume like.

Taste: Rich, ripe and fruity. The extreme hop bitterness and high malt sweetness blend together nicely, providing a well balanced barleywine. A pronounced hop flavour strikes with every sip, and lingers to the point where you can taste the raw hop leaf.

Notes: A deceivingly powerful brew, that is sure to sneak up on you during a session. At 9.6%(abv) and roughly $11 a six-pack this is by far, one of SN's best brews. Find it, buy it and savour it with respectful sips.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-19-2014 19:54:19 | More by Nmgreen
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip style stem glass.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, lovely ruby amber color with a creamy off white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head, great lacing, nice head that dissipated and lingered on the beer's surface.

Smell: Smell is outstanding, nice sweet aroma up front blending into a well balanced aroma. Some alcohol on the nose but it is not very noticeable for a 9.6% abv.

Taste: Sweet upfront, bitterness in the middle, and finishes with a nice malt character. Lovely taste, I think the bitterness stands out the best and really blends and balances with the other flavors. Big flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation is perfectly balanced.

Overall: Great beer, Sierra Nevada's High Altitude series is one of my favorite, can't wait to try Hoptimum. I have had Narwhal (one of my favorite beers) and Bigfoot is great. Going to pick up another four pack to age and sample with the next few releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:15:47 | More by Catracho5
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. Opened April 2014.

A - Pretty spot on color for a barelywine. Murky redwood and deep brewed tea. Bone-white head settles into a nice rim and then hangs around with excellent retention.

S - Sweet with just an edge of booze in the background. Caramel, orange, chocolate chips, applewood, prunes, and mashed apples.

T - Close to my archetype of an american barleywine; clean bitter hops and a sweet malty center with a warm boozy frame. Caramel, sourdough bread, toffee, strong woody hops, white booze. Lingering bitters and caramel.

M - On par for a barelywine. Medium body with nice carbonation.

O - Lives up to expectations. Definitely on the hoppy end of the spectrum for the style, but imho that's one of the most important features that separates American Barleywines from English Barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:51:17 | More by vfgccp
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A thick, rich, burnt orange.

S: Caramel and pine.

T: Very hop forward. Bitterness hits first, then the pine and resin, followed by faint tropical fruits and big, caramel malts.

M: Thick and syrupy but not cloying.

O: Less barleywine in flavor and more of a less-tropical-more-caramel double or triple IPA. After getting over the slight disappointment on the first sip, despite knowing that this wasn't going to be a typical barleywine and expecting a lot of hops, I'm surprised at how good this is.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:13:47 | More by 01001111
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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