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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,777 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5777
Reviews: 2783
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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carwreCk

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a few barleywines and none of them were the hop-forward 'American style'. I am getting the barleywine maltiness from Bigfoot but also the hoppy element. If one were looking for an English-style barleywine the hops would detract from that. But I am judging it based on what it is, a hop-forward American barleywine.

The taste is caramel and even a bit of chocolate from the malts, followed by a strong piney hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium for the style, fits nicely for this beer. The drinkability is very good for the style. I am drinking it out of a Guinness glass which may subconsciously make me drink it faster. All said and done it is a very decent beer, labels be damned.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 10:10:36 | More by carwreCk
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vfgccp

New York

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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NateSharpless

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-18-2014 20:46:39 | More by NateSharpless
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-18-2014 01:11:53 | More by Russf3181
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 04:51:09 | More by Andy_Luft
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-17-2014 03:13:42 | More by Quattrofiend
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 01:30:10 | More by Qbdoo
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 03:16:27 | More by funkyaudio
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

04-16-2014 02:01:19 | More by ToddKehoe
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-15-2014 23:46:05 | More by 1Sundown2C
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California

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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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glass_house

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-14-2014 15:00:40 | More by glass_house
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California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-14-2014 05:35:50 | More by TruePerception
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bareju

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-14-2014 03:37:38 | More by bareju
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Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour looks like liquid caramel with a nice off white foamy head that holds on very nice. Smell is hoppy with a touch of alcohol. Taste is boozy and hoppy, some bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is silky, yet very sharp carbonation bubbles in my mouth.

Overall a good beer, love that it's got such a hoppy flavor, just wish the alcohol was hidden a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Virginia

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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,777 ratings.