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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

5,779 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,779 | Reviews: 2,784 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by damndirtyape:
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz 2011 bottle (bottled 10/07/10 if I'm reading the stamp right) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Hazy dark copper orange-red with a very thin off-white foam on top. Ring at the edge, tiny thin skin in the middle, but big sheets of persistent lacing all over the glass. Good looking beer.

Smell: Very hoppy. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and tiny hint of mango, all smashed together and tempered with a bit of malt and just a hint of alcohol as well. More of the malt comes through as the beer warms up.

Taste: Bitter up front, quick malt in the middle, and long lingering pine, grapefruit, and earl gray tea (bergamot in here too) hop finish. Hops mellow out just a tad as beer warms up and a little bit of the malt shows through in the middle, but even then, the hops dominate. This beer is a showcase for the hops and little else.

Mouthfeel: Quick carbonation on the tongue, and then it's gone and replaced with a thick and creamy mouthfeel followed by all that hop oil sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite a monster this one. Good but smacks you around the head and shoulders with the hops. A slow sipper for good reason. I wonder what it would be like aged another year since if I've read the date stamp right, it's been about a year in the bottle and it's still massively hoppy. Might try it again sometime or pick up a bottle now and cellar it a year to see if the hop profile changes and the malt comes out more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:17:31 | More by damndirtyape
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,779 ratings.