Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2010 vintage 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Julian code puts this at September 11, 2009. 2 y 10 m 20 d old, awesome!
A - Dark red body, slightly hazy with some floating protein particles. There is also a decent amount of rising carbonation. One finger high light tan head. Super clingy with excellent retention.
S - Despite the age, it still has a hop kick. Pungent pine and a touch of grapefruit followed by huge dark fruit notes. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of booze.
T - Somewhere in between an American and an English style barley wine. Starts off with the rich maltiness of caramel, toffee, and caramelized figs...then comes a blast of pungent piney hops. Very dank and resinous. Less fruity than the nose. Finish is bitter with some alcohol warmth.
M - Silky and coating, yet medium bodied with ample carbonation.
O - Its no surprise it held up well to a bit of aging. I love the beer fresh due to the intense and uniquely Sierra Nevada hop profile...but taming that down a bit made it into a very nice and smooth barley wine with a dark and dank finish. Excellent beer!
2002 vintage thanks to FalconA
Pours a hazy dark brown body with dirty edging and a surprising level of lacing. Smells of toffee and pine. The hops are mysteriously still relevant alongside a dash of noticeable alcohol and light oxidation. Taste is muted toffee and caramel, faded pine and some faint wet cardboard. Its bitter, still. With the muted flavors the alcohol does make itself known. For being 11 years old this is incredible. Light oxidation complimenting against toffee and caramel and a surprising piney hop presence. Perhaps the best candidate for aging I have ever experienced.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2012 02:54:54 | More by davey101
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