Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Just saw this bad boy in the store the other day so I thought I'd pick up a six pack after work today...needless to say I am GLAD that I did and I haven't even tasted this beer yet.
Poured out into an arrogant bastard pint glass, solid thumb-width of head which sticks around for a while. Kind of a cross between the super dense frothy head I find on their celebration ale and their standard pale. It looks awesome, I mean this thing has an appearance all to itself which gives it some individual character right off the bat. Darker than an amber but not at all the same look as a porter or stout it's either dark dark red or a light light porter.
Got a good whiff out of the bottle after I poured it, smelled pretty standard Sierra Nevada. Solid floral hop aroma, but once poured it became a more subdued foresty smell.
The first thing that comes to mind about the taste is the strongness of the flavoring couple with the thickness of the beer. Very malty, I can see where the darker color comes from for sure but it's balanced very nicely with some sweeter hops and Sierra Nevada uses only the best hops to be sure! Best way to describe it after a couple of tastes is a super strong initial flavor where I get solid malt, almost like a nut brown ale but much more in your face. After you let it sit for a second it mellows out and the sweeter more floral and foresty tasting hops come into play which completely eliminate the small hint of alcohol flavor I got at the beginning. It ends with a combined sweetness from all of it's elements, I get some honey in there as well. What surprised me the most about the finish was how smooth it was, it was seriously as smooth as most porters and stouts i've had albeit not as thick bodywise.
Bottom line, this is a great beer I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of strong ales and barleywines for sure and to most people who generally like beer..you know who you are!
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2010 06:27:50 | More by dwilson01
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