Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gcamparone:
3.29/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter . Purchased in Wakefield , rhode island.
A- Pours a clear cherry body with a thick 3" off white head that reduces very slowly to leave a huge layer of foam. Leaves thick non uniform lacing.
S- caramel, toffee, and some pretty hoppy citrus and pine notes. Smells like a hoppy red ale, like nugget nectar.
T- This is where this beer falls off a very high cliff. There are caramel and light fruity notes - but these are taken over by an extremely cloying astringency that is present from the first sip to a few minutes on the aftertaste. Alcohol comes through too.Not sure what's going on here.
M- medium body, medium carbonation
Im not sure what Sierra Nevada was going for here or how people can actually enjoy this beer - it's an astringent mess with really no barleywine character. I'll have to sit on the other 3 and see how they age.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 03:32:04 | More by gcamparone
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District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Have had this beer in the past and my memory was such that I didn't recall thinking much of it. My palate has evolved (for the better??), so I decided to try again.
I definitely enjoyed it more than I recalled. The appearance was dead on for what I expected color-wise, but the thin head that provided significant lacing pushed it to the wonderful state. I couldn't get much from the smell in strength, but what I hit seemed in line with the style.
For the taste, feel, and overall, I have one slight issue in the mix of sweetness, dark fruits, and tartness combined with the hops bitterness is just slightly off-putting. Admittedly, this beer does a better than others. Combine that with the nice taste of dark fruit, cherries, a little molasses up front, and all that leads to my ratings.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 01:40:49 | More by cjgiant
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a balloon glass.
Look: Dark rusty amber with more burnt orange when held up to light. A tan colored head dissipates to a wispy film while a decent amount of foamy lacing stays on the glass.
Aroma: Lots of oaky wood and piney hops with an undertone of syrupy malts.
Taste: Thick, syrupy sweet malts are immediately evident. This is followed up by a very bitter, pine and spruce hop bill with good grapefruit rind citrus in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, heavy, and slightly sticky.
Overall: Quality flavors and aromas all the way around. Definitely rich and worth sipping for a while.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 20:21:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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