Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz Bottle of 2014 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, Opened on 1/15/14
A - A nice caramel color when held up to the light that gives way to red hues as you take the glass away from the light. A nice head with some solid lacing. Although i swirl the glass a bunch so i have no idea about the retention of the lacing.
S - A ton of the hops hit your nose like a brick when you first smell. Also some grape leaves and white pepper, probably from the hops as well. I'm not getting much of the malt at all on the nose, but do get some of the alcohol.
T - When I first sip this beer i get all the carmel and sweetness of the malt immediately, but only for a second before the intense spicy, bitterness from the hops kicks in. But after the initial smack in the face from the hops, the caramel sweetness returns with a little bit of baker's chocolate in there as well. Also getting some lingering heat from the alcohol.
M - Solid mouthfeel. Not too syrupy like some barleywines, although i would prefer a little less carbonation in this beer considering all the flavor it has. Sometimes i feel that too many bubbles take away from some the the flavors.
O - Overall i like this beer, and if you are a person that likes an intense hop character in their beer, then drink this fresh. I am going to cellar the rest of these for a while hoping that some of the hop intensity fades so i can get even more of the malt backbone in this beer.
12oz Bottle of 2008 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, Opened on 2/9/14
**I opened this beer side by side with a 2014 edition to see how time in the cellar effects the beer**
A - The beer is still a caramel/brownish kind of color, but is much more cloudy and murky than the 2014. It also is a bit more brown than the 2014, which has more orange and red on the peripheries of the glass when held up to the light. Almost no head on the pour, but the bubbles are noticeably more orangey brown than the 2014 which has whiter bubbles.
S - The smell is incredibly different then the 2014. Tons of malt and caramel on the nose right away. Almost like a milk chocolate kind of smell. None of the hop aroma comes through and no strong alcohol flavor like the fresh version. This smells amazing.
T - A really hearty bread taste right away, like eating saltless tuscan bread. Also getting a flavor similar to blue cheese stuffed dates that combines very well with the bread taste. But after that there is still a bunch of the hop bitterness working through. Surprised how much of the hoppy bitterness is still on this beer after 6 years in the bottle. But i like hops so this isn't a bad thing.
M - A bit more syrupy than the fresh version which is expected, but still not as much as some english style barleywines. The over carbonation that i didn't care for as much on the fresh version is gone and there is the perfect amount for my liking so you can smell and taste everything in the beer.
O - I definitely prefer the aged version to the fresh version. Both are good in their own right, but I love the front end flavors on this beer so much more than the fresh one and i prefer the slightly less carbonation too. So much richer and more developed than the fresh version. Still think the beer would be good with more years on it, but it is delicious now if you have any and were wondering.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 22:14:02 | More by happilyhopped
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