Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.38/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bigfoot pours a deep dark amber, with a medium tan head that recedes to fill the center of the glass.
Smell: typical barleywine - sweet, hoppy, sugary, alcoholic. Lots of hops. Bit rough.
Taste: Fierce bitterness tamed by syrupy sweetness, very "young" tasting. Delivers mouthwatering, sharp, immediate flavors. Lots of resiny, piney hops and a real sugary and syrupy sweetness. Very bitter and very sweet. Not subtle in the least. Leaves a hoppy residue in the mouth and bitterness on the back of the tongue. One to sip over a long evening.
This is a very strong, un-mellow barleywine, and while tasty, there are better ones to be had. (Old Ruffian comes to mind.) Bigfoot isn't all that drinkable, due to the extreme flavors and high sweetness. It's not a bad barleywine, surely, but I prefer mine a bit more relaxed and tame.
Note: I've recently tried the 2003 and 2004 years and they were much improved by aging. Buy and lay some down and you'll be nicely surprised.
2002 bottle drunk in 2008:
Subdued hops, not totally gone yet. Boozy. Big caramel, no sherry yet. Long finish, sweet burnt sugar. Probably past prime.
1998 bottle drunk in 2008:
Flat. Oxidized, ancient @ 10 years out! Very rich sherry notes, earthy coffee, deep. Everything about this beer screams old. Very long finish, syrupy and lingering, JW Lee's comes to mind. Still ok, nearly great. I'm lucky to try it!
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2006 19:34:33 | More by kkipple
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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