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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,771 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5771
Reviews: 2782
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
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lanamj

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage shared with friends.

A- Pours a nice caramel brown. Has minimal head and appears somewhat thin. What little head there was dissolves into nothing. This is a very translucent beer.

S- Wow. This has aged very nicely. Fresh Bigfoot has a nice hop aroma, where this vintage bottle's hop aroma has faded and all that is left is beautiful malt aromas. Lots of caramel and molasses. I get some sweet booze towards the end.

T- Nice caramel malts and sweet booze. This is how a barelywine should taste. Not as complex as it is when its fresh but still so nice. Very little booze on this one. The hops find them selves at the very end in the form of a bitter finish.

M- Goes down lovely. Just a little thin but not to thin. The age on this one has calmed the carbonation a little but still present.

O- Glad i got to try an aged version of this, thanks Brawley!! It seems to lose complexity with age but gains character. I feel it starts off as a barleywine "style" ale and becomes a barleywine over time. I love the sweetness to this ale reminds me of so many other great barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 16:21:38 | More by lanamj
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,771 ratings.