Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Welcome to HopFest - your host, Sierra Nevada. Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2008.
Originally enjoyed 03/21/08, updated 02/05/09 with a cellared bottle. This beer is captured within a brilliant red-brown cylinder, topped by a lasting creamy white head. With lacing around the edges of the glass, this is an attractive beer.
It quickly unveils a fully uplifting blast of fat, chewy hops that rolls smoothly over the tongue like a velvet carpet unfurling across a room. Holding it on the tongue is like slow-smoking a marshmallow, allowing it to melt in your mouth. Once it moves to the back of the throat, a mild fruitiness takes over, pushing against the inside of your mouth, big enough that it's seemingly searching for a way out. That escape comes upon first exhale and return inhale.
Impressively good. Cellaring one for a later enjoyment.
In the past year, it has mellowed, with the fruitiness completely mellowed, becoming even more velvety smooth. Stewing in its own juices has done good things for this beer. Not sure that I like it any better than last year, but it's at least as good.
2012 version, with a six pack purchased to enjoy one per year over the next five years. This is my only one of 2012.
Big head upon the pour, settling down only after a few minutes. That's a long wait to finish pouring. Once complete, the head is sturdy and tan, leaving thick rings, with a glowing orange/red beer beneath.
Fresh with hops and a malty backbone - the nose is big, but still seems very "new."
While smooth, creamy and incredibly enjoyable, there is a sharpness coming from the hops that comes through spicy and very forward. It then closes sticky and a bit smokey.
Really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to learning how it develops in the coming years.
2012 version, pulled from the fridge the day after the biggest snowstorm to hit KC in our lifetime dumped 12" on us, I'm worn from shoveling and this sounded like as good of a cure as any.
The head holds fast at about an inch, capping that beautiful glow.
The nose seems to have mellowed a bit - less pungent, but still every bit as big.
The spiciness noted last year leveled out some too, more smoothly ascending into the mildly spicy hops and smoked maltiness.
Such a lovely drinker - warming, fulfilling, bridging the gap between winter and spring.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2009 02:44:41 | More by mdcrouser
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