Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by microbrewlover:
4.76/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This brew pours an amber color which turns ruby-red when held up to the light. There is a nice tan two finger head which lasts for a long time, remnants stick around until the end and there is strong lacing on the glass until the end. Lots of bubbles due to the heavy carbonation.
The smell is strong with grapefruit and floral hops. Some orange peel as well. One can also smell the thick caramel hop backbone. The hop smell increases once the beer warms up a bit.
The taste follows the nose, strong caramel malts and grapefruit hops hit at once. There is some brown sugar and syrup taste as well followed by more hops. The rich malt and hop backbone are well balanced and seem to take turns on the palate. The alcohol taste is well hidden, for a Barleywine.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with hop resin left on the tongue after swallowing. There is also strong carbonation.
Overall this is a great, well balanced brew. I was never a big fan of the Barleywine style, they are usually to sweet and boozy, but this is one Barleywine I will drink again.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 19:16:31 | More by microbrewlover
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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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