Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mpyle:
4.44/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Was stunned to see I'd never reviewed this beer before. 2013 version.
Fairly deep amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a nice off-white head, fairly large and creamy and long lasting. Thought high alcohol beers couldn't have good head retention?
Rich malty aroma with caramel, smooth pine hop aroma as well.
Big malty flavor up front, but never overly sweet. Big yet smooth hop flavors balance the malt nicely. Sufficiently bittered to balance the malt, and slightly bitter in the finish, but the bitterness isn't overdone as in some American BWs. The malt and hops are really united in a single beer here, which isn't always easy to achieve.
MF - Medium-full body, low-medium carbonation. No astringency, and well controlled alcohol warming given the strength.
Honestly, what an American BW should be. Malty and hoppy, but with both elements melding together nicely. Surprisingly smooth given the strength. Even though I'd had this beer before, I don't remember liking it quite this much.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 22:05:28 | More by mpyle
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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