Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nbaeteer:
4.01/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: 2013 version poured into a wide bottom wine glass. Nice ruby red color that really only lets light through in the center when held up to my tv. Sizeable fluffy cloud like head forms right away but dissapates fairly quickly although a thin layer covers most of the top of the beer all the way through.
Smell: Close my eyes and this could be mistaken for a big double IPA except for the more noticeable alchohol smell hiding behind the hop aromas.
Taste: Would be much, much better with some caramelly, toffee flavor to offset the huge hops. Taste in the back of the tongue balances everything out a little bit. Aftertaste says double IPA and when drank without any food or chaser the bitterness lingers too long for me. I get the feeling I'll still taste this tomorrow morning at breakfast. On the other hand, when paired with a nice blue cheese like I have here in fromt of me it's damn near a perfect pairing.
Mouthfeel: Viscous. Thick. Nice level of carbonation considering the style.
Overall: Man, with this amount of hops I would imagine this would be a great candidate for aging. Would be just awesome to do a ladder for a bunch of them and see how they age from one year to the next.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 05:22:03 | More by nbaeteer
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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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