1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,140 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 247
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 36
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 6,140 | Reviews: 2,806 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
pmcadamis

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A very solid looking finger and a half of orangish-tan cream rises above a deep crimson blood-red amber brew that lets only a little light through. An enormous amount of gorgeous dry lace sticks to the glass, and the lace shows some flecks of orange too. Ok, it came to me...the head and lace are the color of the inside of the orange rind! Swirling deposits a huge amount of perfectly arced lace around the glass, and builds the head up to a full finger and a half again. The head shows outstanding retention for such a high ABV beer.

S - I could smell the mandarin orange hops before I put my nose in the glass, and that aroma only intensifies with my schnoz fully inserted cheek-deep into the glass. Has a lot of DIPA aromas, but with a dirtier malt aspect. Big sweet juicy mandarin oranges....real, not canned. Some piny aspects show the SN DNA, but this is all about hoppy sweet-citrus fruit aromas. I also smell some round sour cream notes that remind me of Orval. The malts are all fresh sweet bread with peanut butter and light caramel notes too. As it warms I get some dark fruits too, and it also becomes much more complex and boozy with warmth. I could sniff this all day. This has single malt quality aromatics.

T - Oh! There's the complexity I was looking for! Dirty, earthy, gritty, tobacco, and scotch malt grabs my attention straight away, then dark fruit and caramel in the mid-palate. Lots of hoppy citrus overlays the darker fruits, but doesn't distract from them. It's almost like singing row-row-row-your-boat and then somebody else starts singing brother-john-brother-john before you've finished...it's that complex! I also taste hints of sourdough bread, pumpernickel, sunflower seeds, pine sap, junipery gin and tonic quinine notes, and loads and loads of sweet and bitter citrus and pine (leaning towards the citrus in the beginning and leaning toward pine in the finish). There is a distinct black licorice anise twinge right before the swallow that I didn't notice at first. This is one of the most well put together beers I've ever tasted. Outstanding!

M - Big, fat, plump, full, rich, silky, and boozy. This is one of the fullest mouthfeels I've ever experienced! I can feel sugar, alcohol, and hop oils covering my mouth. The dry bitter and acrid finish reminds me of one of my favorite non-beer drinks....the dry gin martini, but it also has a lot of scotch-like qualities (scotch is another passion of mine...but I really can't afford to drink it with any regularity). This is really, really pleasant, and is pretty much the definition of full-bodied.

D - Screw the 9.6% ABV! I could drink this all day (slowly, and with plenty of water). Outstandingly complex flavors shine like a star, but the nose doesn't really advertise the greatness. A bit more pungency in the nostrils would garner this a perfect 5.0 from this fella.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 05:06:28 | More by pmcadamis
More User Reviews:
Photo of PTEdelman
PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-30-2014 21:54:44 | More by PTEdelman
Photo of blakkorchid
blakkorchid

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-30-2014 21:26:59 | More by blakkorchid
Photo of Toombsy
Toombsy

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

07-30-2014 20:36:34 | More by Toombsy
Photo of djbrown13
djbrown13

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-30-2014 20:28:55 | More by djbrown13
Photo of let8it8grow
let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-30-2014 00:19:13 | More by let8it8grow
Photo of DaveAnthony
DaveAnthony


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-29-2014 23:32:38 | More by DaveAnthony
Photo of Doomcifer
Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-29-2014 21:58:43 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Robyn
Robyn

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-28-2014 12:32:48 | More by Robyn
Photo of Optcynbassist
Optcynbassist


5/5  rDev +20.5%

07-28-2014 07:51:39 | More by Optcynbassist
Photo of satisfied1013
satisfied1013

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2014 21:48:56 | More by satisfied1013
Photo of alexsergio
alexsergio

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-27-2014 18:45:04 | More by alexsergio
Photo of aoampm
aoampm

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-27-2014 06:14:35 | More by aoampm
Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
JOHNKNEEGEEZ

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-27-2014 03:25:06 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
Photo of Honeybourne
Honeybourne

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

07-27-2014 01:59:55 | More by Honeybourne
Photo of wafers
wafers

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-27-2014 01:01:29 | More by wafers
Photo of fehrminator
fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2014 22:36:08 | More by fehrminator
Photo of JaredMarvel
JaredMarvel

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-26-2014 04:19:29 | More by JaredMarvel
Photo of xhuang61
xhuang61

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-25-2014 21:35:06 | More by xhuang61
Photo of Shawnspl
Shawnspl

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-25-2014 20:06:48 | More by Shawnspl
Photo of Tyecko
Tyecko

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-25-2014 19:06:38 | More by Tyecko
Photo of audioserf
audioserf

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-25-2014 15:13:01 | More by audioserf
Photo of PastelBlack
PastelBlack

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-25-2014 06:06:14 | More by PastelBlack
Photo of Beastcpa
Beastcpa

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-25-2014 01:22:46 | More by Beastcpa
Photo of Joecaddie
Joecaddie

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2014 00:18:35 | More by Joecaddie
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,140 ratings.