Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted On: 08-12-2011
Freshness: 2011 vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY
Appearance is a semi-clear, dark orange-red beer, with a tan head a finger and a half high. The smaller head is expected given the high alcohol. Lacing is good.
First aromas are the strong, citrusy hops. But the aromas are complex and also have rich, malty notes and those of dark fruits such as raisin.
The taste, like the aroma, is initially very hop forward and bitter. But there is also caramel malt flavors and a sweetness. The balance is there, although I'd say the hops are the more dominant aspect. I also get a nice alcohol warmth.
Feel is thick and full-bodied, with medium to high carbonation. The finish is primarily bitter from the strong hop presence.
Overall, this is a very interesting and complex beer. I have another bottle of the 2011 that I plan to save for next year to see how it tastes then -- I'm guessing it'll be very good.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2011 05:09:56 | More by sommersb
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