Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by thegodfather1076:
4.39/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: Awesome label in the traditional SN style with great graphics and colors. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label has web info, ABV info, a small description of the beer. Neck label states “2013 Edition”. Cap has Bigfoot logo and 2013 on it along with an awesome graphic on its underside!
Appearance: I poured this from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter after a 10min warming period. An aggressive pour led to a beautiful deep amber colored beer with a 3 finger spongy looking light golden tan foam head. Lacing was excellent as was head retention with retention lasting 4min 17sec before fading to a thick coating and ring.
Smell/Aroma: Smells of a nice balance of pine resin hoppiness along with a nice citrus hip aspect as well. A nice caramel malt aroma can also be detected along with and alcohol bite.
Flavor/Taste: Taste is very resin hop dominate on the front end with the hops bleeding into the midpoint, while being joined by a bit of caramel maltiness, that is overpowered by the resin hop flavor on the back end leading to a very bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol heat.
MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable but also a very strong and big beer. My be a bit much for the novice drinker.
Overall/Comments: A great beer that is very intense in the nose and on the palette. Sticks with a hop dominate backbone as is true with most SN brews. A must try. Classifed as an American Barleywine @ 9.4% ABV. Consumed 6/4/2013.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 02:05:27 | More by thegodfather1076
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3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured straight down into a large style tulip it produced a massive, thick, fluffy, light beige/off-white three finger head with considerable staying power (after a couple of minutes in the glass it was still well over a finger) and considerable lacing. Color is a hazy, opaque, tawny brown with hints of amber. Nose is well balanced with crisp, piney, and slightly grapefruit hops underlying a big, malty nose presenting dark caramel, toffee, molasses, a tinge of vanilla and, well, just plain old malted sweetness. For a 9.6% abv, there is no sign on the nose of the higher alcohol content. Sip is bittersweet on the front of the tongue leading with lightly floral piney hop notes. Midpalate sees the full expression of this powerful and complex brew with an explosion of multi-layered sweet flavors from the malt including caramel, stewed fruits, dried Turkish apricot, sweet dark bread, and fruitcake. The hop component has a fresh and extremely well-balanced quality and presents a generalized sense of light citrus and pine bitterness. The back of the tongue and swallow sees an aggressive hop expression overtake some pronounced malty caramel notes, first in terms of light crisp pine notes and then an aggressive burst of tannic, slightly rubbery bitterness. Finish is somewhat thin, given the strength and depth of flavor on the sip, and consists most strongly of drying tannins with, again, notes of bitter grapefruit and pine. Despite a head suggesting massive carbonation, the mouthfeel was velvety smooth and slick while the alcohol never really showed up. I meant to A/B this with last year’s Bigfoot but before I could do it, someone at our holiday party back in December accidentally drank the 2012 Bigfoot I’d been saving all year. Grrr!! At any rate, based on my review of last year’s Bigfoot, this one seems a bit less hop forward and more malty, with some greater depth in the malt profile. I think that’s an improvement and a better reflection of what I’ve come to expect from American Barleywine’s. I’d like to see more happen in the finish, but all-in-all, this was a terrific brew and an excellent example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 03:21:00 | More by 8stringfan
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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