Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tmcelvain:
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Had some 2011 vintage on 2011.02.20.
I am surprised a bit by how hop-forward this tastes. Were it not for the malty backbone, I might push this into DIPA category. Alas I am content to call it merely a big, complex, dark amber barleywine. I'm a big fan of Barleywines, and this, though in some ways unexpected, is very satisfying. As mentioned above, this knocks me back with piney. slightly woody hop bitterness. I would not call this a balanced beer, but there is a caramelly, malty sweetness to the backside that adds to the complexity and satisfaction.
The look and smell of this beer is great. A bit fruity mixed with alcohol, and a great cark copper tone with a big fizzy head that dies off to a thin lacey layer. I can see why there is a lot of chatter about aging this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2011 23:28:36 | More by tmcelvain
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