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

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,785 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5785
Reviews: 2786
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


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
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Ratings: 5,785 | Reviews: 2,786 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by trxxpaxxs:
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage...

A: Pours a deep mahogany. Tons of dark reds. The head on this beer is one full finger of light beige froth. The foam takes forever to fade, but I get a really nice amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose on this beer is sweet malt, alcohol, and a touch of bitter hops. Honestly... I can't get much more out of it. The booze is quite overwhelming.

T: Ohh boy. Right up front I get a nice mix of sweet and bitter. The malt and hops show up right away. But this beer changes quickly. I get a lot of alcohol, bitter citrus rind, and only a touch of malt to keep it sweet. It finishes the same.

M: Full bodied beer. It's balanced to start, with sticky sweetness and drying bitters. The booze and hops make this really bitter in the middle. The finish is hot, sticky, and back to sweet. But the hop bitters linger on the palate after the beer is long gone.

O: I don't know if I will ever quite understand the American Barleywine style. Why add hops to something that is supposed to be sweet and syrupy? Ohh well. This beer is alright, but it's super hot right now and would benefit greatly from a few years of cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 20:55:11 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass finished in a snifter.

A: Burnt orange body with an off white head. High retention and tones of lacing.

S: Orange and carmel scents as well as pine hops.

T: Lots of floral and citrus hops. Some carmel malt present as well as booze.

M: Malty, as well as well carbonated. Some solid alcohol burn as well as some bitterness.

O: Awesome barley wine especially for the price. WIll look forward to this one year after year.

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04-22-2014 06:00:45 | More by watermelon
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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a 2011 bottle that is now a bit over 3 years old.

A: Pours a clear amber/red with a very tall and frothy dark tan head. Head fades pretty slowly with great retention. Still substantial lacing too.

S: Sugary sweet dark fruits (raisins mainly) and candied citrus. Caramel too. I remember this being quite hoppy when I had it fresh, it's now very sweet and malty smelling with quite a bit of fruit mingling in.

T: Ahh but there still some hoppiness left in the flavor. A bit of a bite. Nothing like it is fresh but plenty of pine and grapefruit with a small wave of bitterness. Much sweeter than I remember regardless. Caramelly and sweetbread malt. That bitter and sweet candied orange flavor stands out, almost marmalade-like at points. Dry, bitter piney finish with some herbal zing to it at times. Crackery - saltine-like in the finish and aftertaste to go with a citrusy hard candy flavor that lingers forever.

M: Somewhat heavy and sweet but with a still-bitter and a lightly dry, crackery finish.

O: Well, I've always heard this is one of the best aging beers and I can see why. Still has big and bold flavors with good hoppiness. The finish especially still has a strong bitterness and hop presence. Great complexity. Very tasty and enjoyable. No negative signs of age. It's pretty different than from fresh, but not necessarily better or worse. Still great, just a big change. I didn't change any scores except I subtracted .25 from the appearance. Will have to revisit around the 5 year mark I think.

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05-24-2012 review of a pretty fresh bottle:

2012 vintage, a few months old.

A: A really dark amber pour with a huge fluffy tan head adorning it. Fades quite slowly, leaving big fluffy streaks of lacing all over the glass. (4.5)

S: Big hoppy aroma. Citrus, mainly grapefruit and some tropical fruit to boot. Even some pine notes. This is no IPA though, there is a mountain of sweet caramel malt hiding behind the hop aromas. (4.5)

T: Lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit up front. Tangerine, mango, apricot. A bit of pine. As it finally fades, there is a super sweet caramel malt with some breadiness in there too. Some hints of honey towards the finish. Piney, resinous bitterness carries into and through the aftertaste. Touch of alcohol bite lingers in the aftertaste. (4.5)

M: Somewhat heavy, crisp with hop bitterness. A bit oily and drying.(4)

O: The quintessential american barleywine. It's very bright with hops when it's fresh, making it a borderline malty DIPA (like a double crooked tree or a 120min). Great balance of bitterness and sweetness, great balance of hops amongst themselves to boot. One of my favorite, if not THE favorite american-style barleywine. Can't wait to review an aged version from my cellar sometime in the future. Or better yet, a barrel-aged version when it arrives! (4.5)

Overall 4.45

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Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip style stem glass.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, lovely ruby amber color with a creamy off white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the head, great lacing, nice head that dissipated and lingered on the beer's surface.

Smell: Smell is outstanding, nice sweet aroma up front blending into a well balanced aroma. Some alcohol on the nose but it is not very noticeable for a 9.6% abv.

Taste: Sweet upfront, bitterness in the middle, and finishes with a nice malt character. Lovely taste, I think the bitterness stands out the best and really blends and balances with the other flavors. Big flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation is perfectly balanced.

Overall: Great beer, Sierra Nevada's High Altitude series is one of my favorite, can't wait to try Hoptimum. I have had Narwhal (one of my favorite beers) and Bigfoot is great. Going to pick up another four pack to age and sample with the next few releases.

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A - Pretty spot on color for a barelywine. Murky redwood and deep brewed tea. Bone-white head settles into a nice rim and then hangs around with excellent retention.

S - Sweet with just an edge of booze in the background. Caramel, orange, chocolate chips, applewood, prunes, and mashed apples.

T - Close to my archetype of an american barleywine; clean bitter hops and a sweet malty center with a warm boozy frame. Caramel, sourdough bread, toffee, strong woody hops, white booze. Lingering bitters and caramel.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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A: A thick, rich, burnt orange.

S: Caramel and pine.

T: Very hop forward. Bitterness hits first, then the pine and resin, followed by faint tropical fruits and big, caramel malts.

M: Thick and syrupy but not cloying.

O: Less barleywine in flavor and more of a less-tropical-more-caramel double or triple IPA. After getting over the slight disappointment on the first sip, despite knowing that this wasn't going to be a typical barleywine and expecting a lot of hops, I'm surprised at how good this is.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,785 ratings.