Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by xymyl:
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I rarely drink these fresh, but I thought I'd try a brand new 2007 for a change. It's still good, but I've gotten so used to the aged ones that I was totally shocked by what I found.
Color is a vibrant deep amber/copper, thick lacey light tan head.
Aroma is a shower of hops - bright, spicy and bitter, along with sweet malt - caramel, cherry, berry, and chocolate notes. Everything rides the alcohol fumes.
Taste is sweet with alcohol, then bitter and dry. It really has more hop than I remember. That's why I need to drink a fresh one from time to time.
Body is pretty rich and full, but not too sweet by any means. I know I have a 2003 somewhere, I'll have to dig that one out soon.
Following is a brand new review of a very old bottle:
Reviewd January 2nd 2008
1995 bottle a friend found five of them at a garage sale. He drank all but one. I was happy he decided to share it with me.
Surprisingly well carbonated for a 12 year old twist off, the creamy off white head dropped very quickly to a thin film leaving spots of lace. Color was a very hazy dark amber.
Nose was gigantic ester and hop spices, caramel molasses and citrus.
Taste was grapefruit, orange, cherries, and a whole basket of fruit, peppermint gum, clove, cinnamon, back pepper, a slight banana note, a little oxidation (far less than expected), and a very slight winey sourness.
Overall, past its prime, but fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. The hops and alcohol were fully integrated into the mix.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2007 01:30:56 | More by xymyl
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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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