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

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,210 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,210
Reviews: 2,807
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 259
Gots: 1,082 | FT: 38
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)
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herring556

Georgia

5/5  rDev +20.5%

05-29-2012 05:01:13 | More by herring556
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Mises85

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Prior to drinking, I aged this beauty for 4 months in my pantry. Served in a brandy snifter at about 50-55 degrees.

Appearance: Absolute gorgeous amber cognac like color. Two fingers of head that dissipates into some thin lacing.

Smell: Very spicy, jalapeno pepper like, Plums, English toffee, western hops, touch of vanilla, cognac, Scotch like alcohol.

Taste: Big hops, plums/apricots, more milky toffee, touch of pepper, touch of cream. I even get a cognac like note. While it smelled like an imperial IPA, I felt that the hops and alcohol were well hidden and it was extremely drinkable. Maybe it was because of the aging. Medium-full bodied and creamy mouth feel

Honestly, this is the BEST beer that I have ever tasted! It has all the characteristics that I could ever want in a beer. High hop, high alcohol, big fruit flavor and smooth creamy mouth feel. This is definitely not the last barley wine I will drink. I will buy 5 bottles and age them. Too bad this beer is hard to find.

10-19-2013 19:02:53 | More by Mises85
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Bouder32

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-03-2014 04:10:31 | More by Bouder32
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dave00100

Vermont

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-10-2011 17:50:03 | More by dave00100
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ironman88

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-16-2011 05:16:01 | More by ironman88
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MCDub

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.5%

02-27-2013 03:46:59 | More by MCDub
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-16-2011 05:29:59 | More by Neffbeer
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oracle

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.5%

2004 vintage 12oz bottle served in a 16 ounce shaker style glass.

Ths beer poured a deep dark amber color with 1.5 inches of thick tan head which gradually reduced to about a quarter inch which left lacing for the entire depth of the glass.

There is not much that is mild about this beer. It announces its presence strongly, right from the get-go with a smell that exudes hops with small malty undertone. The higher alcohol content is also evident right from the beginning as well.

The first few sips let you know right away that this is a beer to sipped, not gulped. The hops come through very strongly, as does a complex blend of citrus and carmelized malts

The mouthfeel is heavy without being too over powering. While the finish is strongly hoppy, it doesn't stick around too long afterwards.

For such a strongly flavored beer with this much alcohol, it is suprisingly easy to drink and can easily catch up with those who do not treat it with respect. Drinking an entire growler at one sitting is a mistake.

At $35/case, its not cheap, but it is one of the absolute best beers around.

Highly recommended

06-08-2004 01:51:09 | More by oracle
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bonbini26

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.5%

01-11-2012 21:21:20 | More by bonbini26
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sneth019

Maryland

5/5  rDev +20.5%

02-10-2012 01:19:08 | More by sneth019
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bierSnob

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.5%

They did it again ... Sierra Nevada banged out a great 25th anniversary BIGFOOT. The 2008 batch if fine.

I enjoy big beers. But this beer is HANDS DOWN THE BEST BARLYWINE out there. Hoppy palate, and a balanced malty tase that somehow masks the high alcohol content. I think I was especially anxious to get my case this year and was not dissapointed.

02-27-2008 02:23:16 | More by bierSnob
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rudy611

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-30-2011 03:01:39 | More by rudy611
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thedemise

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

02-19-2012 08:58:37 | More by thedemise
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-11-2011 22:01:41 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-17-2011 04:32:26 | More by CEDAMA
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.5%

02-23-2013 08:52:11 | More by bigbeers84
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-02-2011 20:17:39 | More by FreshmanPour77
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-23-2011 15:03:00 | More by ALLISON01
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scottoale

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

20 odd years of drinking the Bigfoot and this is the first time I've had it on-tap...where have I been?!?

Served in a pint glass, a dark copper with marginal carbonation and an ivory cream head of 1/2 inch...looks like my favorite.

On the nose is some sweet, rich malt with some heavy citrus notes that are quickly overcome by some mature piney hops...smells like my favorite. Tastebuts are watering already!

Oh yeah, sickly sweet rich malt fill the oral cavity, full and fruity. The citrus middle takes over briefly, only to be guided by a powerful, yet balanced, hop finish of bliss. More is mandantory...tastes better than my favorite, slightly aged yet still fresh!

Full body, full of flavor and full of alcohol...to me, it just doesn't get any better...year after year. As a major consumer of this Barleywine, I can't recommend it enough, may you get stomped by a Bigfoot, CHEERS!

05-16-2006 09:57:39 | More by scottoale
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mechanicalprints

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +20.5%

02-20-2012 23:42:15 | More by mechanicalprints
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richbrew

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 19:12:34 | More by richbrew
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Sixofsigmas

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-22-2011 23:48:43 | More by Sixofsigmas
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rrock44

Washington

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 00:57:46 | More by rrock44
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jjfancybeers

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-05-2012 15:23:24 | More by jjfancybeers
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andylipp

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-14-2011 13:45:34 | More by andylipp
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,210 ratings.