Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
I know, I know, I know....let this on age. Just picked up a six pack of the 2009 and want to give this a try.
Beer pours a dark mahogany brown with a small head.
Smell upfront is very sweet. For me, there is a touch of sweet caramel and maybe some prunes. Dark, fermenting stone fruit. Initially, there is a slight piney smell, which becomes more pervasive as the beer warms.
The first sip is one of strong bitterness. There is a big hop presence, one not noted on the nose. Almost IPA-like. The aftertaste is an interesting combination of bitter and sweet. Hell, I will call it bittersweet. Interesting to me, but as the beer warms, the sweetness is noted more upfront and the bitterness at the end - a reversal of my first few sips. There is some complexity here, which my novice palate notes but can't decipher.
The mouthfeel is great and the beer is almost creamy going down. Remarkable.
I reserve the right to edit in the future. I am very new to the style and have little to compare this beer to. I like the big flavors and yes, I can see how this might mellow out over time. Looking forward to getting a deeper understanding of the barleywines...
01-26-2009 05:13:19 | More by yeastsipper
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a dark, rusty orange with a small tan head that broke down into a blotchy collar leaving patches of tight lacing on my pint glass. The aroma is spicy, with piney hops and sweet malt. Has a slight fruity smell with a bit of alcohol. Tasted, it has a mellow, malty body with grassy hop bitterness. Alcohol heat becomes more pronounced as it warms. Lightly carbonated with a full body. This is a robust and tasty barleywine and a definite must try.
08-22-2007 02:40:29 | More by roller
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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