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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

6,450 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,450
Reviews: 2,822
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 285
Gots: 1,169 | FT: 46
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ChrisMon02, Feb 03, 2013
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2Xmd, Jul 03, 2013
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Tidesox28, Apr 27, 2014
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DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz 2014 vintage

A - pours deep hazy orange - plenty of sediment in bottle. Thin head with good lacing
S - sweet malt with typical barleywine nose of rich malt
T - still quite bitter with hints of dried apricots and honey coming through in the sweetness
M - rich and thick

Overall a really tasty beer - Barleywines are usually not my thing, but this is really good - glad to have a few put aside to age!

pagriley, Monday at 01:49 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

brewdude1982, Oct 13, 2012
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greencovesteve, Mar 14, 2012
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bcsbeer, Jun 06, 2012
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Illos, Aug 21, 2012
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JohnSnowNW, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark amber red with a large off white head. The head recedes slowly leaving great lacing.

S: Piney hops and malt sweetness.

T: Lots of bitter piney hops up front that blend into sweet caramel malt. Finishes bittersweet with some alcohol warming.

M: Pretty full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation which I really enjoy in this beer.

D: Drinkability is good even considering the high ABV. Nice flavor and good mouthfeel make this a really enjoyable barley wine.

Jeebs, Mar 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

SpasmWaiter, Oct 19, 2014
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SixPack6, Feb 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Pours a bright redish-orange hue with a glorious 2" cap of very bubbly and very rocky foam... seems to be quite active if the carbonation is at all telling. Lacing is a thing of beauty... huge swaths appear on the glass.

Big piney citrusy aroma. The hugely unbalanced hop presence that is so familiar in this style is so well played out in this brew. A bit lacking in complexity, but I'm not so sure I care with this brew.

Huge initial bitter taste, almost like unsweatened tea, but with a sweetness to the back end. Glorious hops!... tremendously unbalanced as the aroma would suggest... barely perceptable malt, but simply dominating hops. Some definite lemon-zest becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Tight and puckering mouthfeel... moderate thickness.... i could actually use it a bit thicker, but its a small complaint.

While this beer is fantastic, I think the drinkability is limited by its harsh hop profile and its abv.... that being said... god I love this beer... its a slap to your palate in the most absurd of ways. I never thought I'd actually say this, but I think I might enjoy it more after some aging... this brew humbles me =)

nickss, Feb 08, 2006
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BrandonOakes, Sep 02, 2013
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leeswagerty, Jan 12, 2012
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2GOOFY, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – This stuff looks like it could come out of a tree. Thick and delicious syrupy looking goodness. Tawny brass body with a nice pillow beaten-egg head. The hole thing just looks delectable. AND WOULDJA LOOK AT THAT LACING!? Just have a look.

S – Bring it to ma nose! Hop parade. Hop explosions. Hob bbbbomb. There is also something of a caramel aspect to the head as well. Very very pleasant.

T – Well hot dog! Seriously this is just a hoppy girlish tyrant coming for your tastebuds with no regard for your station in life. Sweet, syrupy, bitter, chewy, malty hoppy. Alcohol is disguised very well in my opinion. There is no real dominant flavor in this pile of hops, but it is quite simply delicious. Huge malt, huge hops, gives the effect of caramel drizzled lovingly over hops before some more hops and malt are added. Just a bomb of flavor, not for the weak of spirit, mind or body.

M – Really really nice mouthfeel on this and you can only attribute that to quality brewing and great game plan. Because this syrupy substance is just carbonated enough to make it feel nice and silky smooth on the palate, coating the inside of your mouth, and the bubbles keep it from being overly bogged down. Great mouthfeel.

O – I’ve had this beer maybe more than any other craft beer. It is just a damn good selection.

KKB, Nov 10, 2012
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hogansct, Jan 15, 2013
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lonewolfcry, Mar 31, 2013
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AKuehn47, Jul 31, 2013
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wr3ck00n, Oct 13, 2013
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,450 ratings.