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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

6,573 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,573
Reviews: 2,850
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bigfoot 2011 vintage. A 350ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012 - cracked it just in time (although I imagine this one cellars well). Acquired from my local beer specialist and stored in my fridge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber with medium carbonation. Very hazy and translucent. Yields a decent head of creamy, light beige foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Intense aroma of piny hops followed by sweet malt and yeast. Notes of resin and citrus. A warming background whiff of alcohol. The blend of hops and malt borders perfection.

Tastes of intense bitter pine underpinned by a sweet malt backbone. Powerful aromatic hops - notes of pine resin and citrus. Hints of yeast in the distant background. A boozy note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is intensely tingly and astringent, but also thick and smooth. Great body - neither too thick nor too thin. Aftertaste of pine and malt - I'll be tasting this at breakfast!

Wow - what a brew! Huge flavour and aroma, yet the hops and malt sit well together. The body is nice as well, great for the style. Overall, a world-class brew. If you have the opportunity to try it, don't pass it up!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jordanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rdespain
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bbrochu
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice brownish red pour with a medium white head Aroma is hoppy, with the smell of booze. Intense flavors of sweet malts, hops, and fruits and a bitter finish. The alcohol warms nicely down your throat. Another very good beer from Sierra Nevada. Looking forward to enjoying again.

Photo of babybew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thatdirtymick
2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010 batch) poured into tulip glass

A- Beautiful beer to behold. Dark amber body with a pillowy, one and a half finger, ultra light beige head. Left a ton of lacing.

S-Sweet malt, caramel, some pininess, and maybe just a hint of vanilla?

T- Sweet caramel malt which is quickly followed by a strong pungent bitter piney hop bite that lingers for a little. Nice balance with the hops, as a lot of the barleywines are much heavier on the malt bill than the hop. The alcohol is well masked by the big malt presence.

M- Thick but not a syrup bomb. Its has a full, rich, creamy feel. Its done just right.

Im not a huge fan of the barleywines compared to other styles, but this is a standout beer by any measure. It has the aroma, taste, and feel of a top tier barleywine. A winner.

Photo of Kirch
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ms11781
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/17/2009 (2010 Vintage label). Just about 2 years on this one. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, murky garnet color with an enormous, fluffy off white head that has slight orange tinges throughout it. The head on this beer is outstanding. It's a least 3 fingers high and reaches to the top of the glass. Amazing retention for such a big beer. It recedes unevenly, leaving lumps of foam that take longer than others. It eventually dissipates to a thin ring. Exceptional lacing. It coats nearly the entire glass from top to bottom.

Huge malty aroma. Nice caramel and toffee sweetness. Still a touch of piny hop character as well. It presents itself as a slightly resiny aroma. Some dark fruit comes through as the beer warms, cherries come to mind. The sweetness also kicks up a notch when warm. There are hints of alcohol as well.

The taste is considerably different. The same characteristics are there but they present themselves much differently. There is a nice sweet caramel malt character up front. Not as much toffee but there is a honey-like sweetness as well. The sweetness gives way to a biting, resiny pine hop character. The hops still provide a substantial bitterness that sticks to the tongue.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick but the biting hop character keeps it from feeling syrupy. The carbonation is low but, combined with the hop presence, it feels pretty lively.

An amazing beer 2 years out. Not surprising that the hop character still makes it self know but it is fairly surprising how much of punch it still packs. It is still the most prominent aspect of the taste. Overall, the flavors and aromas are very well integrated, much more so than when fresh. An outstanding beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Crundy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Version

(4.5) A: dark amber color, off white head, nice lacing

(4) S: Fruity, malty, hops, slight alcohol smell

(4) T: Characteristic Sierra Nevada hop profile, sweet malt, slight alcohol, caramel and nut flavors

(4) M: Dry and leaves a bitter aftertaste, medium bodied. smooth and well carbonated.

(4) O: Quite bitter and it has that characteristic Sierra Nevada hop profile. Not my favorite but its good beer that leans a bit far onto the hoppy side.

2010 Version

(4.5) A: Similar coloration but much murkier, light tan colored head

(4) S: similar to 2011

(4.5) T: Much less bitter, much sweeter and more fruity notes come through and a more pronounced alcohol flavor

(4.5) M: more thick and sticky, not quite as dry as the 2011, medium bodied still more subdued bitter aftertaste.

(4.5) O: I enjoyed the 2010 version much more. It was smoother and much less hoppy which I enjoy more. I definitely enjoyed the extra year on this beer.

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,573 ratings.