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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

6,574 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,574
Reviews: 2,850
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,238 | FT: 51
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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Photo of jwwjd
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured Into a 14 oz. snifter

Photo of PVMT
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JDWVURx
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of melza
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy deep red color with a light head that dissipates slowly. 

S: The aroma is that of sweet caramel and fresh hops.

T: An exceptionally smooth and tasty example of a barleywine, it's bitter and hoppy upfront then subsides to a sweet toffee caramel finish. Complex, but well balanced and delicious. 

F: Medium body and pleasant carbonation lead to an enjoyable mouthfeel.

O: A fantastic example of a barleywine with a touch of that signature SN hoppyness. Very glad to have found a few four packs of this, it's extremely enjoyable and certainly worthy of a spot in the fridge.

Photo of maedhros09
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Transluscent Ruby-amber with big frothy tan head, lingering lacing and bubbles. Smell: sweet-sour breadiness with fresh hops noticeable upon pouring Taste: Big moderately sweet roasted caramel malt dominates, transistioning to tart fruit (nectarine?) with strong hops counterbalance. Finish is a roasty tartness. Thick mouthfeel producing fine carbonation in the mouth. A multitude of delicious flavors, aromas, and textures are exquisitely balanced. Also, drinks a lot easier than the ABV suggests.

Photo of Acubflem
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GTJayG
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chitex78
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of addiwilliams
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slowly poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, after being removed from fridge for 15 minutes.

L: Beautiful amber verging on caramel brown. It's quite hazy and mostly opaque, and there's a nice, frothy two-finger head that doesn't want to disappear.

S: Surprisingly unassertive. A little fruity, with some nice malty caramel and toffee notes.

T: Very complex. Immediately I pick up on delectable caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and even some woodiness. The sweetness is perfectly balanced with a floral bitterness and grapefruit tartness. There are notes of pear, apple, peach, and maybe papaya, but they're just supporting roles here.

F: Medium-to-heavy, with a creamy frothiness that complements the sweeter side of the beer.

O: This is a fantastic example of the exciting and complex drinking experience a barleywine can offer!

Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a two finger honey yellow head which dissipates down to a film. Extremely pretty rich ruby mahogany.
S - Mangos and peaches, hops and sweet honey, one of the most interesting aromas I've smelt from a beer.
T - One of the most complex and constantly developing tasting beers I've ever had. Immediate sweet malts, such as a strong stout, this is immediately followed by lightly sweet and syrupy peaches and mangos, this is followed by an intense hoppy bitterness, perfectly rounding off the initial sweetness. Strangely enough, after swallowing, seconds later a welcome smokiness develops.
O - One of the absolute most complex, interesting and tasty beers I've ever drank. An absolute must if you can get your hands on it.
V - Worth it at any price if you can acquire this sought after delicacy.

Photo of BobJude
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrettonJay
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coopaloop2112
4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer, Every thing about it just works for me.

Photo of jooler
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hoppy aroma. Very dark malt flavor with a nice hint of chocolate. Not too overwhelming with the alcohol content

Photo of majorlance
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage (12 oz bottle) poured on 01/06/2015 into a Goblet. Certainly not my first experience with this beer. I have tasted it fresh, and with 3,5, and 6 years of age. All were excellent, but I think I prefer it with 4-5 years of age. Although I would never turn down a fresh bottle.

Ruby red and crystal clear body under a thick and creamy off-white head. Impressive after almost 5 years.

The nose is full of sherry and sugar coated hops. Like warm Ponderosa sap running down the outside of the fragrant bark in summer.

The taste is a happy marriage of hops (with sturdy bitterness) and sherry/oxidized malt. Wonderful. A tiny bit of cardboard hidden under all the excellent flavors, which is very easily overlooked.

The feel is thick and moderately sweet, but is nicely balanced because of the high bitterness.

Conclusion: An excellent beer at any age from 0-5 years, and at any time of the year.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,574 ratings.