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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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6,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,285
Reviews: 2,814
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,108 | FT: 40
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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Photo of AmitC
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a gem of a beer. Extremely wonderful brew. This one is dated 20.912 I am assuming that means 20th September 2012.

Pours with an off white colored head of over three finger thickness. Head has a good standing as a thin fluffy layer. Extremely powerful lacing that is very sticky. Color is Dark amber in light and almost dark copper inside the glass. Ruby hues are present. A large number of bubbles. Somewhat hazy with some minuscule suspensions of dry hops.

Aroma: Very citrus and resin hop heavy upfront aroma. Super and fills the nose like an IPA. Some malt backbone and sweetness is not at all apparent. Hidden caramel malt flavor. Some alcohol is minutely observed. Aroma subsides very heavily in some time after pouring.

Taste: Strong hop presence in the taste as well but accompanied by a very solid malt profile. An excellent mix of bittering citrus and resin hops and malts. Malts have a caramel, toasted flavor and keep fighting the bitterness but do not succeed. This one plays with the palette just like a more balanced IPA does. Aftertaste in the mouth is bitter. It takes some time for palette to come to terms with this one. A very good display of hops and malts, i must say. Wins my heart. Mild alcohol presence for its strength. Provides a warmth while drinking. Finish is bitter dry.

Mouth feel: Full bodied and with more than moderate carbonation. No astringency for me but hop phobics will find it bitter. Alcohol is mild but does provide the kick when everyhing sinks in.

Style Rate: 4.75
Personal Rate: 4.75

I am so impressed by this brew. Not very far from my favorite style and provides the kick through its strength. A beer to fall in love with, for the price. Personally, I would drink this as fresh as i can get. Aging wouldn't serve me well as it will take away all of those hops, alcohol and warmth.

AmitC, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev -3.6%

OldhouseRecs, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a nice 1 finger head that sticks around. The lacing this brew leaves on the glass is incredible. Wow!

Smell: Hops and citrus sweetness with some bready malts.

Taste: Awesome combo of malts and hops with some caramel sweetness. The thing that strikes me most about this beer is the caramel sweetness that comes with the finish and fades out so nicely. Such a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Definitely pretty thick. There's not a ton of carbonation but it's there.

Overall: Would definitely have one again. I've heard that 2 years is the sweet spot on this one, but this is about 1 year old and tasted just fine. Can't wait for the barrel aged version. Should be even better!

PsilohsaiBiN, Dec 23, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

CaliMark, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Kaymord, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

vintage 2012.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with dark amber around the edges. Thick and frothy 2 fingers of head that drops to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Big pine and grapefruits. Caramel malts, toffee, and brown sugar. Toasted grain and bready notes. It nose is fairely close to balanced, but its still more hoppy than malt in the nose.

Taste: Moderately bitter hops start this beer off. Big resinous pine notes. In the middle of this beer you get the malts that show themselves for a brief time and then relent back to the hops. You get the caramel, brown sugar and toffee notes. They are sweet and fairly mild. Finishes with a lingering bitterness of grapefruits and citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is well carbonated. For almost 10% you dont get much booze in this beer.

Overall: This is a solid American Barleywine. It will probably cellar well based on the carbonation level present in this beer fresh. The huge hop profile will take probably 2 to 4 years to completely die out of this beer. And bonus points for being in single serve bottles instead of large format bottles. Another solid Sierra Nevada Big beer success, no wonder why this beer has such a big following...its good fresh and probably even better with many years on it.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 12, 2012
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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