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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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6,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,702
Reviews: 2,891
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 325
Gots: 1,331 | FT: 55
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from two days ago:

A - poured into a tinted glass, i can't comment on the color, but had a thin half finger head, although it remained til the end.

S - some hops... I can't recall much here

T - Robust piney hops, but also robust caramel malt. It's like a Hop monster and a Malt monster beer were blended together. Very strong conflicting flavors that can be overwhelming at first. About halfway through the beer, as I start to feel the effects and the beer warmed, both flavors began to blend more smoothly, and became even more enjoyable. I'm not much of a hops fan, but this beer is great.

M - might be the best part. It's thick, but not syrupy or anything like that. Just a dense, hearty body. Moderate carbonation that is definitely needed for one like this.

O - I enjoyed the last half better than the first. I'd serve this barely chilled next time, close to room temp. Very enjoyable. A lot to think about with this one. Definitely one to sit down, sip and dissect. I have one of these in the cellar because it's great and seems like the perfect type of beer to age.


Had a 5 year old Bigfoot on Tap. Not quite as enjoyable. Hops nearly faded to nothing, felt heavier. Still liked it, but I'd like to try one maybe aged a year or 2.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose- caramel, red berry, hops, sugary, rose pedal
Taste- pine and citrus hoppy notes with big complex caramel malt; caramel, bread, raisin, honey, finished with more caramel malt and pine
Mouthfeel- full but very drinkable, subtle carbonation, booze is there but subtle

One of my favorite Barleywines, more on the hoppy side (it is a SN beer).

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a 2010 edition. Thank god for islandale.
The beer pours a hazy opaque almost ruby amber straw wih a creamy almost greenish tint but more almond off white head.
Holy smacks this smells really good. Big sweet honey entwined with the vinous green hops, with a malt backbone to bring it all together. This is a very tasty smelling beer.
The taste veers further towards green vines as the hops still play a prominent role even after all these years. Good steadying presence, though, from the malts, coming together and presenting almost with a backdrop of a good cigar. The hops stick with you the most throughout the back, but they're not hte burning sharp hop bitterness so much as kind of a flat, pervasive dull ache. Think more abrasion than laceration. There's almost some hint of just the sweetness of a dark chocolate hidden in there somewhere but that's just silly (but super tasty)...
I'm gonna go back after work monday and hope they have a couple more in stock. 2010s off the shelf for 2 bucks? Can't really complain...

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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. Snifter.

A: Pure amber, crystal clear brew. Aggressive center pour leads to a leggy 2 finger cream colored head that fades slowly but leaves sticky thick lacing down the entire length of the glass.

S: Bigtime hop presence shows me a barleywine that really wants to be an IPA when it's super fresh.

T: Big malts, big hops, caramel. Piney resiny flavors in there as well as some booze and plenty of malts. Also, lots of malts.

M: Huge brew #2 for the evening (just reviewed Founders Imp. Stout) and this one does not disappoint either. Big bittery finish with the alcohol burn expected with a barleywine at the end.

O: My kind of barleywine (being the hophead that I am). It's a delicious big beer with lots of drinkability. Dangerous combination.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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