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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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6,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,782
Reviews: 2,914
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 337
Gots: 1,389 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Ratings: 6,782 | Reviews: 2,914
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at 8th St. Grille in Holland, MI into 16 oz. Glass

A - Dark Amber-Brown color. Strong to moderate amount of lacing. Very light amount of carbonation. A tad bit darker than I had expected. About a half inch white head.

S - Strong malt smell. Some citrus hop smell to it as well.

T - The hops in the taste of this come out very overwhelming for what I was expecting. The malt and caramel tastes seem to come out later, after the hop tastes have died down a bit.

M - Very easy drinker for a Barleywine. Thin mouthfeel at first from the hops. Medium thick feeling to it after. Minor sticky aftertaste, probably from some molasses.

O - I liked it alot. Definitely plan on buying a pack of this to try aging for a bit. I was a bit surprised by just how hoppy it was. Not that I did not like that, as I am a huge hophead, just surprised. Was expecting more of a sweet tasting drink.

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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage bottle poured into a large goblet wine glass

I have had this beer in by fridge for the last week waiting until the right moment to crack it open, and that mooment is NOW!

poured a beautiful rustic mahogany with a thick fluffy head that left sticky, abundant lacing.

this beer's nose is incredible. so many deep, rich aromas. ruby port, roasted malt, chicory, hops/resin with faint nuances of vanilla bean and caramel.

the flavor profile is amazing as well. there is a tannic pull reminiscent of port with the subtle sweetness there as well. the hops bitterness is delicious for someone who drinks DIPA like it's going out of style. notes of anise, caramel and toffee with a burnt woodsy taste with a subtle cranberry tartness make this a big beer that coats the entire palate and leaves a looong finish.

this beer is amazing. for my first barleywine style ale, this did not turn me away at all. now all i have to do is buy another 4-pack so i can see how this 2013 vintage will taste as the years roll by!

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3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a big wine glass

A: amber-brown color, very thing cream head. Beatiful lacing

S: sweet malt and syrup

T: bitter, malty, syrupy. Hint of cherry. Very hoppy and boozy

M: creamy and thick

Overall: This was my first try at a barleywine style ale. Nothing really exciting going on with this according to my taste but it was very easy to drink and enjoyable. Not one of SN's best products but still well above the norm

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a lovely mahogany brown color, slightly hazy. A light tan head of almost 2 fingers has excellent retention. I poured this beer, took a sip, then ate a plate of spaghetti. Came back maybe 15 minutes later and there is still half a finger of creamy foam left. Leaves practically a solid wall of lace on the glass.

S: A decently potent malt driven aroma. Sweet toffee and molasses are prominent. Pine is nearly as notable as the malt aromas.

T: A strong herbal pine flavor is what a notice on the attack. It quickly is matched and tempered back a bit by warm malt flavors of caramel. Some light fruit flavors, raisin and dark cherry, at a little bit of depth to the flavor. The finish is medium in length with some alcohol heat and a grassy hop flavor.

M: Medium-thick mouthfeel but very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is present but soft.

O: A great, relatively easy to drink barleywine. More bitter hop presence than many in this style, but still smooth.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

I gave this an average for taste as it is a bit boozey.

First bottle i drank was cold around 50, not good.

I stored the rest for a month and had it at room tempature, much better.

Now i can taste toffee, stll lacking that mouthy feel i expect from a Barleywine though.

Age this and I bet this will be a great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's interesting to see how much discrepancy there is on how this beer tastes! I've seen mention on this page of how sweet/malty this beer is, while I (after tasting a fresh bottle of 2013) found it to be dominated by bitter, spicy and resinous hops. Really a wonderful flavor, but I will be excited to see how this beer ages (also, how my barrel-aged bigfoot tastes!).

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- finger of light beige head, orange-red amber, turns into sea foam after various tastes

Smell- light citrus clean character, not much else

Taste- pale malt breadiness and yeast, spice, alcohol warmth overtakes at the end

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied

Overall- perhaps the first Sierra Nevada to let me down, not completely, but not nearly the best balanced barleywine I've known.

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3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in an over-sized wine glass.

Appearance: A really dark amber, light light bubbles on the body which you have to stare at to really see. Head slightly weak with with a vigorous pour coming off a slightly off white with a light orange tint to it.

Smell: Light rum scent, nothing to go crazy over.

Taste: A strong rum feel with a combination of honey and wine. Barley is strong which I like but missing a piece of complexity which i was expecting.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and pretty smooth, but sharp rum after taste that is a slight over whelming (this also depends on your mood).

Overall: I have a huge lust for barleywines and this one to me is just average. I am not going to badmouth it but there is more out there for the same price range just about that I would rather have. I am going to have the barrel aged version of this soon, I hope it exceeds my expectations. Not a bad brew I just want more out of it. Salud!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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