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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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6,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,291
Reviews: 2,814
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,111 | FT: 41
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 rob99er
4/5  rDev -3.6%

rob99er, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle I believe to be about 10 months old.

Deep amber color that pours quite thick. Very rich looking.

Rich malty smell with a carmelly backbone.

As this beer warms there are waves of bitter carmel toffee. Absolutely a great sipper.

Thick mouthfeel as is to be expected. A great example of the style.

Powderhornphil, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Squidly
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Squidly, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Boilerfood
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Boilerfood, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +20.5%

beerman999999, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Appearance: Minor chill haze on a dark, deep copper colored beer. Head is an incredibly light khaki, creamy, and starts off massive. Some nice retention leaves a smallish cap. Big sheets of lacing.

Smell: Malts. Biscuit, caramel, touches of toffee. Some nice brushes of citrus layered over big sweet malts. Chewy, bready, but in no way overbearing. Some minor pine. Minor bite of alcohol coupled with some pithy rind. Grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Sharp, sweet pine. Pith, grapefruit oil and rind. Big sweet malts. Caramel, extremely cooked malts, some roasted notes as well. Pushes toward toffee at times. Biscuity as can be. Bread and citrus. Big alcohol on the back. Sweet and bitter, distinctly so. More bitter than the malts should allow it to be.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full body. Some alcohol and bitter dryness. Sticky, hot, and delicious.

Overall: Wait, Sierra Nevada set a benchmark? That's impossible!

Delicious fresh, if a bit harsh. Age makes this truly shine. I've been lucky enough to try several vintages, and it's delicious for years and years.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

twizzbeatz, Oct 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Dennycurr
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not too much you can say wrong with this beer.
It isn't overly diff in color than any other good lookin' dark beer and the aroma is fine, but nothing to raise an eyebrow over...but WOW, the taste, makes this a pretty special beer.
1st taste is eyeopening---in a good way. It stays that way, & continues all the way to the end.
A lively beer.
Looks good when poured into a tulip glass with a deep cream/white foamy head.
Had this at Gullifty's in Rosemont, (Philly suburb by Villanova). will take the memory of this beer with me, thanks to them.
Would be comfy recomending this beer to anyone who cares about beer.


Dennycurr, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

hilgart1, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of mnphish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mnphish, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad I bought a bunch of this, because I feel like I'm not getting the full scent tonight. I had a cold over a week ago and my sense of smell hasn't fully returned. I hope this isn't permanent!

Anyhow, I smell a bit of dark fruit and some grapefruit. Some caramel. Feels blunted, and I know it's my broken nose and not the beer.

Tastes: like a malty-ass DIPA. This is the 2012 vintage, and it's still hoppy as hell. Bitter, grapefruit, pine, touch of dried dates and figs. Big toffee and caramel. I can definitely taste the sweet, sweet backbone, but this is super hop forward. American Barleywines, the few I've had feel more like variations on malty DIPAs. Like, why are 90 minute and Majaraja not B-wines?

I've got 2 aging. I'm wondering how they'll taste 1 year out. I think these were bottled in January, so I'll tell you in a few months. From the same case, this one is SO hoppy at least 7 months out, sooo?

Oh, great beer btw.

CheezyBlaster, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Prestonlegal
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Prestonlegal, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bigpoppa67, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last years release. Pours a dark coppery with color with beautiful khaki head and sticky lacing.

Aromas begin initially with copious amounts of sweet malts. As it warms you get some vanilla and blood orange and pine from the hops.

The tastes begin with caramel malty sweetness and an immediate kick of resinous pine hoppiness. As it warms you get this stone fruit character that reminds me of apricots. The citrus hops come out more as well in the backend with quite a bit of bitterness and pine.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is a combination of citrusy bitterness and toffee maltiness. A little brash considering the year of age but this beer could be cellared for years and years.

Overall this is a classic American Barleywine that really needs some age to come into it's own in my opinion. 2 years minimum for the brash hops and the alcohol to mellow to that sweet spot where it then becomes "drinkable". Definitely not my favorite of the style.

claspada, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mkennedy119, Sep 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

DrinkMoreBigBeers, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zachary80, Sep 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Lordkrystic, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of BasterdInABasket
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012, bottled Jan. 5th, almost ten months on it, poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Deep, hazy brownish ruby-red, big three fingers off-white head with great retention and lacing, some sediment
S- Big aroma Sweet maltiness, hops, alcohol, you could probably smell this one a hundred times and it stays just as big
T- Lots of bitterness, lots of caramel-sweet malts, Citric, piny and dry, alcohol is slightly noticed, just a lot of big delicious flavors
M- Smooth and creamy with some carbonation, some oiliness maybe a little soapiness, creamy thickness at the end and flavors linger on
O- Right up my alley- a huge hoppy Barleywine, tremendous flavors and feel, can't get enough of this one.

BasterdInABasket, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mikeradebaugh, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Resuin, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

trancesk8er, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

RollTide05, Sep 24, 2012
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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