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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

6,587 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,587
Reviews: 2,853
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,243 | FT: 52
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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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Nice sweet smell of dark fruits with a touch of alcohol.

T: Nice caramel sweetness up front. Not as much dark fruit flavor as there is in the smell. Hops are present as well. Hides the alcohol very well.

M: Moderately heavy bodied with light carbonation. Super smooth!!

O: This is an excellent Barleywine! I've got a bottle of this years vintage to try as well and I'm very excited. I'll be picking up some more of both years to sit on for a while.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick cloudy copper penny apperance. decent head retention with spotty lacing

S: plums, raisens, prums, slightly sweet with a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: strong piney bitterness that lingers. the dark fruit maltyness is there but rides in the background while the dank citrusy hops take center stage. Little to no alcohol hotness

M: large body and mouthfeel, low carbination

O: This was a 2012 bigfoot and at 9.6% dangerously drinkable. Get it while you can!

update:
Reviewing 2010 vintage

A: The foam that was created when poured into the snifter glass looked a pale yellow color, think pastel easter yellow but only a few shades darker then white. It built two fingers tall and had great retention. When it did fall it left a trail of vertical lacing on the edge. The beer is a dark woody mahogany color with moderate haze.

S: Rich malt aroma in order of strength is prunes, plums, candied raisins and burnt caramel. The hop aroma is very restrained as compared to fresh BF pine undertones, but mild. The malt bill aroma reminds me of an english ale.

T: Bitterness is moderate, kept in check by the huge malt flavors coming out. Dark cherries, roasty notes, over rippened plums and prunes. Also getting darker caramel and toffee notes. Hop flavor is, again very low and pine is the central flavor. Balance is on the malt side and the sweetness is much more prominent then the fresh version. There are some flavors coming through that almost taste like coffee or roasted notes that I don't get with the fresh ones also.

M: Large body with lots of residual sweetness. Carbonation is on the low side. Also getting some astringency from the roasty flavors coming out.

O: This 4 year old bottle was given to me as a gift from a co-worker after I would toss him various beers from my travels. It was great to try an aged version of the beer, but I much prefer the fresh Big Foot.

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3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle enjoyed pretty fresh. Pours dark red with creamy head on a moderately aggressive pour. Pine hops and caramel malt on the nose. Flavor is pretty dry, and Iwas expecting more sweetness. Somewhat like a boozy Rye PA with highlights on the hops, a bit of spice, a strong malt backbone but it doesn't do much for the flavor here. Maybe this gets sweeter with age? Similar to an arrogant bastard profile. Good beer, but not what I was hoping for when I cracked it tonight. Oh well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A- Pours a nice orange color with next to no head. Very thick and appears very viscous when pouring into glass.

S- Smells of caramel, and alcohol. Perhaps a slight hop presence but difficult to pick up underneath all the malt. Smells fantastic!

T/M- Tastes of caramel and sweetness. Deffinetly heat from the alcohol. Mouth feel is excellent with a nice viscous, slightly sticky texture. Goes down way to smooth for its listed ABV. Also has that very distinct Sierra Nevada taste.. Deffinetly be able o pick this out of a lineup.

O- I really enjoyed this beer.. I have stayed away from barleywines for quite a while now due to some bad expierences with them. Deffinetly loved this beer and am disappointed that I just had it for the first time...Sierra Nevada can do no wrong!

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,587 ratings.