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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

6,697 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,697
Reviews: 2,890
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 56
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottles (drinking 2012 and 2013 at same time) both into Rock Art Pint Glasses

A:the 13' is much lighter cooper color while the 12' maintains that color but is mostly a darker brown chestnut color both have similar tan heads but the 12' lingers for a much longer time. The 12 is very cloudy and almost opaque while I would describe the 13' as translucent. Overall age does this well imo

S: The difference in the smells are that the 12' is a lot more malt based smells that is very nutty and less sweet then I expected. While the 13' the hops are the more dominant smell they actually smell pretty fresh too while the 12' has almost not smell of hops the malt is there in the 13' though.

T: The taste follows the nose as the 13' is extremely hoppy for a barleywine there are malt elements in there but this is almost a pale ale it is so hoppy not that I don't enjoy it just not what I expected. The 12' is more like what I expected besides being obviously more mellowed out the hops are in the background while the malt has come to the for front with a stronger presence though seems like it could use more time to develop.

M: the 12' is oily but also kind of resiny and definitely has a hop bitterness to its feel. The 13' Is way more oily and smooth goes down easier but not necessarily more drinkable. Both are not quite thin but in-between that and light syrup. The abv is basically undetectable in both which is pretty impressive.

O: Despite being overly hoppy when fresh it mellows out with age and is quite drinkable across the board. I am not a huge barleywine guy but this is my go to favorite is worth a try every year and make sure you grab enough to age. I can't wait to build my vertical up to about 8 years and really see how this thing handles over time.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Fairly cloudy, fairly more carbonated than I would have thought, nice beautiful ruby head color and rocky head leaving nice lace around glass.
Smell: Nice dark fruit, maybe almost a bit grapey, mixing with citrus hops, I'd describe them as maybe dark cherry or maybe blood orange. Very nice.
Taste: First thing is the malt sweetness, followed by strong bitterness from the alcohol. Then finishing with hop bitterness. Hop flavor is pretty much throughout the entire taste, again somewhere between grape and orange. Rich caramel malt makes its way through as it warms a little bit. Takes a couple of sips before the bitterness and alcohol steps aside. A very nice beer, definitely complex.
Mouthfeel: A bit drier than I would have expected, likely due to alcohol. Certainly not thin or watery though.
Overall: The standard for the style, and still enjoyable. I first tried this 10 years ago and it is still just as good. One of my favorite Sierra beers, if not my very favorite of theirs.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,697 ratings.