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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

6,365 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,365
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 270
Gots: 1,139 | FT: 48
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ilikebeer03, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Envelopes, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

vobr0002, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Slapsies, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

enelson, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Copper with amber highlights. Has a huge 4 fingers of khaki colored head with great retention. Some yeast sediment dances around the glass. Leaves nice ringlets of lacing behind.

Nose
Caramel, toffee, candy sugar, pine and lemon.

Taste
Caramel, toffee and candy sugars. Pine needles, grapefruit juice (and rind) and lemon citrus. Some rye notes are in there. Has a very resinous and floral finish.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, oily, smooth and sticky.

Overall
Very easy drinking at 9.6%. Loads of caramel and toffee with some very resinous hops to balance the sweetness. Highly bitter.

justintcoons, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

spacemonkeysoda, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of BikingDutchman
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A 2012 12 oz. bottle poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles that come up to form a dense head right after pouring. Lacing is very nice, and the head stays around for a while. The beer is kind of an orange red color. Very pretty.

S - The aroma suggests a caramel backbone behind plenty of fruity/citrus and spicy hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma pretty closely. The hops do not overpower the sweet caramel malts like I thought that they might. There is a boozy kick at the very end - to be expected from a beer of this strength.

M - A little bit thick and chewy. Definitely NOT a thin bodied or watery brew.

O - I can see where this beer would improve with age. I plan on saving one for about a year to see if it changes much. (I don't think I can sit on a beer for more than a year without drinking it)

BikingDutchman, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

OMG, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

baklo, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JC88, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MichPaul, Oct 15, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The neck label show 2012, but there are no other markings on the bottle or label that provide a more specific date for bottling.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in a two-finger head that was a darker shade of khaki and very dense and clumpy. Over a very long session the head dissipated to about an eighth of a finger and left plenty of lacing. (This was a pretty impressive head for a high ABV beer.) The brew was a darker shade of copper and barely translucent with some cloudiness.

S: The aroma was very mild and consisted of some pine and citrus, and just a little bit of malt sweetness, too.

T: The taste had a wine-like quality. It was a blend of mild citrus, some spicy bitterness, and a strong underlying caramel malt sweetness that held everything together. There was also a little bit of alcohol heat that helped to underscore and bring out the flavors.

M: The body was right about in the middle of the medium range, and it had just a little carbonation. It was also fairly smooth for a high ABV beer.

O: The hops flavor in this beer made it a little different take on a barleywine. Yet, it was still pleasing to this barleywine fan. It had a very wine-like character and somehow it was able to bring out the best characteristics of both wine and beer. I think the unusual balance makes this beer worth trying for a barleywine fan; but, just be aware it has enough hops balance to be near the border of a DIPA.

Beer_Runner, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

brewdude1982, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

anewlanguage, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

frogfan, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stoutlad, Oct 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

WDJersey, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

LordFoul, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time having Bigfoot, 2012 bottle.

Poured into a snifter with a nice 3 finger head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

A: Deep amber with quite a bit of lacing

S: Sweet/rich, bready smell. Hint of Carmel toffee.

T: Sweet, but not overly. Still very hoppy, I'd be very curious to age this a bit and see how it settles down. Really malty carmel taste with a sweet fruit I can't place.

M: Very malty, full bodied mouthfeel. Lot of action on the tongue.

O: Great American Barleywine. Tastes like a sweet malty DIPA, I think aging this a bit will really help the hop forwardness. Not a lot wrong with this beer and for the price its hard to beat.

CommanderOfAwesome, Oct 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rob99er, Oct 05, 2012
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,365 ratings.