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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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6,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 2,805
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,058 | FT: 36
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%

06-20-2012 04:01:28 | More by RayHampel
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-19-2012 10:48:29 | More by cheefdaddy1
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-18-2012 19:16:59 | More by DruC4
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-18-2012 18:50:25 | More by OBXgirl365
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-18-2012 00:08:30 | More by AlexChillton
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2012 vintage.

A: Clear, dark amber color with less than one finger of sticky turmeric-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spirituous, with signature spicy hops a la Sierra Nevada and complex vinous/caramel/crystal malt. Alcohol heat is suggested.

T: Begins very off-dry, with dark citrus hop aromatics that complement well the caramel fermented grain. Acidity is mild into the middle where bitterness comes on early. It is a very clean beer, flavor-wise, which seems to allow the palate to really dwell on the bitterness that becomes more and more pure and oppressive through the finish. Alcohol is barely tasted until long after the finish when lingering bitterness finally fades.

M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The archetypal American barleywine; Bigfoot's focus on hops is as contemporary as any of the style, but it seems to drop another weight class in terms of strength with every passing year. Once maligned as America's most unhealthy beer, it is now a reasonable sub-10% abv in a world where bigger is assumed to always be better. It shares the same house quality of spicy (fresh) Cascade hops that adorns Sierra Nevada's pale ale and Celebration IPA. Often tried by unsuspecting celebrators, this isn't really a beer for changing minds or creating trends. However, it is always there in case one's taster needs recalibrating.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:02:13 | More by beagle75
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-17-2012 17:36:54 | More by sludgegnome
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-17-2012 05:22:20 | More by zbooks
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-16-2012 21:41:17 | More by redmantodd
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-16-2012 19:03:39 | More by 59rockabilly
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-16-2012 15:47:42 | More by danipp
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red-amber color. Thin head off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells grainy, hoppy, with a bit of alcohol in the background. The taste has hops up at the forefront. This is a very hoppy beer. A bit of a dark fruit and caramel sweetness to balance the bitter hops. Very good flavor. Heavy mouthfeel with some decent carbonation.

The second barleywine I have tried, and definitely the best of the two. This has restored my faith in barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:57:31 | More by Danny1217
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-16-2012 00:02:33 | More by Zakk
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-15-2012 21:15:34 | More by carteravebrew
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-15-2012 15:05:06 | More by SierraDrinker


2/5  rDev -51.8%

06-15-2012 05:17:39 | More by NOLANDMAN
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Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured dark red and bright. Mild carbonation, one finger of off white head. A ring of lace and film of retention.

S - Hops were present. Booze as well. Fairly weak and not overly impressive or inviting.

T - Hops, seemed mild. Booze and perhaps a touch of toffee. More like the classic booze/hop American Barleywine thing going on.

M - Extremely rough finish. Mild carbonation and full body. Hard bitterness.

O/D - Not something I'd seek out again. Almost no malt profile combined with an alcoholic hop drink. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:40:25 | More by tbeckett
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

06-14-2012 23:49:03 | More by gmcsierra91
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany orange with fat foam head that clings to the glass like sea-foam

S: malt and

T: butterscotch, burnt toffee; an almost savory experience - lots of flavors, very complex, not particulary sweet (it's an American barleywine after all)

M: nice bitter hoppage in the medium-to-full bodied feel; chewy

O: bam! this is a great drink - in a blind test, i might not realize it's a barleywine - it reminds me more of Double Bastard or Devil Dancer than it does Old Numbskull or Fathead. So maybe not typical of other American barleywines (certainly not like an English barleywine), but such a great beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:23:33 | More by Greywulfken
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served ina snifter.
2011 vintage.

pours a beautiful, translucent deep amber/copper hue with orange highlights; yields just shy of 1" creamy beige head. (expected) middling retention - lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass - but nice walls of lacing. overall an excellent presentation.

my first impression of the nose is that this is going to be one heck of a hoppy barleywine, even for the american style (this is my first experience with bigfoot, incidentally). very heavy floral/cirtus presence of hops. also notes of sweet malt.

one sip confirms the nose. big bitter hoppiness out front, *almost* reminiscent of a DIPA, but as it warms the maltiness seems to open up and the beer becomes much more complex and flavorful. still, hands down one of the more heavy hopped barleywines i've had.

really nice mouthfeel: luscious, medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

overall this is an excellent barleywine. as noted, a bit too hop-forward for my personal taste, but i can see where a little age would take this beer to another level. definitely intend to test that theory.

originally reviewed: 03-27-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 20:37:02 | More by BostonHops
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-13-2012 17:55:12 | More by NEO68710
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2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I felt that this beer was pretty smooth for having higher alcohol content (and I realize that's how barley wines come), but it didn't excite me. I think that this ale is great, but not for the price. If you want a Sierra Nevada at a great value, go with the Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 05:49:14 | More by purplesugar
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

06-12-2012 05:10:31 | More by FLBEERGUY25
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Appearance: clear, reddish amber color, with frothy off white head. Aroma: strong dark fruits, hints of banana and alcohol, touches of hoppy pine.
Taste: surprising floral hoppiness up front, with strong caramel/brown sugar coming in, alcohol becomes noticeable close to the end, finishing with sweet malts and a hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel: creamy, medium body with some carbonation and slight dry finish.
Overall: It’s very tasty to me and from what I’ve been reading, much more hoppy than is typical for the style. But, overall on this beer I love the balance between malt and hop/sweet and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 18:55:40 | More by beerpirates
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged 6 months from December 2011

A - Aggressive pour yields a huge, creamy, cream-colored head that sticks around a long time and winds up as a little puffy island like ice cream on a root beer float. I want to eat it with a spoon. Nice reddish chestnut. Loads of lacing.

S - Smells like dinner somehow. Moderate toasty malt. Hint of sweet.

T/M - Pulls so thick and nice. It's got such body, yet somehow comes across as fresh too. Not at all what I was expecting. The bitterness doesn't quite reach bitter initially, stopping just short and just leaving a cool refreshing sensation that gives way to a nice caramelly maltiness that's somewhat sweet but not too much. The bitter shows up a little in the aftertaste. And what nice gentle buzz off of 12 ounces.

O - I was actually a little worried about this beer from what some had said. I was expecting this boozy, messy, out-of-balance thing and instead it was really nice. Maybe the age did it - I never tried one fresh. Sierra Nevada delivers again. I like this a lot and want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 02:33:36 | More by BrownNut
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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