Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Nice, thick head for such a high alcohol beer.
Aroma is a very powerful American hop type. Little bit of toasty malt in the background
Very powerful, hop forward flavor and bitterness. Hop flavor is piney and citrus. The hops dominate this beer so much that it is hard to pick up the malt, but there is some toastiness and caramel. Bitterness lasts quite a bit thru the finish.
Slick in the mouth and medium-heavy body. Medium carbonation.
I really liked the bitterness at first, but it wore on me as I continued to drink it. Wish there was a bit more malt flavor to this.
08-11-2012 20:55:38 | More by tophers
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
2010 vintage 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Julian code puts this at September 11, 2009. 2 y 10 m 20 d old, awesome!
A - Dark red body, slightly hazy with some floating protein particles. There is also a decent amount of rising carbonation. One finger high light tan head. Super clingy with excellent retention.
S - Despite the age, it still has a hop kick. Pungent pine and a touch of grapefruit followed by huge dark fruit notes. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of booze.
T - Somewhere in between an American and an English style barley wine. Starts off with the rich maltiness of caramel, toffee, and caramelized figs...then comes a blast of pungent piney hops. Very dank and resinous. Less fruity than the nose. Finish is bitter with some alcohol warmth.
M - Silky and coating, yet medium bodied with ample carbonation.
O - Its no surprise it held up well to a bit of aging. I love the beer fresh due to the intense and uniquely Sierra Nevada hop profile...but taming that down a bit made it into a very nice and smooth barley wine with a dark and dank finish. Excellent beer!
2002 vintage thanks to FalconA
Pours a hazy dark brown body with dirty edging and a surprising level of lacing. Smells of toffee and pine. The hops are mysteriously still relevant alongside a dash of noticeable alcohol and light oxidation. Taste is muted toffee and caramel, faded pine and some faint wet cardboard. Its bitter, still. With the muted flavors the alcohol does make itself known. For being 11 years old this is incredible. Light oxidation complimenting against toffee and caramel and a surprising piney hop presence. Perhaps the best candidate for aging I have ever experienced.
08-01-2012 02:54:54 | More by davey101
2.83/5 rDev -31.8%
Pours a clear copper color with a foamy taupe head. The taupe suds lace the glass as the beer is consumed. Orange and grapefruit citrus bouquet with some notes of toffee. The nose is rather absent. Taste is vile. It probably wouldn't taste so bad if not magnified by the mouthfeel. There's an overwhelming hop sourness that dominates the big malt one expects to experience in a barleywine. The piney hop resin coats the palate and continues to invade the senses well after the finish. I want my money back.
07-30-2012 00:33:58 | More by DocJitsu
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
review taken from notes during my inet down time 2012.
12 oz brown stubby bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Label shows a wildman spotting what has to be a Bigfoot ;).
A - deep garnet to very dark amber. Massive offwhite head has good thickness and fluff and offers stick all over my glass and I mean all over the glass.
S - loads of hops. Grapefruit and some pine aroma. hints of fruit within the giant hoppiness. Small sweet character with some caramel malt.
T - Hops cover every inch of the mouth. Grapefruit and earthy pine flavors dominate. light fruitiness are with every hop note within this brew. Never coming to full, but always there. Sweet caramel flavor is gone before it ever even really get's started. A real hop loaded flavor gem here. So many different hop notes and all different from one another.
M - Big and full in body. Thick in the mouth with alcohol warming throughout. A very enjoyable beer that does take some rocks to drink.
O - This isnt your sister's budlight. This is a full blown flavor monster that those of us who know great beer enjoy yearly. This is one that's talked about often amongst my friends while sitting around the camp fire. No, I'm not talking about an actual bigfoot you see people on tv chasing around the west coast. I'm talking about this work horse of a flavor monster Sierra Nevada are so gracious enough to release to we craft guys every winter. A true classic in our world.
07-29-2012 22:07:41 | More by BradtheGreat7
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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