Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2012 vintage.
Appearance: rich amber hue with a light touch of haze and a low, lazy effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy foam which dissipate slowly, leaving a chunky lace on the glass. Quite good.
Smell: dense malt aroma with plenty of caramel, bread and biscuit character; much like an Imperial red ale or something. Earthy, resiny hops are also present, which complement the malt well.
Taste: thick, rich malt with tons of sticky sweetness. Plenty of bread and caramel character remain, with an alcohol bite and a big twang of piney, resiny bitterness. It's strong, that's for sure, but a bit on the raspy side for my taste.
Mouthfeel: big body along with a silky smoothness and a well-integrated carbonation yield a wonderful creaminess that hits the spot. I like it a lot.
Overall: this is a good beer, but it seems a bit harsh. Perhaps this is one barleywine which could do with a few years under its belt. I'll try one again down the line and see how it is.
07-26-2012 03:02:35 | More by flagmantho
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
A - pours a deep copper/amber color with a huge light tan head of foam. Leaves webs of spotty lacing on the glass.
S - big, dank and resinous aroma. Lots of leafy greens, rindy citrus notes, and hemp oil are the most prominate. notes of caramel, toasted grains, and a vague nutty aroma and bit of alcohol rounds it out.
T - sweet malt up front. very sugary, but shouldn't be surprised. notes of caramel with hints of toast. lots of bitter citrus in the middle along with some cherry fruit esters. Long finish with bitterness lingering seemingly forever.
M - full bodied, carb is fairly high as well. texture is thick and creamy, almost reminicent of a milkshake.
O - I didn't remember it being this sweet but i probably was mistaken to begin with. But still a very enjoyable ale. Though I think i might enjoy it more after a few years.
07-25-2012 04:04:14 | More by Teleweizen2
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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