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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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6,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,801
Reviews: 2,915
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,396 | FT: 57
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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Ratings: 6,801 | Reviews: 2,915
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA Pint glass

A- Pours a delicious mahogony color with a nice light tan head with large bubbles and beautiful lacing.

S- Can immediately tell this is an American Barleywine as it smells like an IPA! Smells of wonderful citrus and peppery hops with a small alcohol bite towards the end.

T- So smooth. Wonderful deep rich malts, complex hop flavor including earthy, peppery and citrusy hops. Has a very strong alcoholic middle and a smooth crisp finish.

M- Carbonated just right for the style. Coats the mouth and stays there. Not harsh, but just exactly right.

Overall a very strong beer, having aged some bottles they do become mellower as they age. Would be nice to do a 3 to 5 year vertical comparing them.

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

2012 vintage.

Pours a brilliant garnet with a densely foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates moderately, leaving sheets of lacing.

Deeply caramelized malt, dark fruit, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. Bruised cherries, prunes, and raisins accompany a hint of citrus and pine. Perfumey ange herbal hops round out the profile.

Medicinal cherry dominates the flavor, which finishes decidedly bitter and resiny, with a touch of onion and fresh cut grass. There's a luden's cough drop character upfront., which is then dominate by hops. Booze is evident throughout. Caramelized malt provides respite, but it's brief. More complex malt and ester character emerges late.

Body is a tad full, slightly creamy, with carbonation slightly on the low side and significant alcohol warmth.

Malt complexity is overridden by the brutally bitter hop character. Some hop flavor is present. The phenolic character is slightly offputting. Overall, delivers on its promise, but a little too bitter for my palate. Esters eventually save the day.

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

2013 Barleywine

Appearance- sparkling reddish brown with 1 finger of off white yellowish head with coarse bubles. Light lacing

Aroma- dusty Carmel slight banana corn and bubble gum

Taste- Smoooothe! Long carmel and butterscotch. Buttery and nutty with a spicey cedarlike hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel- fuller bodied slick and syrupy but not bad for the style. some alcohol warmth.

Overall- there is some sentiment to this beer, I first had it in college in 2001. I wandered into an acquaintance's dorm room, who had a late class on a friday night. All of our friends in the dorm had gone out to party without us! So he called in a favor to a friend with an ID and told him to buy a sixpack of beer that had the highest alcohol content in the store (priorities in college). His friend soon delivered some Bigfoot and the two of us split the six pack and then went out to find the rest of the group. 3 bigfoots a piece and we never missed a beat once we caught up to the rest of our friends who had been out partying most of the night! the 2013 version is much smoother than the 2001 version and brings back all the memories. A tasty beer and a welcome time machine!

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A: Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a beautiful crimson brown with a fluffy three fingered dusty white head that reduces to a half finger. Good carbonation and lacing.

S: Oak, vanilla, a bit of dried fruits toffee met with a nice citrus blast from the hops

T: Hops - Pine needles, burnt caramel - in a good way - tobacco, rustic bread

M: Smooth for being a heavy beer, but sits well on the mouth

O: Not a bad beer at all, highly drinkable, get it while you can!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - poured into chalice a beautiful amber body with one finger off white head with a creamy, fluffy texture. Head reduced to an ever present cap and left good lacing.

S - first up in the nose is a hop explosion followed by caramelized malt character and alcohol. Hop notes of piney, resin, and citrus, with a spicyness from the alcohol and yeast bouquet. Slight fruitiness, not sure if from hops, yeast or both. Very refreshing nose for a barleywine.

T - the nose was very hop forward but the taste is all barleywine. Big massive malt taste, burnt sugar, caramel. Flavoring hops are present throughout with delicous notes of pine and resin balancing out the malt, a very complex and intense taste. Finishes nice and bitter with the malt character carrying through the finish and lingering.

M - thick, smooth carbonation, dry finish, mouthfeel is what I would want in the style.

O - The hoppiness of this example of barleywine coupled with the balance of flavor (albeit massive flavor) makes this my benchmark for a fresh american style barleywine. I'm very curious as to how much the hops mellow with a few years of age. Overall this is just a great beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a murky brown with little head. Smelled like Brown sugar and booze. I'm getting a huge amount of unbalanced bitterness, first time trying this beer. Being as fresh as it is, It's extremely bitter forward. Hoping this mellows out and the flavors meld together harmoniously.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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