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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6,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,517
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 296
Gots: 1,200 | FT: 49
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper-amber color with a light tan head; recedes pretty quickly and leaves very small amount of lacing here and there along the glass. Aroma is full of deep, sweet fruits; dates, figs, and plums, some light boozy notes on the nose, maybe some woodiness in the background.

Taste is full of what you'd expect in an American barleywine, and it follows the nose quite nicely; booze-soaked, dark fruits, dates, figs, plums, raisins. Ripe, juicy, and sweet; brown sugar, burnt caramel, light toffee. Some fairly heavy, floral hop notes travel up and down the palate to bring a fighting edge to the sweetness. The brew gets slightly bitter for a second, but remains a primarily sweet beer from the heaviness of the malt. Definitely hopped up quite a bit, though.

The booze is heavy, not quite hot, but slightly more than just "warming" - almost bourbon-like in character with a slight vanilla and butterscotch undertone. Thick, mildly syrupy, and just a little sticky on the palate, a bit on the lower side of the carbonation scale.

This is a nice take on the American barleywine style, and it's relatively cheap for a six pack. I plan on aging some of these to see how they pan out. My guess it that the hops will fade a bit and the brew will get a little sweeter, and hopefully a touch more mellow.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle in to Tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0): Nice dark reddish tint, with light brown head.

Smell (4.5): Smells great, definitely some fresh hops with something else lurking in the background.

Taste (4.0): Bitterness upfront, with a slight sweet to follow, and then more bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nothing wrong here.

Overall (4.0): Having read some of the other review which state this is a very balanced beer, I'm not so sure about that. It's definitely heavy on the hops, which from my understanding would be typical of an American styled barleywine.

I only picked up 1 bottle but I'm seriously considering getting a six pack and storing some in the cellar.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark maroon hue with some visible sediment and a thin foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Rich caramel that is both sweet and aromatic. Some pine and a little earthiness from the hops.

Taste: As advertised, the palate is sweet with a strong bitterness that sneaks up on you. Starts with rich amber and caramel malts that provide a hint of sweetness. However, if you blink you just might miss those flavors because the hop bitterness swarms in after about the halfway point and provides some serious IBUs as well as a great earthy flavor. The aftertaste is somewhat dry and completely hop forward. Even though the hops play a major role, it is still a balanced brew. Not quite as sweet as I had anticipated but that lack of sweetness might be why it is not cloying at all. Lots of flavor and no hint of the 9.6% ABV. Would love to see them do a special release of this and bump that ABV up a bit to really let Bigfoot loose.

Mouthfeel: Just a couple hairs below full bodied with smooth carbonation. Easy drinkability which is an accomplishment given the style.

Final Thoughts: I've been looking forward to trying this beer since hearing about it through BA. I'm not disappointed, especially given the price ($10 for a 4-pack). Would I drink it again? Yes, I have one more in the beer fridge and two aging in the cellar.

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

Bottle of the '13 batch into a snifter

Pours a dark amber red with a half finger of foam, low retention and good lacing. Smells of spicy hop, roast malts, citrus, pine, alcohol, and some floral earthy tones- pretty good smelling beer. Taste follows the aroma pretty well, strong spiced hop upfront melded with strong roasted and spicy malts. Some citrus undertones help mask the alcohol that makes the after taste. Feel is thick and heavy, with a good amount of carbonation leaving a nice bite on the tongue. Overall a really good beer, a reason it's one of Sierra Nevada's signatures

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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

A: dark reddish amber. Nice half inch of off-white head

S: lost of hop aroma and roasted malts notes

T: Wow, really has a nice balance of hopes and malts. it truly is bittersweet. Its has some spicy notes as well and the spice blends extremely well with with the other flavors.

M: feels creamy and warmer

O: Extremely balanced beer Hops+Malts+Spice=balanced beer

love the big foot under the bottle cap

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