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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,379 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,379
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 270
Gots: 1,143 | FT: 48
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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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

JJWIGHT, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Medwin, Oct 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

FullObs, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

squeakmeister, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mattdbh, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 vintage bottled 12/30/2010. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, pine, grapefruit, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big pine, orange zest, caramel, raisin, molasses, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grapefruit, earth, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, orange rind, pine, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, earth, herbal, and piney spiciness on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors with good complexity; nice bitterness/sweetness balance; no overly cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! Nice balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering with the age on it. Looking forward to seeing how it changes down the road.

superspak, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

HeyJim, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sunn, Oct 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Billybaroo990, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

sourgrass, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

FEUO, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle (2012 Vintage) into a snifter

A- Poured an amazing bright dark ruby red with an off-white frothy head that left lots of chunky lace.

S- Sweet cherry, grape, grapefruit, big sweet breadiness, molasses, and barley

T- Lots of sweet cherry, very rich toffee, big breadiness, some light chocolate notes, some bright citrus notes. Quite sugary but not cloying and as sweet as other barleywines I have had.

M- Full bodied, quite sticky, smooth, with some moderate alcohol warming

O- Barleywines are a style I have never really enjoyed and I have for the most part avoided them. I really enjoy this one though, maybe not something I would get on a regular basis but there is a lot of complexity and great flavor to this beer.

Hoptometrist, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

biscuitroller, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ilikebeer03, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Envelopes, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

vobr0002, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Slapsies, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

enelson, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Copper with amber highlights. Has a huge 4 fingers of khaki colored head with great retention. Some yeast sediment dances around the glass. Leaves nice ringlets of lacing behind.

Nose
Caramel, toffee, candy sugar, pine and lemon.

Taste
Caramel, toffee and candy sugars. Pine needles, grapefruit juice (and rind) and lemon citrus. Some rye notes are in there. Has a very resinous and floral finish.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, oily, smooth and sticky.

Overall
Very easy drinking at 9.6%. Loads of caramel and toffee with some very resinous hops to balance the sweetness. Highly bitter.

justintcoons, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

spacemonkeysoda, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A 2012 12 oz. bottle poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles that come up to form a dense head right after pouring. Lacing is very nice, and the head stays around for a while. The beer is kind of an orange red color. Very pretty.

S - The aroma suggests a caramel backbone behind plenty of fruity/citrus and spicy hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma pretty closely. The hops do not overpower the sweet caramel malts like I thought that they might. There is a boozy kick at the very end - to be expected from a beer of this strength.

M - A little bit thick and chewy. Definitely NOT a thin bodied or watery brew.

O - I can see where this beer would improve with age. I plan on saving one for about a year to see if it changes much. (I don't think I can sit on a beer for more than a year without drinking it)

BikingDutchman, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

OMG, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

baklo, Oct 15, 2012
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,379 ratings.