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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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6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 2,805
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 246
Gots: 1,052 | FT: 36
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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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-16-2012 15:47:42 | More by danipp
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red-amber color. Thin head off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells grainy, hoppy, with a bit of alcohol in the background. The taste has hops up at the forefront. This is a very hoppy beer. A bit of a dark fruit and caramel sweetness to balance the bitter hops. Very good flavor. Heavy mouthfeel with some decent carbonation.

The second barleywine I have tried, and definitely the best of the two. This has restored my faith in barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:57:31 | More by Danny1217
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-16-2012 00:02:33 | More by Zakk
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-15-2012 21:15:34 | More by carteravebrew
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-15-2012 15:05:06 | More by SierraDrinker


2/5  rDev -51.8%

06-15-2012 05:17:39 | More by NOLANDMAN
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Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured dark red and bright. Mild carbonation, one finger of off white head. A ring of lace and film of retention.

S - Hops were present. Booze as well. Fairly weak and not overly impressive or inviting.

T - Hops, seemed mild. Booze and perhaps a touch of toffee. More like the classic booze/hop American Barleywine thing going on.

M - Extremely rough finish. Mild carbonation and full body. Hard bitterness.

O/D - Not something I'd seek out again. Almost no malt profile combined with an alcoholic hop drink. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:40:25 | More by tbeckett
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

06-14-2012 23:49:03 | More by gmcsierra91
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany orange with fat foam head that clings to the glass like sea-foam

S: malt and

T: butterscotch, burnt toffee; an almost savory experience - lots of flavors, very complex, not particulary sweet (it's an American barleywine after all)

M: nice bitter hoppage in the medium-to-full bodied feel; chewy

O: bam! this is a great drink - in a blind test, i might not realize it's a barleywine - it reminds me more of Double Bastard or Devil Dancer than it does Old Numbskull or Fathead. So maybe not typical of other American barleywines (certainly not like an English barleywine), but such a great beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:23:33 | More by Greywulfken
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served ina snifter.
2011 vintage.

pours a beautiful, translucent deep amber/copper hue with orange highlights; yields just shy of 1" creamy beige head. (expected) middling retention - lapses into a thin cap, collar around the glass - but nice walls of lacing. overall an excellent presentation.

my first impression of the nose is that this is going to be one heck of a hoppy barleywine, even for the american style (this is my first experience with bigfoot, incidentally). very heavy floral/cirtus presence of hops. also notes of sweet malt.

one sip confirms the nose. big bitter hoppiness out front, *almost* reminiscent of a DIPA, but as it warms the maltiness seems to open up and the beer becomes much more complex and flavorful. still, hands down one of the more heavy hopped barleywines i've had.

really nice mouthfeel: luscious, medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

overall this is an excellent barleywine. as noted, a bit too hop-forward for my personal taste, but i can see where a little age would take this beer to another level. definitely intend to test that theory.

originally reviewed: 03-27-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 20:37:02 | More by BostonHops
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-13-2012 17:55:12 | More by NEO68710
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2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I felt that this beer was pretty smooth for having higher alcohol content (and I realize that's how barley wines come), but it didn't excite me. I think that this ale is great, but not for the price. If you want a Sierra Nevada at a great value, go with the Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 05:49:14 | More by purplesugar
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1/5  rDev -75.9%

06-12-2012 05:10:31 | More by FLBEERGUY25
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Appearance: clear, reddish amber color, with frothy off white head. Aroma: strong dark fruits, hints of banana and alcohol, touches of hoppy pine.
Taste: surprising floral hoppiness up front, with strong caramel/brown sugar coming in, alcohol becomes noticeable close to the end, finishing with sweet malts and a hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel: creamy, medium body with some carbonation and slight dry finish.
Overall: It’s very tasty to me and from what I’ve been reading, much more hoppy than is typical for the style. But, overall on this beer I love the balance between malt and hop/sweet and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 18:55:40 | More by beerpirates
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged 6 months from December 2011

A - Aggressive pour yields a huge, creamy, cream-colored head that sticks around a long time and winds up as a little puffy island like ice cream on a root beer float. I want to eat it with a spoon. Nice reddish chestnut. Loads of lacing.

S - Smells like dinner somehow. Moderate toasty malt. Hint of sweet.

T/M - Pulls so thick and nice. It's got such body, yet somehow comes across as fresh too. Not at all what I was expecting. The bitterness doesn't quite reach bitter initially, stopping just short and just leaving a cool refreshing sensation that gives way to a nice caramelly maltiness that's somewhat sweet but not too much. The bitter shows up a little in the aftertaste. And what nice gentle buzz off of 12 ounces.

O - I was actually a little worried about this beer from what some had said. I was expecting this boozy, messy, out-of-balance thing and instead it was really nice. Maybe the age did it - I never tried one fresh. Sierra Nevada delivers again. I like this a lot and want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 02:33:36 | More by BrownNut
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-10-2012 19:44:49 | More by Chinaskifan1
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-10-2012 13:57:39 | More by Hallce2
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-09-2012 22:54:40 | More by mcsean
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-09-2012 15:35:05 | More by DTown
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigfoot - 2012
I’m not much for cellarin’

I distinctly recall my first Bigfoot about 12 years ago and thinking this stuff is pancake syrup! Only now do I truly savor all of its glory and suckle from the Hairy Beast.

*12oz bottle with my trustee 10oz taster nonic

A: Bigfoot portrays a gorgeous dark amber ale with some ruby-chestnut tint to it. Brilliant clarity exemplifies some fantastic conditioning. My pour produced a cakey mass of dark khaki head. Redonkulous longevity with cavernous pockets of air. Leaves chunky cob webs of lace upon the glass. Quite the spectacle.

S: Smells of booze, grainy cereals, piney hops, candied citrus fruits and a good dose of kettle cooked malts. Like a citrus infused liqueur almost. Caramelization really sets in as the initial aroma and alcohol vapors dispel.

T: Flavors open with a bit of sweet raisin and sweet kettled malts. Huge charge of hops brings sticky boughs of pine and citrus fruits to the forefront with a dank earthy hemp stem element that seems to linger long after the drink. 9.5% ABV heat warms the gullet and gives off a touch of booziness. Nearing harsh drinking this young but still doesn’t detract from the enjoyment here. Toasted breads and a suggestion of chocolate to go with those raisins.

M: Mouthfeel is moderately heavy to the point of some chew on it yet seemingly lighter with the higher carbonation factor. More creamy overall with a nice dry and crisp finish. Resinous hops just sap at the palate.

D: BEASTY! The quintessence of the American Barleywine and one that drinks amazingly well fresh. A bounty of caramelized malts and hoppier than most DIPA’s out there. Everything is still relatively balanced and in its place. A touch hot at times but does not derail the experience whatsoever. Really fantastic stuff and a great place to start if you are looking to get into B-Dubs.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 05:53:08 | More by Nugganooch
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee. 2012 version.

A - Pours ruby colored with a one finger cream head that lasts forever. Tiered lacing paints the glass.

S - Pine hops and sweet fruit. Some toffee-like malt as well. Inviting aroma, more mellow than I expected for the vintage.

T - Caramel and sourdough malts on the front. Finish is quite bitter and piney, but a citrus sweetness balances. I don't detect a lot of alcohol. Satisfies my hop fix, but isn't overwhelming.

M - Silky smooth carbonation and a medium body.

O - I have had this fresh for the last three years and realized I have never reviewed. Delicious blend of malt and fruit with a powerful hop bite. I really enjoy this beer right around the six month mark. I have plenty in the cellar for the cliche vertical, but I think it is just fine as is.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:11:52 | More by NoLeafClover44
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-07-2012 19:21:57 | More by HopsJunkiedotcom
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-07-2012 13:43:29 | More by rjpetrizzo
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-07-2012 12:45:36 | More by BlakeL
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-06-2012 22:27:02 | More by bcsbeer
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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