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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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6,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,697
Reviews: 2,890
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,327 | FT: 56
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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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Bigfoot

Poured a dark amber with a tiny head that dissipates quickly.

It smells delicious. Notes of sherry, floral hops, toffee, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the smell. Sherry, and sweet malt with lots of hop bitterness. The malt is trying to poke through with some creaminess that gets quickly dried up with bitterness of the hops. The bitterness really lingers on the back of the tongue.

I appreciate the American character with the huge hop profile but I'm thinking I'll get another and let it age for a year or so to let the hop bite mellow. I'd like more malt to poke through and blend with the hops.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mrbojangles31
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hawksfan79
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Glass: Over sized wine glass:

2012 vintage

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick creamy white head.

Smell: Sweet candy like, molasses, and alcoholic. A very sweet and pleasing aroma.

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit notes, alcohol, with a long lingering hops finish. The flavor starts out very sweet and then fades into the alcohol and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sticky texture. Strong carbonation.

This beer is a nice complex and very satisfying brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2013 12oz bottle into a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Very nice clear copper color with minimal head. Some stickiness around the glass.

Smell- First, grassy hops. Second, sweet malts. Third, whiskey-like alcohol. Smells bourbony.

Taste- Wow this is nice. Fruity hops fades to pleasant maltiness then finishes with dry piney hops. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- At first its sticky, but it smooths out with a light carbonation to a very drinkable DIPA style beer.

Overall- Sierra Nevada deserves the hype their beers get. For the price, you can't go wrong.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle vintage 2012

A - A brown sugar color, with clarity and a thin amount of head and lace

S - Wow, hop bomb! Dank wet hops, sweet sugar, caramel, etc

T - A huge hop bitterness slap onto your tongue, with a nice malty backbone. Very good. Lingering bitter aftertaste

M - Medium bodied, oily, smooth.

O - A very good barleywine. Taste like a very bitter DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glass: St. Bernardus Goblet.

Appearance: Ruby red with a beautiful 1.5 finger light tan creamy head produced from a relatively light pour. Ample lacing left behind. Very beautiful.

Smell: Blood orange, piney hops,. Perhaps so a bit of grassiness, perhaps some lemon. Hidden underneath is a layer of malty bread and toffee.

Taste: Bitter piney hops. A slight medicinal quality. Alcohol is definitely present. Some sweet malts and a slight caramel taste is found only in the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation.

Overall: A good beer, but quite hoppy fresh. Will pick up a couple to age to see if I can pull out any of those malty characteristics. Worth trying, at least!

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,697 ratings.