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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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6,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,368
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 270
Gots: 1,139 | 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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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice brownish red pour with a medium white head Aroma is hoppy, with the smell of booze. Intense flavors of sweet malts, hops, and fruits and a bitter finish. The alcohol warms nicely down your throat. Another very good beer from Sierra Nevada. Looking forward to enjoying again.

iabeerbaron, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of babybew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

babybew, Dec 29, 2011
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thatdirtymick
2/5  rDev -51.8%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010 batch) poured into tulip glass

A- Beautiful beer to behold. Dark amber body with a pillowy, one and a half finger, ultra light beige head. Left a ton of lacing.

S-Sweet malt, caramel, some pininess, and maybe just a hint of vanilla?

T- Sweet caramel malt which is quickly followed by a strong pungent bitter piney hop bite that lingers for a little. Nice balance with the hops, as a lot of the barleywines are much heavier on the malt bill than the hop. The alcohol is well masked by the big malt presence.

M- Thick but not a syrup bomb. Its has a full, rich, creamy feel. Its done just right.

Im not a huge fan of the barleywines compared to other styles, but this is a standout beer by any measure. It has the aroma, taste, and feel of a top tier barleywine. A winner.

BeerFiend2002, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Kirch
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Kirch, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

freduardo, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

verdict603, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of HoneyLamb
4/5  rDev -3.6%

HoneyLamb, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/17/2009 (2010 Vintage label). Just about 2 years on this one. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, murky garnet color with an enormous, fluffy off white head that has slight orange tinges throughout it. The head on this beer is outstanding. It's a least 3 fingers high and reaches to the top of the glass. Amazing retention for such a big beer. It recedes unevenly, leaving lumps of foam that take longer than others. It eventually dissipates to a thin ring. Exceptional lacing. It coats nearly the entire glass from top to bottom.

Huge malty aroma. Nice caramel and toffee sweetness. Still a touch of piny hop character as well. It presents itself as a slightly resiny aroma. Some dark fruit comes through as the beer warms, cherries come to mind. The sweetness also kicks up a notch when warm. There are hints of alcohol as well.

The taste is considerably different. The same characteristics are there but they present themselves much differently. There is a nice sweet caramel malt character up front. Not as much toffee but there is a honey-like sweetness as well. The sweetness gives way to a biting, resiny pine hop character. The hops still provide a substantial bitterness that sticks to the tongue.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick but the biting hop character keeps it from feeling syrupy. The carbonation is low but, combined with the hop presence, it feels pretty lively.

An amazing beer 2 years out. Not surprising that the hop character still makes it self know but it is fairly surprising how much of punch it still packs. It is still the most prominent aspect of the taste. Overall, the flavors and aromas are very well integrated, much more so than when fresh. An outstanding beer.

ms11781, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of kmckinnon87
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kmckinnon87, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jtw21
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jtw21, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Crundy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Version

(4.5) A: dark amber color, off white head, nice lacing

(4) S: Fruity, malty, hops, slight alcohol smell

(4) T: Characteristic Sierra Nevada hop profile, sweet malt, slight alcohol, caramel and nut flavors

(4) M: Dry and leaves a bitter aftertaste, medium bodied. smooth and well carbonated.

(4) O: Quite bitter and it has that characteristic Sierra Nevada hop profile. Not my favorite but its good beer that leans a bit far onto the hoppy side.

2010 Version

(4.5) A: Similar coloration but much murkier, light tan colored head

(4) S: similar to 2011

(4.5) T: Much less bitter, much sweeter and more fruity notes come through and a more pronounced alcohol flavor

(4.5) M: more thick and sticky, not quite as dry as the 2011, medium bodied still more subdued bitter aftertaste.

(4.5) O: I enjoyed the 2010 version much more. It was smoother and much less hoppy which I enjoy more. I definitely enjoyed the extra year on this beer.

Crundy, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of volta
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

volta, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep red-amber hue and a thick head (and intricate lacing) heralds this potent 9.6% ABV beast.
Aroma is hearty and bold, with hints of fruit alongside the fresh florals bouquet.
First taste? Super-strong, rich, and overpowering hoppiness and chewy, syrup-y malt presence. This one packs a serious wallop and takes some dedication to finish. It's memorable, but not one to savor repeatedly.
This is a heavy-duty drink, and though I didn't love it immediately, I will try again (and update this review) after some cellaring.

UPDATE: This is a review of a cellared year-old bottle. Overall, a much smoother drink, with the hops muted and blended better with the funky, chewy dried fruit/leather malt presence. Very enjoyable, and the alcohol creeps up on you! Beware, this Bigfoot appears friendly up front, but bites...

secondtooth, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

bertram, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

cbgbslev, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

DaveONan, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

squiresks, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of bakeith
4/5  rDev -3.6%

bakeith, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 22, 2011
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,368 ratings.