Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Had on-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a dark ruby red color with a thick beige head that retained well and left nice lacing. Had an aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, citrus and alcohol. Tasted of dark fruits, earthy hops, pine, caramel and alcohol. Amazingly complex and well-balanced.
Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, especially considering the ABV and style. Dry finish that is certainly bitter, but not too harsh. I normally detest barleywines but this one is an exception. One of the BEST beers to cellar!
11-20-2011 15:59:16 | More by MsRif
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
The beers looks very appetizing with such a tall, thick, cloud-like head of a cream color. The beer itself is completely transparent with a soft light brown color with hues of rose that almost brightens it up. There is some visible carbonation; very slow and very minimal. As the head begins to fall it laces very intricately all around the glass; falling further on the edge and staying a bit taller in the middle of the head.
Not having had the 2011 yet this year I can't help but compare it to 2009 and 2010 that I have had recently. There is a very strong presence of maple and fruit with a very well balanced hop back to it. There's just a hint of booze coming through the powerful mixture of dark fruit and hop.
This beer is very heavy and thick. There is more bitterness than I was expecting having had previous year releases before. On the sip I feel like the softness of the beer is going to give way to a fruity array of flavors but I think it just needs some age. It's just a little too bitter for me, but I still appreciate the beer. It's earthy. It's warming, it's a little filling, it's big.
11-19-2011 18:46:59 | More by eslemarc
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,234 ratings.