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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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6,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,381
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 270
Gots: 1,144 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

victory4me, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MichaelBurns, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of November 30, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle in a Julian variant (“2335207:26”), making this beer just over ten weeks old.

Appearance (4.5): This pours two and a half fingers of very fine-looking, cappuccino foam-colored head. Light tan and just beautiful. The body is a slightly hazy, ruby-amber color that, again, is just beautiful. This leaves tons of lacing and boasts far above average retention, taking a very long time to die down while leaving thin collars and webby patches of lace wherever it’s been. For the style, this beer is killer.

Smell (4.25): Rich caramel and toffee mix with dark fruits (raisins and plums) with warming, spicy alcohol keepin’ it lively. Spicy and fruity hops aromas brighten it up a bit, with red grapefruit flesh and a mix of rye-type spiciness and resin adding another dimension.

Taste (4.25): All of the same malt depth picked up in the nose shows on the palate: rich, caramel-soaked cereal graininess comes off like a rich coffee cake-type flavor, mixed with toffee, prunes, brandied plums, raisins, and plenty of booziness. Damn—rich and hot, which I certainly appreciate for this style (and other things in life). There’s a solid citrus zest and vegetal bitterness on the back end (Centennial?) that helps dry out the finish, though even the ABV and hops bitterness can’t overshadow the complex malt depth here. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Wonderful feel: subdued carbonation at first gives way to an extremely fine-grained prickle that reaches every surface, leaving a sheen of hop oiliness all over the place; the hop oils and ABV help to make this a dry-finishing beer, ultimately, but the full-feeling weight of the body and the chewiness of the malt stand up to it all.

Overall (4.25): Yep, big fan of Bigfoot. Very solid beer, and a really classic representation of the style; it may not be as big or as hoppy or as rich or as hot as a lot of other examples, but it makes up for all of these things with balance and, to be frank, a degree of finesse. (Not that there’s anything understated about this at all.) Cheers to Sierra Nevada, for making this beer and continuing to fire on all cylinders, even after all these years (even if this IS one of their most classic products).

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
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Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2010 bottle into a snifter

Appearance: iced tea brown/orange with a half finger head that lingers; strong lacing

Smell: piney, hops pop up. Barley included

Taste: Hop start that goes pow. Explodes on the taste buds. Strong barley presence. Bitter finish. Alcohol comes in loud and clear.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy

Overall: my first barleywine was a weird, wunnerful, hoppy experience. Not for the faint of heart. Mixes well with cheddar. Drink it slow and prepare for a nice nap. Might have had more malt presence with age.

brewskifan55, Nov 12, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so I did a side by side tasting of a 2011, 2002, 2001, and 1998 and this review is of my favorite of the 4. Let me start off by saying I hated the beer fresh I found it overly hoppy for a barleywine and the flavor not very good.

So this is a review of the 1998 aged 13 years.

Look: Dark mahogany in color and of course no head a slight off white ring at the top of the beer

Smell: Dark fruits raisins plums and a very sweet malt backbone and believe it or not a just note of alcohol still present

Taste: Very very complex and it reminds me a real good belgian dubble. Great dark fruit flavors plums raisin and figs. Age has been very kind to this beer

Mouthfeel: Full body and no carbonation and a bit chewy

Overall: Again time has been great to this beer. The 02' and 01' were really good as well but the 98' was just slightly better. I have a 95' 94' and 93' that I can't wait to try out

DarthKostrizer, Nov 12, 2011
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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