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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,697 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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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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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bigfoot Ale pours a brownish color, with a nice size head. The smell was a bit hoppy, and sweet, with a grape like ordor. The taste had that sweet grape wine like taste, but was rather hoppy, and finished with a bitter bite. Wasnt too difficult to drink, the hoppiness was a surprise. Overall I found this barleywine very different from others. Much hoppier then other barleywines, and you do loose out on the grapeish wine like tastes that is characteristically of other barleywines.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce, 2010 bottle.

appearance: lovely reddish brown color....small head but excellent lacing

smell: sweet, dark fruits, resiny....very nice...perfect for a winter evening in front of the fire.

taste: sweet dark fruits at the front...cherries...figs....strong hop bite lingers at the finish. nice.

mouthfeel: full but not syrupy. good stuff.

overall: awesome brew. got 4 left in the 2010 sixer, and i look forward to opening a few in the coming years if i can resist the temptation to drink 'em all now.

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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A-Poured into a mug which produced a one finger head that dissipated to a half finger throughout drinking. Perfect carbonation. Head clung to outside of glass throughout drinking. This is barley-wine appearance perfection.

S-Upfront caramel notes with some vanilla as well. Dark Cherry follows and finally this beer smells of fantastic hops. Alcohol is hidden/absent.

T-Fantastically balanced. Caramel/Vanilla sweetness upfront that lessens to darker fruits (dark cherry/concord grape). It ends with a good hoppiness reminiscent of an IPA cut off at just the right amount.

M-Perfect as the head hanging around would confirm. It has the right amount of carbonation and thickness setting the bar for barleywines.

O-Just short of perfect only on the nose. This is very subjective, however, preference in Barley Wine is fruit then caramel with slight alcohol notes. A difference in that this ends with a flowery hops infusion to the nose possibly covering/replacing the alcohol scent.

Buy this beer if available as approachable, however, I will age and check back in 5 years to report on the metamorphosis.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bigfoot 2011 vintage. A 350ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012 - cracked it just in time (although I imagine this one cellars well). Acquired from my local beer specialist and stored in my fridge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber with medium carbonation. Very hazy and translucent. Yields a decent head of creamy, light beige foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Intense aroma of piny hops followed by sweet malt and yeast. Notes of resin and citrus. A warming background whiff of alcohol. The blend of hops and malt borders perfection.

Tastes of intense bitter pine underpinned by a sweet malt backbone. Powerful aromatic hops - notes of pine resin and citrus. Hints of yeast in the distant background. A boozy note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is intensely tingly and astringent, but also thick and smooth. Great body - neither too thick nor too thin. Aftertaste of pine and malt - I'll be tasting this at breakfast!

Wow - what a brew! Huge flavour and aroma, yet the hops and malt sit well together. The body is nice as well, great for the style. Overall, a world-class brew. If you have the opportunity to try it, don't pass it up!

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