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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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6,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,061
Reviews: 2,804
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,048 | FT: 37
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 Hopfenpeter


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first barley wine style ale for me. It is a 2011 bottle.
The color is a chestnut reddish brown with a nice eggshell white head building. Nice and creamy it sticks around for a while.
The smell was hinting a lot of hops and there were of course roasted malt but also a peachy aroma.
Tasting the beer I was surprised at the complexity of it.
Fruity flavors like peach and citrus shine through a strong malty taste up front, being checked by very dominant hops. Very earthy flavors. Quite bitter at the end.
The alcohol presence is noteworthy. Over all a fine beer, which would not be my choice for an all evening event. I will keep one bottle for a year to see how it will age.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 04:00:02 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of Gunslinger711


2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 version.

Poured into a goblet.

I'm going to agree with a few other reviews here and keep it short. This beer tastes a lot more like a Strong Ale or an IPA. There's not too much wine presence here at all. In the taste, in the mouthfeel, in the smell. Getting a lot of hops. If you're looking for a good example of the style, look elsewhere.

All in all, beer is drinkable, but not very barleywineish. A few people have told me this beer is awesome aged a few years, I might have to give that a try, but not impressed right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 03:11:12 | More by Gunslinger711
Photo of wicklein


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My experience with Bigfoot was overall slightly above average. It is not a beer i would buy on any given regularity but it is a very solid and hoppy beer. On the nose it is a little too bitter for my taste, but its appearance was beautiful (due to an accident with the bottle i had to pour it for fear of glass shards). it was a very warming caramel color. Taste was overall good with a bit of a sharp after-taste, most likely due to the high alcohol content at 9.6% This beer was engaging and definitely had a unique character to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:49:48 | More by wicklein
Photo of Berticus


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't get me wrong, this is an AWESOME beer but it tastes more like an american strong ale than a barleywine. SO much hops and there isnt really that distinct sweetness that comes with most barley wines.
Overall it's very drinkable but if you are looking for a real barley wine, dont look here unless you're planning on aging this one for at least a year to let the hops mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:59:01 | More by Berticus
Photo of bboelens


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition, poured from a bottle into my Duvel Tulip

A-A dark chestnut with hints of red throughout, a large white head that lasts and leaves excellent lacing.

S-Malt, slight hops, alcohol, and fruit take up the majority of the nose.

T-The alcohol is a bit overwhelming in this one, even though I know it is a high abv beer, it seems to be even more, port-esque in alcohol level. Barley, fruit and slight hop wrap up the rest of the taste, which really is complex, just unfortunately a little masked in the alcohol presence.

M-Full bodied with excellent carbonation.

D-A good barleywine but I feel there are much better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:26:45 | More by bboelens
Photo of fsimcox


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 SN Bigfoot.

Pours an ruby-amber transparent color. Off-white foamy head forms immediately, and dissipates slowly leaving about a quarter inch off-white layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell is citrus, hops, and just a hint of grapefruit. Not as strong as I expected.

Taste is creamy-smooth up front, and then bam, bitter hops hits me right in the mouth, with a bitter grapefruit finish. The bitter finish lingers for some time.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth up front, dry finish, with some carbonation.

This is my intro to this style, so, not sure what to think? I like it, but not sure I like it more than SN Celebration. The creaminess up-front, followed by the hops wallop, sort of threw an odd twist at me.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:53:20 | More by fsimcox
Photo of HopNuggets


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 2011 12oz bottle into Spiegelau stemmed pilsner glass. First day it was available at my beer shop so it's super fresh... not Cali-fresh, but Cali Beer East Coast fresh.

A - Poured a deep mahogany with a nice brilliant amber where light shines through. I stirred up the last bit and dumped it in as well so there are some floaties kicking around. Solid 2 finger eggshell head that dissipates to a coating that leaves brilliant lacing down the glass.

S - Piney, grassy and earthy hops are fresh and to the front. Toffee notes follow.

T - Caramel and toffee are sweet up front, bitterness really sets in and doesn't let up. Some citrus after the malt with a smokey finish that has a hint of tobacco.

M - Quite carbonated and a medium on the closer side of heavy body. The dry finish combined with the bitterness leaves you wanting another sip.

D - Very drinkable for a barleywine at ~9.5% but I would treat this as an after dinner/desert pairing type of drink and not an all night beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 03:25:22 | More by HopNuggets
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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour the 2011 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale into a snifter, the unmistakable aroma of hops fills the air. This amber-red beer has a head of about half an inch that lasts for a little while. The smell is mostly hops, but also sweet and boozy. This is one of the hoppier barleywines I have had. The taste is hops up front, giving way to a bittersweet, boozy flavor that I particularly enjoy. This beer has good carbonation, light in the mouth, and somewhat refreshing. I look forward to letting some of this sit around for a while to see how it tastes in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:27:09 | More by hwy61mb
Photo of Leftfield00


3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a brew that I've been waiting for all year. Last year it seemed that I just barely missed the boat for the Bigfoot, so this had better be awesome.

- Pours out a nice dark amber color, with great foam, just a little yellowy-shade of off-white. The foam fades medium quickly, without distinct lacing, but great stickyness to the glass.

- Aromas are full of subtle malts, dark hops, and a little bit of alcohol. I almost hate to say it, but it's reminding me a little of another strong, amber color beer that I love to hate.

- Mouthfeel is much stronger hops than I expected. I mean, I'm not sure really what I was thinking, it is a Sierra Nevada. I guess I was expecting something more like the Dogfish Olde School. Full bodied, yet really well balanced. Subdued malts with caramel and butterscotch notes compliment the drying hops perfectly.

- Overall I think the Bigfoot is a solid brew. Not my personal cup-o'tea though. I'm still not a fan of beers that make me more thirsty. It reminds me a lot of a better version of the Arrogant Bastard. Anyone else get that?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:34:26 | More by Leftfield00
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish mahogany. Nice two finger head, very frothy with a ton of lacing.

S - Tons of piney hops. I can sense just a little bit of grapefruit shining through in the back end. Great, rich smell

T - Almost a little sweet as it first hits the tongue. Fades into a blast of hops. Seriously, it feels like the hops just come out of nowhere. Nice, deep, earthy taste. Just a bit of burn from the alcohol on the end.

M - Very thick, almost syrupy on the first draw. A good amount of carbonation in there as well. Coats the mouth

D - This is a big beer. That burn from the alcohol makes you take it easy, but it's incredibly drinkable for 9.6%

Overall - Fantastic. Loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:06:59 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of fresh 2011 Bigfoot. Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a big 3 finger head. Thick massive bubbles. Thick lacing left on side of glass. Great retention.

S. Smell is a big blast of hops and malt. I had forgotten how hoppy fresh Bigfoot could be. Caramel malt lies beneath all of the piney hops. Fresh the is a hoppy smelling barleywine.

T. Taste is a nice combination of hop and malt. Probably more malt forward even when fresh. Caramel malt sweetness balances out some piney hop bitterness.

M. Medium/full bodied. Full carbonation. Just a bit of lingering sweetness.

D. Very drinkable. I really like the contrast in flavor that Bigfoot can produce from when it is fresh to its aged version. Fresh it has a ton of hop smell and flavor that I really like. With a year or more on it Bigfoot has some amazing malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:53:23 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of rwf08


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 Bigfoot

Nice dense pancake batter head with good lacing and dark mahogany color.

Full citrus and pine hops with a sweet malt back. Would have to wait a few years for the hops to die down to get other smells but the hops are amazing.

Loads of bitter hops and sweet malt. Very fresh and green in flavor right now. Tastes like a DIPA right now with all the hops. The after taste is very clean and kind of refreshing.

Medium body and very dry.

This drinks well so be careful and sloooow down. I hope to have a great vertical set up over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 07:46:47 | More by rwf08
Photo of pdoran10


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage fresh. Pours out a ruby brown color with four fingers of white head that leaves really sick lacing.

Smell is big floral piney hops. SNPA on crack. Hops dominate here.

taste is big chewy caramel rich flavor, that is after you get past the forest of pine trees. Big piney floral malt bomb, but in a good way. Nice flavors that are in your face, but are some how harmonious.

Mouthfeel is beyond thick with surprisingly high carbonation. Pretty dry .

Love this beer. Sipper, but man these intense flavors are a smack in the face, but really delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:49:29 | More by pdoran10
Photo of yuriruley


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks incredible, nice dark coppery color, good amount of white head. Has great retention and good amounts of lacing. The appearance is spot on.

Smell - Floral hops with a strong malt background, not getting a whole lots else. Smells more like an IPA than a barleywine so I bumped it down a few notches.

Taste - The taste is like a flavor explosion, it is kind of overwhelming in a way. It has gotten better as I let it sit a bit. Has real strong hop profile, with a sticky/sweet malt backbone. As far as the flavors go it is a little on the aggressive side with hops to be my ideal barleywine. But overall not bad at all.

Mouthfeel - pretty thick and sticky, good carbonation.

Drink - Pretty easy to drink despite being a punch in the mouth with hops at first.

Hadn't reviewed in awhile so I decided to give this one a whirl. Overall a solid beer. I think I'd prefer it was some age on it so the rest of the flavors could shine a little better through the hop assault. For me hops shouldn't be the focal point in a barleywine, but still a tasty brew none the less.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:13:53 | More by yuriruley
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage into Smokestack chalice.

Light, hazy auburn in color, with a finger of off-white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves nice spongy lacing behind.

Aroma is still a bit hoppy; reminds me of celebration with the spicy hop notes. There's also rich caramel malt sweetness, and booze. Some fruity notes come through on the nose as well.

Taste is dark fruits , some booze, spice notes, and still a hint of hops.

Feel is creamy, nearing full and heavy, slightly coating.

Without a doubt, one of the most solid Barley wines.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:16:11 | More by EgadBananas
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: 2011 Bigfoot pours a dark amber hue with a thin, cream-colored head that slowly settles. Retention is decent, and leaves sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops surrounded by a thick malt backbone, with scents of dried fruit, fig, spice, and alcohol. Hints of citrus and pine linger in the backround.

T: A very assertively hopped beer of this style. Floral, with lots of pine and citrus. Malt brings forth notes of caramel, dried fruits, toast, and some spice. Finish is slightly alcoholic and quite warming.

Notes: Bigfoot is a full-bodied brew, and flavors remain on the palate for some time after each sip. While this is a fresh example, it's a bit off-balanced, yet still tasty. This is one for the cellar, as the hops will mellow and flvors will meld together quite nicely. This is a beer that I look forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:17:04 | More by WYVYRN527
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New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 Bigfoot picked up earlier today...

Appearance: Great crimson colored body. Pours a small head with nice lacing. Very beautiful presentation!

Smell: Huge malt sweetness and aromatic hops dominate the nose. It smells "fresh" in a good way; although i know how well this ages, and subsequently how the flavors and aromas will shift with time. For now though, the hop profile is taking a front seat along with the malt, giving this barleywine a great "American" edge.

Taste: Again, the great interplay between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. There's a little alcohol burn and astringency, though it's marginal.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation, and little to no "syrupy" feeling. It's undoubtedly a "bigger" beer, though not a behemoth. This makes it very drinkable for me. As great as it is now though (and it certainly is...) I can't wait to space out my Bigfoots over some time to see how they mature.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:03:44 | More by amcmaho1
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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SNBA (Expedition 2011) pours up with intrepid antipation and plenty of effervescence that creates a plethora of tiny-modest bubbles which create a massive sustainable beige-tannish cream colored head that sits regally atop the deep reddish-brown body. The head retention is amazing! The initial clarity suffers from a bit of "chill or hop haze", but clears nicely after it warms in hand and shows off some definite legs. The initial aroma showcases the resinous Northwest hops (Cascade & Centennial) which are part of the signature with an abundantly fruity (citrus salad/grapefruit) character. The additional added spiciness (piney/pine tar) and grassy/floral notes add complexity and gives way to a solid malt backbone and vinous strength as it warms. The malt dominated flavor starts off nicely fruity (apricot preserves, Mandarin orange, Texas Red Grapefruit) with a lovely toasted (ginger snap, shortbread cookies, vanilla wafer) character & huge caramel maltiness (hot buttered rum, toffee/treacle) that carries a touch of nuttiness (sugared almonds, peanut brittle) which layers into the overall complexity of this classic American barleywine. There's a very marked-scorching amount of underlying bitterness that keeps this grain fed monster balanced and prevents it from ever being overly cloying. The powerful, lingering finish is bold, rich and dominated by a green hop bitterness that screams monster! Everything about the mouthfeel is perfect, just perfect... from the creaminess to the carbonation. A barley masterpiece for the mouth! I've a professed Bigfoot fan who's been hunting & hording cases since 1998 with my oldest expedition tasted being a 1988. Bigfoot is the quintessentail American-style Barleywine and remains one of the finest examples in all of the known beer world! Here's to that legendary monster from the Sierra Nevadas known as Bigfoot!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:55:39 | More by Beertracker
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a red tint, low frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is strong and fruity, you know you've got something with bold taste from smell alone. The first taste is very pungent, and has a very long lasting aftertaste. You can really taste the alcohol in the aftertaste on the first few drinks. As your glass gets empty the taste hits less hard due to the overwhelming aftertaste. This has to be the one of the longest lasting, if not the longest lasting aftertaste I have ever experienced in a beer. Strongly recommended, fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 19:51:16 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New 2009 release. Poured into my Old Guardian snifter. It's a nice light brown color with some red highlights. A small tan head formed and dissapated but this beer has a ron of great lacing.

Smells really hoppy with a slight caramel smell in the background. Smells great I can't war to take a sip.

Taste is awesome. I love it. Almost IPAish but the malt is what makes it an awesome barleywine. The balance is awesome.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice and smooth with a nice crisp finish.

I will drink many of these throught the year. I think I'm going to buy a few more sixers in my next trip to the beer store.

2-1-11 Side By Side

This review is of a side by side of 09 and 11' Bigfoot.

The 09 has a more caramel color to it when the 11' has a red hue. No real head or lacing.

Aroma on the 11' is way more hop forward. Almost IPA citrus hops. The 09 is very caramel and some amount of prune aroma.

The tastes are the same. The 09 is much more caramel and semi sweet but with a bit of hop bite in the finish still. The 11' is more bitter and hop forward with a bit of malt and has a bit of booz burn.

Mouthfeel of the 11' is more dry because of the hops but the 09 is much more maltier.

Overall I love it fresh and I love it aged. I will continue to buy a case every year to age some.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 05:02:54 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer, this is the 2011 version and is obviously very young and hoppy. This beer will only improve with age!

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Fat Tire globe.

A-Deep ruby red color with garnet highlights. Slightly hazy due to the high hop level. Gentle cascade of bubbles billows up to support a dense off-white head that lingers with exYcellent lacing.

S-Smell is of young fresh hops. Definitely balanced towards the hops at this young age. Strong citrus and floral hop aroma with a hint of earthiness. Caramel malt sweetness noted. Definite legs, even the aroma is warming. Young stone fruit aromas. Lacks complexity, one sided due to age.

T-Firm hop bitterness and flavor that lingers throughout and coats your palate! Strong citrus, floral and earthy hop flavors with slight crystal malt sweetness in the background. Strong malt backbone barely supports the prominent hop bitterness and flavor.

M-Slightly astringent due to the high hop level. Mouthpuckering. The hops really coat your palate as your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth. Finishes crisp and dry, but has a subtle chewiness. Well attenuated and warming.

D-Barleywines are so hard to review, especially when they are young. Bigfoot 2011 is more Double IPA than barleywine at this time. The hops will certainly fade in this beer and the malt will begin to come to the forefront as the beer becomes more complex with age. I plan to save a couple bottles to do a vertical tasting and compare to this review in a year. Definitely the right beer for the Groundhog Day Storm of 2011!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:10:33 | More by Hoser77
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Should be approximately 2 years old at this point.

Cracked this bottle open and poured into tulip glass. This one pours a ruby grapefruit/dark copper color. The pour gives birth to a massive three finger off-white, eggshell colored head; voluptuous and extremely sticky looking. This is a sexy looking beer. The head takes approximately four minutes to subside leaving ample sticky lacing all around the glass. A small mole hill of charred marshmallow foam floats on the meniscus. As I continued to drink this one, the lacing continued all the way down the glass in a superb fashion.

The age appears to have really mellowed this extreme beer out. The nose is fairly subtle, consisting of light spicy hop notes, earthy/musky notes, and the malts have much more of an appearance here as this one has aged. Of course alcohol is quite noticeable. As the beer warms I pick up on a sweet, candied fruits.

After two years the hops have seemed to virtually fade away to obscurity, leaving nothing but a lingering bitterness that quickly fades on the palate. What you are left with is a sweet, malty flavor dominating and a residual fruitiness. The mild bitterness helps balance this one out a bit. When I first took a sip of this beer it was still fairly cold and I was getting this weird, fermenting fruit, skunky flavor in the aftertaste. After letting it warm up for a while the peculiar flavor has disappeared.

After two years this is still one hell of a powerhouse of a beer and definitely not for the faint of heart. The alcohol is still unfortunately noticed more than I think it should be for its abv and age. The drinkability has gone up slightly as the hops have faded. The problem here is that without the hops you are left with a less complex beer. It becomes more similar to an English style but lacks the depth. I think this one is best to be drunk fresh. Don't get me wrong this is certainly a good beer; maybe some more time will help this one out. I'll stick to my fresh Bigfoot. If I want a non-hoppy barely wine I'll go for an English style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:01:18 | More by mjn5036
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - Pours a deep orange with a big white fluffy head. Nice looking beer.

S - Big citrusy, resiny hop smell hits the nose. Powerful aroma that lingers throughout. Definitely dominated by hops. West coast effin pride.

T - A bit alcoholic but still well balanced with a nice robust hop character. lingering bitterness.

M - Surprisingly not too viscous. A good amount of warmth in the finish.

D - Very crisp and refreshing for the hugeness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:49:31 | More by leedorham
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 BigFoot 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark amber-brown color, very opaque, with a monstrous light brown head that persists for about 5 min receding down to about a one finger foam cap. Lacing is very good.

Aroma is a nice mix of caramel mats, roasted malts, chocolate and resinous, fruity and citric hops. Not that much booze.

Taste starts with lots of malt. I was expecting much more hops from the nose but the malt bill on this beer is really complex. It starts with caramel and roasted malts and it soon shifts to lots of complex flavors like chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is a spike of bitterness right in the middle of the sip that persists well into the aftertaste. Not much else going on in terms of hops. I definitely get a little fruity and citric taste but it is minor and hiding behind the huge malt notes.

Body is huge and heavy like a Barley wine ought to be. The carbonation is high and mouthfeel is fairly smooth but nothing impressive. The alcohol content is very well hidden and I can only detect it through the warming sensation after each sip.

I like this beer. It has a hoppy nose a complex malt taste and a huge body. Definitely a sipper as far as drinkability goes.

I hate when american barley wines are so hopped up that they taste just like a DIPA. This one is clearly a barley wine and appreciate that. Can't wait to try the new 2011 bigfoot.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:43:12 | More by paulozanello
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 and 2011 side-by-side.

2010 - somewhat hazy ruby color, medium off-white head with very fine bubbles. (4)
2011 - more clear and darker than 2010, but the same deep ruby hue, smaller head with larger bubbles, same color. (4)

2010 - hot floral hops, caramel malts, more roasted malt notes than 2011. (4.5)
2011 - very present hops, something there that reminds me of bubblegum. sweeter smelling than 2010, as well as hoppier. (4+)

2010 - bitter hops, caramel and toasty malts, some floral hop notes on the back. (5-)
2011 - tropical fruits, caramel malts, malty sweetness, and a drying hop character. the hops really come out as it warms. (4)
These taste surprisingly different.

2010 - robust, viscous, nice and thick. (4.5+)
2011 - a bit thinner, but similar in heft. (4+)

2010 - nice warming finish, very palatable, not too heavy. very drinkable beer. (4.5+)
2011 - dryness of the hops is a bit off-putting, and the warming finish isn't there, but still a drinkable beer. (4)

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:44:18 | More by ColdPoncho
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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