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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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6,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,777
Reviews: 2,912
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 335
Gots: 1,387 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pour yields >1 finger of pale dense foam, with tenacious retention and eventually giving way to extensive thick lacing on the glass. Beautiful lustrous amber colour with some cloudines.

S - What aroma there is seems very faint - I really had to stick my nose in the glass and inhale like a cokehead. Hops on the nose, with some caramel in the deep background. I took some time to make sure the nose wasn't being affected by temperature, but I never really could get much of a scent out of this one.

T - Lots of hops for a barleywine, but with an underlying warmth and richness, perhaps a caramel toffee sweetness. Big lingering bitterness on the finish, but the hint of sweetness persists as well.

M - Crisp and bubbly without being overly carbonated. Just thick enough to allow the taste to hang around for a good while.

O - A great buy, and will undoubtedly stand up well to age. I'm eager to see what this beer would be like after a couple of years to let the hops fade somewhat. A very enjoyable, drinkable barleywine.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle and into a stemless wine glass. Found this today at one of the local beer stores that is changing ownership and getting rid of their stock. This is 2007 VINGAGE. I have had it before but first time I am reviewing.
Appearance-Dark cherry, very little head, what I would expect a Barleywine style to look like.
Smell-dark fruit, figs, cherries, dark chocolate, some west coast hops coming through very faintly.
Taste- wonderful, can taste dark fruit, cherry, fig, grapefruit(hops) and malt.
Overall-This is a 2007 I am drinking in 2012 and I have only ever had this beer new before and it is good new, but it is fantastic with a little age on it. I bought out the reamining six pack of 2007 so I am cellaring the rest to see how it progresses with time. It will be tough though given how DAMN delicious it is. I enjoy barelywines and I keep gravitating back to this one as it is by far the most enjoyable to drink, with age the booziness has come down and you can really taste all the complex elements.

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Poured from a 2010 vintage bottle into my favorite snifter, Bigfoot pours with a hazy cherry-wood hue. A huge nougat cap is rocky and firm. It slowly falls to a lumpy blanket of foam. Nice lace is left behind.

Pine, toffee, leather, a hint of citrus and a light alcohol tingle greet the nose. In the mouth, the heavy body is both dry and oily, with a fair amount of carbonation for a two year old beer. Bittersweet toffee and cured leather strike the tongue first. Bitterness is very strong. It has a pine, pepper and citrus bite the puckers the mouth. Alcohol adds a light warmth, but its flavor is mostly masked. Letting the beer warm brings out the flavor even more.

Bigfoot is a great Barleywine. It's very much a benchmark for the American Barleywine style.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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