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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

6,136 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,136
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 246
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 36
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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Reaper16

Alabama

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

2010 vintage served on-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Tuscaloosa, AL

How is this beer still on-tap in September? I was worried about the tap lines but I had a sample and everything was OK, so I ordered this twice.

Pours a luscious rufous color, like liquid rust. Dark enough that you can't see through it but it is not cloudy in the slightest bit. A dense two fingers of buff leather colored head sits like a heavy crown. Add to it spindly lacing and you have an impressive looking draught beer.

Pungent, toasted sourdough bread and some caramel provide the initial aromas. This is mostly malt, which is expected given the nine months of age on this keg. Raisin, drunken fig, maybe a small trace of Werther's Original candy. The hops provide a astringent quality to the nose; the citrus fruit is pretty much missing at this point. This is still good though it will get even better.

The taste mostly follows the nose. Lots of bready flavors. The hops are felt more prominently on the tongue; pine and a touch of tangerine are well-integrated into the malty body. Dark fruits and toffee. Booze for sure. A smidge of diacetyl, unfortunately; I taste a bit of butterscotch here and there.

This pour of Bigfoot was pleasantly toothsome in terms of mouthfeel but not so viscous that you couldn't drink the thing. The alcohol makes this a sipper, especially on your second glass that you shouldn't have but get anyway. No less drinkable than what the style calls for though.

Bigfoot is in its awkward in-between stage - some of you who have long hair will remember the awkward in-between stage of short and long when you were growing your hair - where the hops have started lose their fresh impact but the malt character hasn't developed enough to compensate. This stage occurs between 7 months and 14 months old in my experience. It's Bigfoot though - it is always going to be good. I was just stoked to see it on-tap here in AL.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 16:11:56 | More by Reaper16
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my snifter. 2010 bottle.
Special thanks to my brother nwfodder for grabbing these for me.

A- Dark amber/brown/crimson pour. Carbonation just bouncing around the glass like a presentation of swan lake. Two finger off white/meringue head. Fantastic lacing.

S- Sweet malts, pine, strawberries, mango, peach and faint jolly rancher smells.

T- Toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla, piny hops. Very balanced for 90ibu. Sweet candy taste, roasted coffee beans. The alcohol is expertly hidden in this taste.

M- Sticky on the lips, creamy and silky. Slight juicy finish from the hops.

Outstanding beer. This is my second ever barley wine, last one I had reminded me more of an ice wine than anything. This is the epitome of superb. If it wasn't 9.6% and only be available in the states I'd drink one a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:14:31 | More by korguy123
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IPAescotch

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reasonable color, thick lacing. Dark pale amber. More dark than pale, but not a deep dark, a light dark if im making any sense.

smells of grapefruit and hops. Esters are strong in this one. Citrusy hops

tastes same as smell. Bitter with a fruity aftertaste and a smooth malt finish. At first i didn't think much of this one, but i like the way the taste develops through the sip.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

My favorite thing about this beer is licking the drops out of my moustach after a superbly satisfying sip. im a beer slob, its a guilty pleasure, but it makes it taste better.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 21:33:16 | More by IPAescotch
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cloudy brown, amazingly dark. This one didn't have much of a head but it's leaving nice lacing.

S - Caramel malts and the scent of pungent hops, I am guessing it's mostly Cascade because it smells so much like other SN brews.

T - That very same caramel maltiness but now with a blast of bitterness from the hops, I bet this stuff mellows out to be amazing (never had an aged one, really only on tap). But tastes pretty well balanced as it is, maybe it's the 6 months or so the 2010 has had on it.

M - Slick hops and sticky malts cover your mouth and linger for quite some time, very nice, epic even.

D - As a barleywine it suffers generally with the big D, but this one does pretty good. I really don't want to woof these down but I could easily finish several in a night, and that's saying something when I can't usually have more than a couple really flavorful beers in a sitting. Probably my favorite from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 04:26:13 | More by LiquidCucumber
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ohoh

Sweden

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, dark amber colour with a tan, sticky head.

A real warm scent of caramel malts and interesting floral hoppiness. There is also a hint of alcohol, but that's hardly a surprise.

Taste is true to the smell. The hops come quickly and balances the sweet malt with the alcohol complementing it nicely.

The body is surprisingly light and it's quite easy to drink. It's balanced by two different explosions of a) roasted malts and b) floral hops. You could definitely sip this for a while - it's interesting enough to concentrate on for some time - although I think I drank it a bit quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 17:52:29 | More by ohoh
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper, rather opaque. A big head settles into a thin foam with good lacing.
S- Smell is of intense hops, grapefruit and pine, with a lightly roasted malt background aroma along with a bit of alcohol.
T- Super aggressive hop opening transitions into a nice malt flavor. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth.
M- Rather astringent and mouth-whacking if you will. Dry finish from the alcohol. Medium body and low carbonation, yet this plays into the beer pretty well.
D- A darn good beer, solid in almost every regard. A very good beer, even if it doesn't fit the barleywine mold. But then again, SN was made to be outside the mold.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:52:27 | More by jsprain1
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an aged 2009 Bigfoot into my new Duck Rabbit snifter. It's a dark amber color with a two finger off white head. Nice lacing down the side of the glass that hangs around for a while.

S: Floral/hoppy notes are the first and most prominent scent I noticed. Slight fruity scent is evident as well.

T: The higher ABV hits you right off the bat, followed with some serious hops. Much smoother than I can remember before it was aged. Letting this beer sit for a while seems to help in the taste category.

M: Medium bodied with not much carbonation. Not sure if this is due to the aging process or not.

D: Very smooth and hoppy. The aging process will definitely give this beer a nice smooth taste, I have a 2010 that I will be drinking soon to compare, still aged but not quite as long.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:48:43 | More by mavbrew
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky orange/amber color; like a light copper. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head with good retention. Sheets of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts. Piney floral hops. Alcohol. Lots going on.

T: Sweet roasted malt up front. Big floral hop flavor quqickly follows; more like an explosion. Fruity alcohol finish. For as sharp as all the flavors all, balance is good

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Sharp, dry and hot.

D: Flavorful. Balanced in an odd way. definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 13:44:06 | More by Haybeerman
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jmarvin4189

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a glass, 2010 Bigfoot Ale

Appearance - this is a unique looking beer its a dark brown but almost looks purple with off white head that leaves a nice lacing

Smell - has an alcohol smell along with some sweet fruit undertones

Taste/Mouthfeel - I don't know how to describe this taste, its very unique, this is my first barleywine. Right off the bat you get slammed in the face with the high abv which creates a very nice warming feeling all the way down. the taste is very complex its sweet but at the same time it isn't, i really can't describe this beer. its just tasty

Drinkability - not something i could slug back but it is definitely a joy to be drinking it

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:17:02 | More by jmarvin4189
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philosobeer

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass. The vintage I'm reviewing now is 2010, so this is virtually unaged.

Appearance - Tan and a good couple fingers thick. It settles down, but remains coating the top.

Smell - The hops stick out, but with a certain alcohol presence and some very sweet flavors. There's some lemon and grapefruit here, and a tone of pine. The only thing it loses points on is it's slightly solventy, too.

Taste - Very nice. It is on the bitter side of the scale, but there are nice malt sugar tastes really makng a good balancing act. Also treacle, and an almost plum like fruitiness. Did I mention the hops? Lots of depth here.

Feel - Sits very well. It is heavy but also quite silky. The underplayed carbonation a big plus here, too.

Drinkability - I wondered if it should be this drinkable. It really warms you up, and it's hard to out down, but the alcohol and heft make this a little hard to finish a second (though I usually keep it to one)q

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 19:54:31 | More by philosobeer
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generallee

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: (2009-2008-2007 vertical) They were poured from brown 12oz bottles into tulip glasses. Each label is different and each cap has the year or vintage of the brew.

Appearance: (2009) Its body has a deep reddish brown color with a slight haze. The head is thin, about one finger, and very clingy. Over time as I slowly sipped this one it gradually settled down to wispy thin covering that makes nice lace rings.
(2008) This one is very close to the 2009 in color, haze, head and lacing.
(2007) The 2007 has the same color as the 09 and 08 but with a little more haze and a little less head.

Smell: (2009) There are lots of wonderful citrus and resiny pine like hop notes in the aroma over rich sweet caramel and roasted malty notes. The alcohol is noticeable and boozy in a good way.
(2008) This one still has big hop notes with some more bready, roasty and caramel notes coming out. The alcohol is still noticeable and boozy.
(2007) This one has the closest balance with hops still most noticeable. The barley malt really comes out here and the boozy alcohol adds its own sweet touch.

Taste/Palate: (2009) Its big full body brings a base of warm boozy sweet malt with strong hops mixed in. There are notes of rich caramel, roasted grain and red lickerish candy covered with powerful citrus and resiny spicy hops. Hop bitterness bites onto the tongue and hangs on long into the finish. The texture has a firm slick feel with nice soft carbonation.
(2008) In this year the caramel notes sweeten slightly, alcohol mellows a touch and roasted notes come out more with bready yeast notes coming in as well. Hop notes are still big but bring some herbal orange and lemon citrus notes the piney hop bitterness.
(2007) With this year all the flavor notes and bitterness mellow and blend together just a bit more.

Notes: All three years were outstanding and very tasty. All were very similar with just a gradual mellowing of character. The hops really held up well with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 21:43:09 | More by generallee
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bundy462

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant copper, huge tan frothy head that lasts and lasts. Great lacing, makes a real mess of the glass.

S: Caramel and toasty malt base with a giant hop kick busting through. Very balanced, very good. Hop is very piny. Booze is very evident.

T: Very sweet and toasty malt in the start that has it's ass kicked by a hop blast. Hops wast away everything to make way for a fruity boozy finish. Very balanced and very very good. The beer literally changes about 3 times as it warms getting through a glass. It's fantastic.

M: Prickly hops and smooth, being a bit thin is what keeps this beer from achieving perfection.

O: Great great beer, I can drink these all the time and never want anything else.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:58:55 | More by bundy462
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz., 2010 Vintage, Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Golden copper/orange, initial thin head dissipates, decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Hops are very dominant, very little sweetness, in fact very little beyond the piney/slightly citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose almost verbatim. Hop bitterness at the beginning, middle, and finish, no real taste of alcohol, in fact not much malt flavor either. In some ways, a one dimensional beer, there are other flavor elements present but the hoppy bitterness envelops them all.

Mouth feel: Clean and relatively smooth, well carbonated.

Drinkability: A sipper and a bit bitter for my liking.

No real comparisons can be made to a British or even a Belgian barleywine. Color and appearance characteristics are the only similarities.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:02:27 | More by BobZ
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GarrettMD

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

A - Pours a clear ruby color with 2 fingers thick bubbly off white head.

S - Smell is mostly citrus hops with a slight alcohol scent.Some slight caramel malt is coming through.

T - Huge malt character, caramel, slight roasted flavor. Hops are very present as well. Citrus is still the main flavor, bitterness overpowers the hop flavor though.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Slightly oily from the hops. Finish is mostly bittering hops with a small hint of alcohol.

D - Very good drinkability, ABV isn't too noticeable, very smooth beer with a well rounded flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 18:59:26 | More by GarrettMD
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Jiggamyte

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A Poured a light reddish brown with light lacing. Very little head sticks around for the entire beer to be finished.

S A pleasant floral, hoppy scent with subtle malt undertones. Citrus and grassy are the major scents here.

T Citrusy, piney, grapefruity, and grassy are your big tastes. In the background are tastes of caramel and slight malt.

M There is a heavy, crisp, and bitter mouthfeel here. This beer has a warmth that builds up due to high levels of alcohol.

Overall this is a good beer to have during a cool fall or spring evening. It is refreshing and very strong. One or two of these can certainly help someone go to bed.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 20:20:19 | More by Jiggamyte
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nerdrocker101

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage thanks to my buddy Ashton.

Pours a syrupy brown with just a ring of creamy head and a nice lacing.

The smell is certainly sweet malts with almost a wintergreen aroma to it. I find that to be a little odd, but not exactly a bad thing.

Tastes like brown sugar, maple, vanilla and a little bit of raisin.

Very well rounded with age, medium-full body. Slick, oily feel.

This is certainly the oldest vintage of any beer that I've ever had. Wow, does it make a difference. I've got to get on top of aging some more things.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:29:21 | More by nerdrocker101
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CHickman

New York

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 BigFoot BarleyWine Style Ale: Pours cloudy blood red with a creamy/foamy 2 finger tan head that lasted a while and left a creamy layer on top as the beer went down; a lot of sediment floating in the beer and great lacing that clings to the glass. Love the artwork on the bottle as well!

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, really sweet malt, caramel, syrup, wheat bread and brown sugar. Very hoppy nose that is also incredibly sweet and inviting even with the alcohol present in the aroma. This beer lets you know from the star that it's got a kick.

Huge sweet malt and hop flavor up front, followed by the alcohol heat that tasted like rum or bourbon; this tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit like plum and or raisin, orange peel, grapefruit, light brown sugar, some vanilla as well as molasses. Very sweet, yet somewhat bitter like an IPA from the hops. This is a strong beer and has a very good balance, with a bitter pucker in the finish which leaves a combo of toasted grains, sweet malt and grapefruit or citrus hops. A real nice beer to sip and savor, I found this extremely enjoyable on the palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and an oily feel; body was heavy and chewy, but still managed to go down easy even with the alcohol presence.

Drinkability was good, especially considering the high ABV, but this is a beer to end the night with or just enjoy slowly. A very tasty beer that I would definitely have again and highly recommend!

2011 BigFoot BarleyWine Style Ale: Pours hazy blood red with brown and orange accents near the edges and a massive bubbly/creamy/foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left excellent lacing with foamy rings going down the glass; the head was so solid it didn't move for a while and looked like a foam cloud and then when it was gone it left a creamy layer on top. A really great looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, with the malty sweetness, with caramel, toffee, wet bread, grains, dark fruits, brown sugar and some alcohol that smelled like it was aged in a wine barrel. Just like the 2010 brew, this has a very hoppy nose that's incredibly sweet and inviting even with the alcohol present in the aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with huge hops up front, floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, then followed by the alcohol heat, sweet malt, pepper or hop spices, caramel, dark fruit like plum or raisin, orange peel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses and the wine barrel aging hints. It's sweet, but the hops provide enough alcohol punch to make it like an IPA with just enough spice flavor. A slight bitter pucker in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very low carbonation and an oily feel, a medium body, and some chewyness to it; it's heavy and you can sense the alcohol presence, but it's still a really great beer that goes down easier than it should.

Drinkability was very good, especially considering the high ABV. Not a session beer, but a very tasty beer that I look forward to drinking each winter. Highly recommend again!

2012 BigFoot BarleyWine Style Ale: Spot on and amazing again; had it fresh and just cracked open a bottle over a year later and this beer ages with the best of them. To me the most impressive aspect may be how well the head stands up and sticks around after a year of aging; taste, smell and experience are all equally impressive both fresh and aged.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:52:23 | More by CHickman
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First barleywine ever! seems to be a good place to start :)

A: Nice head which leaves islands of foam for quite some time. Cloudy reddish brown color.

S: Smells like the Celebration ale by SN, hop dominated, pine and cirtus smell.

T: Very rich and flavorful beer, seems to have a nice balance. Whereas the beer smelled like an IPA it also has HUGE malt flavors, I was very happy about this. There is a little sweetness hidden under the piles of hops.

M: Very thick in the mouth with a little alcohol kick; I wish the beer had a bit more carbonation, I think it would go down smoother.

D: Ummm 9.6 ABV is not what I would call drinkable but... it does go down easy and tastes great!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 18:56:46 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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jmhart

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taco Mac Kennesaw

A- Deep amber with a little maroon shade when held up to the light. A little hazy, but only just a little. Served with no head, but probably not the beer's fault. Had only a remnant of lacing around the glass, but again, probably not the beer.

S- Strong herby hop nose with only subtle amounts of caramel malt and nuts underneath. There was a potency to it, maybe anise or pepper.

T- The first flavor that hits you is intense concentrated hops. Earthy hops with elements of grapefruit. Quickly following the hops are intense caramel and raisin flavors, along with some nuts and the slightest hint of anise in the aftertaste.

M- Pretty thick, in the medium to full-bodied range for a barleywine. It was slightly chewy with a fun amount of carbonation. I would have liked to see just a little more body to it.

D- This was really tasty. A broad spectrum of flavors. Gotta be careful because of the alcohol...it doesn't hit you until you've already ordered you're second one.

Overall, I'd say this is pretty much dead on for the style. A standard from which all others should be compared. That being said, there's always room for improvement no matter how good one does.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 19:31:36 | More by jmhart
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AgentMunky

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Pours a beautiful, rich, reddish colour, with light head which evolves into gentle tracings of infinitesimal surface bubbles. Something about this beer just exudes a warm, glowing, welcoming feel. Very impressive.

S: Magnificent! Strong, strong hops surge upwards, giving incredible force to this pungent nose. What might be lost in a wash of bitterness is instead highlighted -- light notes of citrus, an underlying breadiness, and distant malt.

T: Like no barleywine I've ever come across. Rather than being sweet or sticky, this is the most overwhelming hoppy concoction I can imagine. Slightly carbonated, the hops don't bite, but rather immerse. The tongue, the mouth, the senses, are awash in fresh flavours which cannot obscure the gestures towards balance -- an undeniable underlying sweetness, a citrus background, and a perfect roundness of flavour. The aftertaste is long, dry, and hoppily bitter. To me, this is amazingly delicious. To the non-hop-lover, I imagine this is repellent.

M: Chewy, bready, and good. The bitterness and smoothness mostly cancel one another out, leaving a neutral mouthfeel, edging towards bitterness. Hops leave a trace, but instead of characteristic soapiness, it's a clinging dryness.

D: As appealing as this beer is, I cannot imagine drinking more than one at a sitting. The one I did pour goes slowly, languishing in the mouth. If you like hops at all, this beer is a must buy; highly recommended.

EDIT (11 December 2011): the following review is of a bottle aged in a wine cellar for 14 months (and in my fridge for another month).

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass. Vintage 2010.

4A: A surprisingly amount of head. Half a finger thick and apparently rock-solid. Great retention. The beer is a murky brown that glows auburn in direct light. Translucent, but far from transparent.

4.5S: Time seems to have mellowed the hops considerably, but only in intensity, not amount. This bottle, however, has a balancing brown sugar/caramel sweetness. Notes of citrus and muted pine, along with a noticeably alcoholic twinge. Deep and nice.

4T/3.5M: A bit of a disappointment. The pine is still present in the taste, and it, combined with the high ABV, make for a rather astringent beer. It grows on me, slowly, as I note other interesting features such as the nutty dryness on the endtaste. The maintaste is still predominantly hoppy, but the hops are so enervated that it is rather humdrum experience. A very light carbonation avoids flatness, but lacks pizazz.

I realise that so far, the aged Bigfoot doesn't sound great, but it's still a very good beer; I retract the disappointed judgement. It's a different beer, and less vibrant, but somehow more...mature. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter and feels reminiscent dark chocolate. The maintaste is more balanced and, if there is less fresh citrus, there is a more of a substantially malty backbone.

4O: I wish I'd put down a half dozen and tasted them at various ages. I prefer the fresh hops of this beer, but it was not a total disaster. Try younger, is my advice.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:54:25 | More by AgentMunky
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really anticipating trying this beer, since it seems like there is alot buzz around the beer and people like it.

Great pour, very bubbly, sticks around the glass for a while, dark amber in color, doesn't smell much.

Taste is potent, comparable to the only other barleywine I have had (Stone), sticky icky, rich, malty, hoppy, fruity, strong finish in which you can slightly taste the alcohol, but its pretty well hidden. Bitterness is very strong in the end.

Instense beer, not sure how many I could drink in a sitting, but one is just great.

Overall I like the beer, definitely has the stamp from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 23:56:13 | More by Pittsburgh
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VTaler

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I finally come face to face with this mighty bigfoot. He looks rather dark maroon with a cloudy appearance. His head was huge. Kind of a yellow-orange color.
As I stare at it I smell a very floral hop aroma straight up. After that comes an aroma of what I first thought to be chocolate but now I realize it was burnt sugar.
I start to battle with the beast. It smacks me in the head with hops and comes around quickly with a sour uppercut. These hits are very strong and honestly it's a little hard to take but I keep up the fight. The malt backbone hits me but it's kind of sour. Overall I was expecting better. I've definitely had much better barely wines.
Very thick
I could only have one

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:38:39 | More by VTaler
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denflyr

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my goblet glass with a nice amber and in some ways slight burgundy hue. Minimal lacing and the head was minimal....but I think that was because the bottle was a wee bit cold.

Smell is better now that the beer has warmed a bit. Sweet malt and hoppy notes that have an orange/citrus note to them!

Taste is wonderful, not to sweet or hoopy. Very balanced!

Mouthfeel is good. Not overly carbonated and not cloying even with it high malt bill.

I could drink several of these, but would be foolish to do so with its high ABV! Alcohol nicely hidden and a GREAT beer overall!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 07:00:49 | More by denflyr
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imwalle

Ohio

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

Poured a 2010 into a tulip.

Look: dark brown with a little orange peaking through.

Smell: a strong hoppy and sweet smell. With a nice blend of florals.

Taste: it taste exactly like it smells. Also i found a bit of carmel flavoring sneaking in. There is a bitter after taste in the back of the mouth.

Feel: great feel with a perfect level of carbonation.

Drink: drinkable, does not feel as heavy as it is. Not a beer I would drink a lot of in a row.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 23:59:34 | More by imwalle
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ptykozoon

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

-2010 Vintage-

Appearance is a dark brown with a hint of orange. There is a strong off-white head, but it doesn't last too long. All in all a decent looking beer.

Smell is strong & sweet malty hops. I think that sums it up best. Hints of herbal aromas and caramel.

This is a very sweet beer. Taste is reminiscent of the nose, the hops and malty flavor are in perfect balance as of now, neither overpowers the other. Not bad but nothing amazing, I'm interested in tasting the yearly progress.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, strong carbonation, the hops are bitter on the tongue and the dessert like maltiness add to the thickness of the beer which is great.

Drinkability isn't bad, tastes like 7.6% not 9.6%. There is a dense sweetness however which is never exactly recommended for drinking large quantities of. And all you need is a couple of these until your taste buds won't even be functional anymore.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 17:51:42 | More by ptykozoon
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,136 ratings.