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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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Photo of Austin32
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a copper amber color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, citrus, floral, caramel, bready, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. So smooth, tasty, mild alcohol heat, chewy, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, warm heat, mild bitterness, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is one that can age with time. Could Use mor Ed time in the cellar, but draft is hard to store st most bars due to room. I always like to throw SD one of these in the beer cellars for future years too.

Photo of amvrana
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber color with reddish highlights. Nice dense tan colored head, Thick, sticky lacing left behind once the head dissipates.

Aroma is herbal, earthy hops. Caramel malt balances nicely. Some toffee and vanilla. More hops, a bit floral and hints of pine.

Taste follows the aroma. Big herbal hop flavors. Heavy caramel and toffee on the malty side. Slight roast and hints of vanilla. Black pepper and some alcohol bite. Mild cream on the aftertaste.

Thick mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Oily on the tongue. Lingering and moderate bitterness.

This is a classic hopped up American style barleywine. Big, rich, in your face flavors. I tend to prefer the milder English barleywines and suspect I'll like this better with 6-12 months of age.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CycleHops
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank this brew right after a very dark and rich stout. It held its own in the taste category. Would have been better if I did not drink the stout before it.

Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a pillowy 2" off white head that drops very slowly with abundant lacing. Color is a hazy amber with no visible streaming carbonation.
Aroma: aroma is predominately pine and citrus hops with some malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: medium to heavy, oily & resinous with a somewhat damp finish.
Flavor: sweet malts and caramel are present, but strong hops are the more dominant flavor from beginning to end. There is some definite alcohol warming which lingers after the swallow.
Overall: I expected a stronger malt presence for the style. Otherwise, a well done beer.

Photo of zak333
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris7482
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wcu80
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hmvalp
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LADaveBN
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of John44
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Glanzman
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of hops. Not an expert on barleywines but this one had a taste that was good but not great for me. Thirsty Dog makes one too and I think I like theirs better.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fishstick_pete
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mobrado
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KRubes
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_Wallinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing burgundy color with a frothy off-white head with peaks. Smell was slightly lacking erhaps from just getting over a cold but i get hints of peat oak and a slight plum or could just be alcohol, taste was an amazing whirlwind of toffee, caramel oak toast bread crust and an orange hint of hops that finishes with a big alcoholic kick. mouth feel was a bit thick.

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McLovinBeast57
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- very clear beer for what I can imagine an insane amount of yeast and hops were added... Rich Amber and red hues with a tiny head (that means low carbonation which I prefer for BW's)

S- Floral and citrusy hop notes hit you in the nose and are very prominent with a bit of German malt aroma... the beer was definitely lagered.

M- Not as thick as it smells. But it is in between a medium and full bodied BW. The taste and ABV that follows justifies the medium mouthfeel

T- taste is fantastic. Rich Munich and a little spice quality maybe a Rye malt.. Overall a real rich malty beer with the perfect balance of citrusy hop flavor. For being almost 10% ABV it is not even remotely prevalent!

Overall- Very good tasting beer... you won't be disappointed! This is the 2015 Barleywine and I can only imagine when it was brewed.. Tastes as if it was already aged for a year! These guys are on top of their shit.. The beer is a cheap Barleywine for a world class beer. Would definitely pick up another pack!

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