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

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Ratings: 6,689
Reviews: 2,887
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
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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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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Burnt umber body emanates a warm rosy glow. A thick tall cream-colored head recedes to a rich collar and a panoply of large bubbles.

Monstrous, pine-heavy aromatics annihilate any subtleties. There is a bready caramel malt undercurrent as well, but it fights a losing battle. Assertive C-hops though not overly sharp or punishing.

Forest floor, fresh rain, and wet loam lead you down a path to the mid-palate, where a slumbering storm of grapefruit, granola, orange pith and scalded brown sugar await. The bitterness grows and grows, like a scotch-bonnet time-bomb hidden in a mild salsa. Sweet, but dry and somewhat woody overall.

Rich, nearly full-bodied, with muscular carbonation.

All in all, my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada...

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm snowed in indefinitely. I guess I'll drink a barleywine.
2009 vintage

A: dark amber, effervescent, with 2 inch head that fades slowly and leaves a nice sticky lace trail

S: alcohol, citrus, hops, malt, pine

T: A blast of big hops followed by heavy, sweet malt, this beer runs the gamut on your palate. Sweet, hoppy, sticky, citrus, alcohol, woody? This is quite a complex beast. What an intriguing brew. The flavors are blended nicely, but there's no getting around the alcohol uppercut that is delivered effectively with every drink.

M: Sticky sweetness coats the mouth. The clinging alcoholic aftertaste is quite drying. Carbonation is spot on.

D: I believe this beer improves with age, becoming mellower and more drinkable, without sacrificing the major taste components that make this beer such a treat.

Photo of Buckmaister
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a maroon color that you can barely see through, a 2-finger head (dense) which shrinks to half it's size but stays that way,
a good bit of lacing left over, a few bubbles seen rising

a slight bitterness/hops..nothing in particular standing out here

slightly sweet to bitter taste as liquid moves from front to back of mouth, and a smokey/bitter taste which lingers at the back of your throat and gradually builds as you drink more...a dry taste, not particularly tasty in my opinion but not offensive either

smooth upon first sip but as you swallow you can feel the slight carbination at the back of your throat, slightly syrupy

for this style of beer it's fine. I've tasted smoother drinks with the same ABV and also drinks I struggle to finish with about have the ABV.

Thoughts: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers so when I saw this on the shelf I couldn't resist. While it's certainly a different style of beer from the pale ale I think it accomplishes what it's going for. In my opinion it's a beer for the winter...as it's cold, bitter, and dark.

Photo of garbercury
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage...Served into a snifter...

A--Definitely the best part of this beer, tons of lacing and beautiful copper hue.

S--Piney hops for sure

T--Waaay too hoppy. The hops just takes over this beer, not impressed, its all I taste.

M--Fine, whatever.

D--I just dont get it I guess. To me, overwhelming a beer with hops does not make it good, it makes it a hop bomb, not a barleywine.

Photo of BigMike
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Beautiful copper orange color with a big pillow like head thats almost pure white and two fingers high.

I'm not the most experienced Barleywine drinker but this one smells super hoppy. almost DIPA like if it weren;t for the big malt presence in the form of dark sticky fruits and a deep caramel aroma. Smells really good.

This bottle is very young yet so the hops are in the forefront. Theres a ton of bitterness and sweetness at the same time. It's a crazy mouthfeel. Lots of grapefruit drenched in caramel sauce.

Mouthfeel in amazingly soft for such a big beer. Very bitter and dry on the finish.

Because of the intense flavors and the high alcohol i could maybe do 2 of these in a session. But dont get me wrong, this beer is awesome!

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

A: A deep, bright, syrupy looking amber. Thick off white head on top dissipates to a nice island.

S: Pine hops and fruit for sure.

T: Huge pine hops up front. Goes into some citrus hops as well. Then the fruitiness kicks in. Sweet dark fruit, with a bitter finish.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, also a tad syrupy.

D: Tasty, but can't do more than one or two at a time, with the intense flavor and high ABV.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby brown bottle into standard pint glass. 2010 date on the cap.

Appearance - Hazy deep brown-amber color with a creamy tan head that retained well and left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell - Sweet scents of honey and sweet floral hops with a little malt detected. Nice.

Taste - Sweet and fruity up front, with good citrus and pine hops on the finish. Typical to a Barleywine, it's very sweet and the high ABV can be detected with it's warming effect and slight alcohol taste, but definitely well balanced with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - A little syrupy, also typical of Barleywines, but creamy carbonation helps to balance it.

Drink - Very drinkable, a delicious example of an American Barleywine. At the relatively high ABV of 9.6, a few of these go a long way. A great beer for doing a session of 3 or 4 beers. Will definitely buy this again! This would be a great beer to cellar for a couple of years, and I might buy a case to do just that.

Photo of goldbot
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Tasted on 1/31/2010.

Pours very reddish amber in color. Crystal clear with a little carbonation. Thick frothy head and tons of lacing coating the glass.

Smells very hoppy - citrus and mostly pine. A bit of malty caramel present too but it is barely noticeable under the hops. Taste is very piney as well with a bit of orange. Quite bitter throughout with an earthy, planty flavor from the hops. Towards the end, a bit of malt comes through but again this is in the background. A bit sweet aftertaste with almost no alcohol presence at all.

Medium body with a biting carbonation. A bit rough with the mouthfeel - after a year or two the Bigfoot has much better feel to it.

This may not be as balanced when fresh as the aged version is, but this is still a beyond excellent beer. Extremely complex since behind the huge hops the lovely malt bill is just noticeable enough.

Photo of Genuine
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition here. Poured from the bottle into my clean sam adam's perfect pint glass.

Poured a very nice...deep amber/red in color...with an off white head. Amazing lacing. Very beautiful to look at.

Smell - the nose on this one..is quite to talk about. Very fresh, very piney, some citrus notes.

Taste - this is where the beer all comes together. Right off the bat, i knew that this was not a lower alc. % beer. I buddy of mine thought it was but I figured it would be around the 8-9% mark. But, this beer...was so crisp, and full of flavor, that it pretty much masked the alcohol. The alcohol did come out a bit more as it warmed up, but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel - This one is medium, a bit syrupy as well, I thought. I loved the carbonation in this one. Well done.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a couple of these without any problems. I saved 2 of the bottles to age so, I can't wait to crack those open when the time comes.


Bigfoot 2011 Review -

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams sensory glass. This beer pours a beautiful...dark amber, which fades to deep mahogany red. On top of this body sits a very nice 2-3 finger head that sticks around for the whole ride. it's a nice cream in color.

Smell - an abundance of hops hits the nose first. Followed by some dark fruit malts, apples/ syrupy malty goodness.

Taste - I can see how this differs from a 1 year matured 2010 bigfoot. Everything is there and it's big and crisp and in your face. Some bitterness of the hops, then you get the hit of the alcohol at 9.6%, but it's not just that straight alcohol flavor, it reminds me of some roasted apples, dark, deep and complex. Some residual sweetness right at the very end of the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. The carbonation is delightful, perfect for this one.

Overall - I think this is another sucessfull barlywine from SN.

The 2010 big foot has flavors that have all meddled together and rounded out, where this 2011 big foot fresh, while delicious, should be even better with a year on it. Fresh bigfoot is a bit spikey, but with a year on it, everything will mesh well and round out.

Photo of righlander
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 edition here. pours a deep dark amber from a 12oz stubby bottle to a tulip type pint glass. sinister fluffy sticky 4 finger head that clings mercilessly in gnarly soapy rings around the glass. the beer looks formidable. smell is very strong, very malty on the nose and very piney. maybe a bit grassy, a little toasty and sweet caramel but also a very fresh hop presence going on here. smells amazing! taste is absolutely decadent. stinging hops and wonderful deep malt character. very piney but with a big malt presence to even things out. almost has an imperial IPA feel to it but with way more malt. maybe some notes of an indescribable dark fruit. sits very nice on the tongue. carbonation is right on. drinkability is there. this IS a session beer IF you SIP it! I bought a whole six pack so i'll be a sippin' all night! ;)

A wonderful gigantic beer. absolutely beautiful

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 batch just arrived, this deserves a new review.

High clarity ruby color, it just glows. Poofy soufflé head, raised in the middle with striated sheets clinging to the sides.

Pungent pine and herbals in the aroma, also a rich and sweet toffee malt element. Looks and smells the part of a good barleywine.

Smooth with a dry bitter edge, this is very balanced but hop-forward. It's big all around, but the sum of it's parts fit well together. Sticky toffee and caramel laced with pine and resinous hops. Rich and not too boozy. Probably not for the hop-novice, but i've come to appreciate it more as a full fledged hop head.

I'm liking this more fresh I think, based on the previous review, and drinking last years batch.

A- / 4.15
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4

A blustery winter night calls for a monster Barleywine...

2006 bottle, pours a deep ruby brown, with a ton of offwhite foam, leaving a halo crown of intricate lacing. As the foam settles, there's a perfect island of bubbles in the center. Nice overall retention too.

Rich aroma with very herbal hops, subdued nutty caramel.

Velvety smooth across the palate. Hops are ever present, somewhat mellowed, still leafy and bitter. Some citrus rind, spicy with clean heat, and sprucey touches at the end. Long finish of herbal hops that coats the throat. Not the full-on palate spanker I was anticipating, but it still packs a big punch. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for the style.

Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Gravity Beer Market in Olympia, WA. 2010 Vintage.

A - A deep copper color with a hazy finish and a moderate beige head that dissipates quickly.

S - Caramel, brown sugar and floral hops. It started slow but got better as it warmed.

T - A nice blend of malts and hops with breads, biscuits and citrus. There's also a touch of alcohol but not the 9.6% it advertizes. The bitterness starts low and takes off like a jet and eventually fades in the distance.

M - A moderately thick consistency with a slight high carbonation (a bit too high for me).

D - I thought this was good but not great. Maybe it needs some aging.

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

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a gorgeous oily almost ruby red color with nice amber hints. A nice off-white head with small dense bubbles. Retention is very good and there is nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet piney nose followed by some nice citrus grapefruit. Dark fruit smells as well. Black cherry and some grape in the nose as well.

T - Delicious. Hop character is very strong. Oily and complex beer. Nice piney hop flavor, very resiny. There is some sweet caramel malt sweetness that sneaks in but then is quickly overpowered. There is some dark fruit sweetness as well but again the hop character is overwhelming. There are some mild nut flavors laced with the hops. Nice bitterness that begins almost immediately and follows all the flavors down. Alcoholic esters are perceivable. Great beer.

M - Oily, well carbonated. SMooth and warming.

D - Drinkability might be on the low side. Very complex beer.

Edit: As it warms there are some dark cherry hints that blend with the hop bitterness.

Photo of eternaljester81
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Along with Founders, I consider Sierra Nevada as one of my two favorite breweries. Torpedo is one of, if not my favorite IPAs, and topped my list of favorite SN brews. Notice my use of the word "topped", as in past-tense.

I honestly wasn't expecting what I got with Bigfoot. I like to think of myself as a fan of barley wines, but more than anything I'm a hophead, so I was quite excited to try this beer. I poured my first bottle into a New Belgium snifter - little did I know of the sheer awesomeness that would soon caress my tongue.

A - Pours a beautiful burnt orange/brown with a solid, creamy, one-inch head. The head slowly settles into a rocky fluff, leaving sticking lacing at every interval.

S - Holy crap! I was blown away by the floral, pungent smell of hops. Lots and lots of hops. A deep inhale reveals the high ABV with a bit of an astringency, while there's an inkling of sweetness in the middle, but overall the nose is all hops. My mouth was watering at this point.

T - And I thought the smell was impressive. Wow, the bitter hops are all over this beer. The only thing keeping Bigfoot from being an all-out hopbomb is the excessive malts (which still don't quite exceed in balancing the beer out). Hell, who am I kidding, this is pretty much a hopbomb, and I love it! The high ABV is surprisingly well hidden, and as it warms the sweetness of the malts shine through to a greater extent. Regardless, just like the nose, the hops are the star.

M - The mouthfeel is (very) slightly thin for the style, but it still holds up quite well. The most noticeable aspect is the slick, oiliness from the hops, which makes this very big brew go down very smoothly.

D - This is where Bigfoot is crazy dangerous. At over 9% ABV, this beer goes down so easily, that it's easy to get lost in it. By the time you know it, you've lost sight of how many you've enjoyed (and pretty much everything else). Be warned!

I was expecting a very good beer in Bigfoot, but what I got is my new favorite brew from one of my two favorite breweries. While I think, at this point in its age, this is much more in line with a DIPA, it doesn't matter - Bigfoot is unbelievable regardless of style. This is the reaction I was hoping to have to Hopslam (which is still very good, just a little disappointing).

Bottom line: Bigfoot is beyond awesome!

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

A - a cloudy amber with some hues of gold and virtually no head as you would expect.

S - A hint of the trademark Sierra tea hops with a hint of caramel sweetness but everything is taking a backseat to the downright boozie odor. Not a ton of complexity...yet.

T - Follows the nose. Young and boozie with a hoppy alcohol kick on the finish that almost makes you want to that arm move people do after they take a shot of whiskey.

M - Surprisingly light and carbonated with some coating creaminess.

O - Ah the dilemma of grading a beer on its current state or its potential. Since I've had the pleasure of sipping on many Bigfoot vintages going back to the Clinton Administration I'm going to opt for the latter. This is a raw rookie with loads of potential that shows flashes of brilliance but still needs time to develop. I will quite happily finish my sixer but can't wait to enjoy the other 12 I'm sticking in the cellar for a much later date...God willing.

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

A- poured out a delicious bronze color with a slight head and lacing as it went...

S- hops right up front on the aroma, but rich and balanced with some darker, earthy tones.

T- tasted wonderful: well-balanced, hoppy, and not too sweet. complex with a wonderful, lingering aftertaste.

M- a rich, hearty mouthfeel that at the same time was not too heavy.

D- terrificly drinkable, considering the abv; hoppiness and mouthfeel were balanced to create an easy drink. Combine that with the wonderful taste, and you're good to go.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: Bigfoot 2005, drank at the Hunahpu release party. Big thanks to JP for coming through with quite a few treats.

A – It poured a deep copper hue, with still a bit of foam.

S – Smells strongly malty, with notes of rum-raisin, assorted dark/dried fruits, toffee, sherry and malt vinegar. It is quite similar to the 1991 Thomas Hardy I just had, but dialed down a few notches.

T – Amazing. The hops are still plenty discernible, adding a spicy, herbal punch to a very richly malty base. The flavor has deepened and seriously intensified, with the olfactory elements being present at significant volumes in the gustatory. Again, the taste is similar to the nineteen year old Thomas Hardy's Ale that I just drank, plus hops

M – Still good carbonation...

D – A worthwhile endeavor, cellaring the Bigfoot... thanks JP.



I don’t remember it ever tasting as good as 2010! I think 2010 Bigfoot is the hop-star this year.

Also, this beer goes a long way towards restoring my confidence in SN, in light of the debacle of the soapish / perfume-y 13th Wet Hop Harvest Ale.

A – Deep copper, and a decent but quickly receding head, very sticky lacing.

S – A hop bomb; the most deliciously herbal, piney, dank and resiny hops are first and foremost in the nose; only the most subdued caramel malt is apparent, seemingly existing purely for the sake of balance. I like it. I don’t appreciate an overload of caramel, in the aroma or taste, and far too often American Barleywine is syrupy sweet with caramel malt; this beer avoids such a pitfall.

T – Tons of herbal hoppy goodness. Tastes awesome; the specific hops used are so ridiculously pleasing to both the olfactory and gustatory senses that it begs comparison to the best of the DIPA style (Hopslam, etc.) The beer has a first kick of well-balanced hop and malt, mostly piney, followed by a astringent bitter herbal kick, and wrapping with a grapefruit-citric and dank mouth-watering pucker. As I said, I prefer more hop, less malt from American Barleywine; this is a well-allocated brew.

M – On the full side of medium, sharp enough, smooth enough, a tad slick from all the hops.

D – Oh yeah, but drink it slow, it is deceptive…

I believe this review gives me my mug. Time to fill it!

Photo of mtyrrell
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delivered to my local store today. Fresh out of a brand new 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- A very nice dark amber ruby color, small off white tan head that receded fairly quickly and left a ring around the glass and lacing.

S- Smells very hoppy with fruit - maybe some pineapple, maybe some grapefruit or darker fruits. The smell on this one reminds me of an IPA

T- Starts sweet, maybe from the fruity hops, maybe from the caramel malts, at first, but it is quickly overpowered by a hoppy bitterness. This bitterness stays with, with an afterbite of alcohol

M- Smooth, good carbonation

D- A very hoppy BW. As I'm drinking it, the bitterness calms down as it warms. overall, a great brew I cant wait to taste this one later on down the road

Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this at a local beer store. Was happy to see it...

A: Very good look. Deep dark ruby color with a 1 inch off white head that disappates perfectly. Not too fast or too slow. Very good looking.

S: I can smell this as soon as I poured it. Smells good. Very malty and hoppy with hints of brown sugars.

T: Tastes good. Malty upfront with a very hoppy tastes in the middle. Grapefruit backend with hidden notes of brown sugars. Good tasting.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Goes down super easy. Despite the heavy hoppiness, the fact that the hoppiness is in the middle of the flavor makes this pefectly easy to drink.

All in all, this is a very good brew. Glad I finally got to try this. I was surprised. Good for those who like hops and grapefruit flavor. If that's you, buy a 6 pack.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of 2010 Bigfoot, goblet.

Proper deep, ruddy copper, earthy red with a creamy tan head sitting up top. A very nice inch of head formed on a patient pour and the retention looks to be good. Beautiful sheets of lace are appearing.

The aroma isn't an explosion. It is reserved and expected. Hop resin weaving between rind and pine character with quality malts in the background.

The mouth is zapped with astringent grapefruit before some sweet and grainy malt makes itself apparent. Finish is softened but bitter with some soapiness.

This 2010 on the palate doesn't have the weight of its abv. It could be perceived as slightly oily. The carbonation is well contained and clean, which I appreciate.

Compared to 2009 Bigfoot with ten months on it, on tap, this seems lacking in complexity. I have no reason to doubt that this will develop equally. That 2009 just had the most wonderful chocolate note. The alcohol doesn't make a showing, which translates to great drinkability. Like many before me, this should probably be viewed as an Imperial IPA.

Photo of EJNibs
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Really deep, ruddy-brown when held up to the light, but against a black backdrop it looks almost like a stout. One finger of head that dissipates after about a minute with minimal lacing.

Aroma: Great. Really bright floral hops up front (so much so that I was a bit surprised) with a strong malt back. Sweeter malt tones, more sugarcane than biscuit I'd say.

Taste: Very nice strong sweet malt up front that fades to alcohol warming, but comes back in a lingering finish at the very end (maybe 10 seconds after taking a sip). My problem here is that it's all at the very beginning and the very end, the middle and most of the finish are dominated by alcohol warmth. While I smell the hops' florality (is that a word? I just really didn't want to have to say "floweriness") it is mostly obscured by the alcohol. Maybe 20% of the sips I took had a hint of hops in the finish, but not most.

Mouthfeel: I was a bit surprised by this beer's mouthfeel. I was expecting a bit more robust, chewy, smooth and heady beer, but the carbonation is a bit more aggressive and the fullness just isn't there. Nearing the end I enjoyed it better, but I'm not sure that lettng a beer lose some of it's carbonation for a good mouthfeel is ideal

Drinkability: Not drinkable at all. Or, rather, not sessionable at all. My roommate and I tried this at the same time on a Sunday afternoon: it took us both about an hour to finish 12 oz and he immediately took a nap afterward. You can order this one to avoid buying a second drink at the pub, but that's really the only virtue here.

Verdict: If you're a fan of barley-wines, it's worth trying Actually, maybe even if you aren't a fan it's worth trying, as I'd say this is (though not out of this world) a good intro to the style. I wouldn't say it's the best of this style that I've ever had, but it's not bad, and to be fair, it is a bit green, and might be better with a year or two of age on it.

Photo of DNICE555
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the 08 and 09... giddy up 2010. Look forward to this moment every year.

A - Cloudy brown with small head and minimal lacing.

S - Big aroma on this bad boy. Fresh hops, Quality malt. This is my style barleywine.

T - Roasted malts backed with a strong hop backbone. Almost tastes more like a DIPA. Love SN's take on a barleywine here. Absolutely theraputic.

M - The citrus from the hops smooths this one out for me. Carbonation seems high for a barleywine. I'm going to age a couple of these monsters I'm betting it'll grow into a whole new animal.

D - This is a drinkable beverage for almost hitting 10 on the abv scale. One could plow through a sixer easily without careful restraint.

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

2010 vintage.

Pours a half finger white head with minimal lacing. Deep, and dark amber bordering on brown with reddish highlights. This bottle is very fresh so there was still hops on the aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. Lots of plum and dark fruits. Predominately toasty malt profile with a bitter hop finish. Not much hop flavor on the palate but the bitterness leaves a big impression on the tongue. Mouthfeel is good. Nothing stands out too much. I'm not too big a fan of barleywines unless there's some age to the bottle so my review is skewed low.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For those familiar with the Stone "Double Bastard Ale", this beer will be perfect for you.

A: Great appearance overall, cloudy, and barely transparent. Mediocre head with moderate lacing.

S: Wow, I walked away from my beer to toss the bottle in the recycling across the kitchen and the smell quickly consumed the kitchen and followed me.

T: The taste is exceptional, no doubt about it. This is not a true barleywine, but it is most certainly an exeptional "American Strong Ale" as this is very similar to Stone's Arrogant and Double Bastard Ales. This beer is a flat-out terrific value. I believe I got it for under $2.00 for a single 12 oz. bottle. Expect roasted malts of the highest quality. Absolutely delicious.

M: The mouthfeel could definitely stand to be improved. This beer doesn't sit well in the mouth because it's just not as smooth as it needs to be to achieve perfection like Stone's Double Bastard has. The alcohol only exaggerates the slight sourness to the beer. It also has a slight astringency. I bet aging would improve this.

D: This is still a very drinkable beer for being a 10%er.

Sierra Nevada really outdid themselves with this one. I'm going back for more.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of talk goin on about this one right now. This is my first Bigfoot so we will see how the talk stands up...

A- Really dark ruby red in my snifter. You can barely see through this beer. Big sandy, fluffy head perched atop. At this point the head seems unwavering. But it eventually faded leaving all sorts of lace.

S- Much like a DIPA... Nearly all hops, well not exactly... There is a nice caramel, toasty malt bill underneath. But if the fact that this is a Sierra Nevada (West Coast) beer didn't tip you off that this will be hoppy, then the nose definitely will.

T- hmm. Hoppy AND malty. A bomb on either end of the scale. This is one pretty big beer. Starts caramely and toasty and leads into some really piney hops. The finish is of course hoppy and biting but not before more of that malty goodness comes through. Very nice battle between bitter and sweet.

M- Fluffy, smooth and approaching thick, but not quite. Fairly clean finish, but lots of hop oils still linger.

D- Obviously going to be a bitter, hopped up barleywine, but that is to the style as this is an American west coast barleywine. The booze is nearly nonexistent in the flavor but the effects are soon felt. In all this is a really smooth, easy going barleywine.

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