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

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93
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6,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,699
Reviews: 2,890
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 322
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 56
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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 ShogoKawada
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6-pack of this. 2009 vintage.

A- Pours a nice earthy brown with a moderate head.

S- Hops and malt sweetness out the wazoo. Fresh, floral hops.

T- Amazing. Hops and malt are here at 110%. With the intense flavors, you hardly notice the high ABV. I taste grapefruit hops, caramelized malts, and bitter hops in the end. Very very good... nay...great!

M- Amazing. Great beer balance helps hide the 9.6% ABV. Malts help bring the whole shebang together.

D- Moderate to insanely high depending on your preference for in-your-face brews. An intense brew.. not for the timid. Still, I think this beer goes down with ease. I've put off this one for a while, and can't for the life of me think of why. SN puts out quality beer, and this one shows it in spades. Bravo!

I plan to make this one a staple in my fridge. This is the first beer in a while to knock my socks off. Amazing!

Photo of wl0307
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage/25th Expedition! BB 25/01/09, served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed, flower-bulb shaped sniffer.

A: the colour comes dark ruby, with a decent but not fierce input of carbonation and a lovely, thick and creamy dark beige froth that lasts extremely well, leaving even lacing as it slowly retreats.
S: superb, like a DIPA, the aroma bursts with Cascade's bouquet of sweet citrus and overripe lychee fruits, syrupy+creamy caramely malts, really dense honey-ish notes, and random inputs of dates, fat (preserved) cherries and figs. A swirl gives rise to a very mild edge of fruit esters as of ripened pears, but not quite assertive as a traditional English Barley Wine, due to the heavy presence of US hops on the balance. The overall aroma is intensely perfumy and hoppy, yet balanced and complex at the same time.
T: a lubricating slurp of marvelously flowery, piney and lychee-ish juicy hops plus rich caramely malts precedes a rather soothing edge of tangy+tannic bitterness, as of dried citrus/grapefruits and stems of semi-fermented teas; as the bitter palate prevails, the rich yet belated fruitiness consisting of longan-fruits, nectar and rum-soaked sultanas manages to chime in. In the finish, aromatic Chinese tea-leaves, hop oil and perfume linger with the 3D grapefruit bitterness and an herbal "bite", in an assertive but still elegant manner.
M&D: softly carbonated, full-bodied yet ever so easy to drink due to the attenuated alcoholic feel, this beer is uncompromisingly hoppy, bold, bitter, and tannic-dry, actually much more in line with the style of a DIPA (or "Triple" IPA?). I can't see the point of branding any ale "American-(something)" if only it is extra- or over-hopped with American hop varieties, which hardly merits a new beer category IMO, but the experiment in this bottle is truly sublime all the same. I haven't forgotten the initial shock and eventual, extreme joy when I first tasted the 2005 Vintage - my first ever experience with an American Barley Wine, while the performance of this bottle connects me to that fond memory just seamlessly and ever so vividly! To me, this is a world-class heavy ale.

* Tasting Date: 16/11/2005
Got this beer at the UTOBEER beer stall in the Borough Market, London. On the cap it says "Bigfoot 2005 expedition", so that's Vintage 2005 I believe. Apart from that there's no freshness info. on the bottle.
4.5 A: served in a goblet, it comes with a slightly hazy, ruby hue; I manage to pour an extremely thick and fluffy off-white head which "egg-shell cracks" ever so slowly, leaving different layers of fine lacing; pretty static body, as far as my eye-sight could manage. Looking nearly perfect, like a glass of port if without the foam.
4.5 S: as wildly malty as incredibly hoppy--hallmark of oily, fat hops (Cascade?) reminiscent of the heavier American IPA/DIPA even...; after swirling, a flow of intoxicating, intense and mixed aroma comes through, with intense aroma of caramel (liquid form), sharp pine-wood smell, preserved prunes, dried longan-fruits, over-ripened lychees, a dash of orange syrup, and (maybe) a sprinkle of cinnamon or other spices. Overall, the aroma, despite its thick, even syrupy texture, shows great complexity and depth.
4.5 T&4.5 M: thick, syrupy and oily texture of fruity malts pours in, almost immediately bringing on board a wave of powerful bitterness so tannic and herbal it transforms the impression of the nose in no time! Lots of dried fruits as identified in the aroma, all wrapped between the mighty oily hops and underlying bitter taste. The tannic bitterness lingers too well, like the kind of mouthfeel you get whilst wrongly crushing grapeseeds b/w your teeth; but this one goes even deeper down the throat, well balancing the undesirable sugary and alcoholic aftertaste. 120%-bodied and fuller-than-full-flavoured barley wine it is, with a thick mouthfeel supported by tiny bubbly texture of carbonation--just about right.
5 D: this is my first-ever bottle of American barley wine, and it's incredibly delicious as well as surprisingly balanced. It's so different from those English barley wines I've tried which tend to taste "older" and mellower. In a sense, it bears much resemblance to other types of American ales maybe thanks to the bulk of strongly-scented hops used in this ale, even reminding me of some fantastic characters of SN's own Celebration Ale, but of course this one is of different type. Overall, this is a good digestif to replace a vintage port for me this winter. Though it's not something to savour for more than one bottle, I think the "drinkability"--overall performance, satisfaction vis-a-vis expectation--is sublime. I shall buy some more bottles for ageing and see if it indeed improves with age like a port~~

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

Tastes like a condensed beer. Quite good and strong. Back color. Smells like smells sweet and bitter at the same time. Hints of orange pith maybe. Tastes like it smells. Great balance of hops and malts. I think I am becoming a fan of barley wine. This is a great brew. If you get the chance give this a try. It's really full flavored

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

Appearance - Seriously, a beautiful ruby red color with a mahogany tint. Amazing head, good lacing.

Smell - Hoppy, but honestly not very "bitter" in the aspect, more of a sweetness to it.

Taste - Immediately I taste a sweetness which is followed by a bitter/hoppy taste. I can also taste citrus and caramel.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick in texture, almost like syrup. Not much carbonation when it hits the pallet but it fits the beer.

Drinkability - When cold, the alcohol is not as prominent. As it has warmed up to room temperature the booziness has become more prominent but not in a "distasteful" way. An amazing drink and I'm sorry to not have found out about it until recently.

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

2009 vintage

pours a dark copper with a small beige head that becomes very thin, a little lacing.

smell of barley, burnt caramel, dark fruit, spices, citrus, some roasted nuts, and a touch of floral in the back

taste is creamy, thick, warming, alcohol comes through but not overpowering, some tart and sour fruits, caramel, and some roasted nuts, a very nice bitter ending.

Photo of number1bum
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I've never reviewed Bigfoot! 2009 vintage. Pours a dense, dark amber color with a very creamy two inches of tan head. Retention is excellent, keeping a very thick, flufffy lace and leaving a mess of stick. Perfection.

Smell is aggressively hoppy for a barleywine, with lots of citrus and pine. Also a rich, bready caramel malt aroma with a light toastiness.

Taste is even hoppier than the nose, with big citrus and resiny flavors as well as sticky pine. Malt backbone, like the smell, is very solid as it should be, with a big caramel flavor along with some lightly toasted, biscuit malt flavor. Hop bitterness is also pretty aggressive but not out of line. This is just extremely well balanced and I love how hoppy it is. The alcohol isn't completely masked but it's not hot either. It lets you know of the beers strength without getting obtrusive. If the alcohol were masked a bit more this just might be a 5.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy. It's downright chewy, with a richness to it that is complemented nicely by the slick, oily hop feel. If the alcohol were masked a bit more this too might be a 5.

This is just a fantastic beer fresh, and although I'm ashamed to say that I haven't had it aged I'm putting some in the cellar to see how it progresses. It's hard for me to imagine that I'll like it better aged, however, as I love the hoppiness of it. I feel the same way about Troegs Flying Mouflan; I'm not sure which of the two is hoppier fresh, but they are both outstanding barleywines. Great stuff.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured in to a snifter. It is a dark Auburn, hazy, with a kakhai head. The head never truly falls completely away. Laced the glass the whole way down.

S - You can smell how big this beer is. Lots of hope notes pine and citrus. Sweet caramel malts and just a touch of tabacco finish off the smell.

T - Very complex flavors. There is a full hoppy shmorgus board of flavor. Very yeasty bread notes with fruity esters. Not much alcohol for how high it is.

M - It definitely leaves an impression on the tongue. Tons of carbonation, very full body. Slightly warming.

O - This beer is not for the timid. Tons of flavor packed into a bottle.

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

2009 12oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A very dark, cloudy, reddish appearance with a little, 1/2 fingered head dissapearing fast but the lacing for some reason was stellar!
Lovely malt presence, dark fruits, and a hop flavor thats quite subtle.
The taste folows the aroma of malt, dark fruit, adds a little spice, and has a great hoppy bitterness at the finish.
What a creamy, smooth beer! A great full bodied beer, not too hot with the alcohol. And the carbonation is controlled very nicely.
I really like this beer. Great balance, tolerable alcohol presence. Be careful, too much too quick and you're jacked. But a great, great beverage.

Photo of Nibbley
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2008 25th Expedition release.
Pours a lovely reddish-brown with a good 2 finger head that lasts the entire glass.Good lacing down the glass.
Smells of dark fruit and fresh baked rye bread.
First taste bring a wallop of hoppy bitterness that mellows into a nice malty backround. Warming alcohol is nice but not overpowering.
Exceptional example of the style.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 batch poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature, 50 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful clear, deep reddish hue with a full, creamy light tan head that fades to a thick bubbly cap that casts a few splotches of lace on the walls of the glass as the glass drains. Displays some legs as the glass is swirled.

Aroma is rife with rich malt and fruity estery goodness, along with a mighty hop kick. Luscious notes of figs and prunes meld delicately with a hint of caramel and bright, floral, citrusy hops. Each noseful is a delight.

Quite full-bodied though certainly far from syrupy, with just a mild carbonation that provides just the faintest prickle on the tongue. The palate is mostly hop-forward, with a definite citrusy hoppiness that screams DIPA; but then, this is an American Barleywine, and the line between it and the venerable DIPA is a thin one. The barleywine nature shows through in the rich maltiness that undercuts the hops, though it is quickly forgotten thanks to the dry bitterness that is accentuated by the alcohol that shows through in the middle, carrying over well into the finish, seemingly soaking all moisture from the palate and leaving a bone-dry, grapefruity hoppiness that lingers long after.

Delicious but, naturally, the high alcohol content hinders drinkability. Certainly an excellent American barleywine, but one that deserves a bit of mellowing to tone down the hop level and bring out the malts and delicious fruitiness. Ken Grossman has stated that this one is at its best after a year of age; I may certainly have to test out his judgment.

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

Pours a lovely deep amber with a thick frothy head that dissapates slowly leaving some killer lacing.

The smell is a rather boozy dark fruit - very big beer smell.

It doesn't taste nearly as boozy as it smells. Great hop presence up front with a delicious malt back end.

It has a wonderful medium mouthfeel and if i weren't tipsy after one, i could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting.

This is probably the most impressed that i've been with Sierra Nevada. And at $10.99 a sixer, i shoulda stocked up.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

this beer pours a nice deep chestnut or a rich burnt sienna. the head is moderate, about a finger width, and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. after the initial head dissipates you are left with some spotty foam and a thin rim around the edge of the surface of the beer.

the hops are right up front in the smell and very distinct; you can pick them out without any trouble or confusion. in addition to the bitter and pine-y aromatic assault from the hops there are some overtones of sweetness from the malts and a bit of alcohol ester.

the taste is really big on the hops. the malt is present briefly once the beer hits the palate but the sweet and caramely flavor of the malt is quickly overtaken by the hops which linger into the finish. would have personally liked to see a fairer balance between the malts and hops, but that isn't to say this isn't a skillfully crafted beer. the alcohol is present as well in the taste, fitting somewhere between the malt and the hops.

overall a good beer. if you like hops, this one is for you!

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks, Topher!

A-Opaque honeyed amber with a thin coating of off white head and some decent lacing.

S-Caramel, hops and a bit of booze.

T-Lots of malty, caramel sweetness in the front, with a very solid citrus hop kick in the finish. A bit of warming alcohol at the very end. Delicious.

M-Medium bodied, just a bit heavy.

D-Excellent. A great end to a great weekend.

HV

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

2006 vintage poured into a new belgium snifter.

Appearance- deep ruby with a substantial dirty white head.

Nose- Burnt carmel, piney hops, a touch of oak, and a whiff of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- reveals a slighty syrupy medium body.

Taste- Up front is a malt bomb all the way with toffee and citrus showing. The finish ends dry with aggressive hops(a little more than I was hoping for considering three years age) and a touch of warming alcohol.

Overall, this beer needs more time to develop into what I want from an aged bigfoot but shows great change and I can't wait to revisit in about three more years.

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

A-Pours a nice amber color with a frothy head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Citrusy/Piney hops but a big malt presence too. Smells great.

T-A nice maltiness with a decent citrusy hop kick. This is very good.

M-Medium to full bodied, rich and malty. Nice carb level.

D-For a big beer, this is highly drinkable. I could easily put away a few of these in one sitting.

Nice job from SN. If you're a Barleywine fan, its worth picking up a sixer of these.

Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought the 2009 6 pack from the local liquor store for 12.99. It has a great color, very rich clear brown hue and smells like citrus and spice. It has a good taste, very hoppy and malty with a bitter aftertaste. A decent Barleywine and i like the graphics on the bottle.

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

A rather splendid burnished copper colour, with a thick and frothy head of yellow-beige bubbles. Lacing is phenomenal. Clarity is excellent. This is a damn hell yes looking beer. Just gorgeous.

Oh my and goodness. What a truly lovely American-hopped nose. Full of citrus, fruit and pine, delicious with resin and deliciously good. Oh, this smell always takes me back to San Francisco, a very pleasant place to be, surrounded by delicious beer. If I'm being picky, it's probably not as sharp or pungent as the best highly-hopped American ales, but it does have a pleasant sweetness sitting around that adds some character. Still - this is very, very nice indeed.

Creamy and silky on the mouth, a very fine and slick feel is noticeable from the first sip. Amazingly, it's not as bitter as I would have imagined from the aroma - and for a barleywine, that's excellent. There's a rich sweetness lolling over the tongue, feeling rich, heavy and gorgeous, and the hoppy notes just dance around over the top, never proclaiming their dominance. The beuatiful coupling of the flecks of bitterness and the creamy, sweet backbone make this a really, really excellent beer.

This is an exceptionally good barleywine, in my opinion. The hops remind you of its origin, but the palate is so full, rich and heavy with malt sweetness that you can't mistake this for a DIPA, which is how I feel a lot of barleywines end up. Extremely drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable. Sierra Nevada, I take my hat off.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber colour with frothy cream head that has disappeared, leaving some nice spots of lace around the glass. Little bubbles are formed with tilting, but no other visible carbonation. Looks very nice.

Nose is very hoppy with a tangy citrus character rebounding off some very aromatic floral hops, underlying buttery note and a hint of a watermelon Jolly Rancher element. Very nice indeed. I'm a fan.

Taste is a bit insane. Deep raisiny, treacley sweetness on the front, very thick and full malt, then a quite quick, but increasingly intense, fanfare of hops that start out quite floral and get increasingly bitter and phenolic towards the end, with a roasted, burnt kind of flavour as well. Leaves a very sharp astringency in my mouth, probably killing my palate. Quite a puckering mouthfeel overall.

For all that though, it's very nice, a good complex journey from start to finish. I just think it leans too heavily on the hops, leaves on a very bitter note, like my slut of an ex-wife.

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

Drank from a pint glass. This beer pours a wonderful copperish color with a thin light tan head and subpar lacing. It smells of malt and nature with a mild alcohol presence. Tastes like a well hopped barelywine with a strong alcohol after-taste. Bigfoot coated the mouth during sip but quickly left nothing to be desired. To strong for a session beer but extrodinary flavor.

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

2007 Vintage Tasted on 6/24/09

A: Dark amber in color with lots of red highlights and minimal head.

S: Lots of sweet malt, with still a fair bit of hops/bitterness despite being two years old. Dark fruits are very present in the nose as well.

T: Like any barleywine, the sweet caramel and toffee are the stars. But again, a very noticeable bitterness is still present.

M: Full bodied, smooth, and moderate carbonation.

D: Sort of the quintessential barleywine. This stuff seems to have an infinite shelf-life, and I'm glad I've got several vintages of this sitting around.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this one right now. Pours a hazy, reddish copper color with light beige head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of earthy hops, big malts, caramel and grass. Taste dominated by earthy hops up front, followed by slightly sweet maltiness, finishing with a very light nutty roastiness. Quite smooth, but leaves some bitterness on the tongue. Overall, an easy drink for such a big beverage.

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

Serving date: 2009-04-10. Vintage 2008. Cellared for about 1 year.

A: Hazy dark amber with a quite big pale beige head that slowly settles into some lacings.

S: Rich aromas of both malts and hops. Pleasant fruity aromas (gooseberries, red grapefruit, lemon peel) blend with a large amount of sweet chocolate. Hints of raisin and vanilla. A very sturdy malty backbone. All in all, the smell is very powerful, rich and dense. Very complex and very pleasant.

T: Big caramel flavor, sweet fudge and chocolate. Sweet and ripe fruit - citric notes, grapefruit, cherries. Notes of almonds. Vanilla and licorice in the middle. The finish is very bitter with notes of grassy hops and raisins. A well integrated taste of alcohol delivers a spicy layer on top of the sweetness. Very nice!

M: Full bodied, smooth and soft mouthfeel with a slightly chewy finish. Medium carbonation.

D: A very good beer. Complex and well balanced. One year of cellaring is really suitable for this one.

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2005 vintage. Serving date: 2009-04-10. Cellared for about 4 years, parallel tasted with the 2008 vintage.

A: Much darker than the 2008 vintage, and with a smaller head that dissipates faster.

S: Not as impressive as the 2008 vintage, but still good. Not as powerful and not as complex. A similar fruitiness, but with a slightly tart edge and it is harder to pinpoint exact components. A big malty backbone, but not as sturdy as the 2008 vintage. Still plenty of chocolate and raisins. One of two funky notes and a prominent aged character.

T: A prominent taste of dusty cellar, somewhat sweet but mostly funky - not unpleasantly funky though. Sweet fruits (currants, grapefruit and some cherries). Hints of wood. The flavors have in general a very mature character. More sweetness in the form of chocolate and some vanilla. The finish is not as bitter as the 2008 vintage. The hops have faded significantly. The alcohol is not as prominent as in the 2008 vintage, and it is very well integrated. All in all, the flavors in the 2005 vintage are a little edgier than in the 2008, and it is not as complex. The 2005 vintage has some notes resembling sherry, and I did not pick that out in the 2008 vintage.

M: Basically the same as the 2008 vintage.

D: This is still a very good beer, but I think the 2008 vintage was better on almost all accounts (except for the well integrated alcohol and some of the mature notes in the 2005 vintage).

Grades: A: 4, S: 4, T: 4, M: 4,5, D: 4, Total: 4,05 (A-).

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2009 vintage. Serving date: 2009-08-04. Cellared about 7 months.

A: Reddish amber, slightly hazy. Pale beige head that leaves some lacings.

S: Lots of grapefruit and hop resins. Notes of pine-needles. A hint of vanilla. The malty caramel background is noticeable, but muted by the powerful hops. Compared to the cellared 08 vintage, this one is clearly more hoppy and not as balanced.

T: Lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Juicy caramel malts in the background, but clearly overpowered by the hops. Rather sweet. The finish is massively bitter, really aggressive, with lots of piny and spicy hops and sweet and spicy alcohol.

M: Same as the other vintages.

D: A bottle this young is much more hop forward than older ones. The beer is quite different when it's young compared to when it's cellared. The sweet and chewy vinous character of a barleywine is considerably held back in favor of the hoppy flavors. Not as well-balanced as especially the cellared 08 vintage. I enjoyed the latter more than this one.

Grades: A: 4, S: 4, T: 3,5, M: 4, D: 4, Total: 3,8 (B+).

Photo of ruckus232
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle (2009)

Appearance: Dark brown/red cloudy coloring with light tan head.

Smell: Very nice aroma of fruits and florals. The hops are already present in the smell.

Taste: Strong but pleasant bitter hop flavor. The floral smells appear in the taste as well.

This is actually my first Barleywine and I am still not a huge strong hop fan but this is a really good tasting beer that I would definitely recommend.

Note: Accidentally put this in the wrong beer review, this is the correct one now.

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

2008 bottle,pours a dark red with a nice head that leaves some lacing.smell is of dark fruit and malty sweetness,mild herbal hop aroma,slight nuttiness in the nose.

taste has alot of dark fruit esters,mild herbal hop flavor and slight alcohol burn.a year has done this beer well.

mouthfeel is slight carbonation,fitting for this style.a bit thicker than most barleywines.drinkability is high,especially after a year.

i tucked away three of these bottles,gonna have one on my birthday in october and maybe one on new years eve.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a nice head and great lacing.
The aroma of hops,malts and fruit.
The taste starts off bitter with grapefruit flavor. A good malt backbone and a swift kick of hops.
The brew feels well balanced with a full body,medium carbonation and a smooth feel.

Notes: One particular day the shop was all out of Double IPA's and I asked the stock girl what would be close to the Double and she recommended Big Foot. I really appreciate her suggestion.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,699 ratings.