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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

6,051 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,051
Reviews: 2,804
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,044 | FT: 38
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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FuzzyGuy84

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, red/copped color. Caramel colored, thick and rich head that lingers nicely.

S - Strong honey and raisin aroma. A little floralness as well. Very complex and continues to develop as it spends more time out of the bottle.

T - First inpression is very sweet, then as it moves through the mouth it ramps up with a serious amount of bitterness. A nice balance of hop and malt flavors - not overly malty as some BWines I've experienced. Strong but wonderfully balanced.

MF/D - This is a challenging, big beer, but not so brutal you feel like you just got kicked in the groin. Paired with a strong cheese, or even a really good pizza pie, I think this is one of the best barleywines out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 20:35:51 | More by FuzzyGuy84
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2006 into rapscallion snifter

Pours a hazy orange / reddish brown with fluffy cream colored head which falls fast and leaves only a little haphazard lacing.

Scent is a fresh hoppy grapefruit, brown sugar and brandy aroma.

Taste is grapefruit hops and bitterness, brown sugar, orange, caramel, cream, and something strong and tasty on the backend which I can't identify. Hops are somewhat aggressive but not overwhelming. There is a definite alcohol warming in the throat but considering the abv its not overt. Spicey dry finish.

Mouthfeel is a rich and chewey mouthcoating medium.

Drinkability for the abv is reasonable.

This is an excellent american barleywine though I still prefer my favorite (Berkshire Holidale). I'm also cellaring some of this to revisit in 6 months and 1 year.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 06:16:24 | More by sethmeister
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hunteraw

China

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

This is the 2007 version.

Appearance: On the orange side of garnet in color, good retention and promising looking lacing.

Smell: Distinctly grapefruity hops, sweet malts... much less of the dark fruit and fig flavors I recall tasting last year. Some alcohol.

Taste: Caramel on the tip of the tongue, then grapefruity hops, sweet middle, finish is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Body just on the full side of medium, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good way to top off the night. Only drawback is the high alcohol. Not sure how much of the difference from my previous review is due to recipe changes, and how much is just differences in my beer-reviewing vocabulary...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 03:45:30 | More by hunteraw
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cbl2

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/20/2007 $8.99 6 pack 9.60% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear deep brown suffused with claret and topped by just a wisp of off-white head.

Aroma:

Loads of sweet malt tempered by tons of fresh pressed red grapefruit juice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Man, this is a hop-bomb, more along the lines of a DIPA than a barleywine. Fresh grapefruit dominates the palate, scorching the tastebuds with its bitterness. Sweet jammy malts make their presence known by midsip, but it’s the hops that shine here. Finish is intensely bitter with hints of dark ripe fruit sweetness creeping in.

Sierra Nevada went a different way this year with their Bigfoot, throwing in more hops than you can shake a stick at. This is a DIPA in my opinion, and not quite a barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 22:00:12 | More by cbl2
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6 pack for $11 at World Market. Nice bottle and 9.6% ABV, gotta try it.

A - Poured down the center of the glass, expected a big fat head, but not much at all. Reddish color with some bubbles of carbonation.

S - The smell is good, some caramel and spices with some alcohol coming through.

T - Tastes of hops and caramel, some faint cereal malt and a little bitterness. The alcohol is not overbearing so it goes down much better than expected.

M - Some carbonation. Aftertaste lasts a long time, I like the aftertaste some spicy aftertaste that seems to last forever.

D - Not a beer you want to have all the time, but definitely a good example of this style. Very easy to drink for this amount of ABV and the aftertaste is worth it's price. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 17:23:06 | More by beeroclock
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Melchizedek

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours rich reddish amber with a nice, dense beige head supported by streaming carbonation.

Aroma reflects a nice balance, with a strong hop push initially, plenty of pine and a sort of potpourri spice (from alcohol?). Keep your nose in there, though, and some toasty grains and nice beery malts come through. Lovely. In the mouth, the hops again come through strong, providing a bitter-herb note initially. Floral stuff. A little pine-sap in there, with a layer of toast in there somewhere. Alcohol burn definitely present. Mouthfeel is lightened by the carbonation, but slick with hops, a bit sticky after. Kind of numbing.

Maybe just a bit fresher than it needs to be... I feel like I want those hops to mellow a bit before I really enjoy this one properly. Maybe I'm not enough of a hophead to enjoy this as it's meant to be. Still a very solid beer, a good sipper for somewhere outdoors, but more aggressive than rich to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 02:09:06 | More by Melchizedek
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biking4beer

Colorado

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

04 Vintage on Tap at the Falling Rock

Right off the bat, this beer looks oily. I can tell it's going to be good. Very slight head with a few small bubbles. Beer is a deep orange to red. Decent lacing.

First thing I notice in the aroma department is a slight woody smell. I've detected this in some other older beers at the Falling Rock. Oxidization? That is followed up by some floral hops and caramel.

The caramel is the first thing to hit the tongue. It has a nice nutty undertone to it. The hop profile isn't very complex. Mostly just bitter, but it is nicely balanced with the malt.

Mouthfeel is very oily and creamy with a surprising level of carbonation to clean things up. I only had a 8 oz of this beauty, but I could have easily downed a pint or two. Age did it well, but I can't wait to taste the fresh stuff I have in the fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 00:07:04 | More by biking4beer
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jkaufman

Ohio

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

Session notes from March 15, 2007:

Vigorously decanted a 12oz. 2007 bottle into a tankard.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy orangish-brown with a thick white head. Looks good.

S: Citrus with strong cascade hops.

T and M: Fairly smooth and light-bodied. Moderate carbonation combined with a massive dose of bittering hops keeps the big ABV in check. Finishes clean and hoppy.

D: Moderately drinkable. A nice nightcap.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 06:02:09 | More by jkaufman
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xymyl

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I rarely drink these fresh, but I thought I'd try a brand new 2007 for a change. It's still good, but I've gotten so used to the aged ones that I was totally shocked by what I found.

Color is a vibrant deep amber/copper, thick lacey light tan head.

Aroma is a shower of hops - bright, spicy and bitter, along with sweet malt - caramel, cherry, berry, and chocolate notes. Everything rides the alcohol fumes.

Taste is sweet with alcohol, then bitter and dry. It really has more hop than I remember. That's why I need to drink a fresh one from time to time.

Body is pretty rich and full, but not too sweet by any means. I know I have a 2003 somewhere, I'll have to dig that one out soon.

Following is a brand new review of a very old bottle:
Reviewd January 2nd 2008

1995 bottle a friend found five of them at a garage sale. He drank all but one. I was happy he decided to share it with me.

Surprisingly well carbonated for a 12 year old twist off, the creamy off white head dropped very quickly to a thin film leaving spots of lace. Color was a very hazy dark amber.

Nose was gigantic ester and hop spices, caramel molasses and citrus.

Taste was grapefruit, orange, cherries, and a whole basket of fruit, peppermint gum, clove, cinnamon, back pepper, a slight banana note, a little oxidation (far less than expected), and a very slight winey sourness.

Overall, past its prime, but fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. The hops and alcohol were fully integrated into the mix.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 01:30:56 | More by xymyl
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Braudog

Virginia

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

Most recently rated from the 2007 bottle ... Bright and shiny red, with any color only evident with a bright light. Thin, but solid head. Big hoppy aroma, like an American Imperial IPA; the supersweet burn of the alcohol overpowers the potentially wonderfull flavors underneath ... butterscotch, caramel, big American hops. Big beer, big buzz.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 19:20:46 | More by Braudog
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ndekke39

Ohio

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

A friend brought over a six-pack of the 2007 stock. Poured into a pint glass. It's a clear caramel red color with a small tan head. Decent retention. Smell is dominated by a piny hops, with notes of the alcohol, sweet caramel, and the malt. Taste is much of the same; features the piny character, but with definite elements of the caramel. This is helped by a thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. High alcohol presence, so sip this one slowly. Overall, a fine example of a Barleywine - nice complexity, fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 13:34:36 | More by ndekke39
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haz77

Australia

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

A – 2007. Pours a bright, clear chestnut, with an inch of creamy light tan head. This falls to a fluffy finger-thick cap. Medium carbonation.

S – Pine, citrus, tropical fruit, peppery phenols.

T – Sweetness fills the mouth, with the tropical fruit emerging initially. Peppery spice pushes through and the first alcohol notes move forward. Finish is herbal, with the alcohol warmth increasing. Long, lingering, citrusy, bitter aftertaste.

M – Rich, coating mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy. Soft carbonation works well.

D – Lovely easy sipper. Alcohol is there, but not unpleasantly so. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 12:23:05 | More by haz77
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JayQue

Virginia

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

2007 Bigfoot. Still a great beer. Dark amber color, nice off-white/tan head, huge lacing and great taste remain the same as 2005 and 2006. The aroma did not appear to be quite as pronounced as previous. I thought this years batch was a bit sweeter and more malty than 2005 / 2006. Still a huge citrus and pine taste but I wouldn't describe it as much as a hops blast as previously. Noticed a slightly oily aftertaste and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is still incredibly rich. Two of these would render me as operating at less than half speed, but I would still have to give it high marks for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 17:28:29 | More by JayQue
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

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

Appearance - Pours a ruby orange-brown with a nice light tan head. Talk about lacing there isn't an inch of glass not covered.

Smells - Hops, orange rind, grapefruit, and caramel malts.

Taste - The caramel sneaks in at the beginning but the grapefruit/oranges and then the piney hops take control and dominate your palate. This is wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel - Dry and crisp due to the hopiness and carbonation but also substantial.

Drinkability - This is definitely one of my favorite barley wines. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 04:15:47 | More by stereosforgeeks
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fank2788

Connecticut

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
2007 vintage
I was finally able to find some bigfoot and I'm really excited about giving this a try so here it goes.
This beer pours out a deep red/brown copper color, a moderate pour yields a nice foamy head about two fingers thick that will dissipate slowly and lace a bit on the way down. The smell is all hops up front. A lot of grassy and resinous hop aroma is experienced, the hop aroma is so thick you can almost taste it. The taste itself is also very full of hops. The copious hop flavors hit first along with a strong bitterness. Then a touch of sweetness comes through followed by a bit of alcohol and the warmth associated with the alcohol. For a beer with a bitterness this high it is surprisingly well balanced. The mouthfeel is very full this beer tastes thick and coats the mouth well. Like many big beers drinkability is only good you need to take it slow with this one or the bitterness will just tear your mouth apart. I'm probably more a fan of English style barleywines but this isn't bad I'd definitely like to see how this one ages if my willpower proves strong enough to let a few sit for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 00:05:11 | More by fank2788
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John_M

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As barleywines go, this is just about as good as it gets. For me it's something of a mood thing; sometimes I prefer the sweeter style, sometimes the hoppier style. This is decidedly the latter and is just fabulous. This was listed at Max's as the 2006, which I would assume means that it is now one year old. No matter, this beer was very fresh tasting with a faulous hop profile. I find this beer to be very complex with all kinds of things going on. The first thing you notice is the sweetness, followed almost immediately by the blast of hops. Then you start to notice the alcohol and sweetness again, but the flavor profile finishes with a blast of hops. Incredible. This could almost be an imperial IPA it's so hoppy, but it's got the kind of maltiness and sweetness you just don't encounter in most DIPA's. The beer is a beautiful copper color, I don't believe I've seen anything else quite like it. The beer pours with a perfect creamy head that dissipates slowly. A beer to sip and enjoy. A consistent winner from Sierra Nevada.

Note: Recently had occasion to try two aged versions of this beer. On 5/9/09 I was fortunate enough to sample the 2002 and 1999 at Max's. Both versions had held up superbly well, with 2002 showing a bit more hoppy bitterness, coupled with ablack, bittersweet chocolate flavor. The 1999 was nearly still, with more of a soft, creamy milk chocolate flavor, but still with some noticeable hoppy bitterness on the finish. Both bottles were absolutely superb!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2007 12:56:30 | More by John_M
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Windigstadt

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy amber with a generous creamy head that slowly dissipated.
S- Spicy, grass-like hop notes initially hit your nose, earthy to the point of almost having a skunky edge (note I said almost); as hop notes fade an underlying honey-like sweetness sets in.
T- Sweet up front, with hints of honey, brown sugar, slight caramel. Low esters; slight alcohol burn. Sweetness gives way to slight grassy/herbal notes, which further give way to citrus zest. Finishes with an assertive bitterness that lingers in the back of your mouth.
M- Full but not heavy; appropriate for style.
D- It's a big beer and it drinks like one.

Overall: good example of American barleywine style, but not exceptional. I had a chance to sample 2001 vintage recently which had more well-rounded character. The '07 may benefit from cellaring as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 02:41:34 | More by Windigstadt
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a modest head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Spruce pine aroma with a bit of wood and alcohol esters

Taste: Starts out with a toasty caramel flavor that is quickly stepped on by the piney hops; after the swallow, the bitter pine flavors overwhelm everything else and cruise to the finish , where it is joined by a touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Like all Bigfoots, this is a bit raw when young; give it a few years to mellow out

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 01:35:21 | More by brentk56
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xav33

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
12 oz bottle
Released 2007, demystified 02/07
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear amber red with a large off-white or beige mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong to harsh tangy grapefruit and pineapple with light toasted bread, spruce and caramel.

Taste was upfront strong sweet barley sugar candy and caramel with moderate bitter roasted grain and spruce hops followed by a strong to harsh spruce bitterness and moderate caramel sweetness and dried autumn leaves on a long bitter finish.

Palate was softly carbonated, medium bodied, oily to creamy, strongly astringent and lightly alcoholic.

Overall, as a young barleywine style ale, it is very meticulously crafted, with an excellent balance of sweet and bitter barley taste on the palate. Still has a young feel to it, but nonetheless the paragon of a barleywine style ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 06:32:52 | More by xav33
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007

Pours deep ruby with a one-finger head creamy head. Decent head retention for the style.

The smell is a fragrant bouquet. Caramel, citrus, peppery spice.

The taste is of rich caramelish sweetness with underlying citrus and pine. The citric/piney hops soon catch up to, and edge over, the malt. Very hoppy for the style. Assertive, slightly raw, though not necessarily sharp, alcohol is present that will probably mellow with aging.

The body is full, rich and creamy.

A nice slow-sipper. A nice malt profile supported by a stong hop character. A unique, tasty, barleywine!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 01:00:39 | More by jwc215
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BradBLR

California

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

This review is for the 2007 Bigfoot.

The beer was poured a slightly reddish brown with an off white head. The head was thin, a little less than a 1/4 inch thick but stayed that way almost the entire beer with great lacing. The aroma was a sweet malty smell with a hint of cherries and a nice floral hop smell.

The taste was a sweetly bitter flavor with a good amount of hops on the back end. You could taste cherries, a sweet malt flavor, a little hint of spice, and possibly a very slight hint of orange. The mouthfeel was good, with the beer being very thick. My only slight complaint would be that the CO2 was a little too strong.

Another great edition of bigfoot, if you get a chance to have this on tap I very highly suggest you give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 19:28:04 | More by BradBLR
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copasetic

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bigfoot. I've had this one before, so I gave it a rather aggressive pour into my pint glass. This yielded a slight head that was rather coarse. The ale itself is a dark amber, approaching brown, with very little carbonation, evidenced by just a few small bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The aroma is sharp and uniformly hoppy. The malt shines through only minimally. On the first taste and all subsequent, this beer tastes very much like a double IPA. The malt character is certainly there, but it's huge counterbalance of hops takes it away from the sweetish thick maltiness that I've come to expect from barleywines. Still, it's quite good. Heavy body, but not so heavy as to force it into the "one pint per session" category.

Overall, Bigfoot is a barleywine that I appreciate. In the days of beer that pushes the limits toward thicker, heavier, and more alcoholic flavors, this remains drinkable and an entirely reasonable barleywine. I will drink this again. In fact, I'm going out to get a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 21:34:38 | More by copasetic
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ccrida

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 and 2005 vertical, 4 oz drafts, at the Lucky Labrador Barelywine fest.
I had only had this as a fresh bottle, and was not impresed. I am not a fan of bitter bombs, and the fresh bottle just obliterated my palate. I cut it some slack in my review because I figured it was made to be laid down for a few years, and after these vintage versions, I can see I was right, they were MUCH better.
Bigfoot poured slightly murky amber with a thin white surface skim of head.
The smell was all rich malt but not particularly sweet.
The taste was also rich and malty, sweeter then the smell and a bit vinous, but fades to a very hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.
The mouthfeel was good, medium bodied.
The drinkability of this was pretty good, particularly for the 04, which was much more subtle and balanced and not as bitter, really awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 21:05:54 | More by ccrida
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goochpunch

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle of the 2007.

I really have to give it to Bigfoot. This is a really beautiful beer. Rusty brown body with cascading bubbles, and off-white, nearly khaki head, and raised lacing patterns on the glass. Not many high abv beers can be described as such. In the nose I get a wealth of pine and citrus, with notes of vanilla and toasted malt. Alcohol sits in the background. When I first had Bigfoot about a year and a half ago, I thought it was over-the-top bitter, which it still kind of is, but now I can taste more than just an assault of hops. What I thought was once disgusting because of the hop character now just seems kind of all over the place with toasted malts, pine resin, and a finish that's both oily and overly sweet with a bitter that doesn't really balance out the sweet, so much as it conflicts with it. The beer is decent, for sure, but it's nothing I could get worked up over. Mouthfeel is full and mellow, but a bit slick for me. I don't have much interest in drinking this. I'd much rather an Old Foghorn or Old Ruffian for a better example of an American styled barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 05:48:04 | More by goochpunch
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003. Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

A: Very dark amber, almost brown. No head to speak of, and what there is retreats to a ring around the snifter immediately. Some lacing, though. The beer appears a bit murky. There's nothing unappealing about it, but nothing extraordinary either.

S: American hop aroma is the first thing to meet the nose, followed by ripe fruit and raisin. As it warms, there is a slight spiciness to the nose probably contributed by the alcohol but adding a nice layer of complexity. Very, very nice.

T: The nose might suggest a strong hop flavor, but the tongue instead meets fig, raisin, ripe fruit and malt. As that slowly fades, it yields to a nice driness butressed by bittering hops that manage to highlight the sweet maltiness of the first taste. Absolutely fantastic.

M: The mouthfeel is full and fairly heavy, but moderated by more carbonation than in most English versions of the style. The result is a very pleasant sensation on the tongue.

D: This is a sipper, and one is plenty. At the same time, I reach the bottom of the snifter with regret and wish I had sipped yet more slowly.

Overall: This may be the quintessential American barleywine, and it developed really nicely after 4 years in my cellar. I will drink my remaining 2003 next year, at 5 years old. This is a great American beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 01:18:13 | More by MCDuhamel
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,051 ratings.