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

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93
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6,581 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,581
Reviews: 2,851
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,242 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
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 RedBeerHead
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber brown and there's hardly any head. There is a very sweet smell, fruity and hops.

Taste is likewise fruity, hoppy. There is a definite "tingle" in the mouth. Considering the higher abv, this ale is very drinkable and refreshing. Very good barley style.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany glow is gorgeous. Off white, bone colored, one finger head. Creamy looking at first, then more bubbly as it settles to a thin layer, leaving tons of lacing. This is a GREAT looking beer.

Smell is hop-dominant for sure, yet more complex than an in a IPA/DIPA; very floral and earthy. Apples and sweet raisin maltiness. Spicy.

Spicy, bitter, pine, earthy, woody hops, with a fruity touch (raisin and faint apple) and cannabis. The malt character blends in, and isn't immediately noticeable. Alcohol is a bit hot when very fresh but begins to mellow in just a few months. This is a BIG, bitter beer, and delicious if you are ready for it. It bites, but leaves you satisfied. This will mellow out nicely with some age though. A defining American Barleywine.

I went out and bought more after the first bottle.

2007 Vintage (Reviewed Aug 2008)

Not much sound when I opened the bottle, but there is still decent carbonation. Not much head formation - maybe half to a full finger, dissolving away to nothing in a couple minutes. Same color of course, but very opaque and cloudy. Aroma is full of dark fruits and still very earthy. Hops have dropped off a little bit causing a much sweeter aroma. Man the insane hoppiness of the fresh version has started to tame, but there is still plenty to go around. Defintely more balanced though. Not a whole lot of difference yet, but I can begin to see where the aging process might take this.

Photo of Bubba83
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition purchased in a six pack from Whole Foods in Cupertino, CA. Poured into a Samuel Adams tumbler at around 50 degrees.

Appearance - A nice deep amber/ruby hue with a surprisingly clean bright white head. 3 fingers of head after a semi-vigorous pour.

Smell - Perhaps the most impressive aroma of any beer I've had to date. I smell strong caramel, highlights of citrus and pine, and faint alcohol in the background.

Taste - Jesus! Is this a DIPA or a Barleywine? I have to be careful not to swish it to the back of my tongue or all I get is bitterness. Hops are mostly of a spicy character, with a little pine mixed in. The malt flavor may be hard to get to, but it's there and actually quite nice. The hops are pretty killer up front but almost cloyingly bitter on the swallow. It really is almost more of a DIPA right now though, will have to see how this one is a couple years down the line.

Mouthfeel - It's nice. It could be a little more syrupy for a smoother feel but overall it's good.

Drinkability - The alcohol presence is never really known in the taste, probably because it is well hidden from the extremely hoppy presence right now. As long as you don't let it sit on the back of your tongue very long the drinkability doesn't suffer too much from the high bitterness.

Overall - If this was a DIPA, I might be giving it a 4.5, but it's a barleywine, so where's the barley? A little out of balance, but good nonetheless and should improve down the road.

Photo of jamie2dope
1.82/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From what I understand, this years vintage has received a large amount of criticism and praise at the same time. Lets see how it turns out. Poured in to my Westmalle chalice a nice looking cherry color. Besides the color, it looks slightly dull, with not much head save for a tiny ring around the glass. Aroma is a slight improvement, with some great berry and cream characters backed by a heavy perfume of booze. Taste begins with a huge assault of hops, a bit of juicy dark fruit, then leaves on an intensely bitter note that reminds me of cheap tobacco. Aftertaste is rather unpleasant. Reminds me of the taste in my mouth after a harsh night of drinking mixed with bad cigarettes. Mouthfeel is heavy on the palate, and drinkability is lessened quite a bit by the rough aftertaste. Quite a disappointment in my book, as other years of this brew have been very enjoyable. I suspected maybe I had a poor bottle, but found the same flaws present in the second bottle I cracked open. I don't think I will be drinking the rest of my six pack at this point, so maybe I will lay a few down to see if they mature well. Simply a mess of a beer IMO. Avoid.

Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 2008 into my crystal snifter.

A - Color is a dark ruby which has the notes of both plum and also there is a light orange glow that seems to emanate from the bottom. The head poured big and then dissolved into a nice, thin layer of bubbly carbonation that sat right on top of the beer. Left some nice lacing as well.

S - the biggest smell that initially hits me is a ton of hops, which go smell like the normal piney hops that SN loves so much. also gets some sweeter fruit flavors that all seem to mix together such as candied dates, plums and even a bit of mango. There is also a big whiff of alcohol that hits the nose and seems a bit much given the ABV of this one.

T - hmm now the taste was much milder than the nose would make me think it was. first the most overpowering taste that first came over me was a sweet, almost maple syrupy, malt flavor that slowly sweep in on you. There is also a bit of the candied dates in there. As the beer warms up to near room temp, the sweeter malts and fruits flavors seem to becoming even more prevalent. Only after taking most of the sip do the hops and their contrasting bitterness come in to balance out the sweetness. After these two flavors hit you, the aftertaste is actually a very light hops presence that just hangs around for a while. I was surprised by how light the hops presence actually was.

MF - has a nice body for a BW as it is thick without being syrupy thick. i felt as if the body actually made the beer have the sweeter malt flavors dominate first instead of the hops. Idk if this is true or I'm crazy but i think if this beer was highly carbonated, the hops would hit ya hard and it would be more like a DIPA than a BW.

D - overall a very drinkable BW. This is one that doesn't really force you to slow down and enjoy it because it is not overly thick and sticky in the mouth. This is good and solid and an interesting twist given the hops presence that we always expect from SN. It is worth picking up a 6er for sure and enjoying on a quiet evening but don't expect this one to blow you away either.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from 12 oz. bottle into BMS mug. Good 3-finger head dissipates a little quickly. Nice light red-brick color. Enticing stuff.

Very strong floral hop aroma is a little soapy at first blush but otherwise very powerful and pleasant.

Deep hop backbone - more like a DIPA than a barley wine in a way. Malt and alcohol are in the background. Very very hoppy for a BW but well-balanced.

After a while the malt opens up nicely, but this is a "pucker" on the mouth from the big hop profile.

The extra-abundant hop presence makes this a bit for drinkable for a barley wine. Solid stuff.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter,

A = Red tinted dark amber, large foamy off white head, medium lacing on glass, medium carbonation with small bubbles.

S = Strong hops notes of grapefruit and pine, sweet grapefruit juice smells also show up with a malt undertone. Nice and complex.

T = Great bitters on the sides of the tongue and in the finish, grapefruit rinds, citrus hops are very upfront, but the malt backbone is also there with a good creamy mid-palate bread taste.

M = Medium to heavy bodied, perfect amount of foaming carbonation on swish, great mouthcoating.

D = A good drinking beer. Maybe a little hop-forward for the style, but still very, very good.

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

12 oz bottle, 2008

The pour is spectacular, vibrant, clear, and colored a sort of coppery amber, maybe slightly darker. The tan head is as sticky and creamy as marshmallow creme and leaves spectacular rings of lace over my glass as it (the head, and the level in my glass) slowly subsides. Esily a "5".

Nose...hmm, maybe I'm coming down with a cold...big piney hops are showcased, some earthiness, pleasant spiciness and alcohol that isn't shy. Again, maybe my nose isn't working tonite, as from experiences with previous vintages I expected more of a hops assault.

Flavor is sweet for an instant, but even before I can start to try to discern malt subtleties I am blasted by the pine and floral hops I expected earlier in the aroma. Freaking awesome! Finishes with more hops riding on the alcohol that is warming my throat but despite the fresh, oily nature of the hop profile the lingering bitterness fades sooner than I expected - I thought this one would be with me for a while with a building bitterness, but there is little to be found. This may make the beer even more dangerously drinkable for me!
Body is at best medium, carbonation fine and the beer is *just* bitter enough to slow me down to an acceptable pace. It's becoming clear why I don't keep more Bigfoot around the house - unless fresh, I would drink too much of it. Grab some!

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

Strong, piney hop aroma with strong floral notes. Some alcohol and yeast in aroma as well. Poured deep amber with reddish highlights. Moderate tan head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Flavor was an excellent mix of piney hops, alcohol, and malt (especially dark crystal malts). Some brown-sugary sweetness. Flavor definitely oriented toward hops and bitterness, but fairly well-balanced overall. Aftertaste of alcohol, hop bitterness, and dark crystal maltiness. Rich mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied. Moderately high carbonation. Warm finish.

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

2008 on tap @ Boondoggles. Pours a nice black coffee with a buck hide cream head. Big smells of piney hops and caramel malts. Head holds a nice line across the top and clings to the glass leaving a nice layered lace. Taste is fully sweet, rounded malty goodness almost overly balanced by big piney hops. Some hop fade overtime can only do great things for this one (IMO). Mouthfeel is a creamy, coating that lets the fresh hops linger on the tongue. I would give drinkablity a higher score if it wasn't so vigorously hopped... time will certainly help. Great beer.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Expedition

This one pours a tawny, hazy oragnish brown, with a rather small head that dissipates with surprising rapidity.

The aroma is big, bad, bold American northwest hops. Like sniffing a citrus fruit basket at Christmas. There is some malt in the nose, as one would expect from a 9.6% beer, but it gets lost rather easily among the forest of hop smells. There's an ever so slight whiff of alcohol in here as well, but that, too, gets buried in and among the hop aromas.

Wow, what balance in the taste! Hoppy, then malty, then bitter, then sweet, all alternating back and forth throughout the duration of the drink. Finally, the malt seems to surrender and the hops win out at the end, with a long, lingering bitterness that just won't quit. Not only does it go on and on, but it stays strong enough to make your mouth water long after you've gulped down the mouthful of beer. When it does seem to fade slightly, a quick inhale through your mouth and it all starts again. The fruity earthiness (or is it earthy fruitiness) of each drink is inviting, beggin you to take another sip. It's dangerously easy to drink this one a lot faster than the style and strength would dictate. Extremely well done, and just what I'd want a barleywine to be.

The mouthfeel is substantial, but not chewy. You don't have to work your way through this one, although you're well aware you're drinking something other than water.

Overall, this is one hell of a beer. It's big, brash, and unapologetic, yet smooth and balanced enough to make it seem acceptable in any setting, on any occasion. Simply and utterly fantastic. Bigfoot is good every year, and the 2006 is no exception. Time's running out to find any before it's gone forever, but I'd strongly recommend trying. Well worth any trouble it takes.

***

Edit for the 2008 Expedition

2008 Expedition

Poured into a wide bowl glass. Pours a nice deep amber with minimal head. Head does lace well all the way down the glass. Crystal clear. Beautiful.

Smells of hops right off the bat. Big hops. Lots of 'em, too! Hiding underneath those hops is a subtle woody aroma, with a good dark fruit scent as well. The slightest hint of metal creeps in, but so minor you have to convince yourself that's what you're smelling.

Remember the hops in the nose? The big hops and lots of them? Well they're right up front in the flavor as well. A tiny little bit of malt sweetness hits for about half a second, the BOOM! Hops! Quite bracingly bitter, with the floral flavor right on the heels of that bitterness. They don't let up, either. You get the hop flavor all the way through this one, beginning to end. I'm sure there are nice malt flavors in here, but for the time being they're in hiding, apparently afraid the hops will give them a wedgie and take their lunch money. This is aggressive, but not bad. Obviously it's a new brew, and it's designed hop-forward so the beer will balance out as it is laid down and aged, but to my taste, it's drinkable now, albeit aggressive, as I stated. This will be phenomenal in a year or two, if you can set a few back. Good now, great later -- the barleywine credo.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer of this heft. Not watery by any means, but you don't have to work at drinking this (other than to get past the hops, that is).

Yes, this one is currently a bit out of balance. It's hoppy as helland unapologetic about it. Considering this really isn't meant to be consumed now, it's hard to fault the beer for that, especially considering how drinkable it is even this far to the hoppy side of balanced. Grab a few, drink one now to measure, the cellar the rest. This one is going to get nothing but better.

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

Pours a ruby-brown hue, when put up to a lamp it reveals some fine sediment floating to and fro. Low carbonation leads to a smallish, thumb-sized head that laces together some impressive rings as each sip completes.

A woody aroma opens up to a toasty-fruitiness. The smell also reveals sourdough, french roast coffee. A tad boozy but nothing over the top.

Oily on the tounge, the taste is smoke-woody, with a heavily toasted malt. The palate is next touched with a firm hopiness; plums, raisens, pepper. The mouth is left dry and smokey. When served at a higher temperature it reveals more alcohol.

One heck of a sipping beer and an outstanding winter companion. I will certainly age a couple of these and see what happens. A nice introduction to barleywines.

Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a pretty foggy red tinged dark amber that had a tanish tight knit head form on top, the foam stuck to the glass pretty well.

S- big northwestern hops, nice malt underneath but mainly hops, citrus, piney delicious scents

T- awesome deliciousness. Big barleywine flavors, big malt bite on top which turns into a heavy hop bite. turns into a huge hoppy bite that is delicious.

M- thick and almost syrupy, which is ok for the style

D- another winning year from sierra nevada. awesome ale

Photo of boston2bburg
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 2008 and 2006 version at local beer stores today so figured I'd try them both.

2006: Pours over a finger of creamy tan head with a deep dark brownish red body. Head winds up as a thin layer, not covering the glass. Trace amounts of lacing on the sides of my snifter.

Wow what a thick aroma. Caramel and chocolate blended well with earthy, woody hops. Butterscotch also pulls through.

Taste is of sweet caramel and butter with citrus hops at the back of the throat on the finish. Hops have obviously mellowed with age. Alcohol certainly hasn't, and gives my nasal passage a nice cleansing with each sip.

Very smooth, chewy, silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable for a barleywine. Now on to the '08.

2008: Label has a brief description of the beer and mentions the "25th Expedition" of Bigfoot Barelywine. Also shows Bigfoot sitting around with two woodsmen sharing a brew. Nice. Twist-off replaced with a pop-off as with their other beers.

Color is very similar to 06 but pours with more head and lacing. Wow! Smell is almost all hops with this one, nothing like the 06. Clean fruit and flowers.

Smell translates to the taste, with more citrus hop bitterness up front but still very pleasant. It's hard to review such different beers at once, but I'll take the best qualities of each.

Mouthfeel is still very silky, maybe a bit thinner than the 06. Alcohol not quite as noticable but maybe I'm getting used to it.

Very impressive and easily the best Sierra Nevada has to offer. Also very reasonably priced, but I wish they'd produce some 22 oz. bombers.

Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Word is this is the shit. Let's see what we got. Pours mahogany with reddish hues throughout. Has a dense, fluffy 1" tan head after a hard pour. Fades fairly quickly, but leaves a nice bubbly covering across the brew with streaky lacing all around. Streaks of small bubbles persistently seek escape from the bottom of the snifter. Smells of piny, earthy, bitter hops. BIG time. Some faint esters are hiding out behind everything else. Tastes of bitter hops surrounded by a definite presence of alcohol. Underneath is an obscured sweetness. Mouth-feel is medium-bodied and dry. Not as creamy and rounded as other b-wines I've tried, which might be attributed to it's newness. I might also have served it a bit cold because after it warms up some of the edginess is gone. Got a sixer so I will age a few of em'.

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

12oz bottle.

Pretty mahongany with a big head and good lacing.

Smells very hoppy with slight floral and fruity undertones.

Up front fruitiness followed by Hoppy taste. Followed by some more hops hops. Fisnishing with a little more sweetness. Hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, about on par with any good IPA. In fact, this is very similar to a DIPA. I will let a few of these age and see what I think. Great to drink now, will probably be great later. Good for the price too.

Photo of deapokid
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A subtle and complex barleywine from a company that continues to amaze me.

Pouring a rich amber reminiscent of freshly stained wood, the Bigfoot spatters the glass with elegant lace and a bubbly complexion.

Upon first scent, it stinks of IPA with an apricot chaser, differentiating itself from the traditional strength of the breed, while still giving off a bouquet of fruity scents.

As for taste, the "quiet is the new loud" motif continues, with the flavors of citrus fruit and the warmth of a high ABV ever present. This is a pleasant surprise, since barleywines often strive for strength over taste (Blithering Idiot is the perfect example), leaving the Bigfoot in a league of its own as a soft and flavorful ale that has a "big stick," but is too confident to have to obnoxiously show it off.

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

mmm... euphoric recall... my 15th year with bigfoot... my palate/understanding has come a long way, but this one still brings me back. looks great with a reddish brown color and a cream colored head that holds fairly well and leaves great lace. nose is caramel, minute fruit and citrusy hops, as well as a bit of wildflower. taste is very well balanced meld of citrusy/piney hoppy goodness with caramelly, sweet, fruity maltiness. very nice body as well. on the lighter side of full and posessing a nice long finish that is just right in the bitter department. a little difficult to drink more than a few, but what can you expect from such a huge beer? can't wait to try next year's... thanks sierra nevada for 25 years of raising the bar.

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

A: Nice mahogany body with a good white head. Head doesn't quite last as long as I'd like but the body is crystal clear with some carbonation.

S: Nice caramel aroma with citrusy hops.

T: Good strong initial bitterness. Nice deep hop flavor, primarily citrusy with a touch of pine. Nice caramel in the background, but definitely a hop driven beer.

M & D: Good body but the bitterness detracts from the drinkability a touch.

Photo of csmiley
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper color with hints of amber. Ended up with a one half inch head with average retention and good lacing.

S - Citrus hops are primary with a sweeter caramel like smell in the background. There is also a faint hint of alcohol. Not as complex as I was expecting.

T - Hops all around on this one. Citrus hops at first. Followed by a slightly earthy hop. Followed by alot of bitterness. Now, on to the other flavors. Mostly there were hints of caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. There is a unique balance of flavors in this one that appeals to me. As it warms, the flavors seem to lose a little bit of the intensity.

M - Full bodied. Carbonation was good. Finishes DRY.

D - Drinkability is good. It is big and strong and should be enjoyed in moderation. It comes across as a great sipping beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle of the 25th expedition sierra nevada bigfoot barleywine style ale.

Pours a fantastic ruby red with a quick to form khaki head that leaves some pretty webbing on the side of the glass.

Smell is of bitter hops, rich sweet malts, some light pine scents and caramelized fruits. There is also a light alcohol twinge that tickles your nose.

The taste is an assault on the tongue. The sweet malts are fighting it out with the bitter hops while the pine and fruitiness duke it out in the background. The winner of this royal rumble is hands down the sharp hops. They leave you with an nice pucker on the tongue and a superb dryness in the mouth.

This is a fine sipping brew. I like the way it attacks your taste buds and leaves a nice lingering flavor. This is my first bigfoot ever, I can't wait to try it after some cellaring.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 version poured into a duvel glass, this was a deep amber with ruby and chestnut highlights. showed good clarity when held to the light and a creamy tan head. persistent lacing coats the glass. thick aromas of pine along with dark dried fruit and toffee. very fruitcakey nose. complex as it warms-grapefruit, a vague spiciness, and an alcohol presence noted-rum or whiskey? big, sweet bready malts interplay with an equally prominent citric hop bitterness. long, drying, spicy, and warming bitter finish. viscous and full-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. definitely a sipper and would be great with a nice cigar or by the fireplace.

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

2007 expedition.

Haven't picked up the 2008 yet, but have several 07s in the cellar, so time to refresh my memory.

Poured red/amber with 3/4" head that hung around for a while.

The nose has a sweet hops scent (a slight contradiction, but that's what MY nose told me).

Respectable carbonation, had an up-front sweetness but plenty of hop bitterness that really lingers on the tongue.

On the mark for mouthfeel and finish.

Has picked up some complexity since I last tried this in April '07 - looking forward to the '08. I'm also looking forward to a nice vertical sampling one of these days: I still have an '04 and an '05 downstairs in addition to a few more 07s. That's one of the few benefits to February in Ohio.

Guess I must have been greedy in '06...

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2008 series pours a deep reddish-brown, with small whitish head. It starts with Sierra's trademark bitterness upfront, but leaves a great floral/fruity after-taste. The smell is very impressive! The only reason for the 4.0 on the taste is I think more than 2 of these beers would be tough to do. But I would buy this beer if you want a great beer for a cold night.

Photo of pershan
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was their 2008, 25th Expedition offering. The beer poured a clear deep reddish-amber with creamy almond head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. The smell was of sweet malt, hops, and alcoholic esters. The taste was that classic Bigfoot signature of intense hop bitterness, balanced beautifully with the sweet, fruity malt background. I look forward to this release every year - a barleywine against which all other barleywines should be judged.

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