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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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2,934 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,934
Hads: 7,078
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 384
Gots: 1,580 | FT: 76
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Reviews: 2,934 | Hads: 7,078
Photo of thetravelguy01
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a hoppy and has a somewhat sweet note. You can surely taste the alcohol in this one. I'm sure with time this beer will get better. I'm glad I purchased a number of these and can't wait to enjoy one with some age on it.

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Photo of CandleGoat
1/5  rDev -75.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tempestuous of late has been the climate, as has been my mood and palette. Subsequently, I approached this brew with a great deal of trepidation. Indeed, my caution was warranted. Removing the cap, I was met wish a noisome aroma of an intoxicating and noxious potion that would be best served to sate the throat of the damned. The putrid, caustic color belies a serum of the most unholy and wicked disposition. I cannot fathom for the life of me why anyone would want to consume something which so closely resembles the embodiment of pure, black evil. Waxing philosophical, one can only think of the bleakest nihilism while attempting to toss back a bottle of this repugnant liquid. For it is when we are out our lowest that we can shine our brightest, so to does a beer like this remind us of why we are alive, and that we should avoid this type of masochistic debauchery.

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Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ bottle. 022714. Pours a medium amber colour with a tall dense light tan head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Sweet malty aroma with pine, caramel and some bread. Medium sweetness and slightly more bitterness. Chewy, medium to full body, alcohol warmth and lingering bitterness. Goes down a treat but the 9.6% abv could do some damage. 8.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I have a little bit left in my St Bernadrdus chalice glass close to room temperature for this written review*

A- Appearance is dark orangey, copper, and a bit of red. Had a nice 2-3 finger head, but it didn't last all that long in the chalice style glass. Minimal lacing, but it had nice looking alcohol legs. Looks like a classic barleywine for sure.

S- It has dankness, and oily character from the hops. Dark fruits and citrus, sugary sweetness, and some malty, bready notes. There is a big yeasty quality to it as well. Maybe that's where this bready, almost doughy, scent is coming from. Alcohol is there in the nose. It's, in a way, very similar to a double IPA in smell. But overall, it smells like an American style barleywine.

T- This isn't too bad if you're a certified Hop Head, but the hoppy bitterness is very noticeable. Dark fruits and those classic West Coast citrus notes are there, along with the yeasty, earthy type flavors. Some toffee and caramel malts. The malts sit very well behind the alcohol and sweetness. The sweetness is almost candied like, but it's not that cloying at all. This beer finishes very dry! The flavor is pretty hoppy and sweet, with the caramel malts and hints of alcohol. I find the hoppy bitterness pleasant. But that's just me. If you like your double IPAs, you may like this.

M- This is a full and rich bodied beer. You can feel the alcohol a bit in the back of the throat, but in no way shape or form does this beer burn. The beer does coat the mouth and throat nicely. There's a slickness and heft to it I like. The mouthfeel of this would slap yo Mamma around.

Overall, it's a great beer. It is the best I've ever had? No! But this one, although I drink it rarely, is nostalgic for me. It was the first beer I ever bought that made me want to start cellaring beer. And for that, this beer will always have a special place on my shelf aging away!

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.5 Look
Pours a deep translucent amber orange with 1 finger of white head that quickly disappears but leaves a fair amount of lacing.
4 Smell
mango and peach with some sweet malts and a touch of alcohol.
4.5 Taste
Sweet malts up front with a lasting tropical mango undertone lots of bitter hops that have a long lasting aftertaste along with a touch of alcohol on the end.
4.25 Feel
Sticky and alcohol warm and long lasting. Kind of like a song that you cant get out of your head but a good song.
4.25 Overall
Wow I love this. I have limited experience with barley wines but this is already a favorite. I can Hardly Wait to see how this develops over time if i can keep my hands off what i store away. : I will definitely be buying at least 1 more 4 pack especially at a $10.00 price point. tasty tasty tasty.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2/18...pours cloudy amber, rusty, heavy white foam with high retention. Malty nose, toffee, caramel too. Taste is a puckering astringent barleywine. Heavy bitter. Sharp pine taste never lets go. People like these - I just dont.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of CycleHops
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into schooner glass.

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

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Photo of Glanzman
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of John_Wallinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of McLovinBeast57
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Brackh
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh 2015 bottle. Pours a dark copper red with a foamy head. Hot damn this smells delicious. Floral smell is overpowering. You can almost smell the alcohol too. The taste is a drop kick to your senses. Sweet up front and bitter on the back end. Big and chewy. Can't wait to start aging some of these.

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Photo of Nctide
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

She's a beauty to look at, with a copper color and a thick off-white head. The alcohol is present on both the smell and taste. The smell is a mix of floral and fruity. The taste is sweet and malty. This seems to be a decent example of the style but didn't really wow me. I had this one less than 2 months after bottling date so it will be interesting to see how it changes with some age.

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Photo of sdeese21
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 2012. Can't get past how amazing this beers smells; Floral and fruity beyond my initial expectations! Hops are subdued as one would expect and a nice heat develops at the end. Solid beer!

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Photo of timontheroad
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, reddish-Amber color. Nice two finger light tan fluffy head that left some nice lacing.
Smell: caramel, toffee, sweet malts, some piney/grassy notes as well.
Taste: Big piney flavors up front, nice malt backbone, with some sweet caramel and toffee flavors. Gettin a bit of alcohol in the taste also, but everything is nicely balanced and meshes well together. Superb!
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, creamy and luxurious.
Overall: I just can't get enough of this brew when it comes out every year, really diggin it!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at Total wine in Roseville MN.
A - Pours a reddish brown with a thci head that settle quickly.
S - An earlier reviewer said baked bread and he is right on.
T - Sweet and malty with a little bitterness at the finish.
M - Thick and chewy.
O - Very good barleywine and very drinkable. A great place to start if you are new to this style.

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Photo of oregonduck
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is impressive! So much flavor. Starts sweet like a Belgian, but finishes a bit like an IPA. A special beer, very smooth. Hides the high abv well. Would like to buy a couple more to age.

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Photo of jcance
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew. Great balance between hops and rich alcohol flavors with a silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable and deceptively sweet for the potency. Great introduction to barleywines for me, and my new favorite from Sierra Nevada. Well worth the price, even in a four pack. If I could take it overseas I would love to let some age for a few years, but something tells me customs might not be down with that. Drink it slow, and savor it, because it's very easy to put back quickly. Think Torpedo with less pungency and more sweetness, and extra smoothness. Will probably spend far more money than I honestly should on this one

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy brown-orange color with a white head. Nose is toffee, hops and alcohol. Taste follows with toffee, hops, alcohoL. A bittersweet flavor really. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a nice barleywine, my favorite so far, especially for a style I'm still getting used to.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2014 expedition bottled on 1/09/2014 and poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-amber with a slight haze and 1 finger of head

Smell: Toffee, raison, and dark fruit with with baked bread

Taste: Malt flavors of the nose combined with an earthy hop flavor that crescendos into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and slightly sticky in the finish

Overall: Such a easily attainable world class Barleywine. I really appreciate how hop-forward it is and leads to great changes with age.

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Photo of Jonada
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 3 fingers of a creamy light tan head with good retention and lacing. Body is hazy, but translucent, with some visible sediment and mild carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, spicy hops, sweet tropical fruit and an almost iced tea like character.

Taste: Sweet malt, raisins, slight roast, and again a tea like character.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes sweet with a medium lingering bitterness.

Overall: Still quite a bit of hop character and bitterness despite 2 years of age. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber honey color with a thin, one finger head. It smells sweet like toffee and honey. There is a strong hop presence on the nose as well. The flavor is heavy. Similar to the nose but with a smokiness and a heavy bitterness at the end. My favorite part if this beer is the mouthfeel. It's Very Thick and creamy.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 12oz into an IPA glass.

Look: beautiful amber caramel with a decent head.

Smell: pine, caramel, something almost lime-like.

Taste: wowza. Big, sweet malts reminiscent of an amped up marzen or something, but with a huge splash of juicy piney hops. Alcohol is present, but I think it adds rather than detracts.

Feel: fluffy, medium-thick, and dry. Quite good.

Overall: had this for the first time last year and didn't know quite what to make of it. Suffice to say, my palate has developed, and I think this is a damn fine brew. I'd put it alongside Lukcy Basartd in sheer kickassery, though this is a bit tamer.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,934 ratings.