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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

6,592 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,592
Reviews: 2,854
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,247 | FT: 52
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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Photo of chrisjws
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from my local liquor store as a single. Bottled date is 2/27/14. Consumed 12/30/14. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark red/brown, slightly cloudy. 1-2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Lacing down the glass throughout my session. Slight bits of sediment settling on the bottom of the glass.

S: Bright, piney nose upfront. Little bit of malt sweetness with caramel, but the hops dominate. Similar to what you’d expect from a barley wine, with a bit extra on the hops, as you’d expect from an american style version. Not picking up any alcohol.

T: Strong bitterness upfront, slight bitter in the aftertaste. Hoppy and piney flavors in the middle mouth. Some sweetness in the middle mouth and resin flavors.

M: Vicious yet smooth. The carbonation is present but does not press your tongue. The carbonation bites and is sustained by hoppy bitterness that lingers

O: Nice, smooth and enjoyable. Strong pronounced flavors you’d expect from an american style barley wine

Photo of JuMa44
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daveosf
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnquisssssssy
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head, which dissipated pretty quick. Colour is a gorgeous red/brown. Smell is nicely aromatic of piney hops which I assume will fade with years. It's a nice drinkable mix of syrupy prune/plum with a hop bite. There is a dry finish and the alcohol isn't evident beyond the body, and the sweetness. It's not fair to compare this to aged/ other barley wines; some of said its a good "intro to barley wines" and I wouldn't disagree; but that should not under cut how enjoyable it is as a fine balanced beer.

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

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

my first real "craft beer"...at least what got me hooked in this realm...back in 2002/2003

slightly below Old Rasputin in taste and impact

excellent hoppiness...rare for a barleywine, but oh so preferred

Photo of Harvest06
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 release, bottled about 13 months ago and cellared since purchase in March/April. Perhaps not the best thing to try and to savor after a day of Christmas "celebrating". Great beer but nothing too special. I think I would definitely prefer the barrel aged version better; since I generally like my barleywines to be a bit on the higher gravity side.

Still, a very solid beer, always a pleasure from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of CraigP83
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich red, sweet , light piney hops, mulled wine aftertaste beneath the bitterness

Photo of getatmeimevil
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First barley wine.

Exactly what I was hoping for, strong, fruity and enough hoppy bite to even out the fruit. Wonderful beer, all around.

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite barleywines

Photo of tjb27
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatGreer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage at an old beer tasting.

Photo of GarrettFM
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cj8311
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papajohn56
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sderenne
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have a 5 gallon keg of this in my kegerator and it is great. The head on this is really cool. The creamiest I have ever seen. High abv but mostly hidden from all the flavor.

Photo of Gemini6
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pete_IV
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lodisgrisen
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of elglueckert
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of InsaneBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Geegmasta
2.69/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2014, poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Pours smooth with a crimson/orange body. A very small head accumulates at the top which is stark white compared to the depth of the body. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving a ring around the glass.

Smell - Mildly sweet with hints of a hoppy character. Nothing really stands out.

Taste - Consistent hop undertone hits first and remains for the duration. Roasted malt character shines through after the first second and slowly dies out. Finishes dry and the pine hops are clinging to your tongue until the next sip. There's a bit of zest in there too, from some spicing, but I can't put my finger on it. Too much hop for my liking. No real hint at the 9.6% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with little carbonation.

Overall - I was excited to see Sierra Nevada with a barleywine styled ale. Hoping it would be along the same quality as their Narwhal stout, I brought home the 4-pack. Honestly, I'm disappointed. The hop character was too obvious and strong for my liking. There was no sweetness that I tend to be used to with barleywines. Roasted malts gave me an inkling of hope but they couldn't shine through enough due to the bitterness of the hops. Oh well, ya win some ya lose some!

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,592 ratings.