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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

6,123 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 2,805
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 246
Gots: 1,052 | FT: 36
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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Krovtar

New York

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

vintage 2002 care of Malto opened August 2005
I'm a huge fan of barley wines and this has become a favorite.
Pours a beautiful cherry/mahogany reminds me a bit of the color on my Piano with a creamy sand colored head, when left undisturbed disapates and forms a small barrier to the nectare.
A sweet aroma with a hint of malt and wonderful supply of hops.
It's taste is sweet at first then the malt and hops combine and an air of pine before the door slams .
The beer has a fine body and is quite drinkable, though be wary I have had more than two of these in a sitting and this is no session beer. Bigfoot is simply a fantastic barleywine and I buy a case whenever I see it and can afford it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 19:03:20 | More by Krovtar
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

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

A: a hazy dark brown-red with a big fluffy creamy tan head. leaves alot of lacing

S: very bold. you can smell it on the pour. sweet! french toast, vanilla, bananas, and caramel with a hint of bourbon-like alcohol and pine needles

T: plums, brown sugar and earth up front with a finish of sprucey hops, wheat and lemon-pepper. very bittersweet.

M: heavy and chewy with a lively, tingling carbonation with a warming and drying finish.

Overall, this beer is big and brawny and at the same time delicate and savoring. Definitely worth your troubles.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:50:51 | More by OlRasputin989
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montageman

Michigan

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

2007 bottle. Poured into a pint glass. I just bought this last week, but I think it's only been out for about a month, so this is relatively fresh. Pours a nice red/amber color with a nice solid head that is not too big but leaves tremendous lacing and is really sticky on the side of the glass. Smell is extremely floral with a some pine and maybe even a bit of soapiness - I like it though. Taste is hops, hops, and more hops with some grapefruit rind in the finish (there's an initial sweetness that gets slaughtered quickly by the hoppiness). Some aging would definitely tone this down. Mouthfeel is nice, almost chewy - the carbonation lends a nice crispness. Even though this is super hoppy, it is quite drinkable as a sipping beer. This is one to be savored. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 03:44:35 | More by montageman
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok, I have to make a disclaimer here. I have never been a big fan of Barleywine. First, because it doesnt sound like a beer, but instead a wine and secondly, its always had too much malt for me without any crispness. That being said.

I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada brews. I did enjoy this barley wine. While the malt was high, it didnt hit me in the face like a ton of bricks. There was no crispness, but the body style left me with a lot of beer in my mouth. And that was good.

This makes me want to adventure out and try some more barely wines

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:47:01 | More by rdilauro
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BernieBones

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Barleywine. Being a novice in the beer world, I immediately checked the barleywine wikipedia page after bringing a 4-pack of this character home. Upon pouring a glass, I notice an incredibly vibrant amber, almost red hue. While incredibly vibrant, it also sports an apparent cloudiness to it's texture. A short, creamy and frothy head sits on top of the beer like a autumn cloud at sunset.
Taking a close whiff, I catch an overwhelming sense of the outdoors; a very strong hint of pine, with an overall floral aroma. Tasting the ale, I first notice its incredulous sparkling sweetness, which follows with a bitter, almost grapefruity tang to the palette. I feel my sinuses open from its spicy bitterness and what lingers after is a very minuscule hint of wheat, as well as a strong sense of centennial/chinook hops.
Overall, this is probably both one of the most unique ale's I've yet to try, as well as the most bitter. The bitterness was actually a bit overwhelming during my first exposure, but I've accommodated it as part of this ale's unique character. This is definitely a strong beer. Boasting a 9.6% abv, this is definitely something you'll want to relish in gradually if you wish to enjoy it's character. What I was a bit skeptical of at first, is now one of my favorites from the folks over at Sierra Nevada. I definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 05:43:22 | More by BernieBones
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happilyhopped

Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle of 2014 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, Opened on 1/15/14

A - A nice caramel color when held up to the light that gives way to red hues as you take the glass away from the light. A nice head with some solid lacing. Although i swirl the glass a bunch so i have no idea about the retention of the lacing.

S - A ton of the hops hit your nose like a brick when you first smell. Also some grape leaves and white pepper, probably from the hops as well. I'm not getting much of the malt at all on the nose, but do get some of the alcohol.

T - When I first sip this beer i get all the carmel and sweetness of the malt immediately, but only for a second before the intense spicy, bitterness from the hops kicks in. But after the initial smack in the face from the hops, the caramel sweetness returns with a little bit of baker's chocolate in there as well. Also getting some lingering heat from the alcohol.

M - Solid mouthfeel. Not too syrupy like some barleywines, although i would prefer a little less carbonation in this beer considering all the flavor it has. Sometimes i feel that too many bubbles take away from some the the flavors.

O - Overall i like this beer, and if you are a person that likes an intense hop character in their beer, then drink this fresh. I am going to cellar the rest of these for a while hoping that some of the hop intensity fades so i can get even more of the malt backbone in this beer.

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12oz Bottle of 2008 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, Opened on 2/9/14

**I opened this beer side by side with a 2014 edition to see how time in the cellar effects the beer**

A - The beer is still a caramel/brownish kind of color, but is much more cloudy and murky than the 2014. It also is a bit more brown than the 2014, which has more orange and red on the peripheries of the glass when held up to the light. Almost no head on the pour, but the bubbles are noticeably more orangey brown than the 2014 which has whiter bubbles.

S - The smell is incredibly different then the 2014. Tons of malt and caramel on the nose right away. Almost like a milk chocolate kind of smell. None of the hop aroma comes through and no strong alcohol flavor like the fresh version. This smells amazing.

T - A really hearty bread taste right away, like eating saltless tuscan bread. Also getting a flavor similar to blue cheese stuffed dates that combines very well with the bread taste. But after that there is still a bunch of the hop bitterness working through. Surprised how much of the hoppy bitterness is still on this beer after 6 years in the bottle. But i like hops so this isn't a bad thing.

M - A bit more syrupy than the fresh version which is expected, but still not as much as some english style barleywines. The over carbonation that i didn't care for as much on the fresh version is gone and there is the perfect amount for my liking so you can smell and taste everything in the beer.

O - I definitely prefer the aged version to the fresh version. Both are good in their own right, but I love the front end flavors on this beer so much more than the fresh one and i prefer the slightly less carbonation too. So much richer and more developed than the fresh version. Still think the beer would be good with more years on it, but it is delicious now if you have any and were wondering.

2008 Rating:
A: 4.25
S: 4.75
T: 4.75
M: 4.25
O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:14:02 | More by happilyhopped
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SteelSaw

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours with a nice one finger white head that dissipates to a thin film. It pours a dark amber color with perhaps slight ruby-ish tints when held to light. Not much light passes through.

Smell- My nose is still in training. It has a very stong hop smell.

Taste- Has a nice sweetness up front towards then tip of my tongue. Middle has a good ale taste slightly reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard. Then a semi strong hit of bitterness near the middle/back of my tongue. For a 9% it really does not taste boozy, and drinks quite smooth.

Mouthfeel- Quite nice. Gets a creamy, medium bodied texture as it passes over the tongue.

Overall- This is a great beer. I am not a huge fan of bitter beers. However this one is nicely balanced and I recommend trying it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:31:11 | More by SteelSaw
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer, poured into a snifter, was a deep copper color. It possessed a nice white fluffy head that left lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - I smell hops. The aroma leans on the grassier side of hops, but there is some degree of citrus. There is also a hint of earthiness to the aroma.

Taste - In the initial taste, I sense sweet malt, caramel, and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Then the hops take over. The grassy, citrus hops begin the burn of hop assault that warms the back of the throat almost instantaneously. To a modest degree, candy-like sweetness carries throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel - The staying power on this one is pretty special. The thickness allows a lingering of the tongue bruising hops. Nicely done.

Overall - This might be my favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. It is well balanced, and has nuisance that go beyond being a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 02:09:24 | More by JohnnyHopps
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The cap as presented, sucks...however, turn to the inside and an image of a yeti sitting with two campers, having a beer by a campfire; nice touch!
Appearance - red, bubbly carbonation; big, thick creamy white head! Lacing is fantastic!
Smell - the only downer of this brew, but not bad. More hop forward in the nose, with a tame malt presence.
Taste - very flavorful; the ABV is very well hidden in this brew!
Feel - complex, and well balanced. Bitter hops, sweet malts and a very faint presence of warming alcohol!
Overall - Another terrific offering from Sierra Nevada; lower on my list of SN brews, but hanging with very good company!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 04:50:22 | More by DenverHopHead
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Label says Bigfoot 2008.

A: Dark coppery color, clear. Very thin head - more of a light layer of uneven off-white bubbles. Lacing all the way through the experience. Attractive looking beer overall.

S: Seems to be a rather strong citrus hop aroma on top of a medium sweet malt smell. Not sure what the taste will bring as the label describes this as a 'barleywine'. I would expect a softer malt nose. The aroma of this reminds me more of an IPA.

T: Quite malty but truly balanced with hops, by which I mean there is a lot of both that assault the palate at once. I definitely get a clear presence of alcohol as well but only after the initial flavors go by. Rather warming on its way down. The finish is a little different as it seems like the hop bitterness is battling the malt sweetness for position on the linger, with the bitterness winning the fight.

M&D: Very heavy but not thick; leaves an almost oily feel in the mouth. Not sure if it's from all the hops or from the ABV. Not unpleasant either way but worth noting. The carbonation is relatively light but stayed persistent throughout the glass. Fairly tasty if you are a hop head but I don't know that I would recommend it to my hop-challenged buddies. I liked though. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 02:13:30 | More by SIRIUS2
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mtyrrell

Delaware

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

Delivered to my local store today. Fresh out of a brand new 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- A very nice dark amber ruby color, small off white tan head that receded fairly quickly and left a ring around the glass and lacing.

S- Smells very hoppy with fruit - maybe some pineapple, maybe some grapefruit or darker fruits. The smell on this one reminds me of an IPA

T- Starts sweet, maybe from the fruity hops, maybe from the caramel malts, at first, but it is quickly overpowered by a hoppy bitterness. This bitterness stays with, with an afterbite of alcohol

M- Smooth, good carbonation

D- A very hoppy BW. As I'm drinking it, the bitterness calms down as it warms. overall, a great brew I cant wait to taste this one later on down the road

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 05:34:23 | More by mtyrrell
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magictrokini

California

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

Tastes nothing like other Sierra Nevada brews. Dark ruby pour with an oily ring for a head. Dense aroma of alcohol with hops and caramel. Viscous, oily mouthfeel. Pine, wood, and resin with alcohol and some malt in the taste. Good barleywine-style beer, almost up to Stone's Old Guardian and AleSmith's Old Numbskull.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:47:24 | More by magictrokini
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kingjames1

South Carolina

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

I decided to try this again after my previous dismal review. Surely SN's barleywine isn't THAT bad. Maybe my bottle was funky. Maybe I was off.

I tried it again, and, I wasn't too surprised to discover that the taste was far smoother than I had previously experienced. Rich malts showed up. Yes the hops jump up and smack you, but this time, I don't mind the smack! Lovely barleywine and I can't wait to enjoy this further down the line, letting the 2005 continue to improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 04:33:41 | More by kingjames1
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FlyingRabbit

Maryland

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

Fantastic pour from a bottle. This is the 2010 seasonal variety. The first thing I noticed was the color, which is a very dark reddish amber. Its probably one of the better looking beers I've seen in awhile. But, as we all know looks are only a fraction of the package. The smell is somewhat sweet, but also a bitterness that definitely comes from the hops. Taste-wise this was just as I've read from previous reviewers--grapefruit hops, with an undertone of sweetness. This one stays on the tongue for a little, and it goes down very smoothly. A bit too smoothly for a nearly 10 ABV :)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:43:12 | More by FlyingRabbit
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

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

---Fresh vintage---

12oz bottle, served in an Ommegang chalice...2010 vintage

A - poured half an inch of very tight and frothy light khaki colored foam, barely fit the entire bottle in the glass. falling down very slowly, leaving spotty lacing all over. the beer is a hazy ruby color.

S - hops! as a hop-head with only minor interest in barleywines...this is right up my alley. pungent citrus and pine met by a massive amount of sweet caramel malts. minor notes of fruits...raisins, cherry...pine and orange rind, vanilla, tobacco.

T - huge malt bomb...sweetness but also slightly bittering, accented by solid amount of hops, insanely earthy, grassy, pine...typical barleywine notes of tobacco, alcohol. have had this vintaged all the way back to 2003 and while complex and delicious then, i love the hop-forward presence of fresh Bigfoot.

M - carbonation is a bit on the hot side, but works well with the boldness everywhere else. medium bodied and syrupy...but not overdone. creamy, coats the mouth.

D - definitely in my top 5, maybe my favorite barleywine....love the hops when fresh, but it does age nicely. bought a case to sit on and sip through a few years, easily a great investment. quite bold when fresh, and loving it.

---6 mo. old---

No change in A, slightly dulled hop presence in the scent. At an almost unpleasant awkward stage where hops are oxidized. Rough as of now.

---1yr old---

Sweetness coming through much more now. Hops are still present and slightly oxidized, though it is melding much better. Alcohol maybe kicked down a notch as well. Getting there.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:12:42 | More by Stigs
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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

Reddish brown in color with a brown head.
Nice aroma. Citrusy hops jump out at you with roasted malts and a fruity character in the background.

Sweet roasted malts up front followed by citrusy hops middle to end. Has a fruitiness to the flavor. Aggresively hopped; they make their presence well known. Finishes pretty good as the alcohol seems to be fairly well hidden for a barleywine.

Good, creamy mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.
Overall a good beer with a huge malt and hops profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 10:42:44 | More by PhantomVodoo
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BeerZack

North Carolina

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

Deep mahogany, cloudy with a fluffy cream colored head that hangs around awhile.

Sweet malt taste that gets devoured by the bitter finish that will leave your taste buds tingling in the afterglow of each sip. Fig, maple syrup, pine, apricot.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, has the same feel as a nitro can beer almost.

This beer seems balanced and light enough to be a double IPA, rather than a barleywine really... personally I'd rather drink this than a Hercules Double IPA or maybe even a Maharaja...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 23:01:33 | More by BeerZack
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jamespub

Missouri

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

Poured at 45* into a newcastle glass

A- Dark amber with a reddish hue. Pours with a creamy, one-finger head that slowly fades and leaves copious lacing. a mesmerizing brew.

S- Pine hops and malt. The smell is nice, but doesn't do the flavor justification.

T- Huge beer. This is one of the most flavor-packed beers I have ever drank. Lots of malt that is smacked down by a huge hop bitterness. There are few beers that rival the bitterness of fresh Bigfoot in my book. Pine hops and a sweet berry-like malt flavor round out the taste. The bitterness lingers.

M- smooth and refreshing. alcohol is faint, hop bite is dry and sticks to the back of the tongue.

O- just a great beer all around. it has become a staple in the fridge (during release times) and can be drank during hot or cold weather, which makes it particularly appealing in the state of Missouri...where you never know what weather will hit you. But keep in mind, this isn't for the faint of heart. If you have never had a barleywine, don't let the name fool you. This beer will kick you in the Fallopian tubes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 18:36:38 | More by jamespub
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hdofu

Maryland

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

I don't think Sierra Nevada brew anything that isn't hop-slovsive which is a good thing. This beer pours copper with a huge beige head. It smells like a hoppy beer. In its first taste is a noticable spicyness that has a finishing flavor of hoppy bitter bliss. Its remarkeble given it's almost 10% ABV there is no noticeable burn (which is interesting in a beer like this, the ones in the 20 range that don't burn are frightening). I could down a couple of these no problem, in fact I did last night.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:55:27 | More by hdofu
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

2011 Vintage! Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine resin, big pine hops, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, big pine, big pine hops, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. I know this one gets hyped up a lot about older vintages and such, and now I can see why... Even fresh this brew is excellent. I can see it really coming to life after a few years. For right now the alcohol was a bit intrusive on the palate during the followthrough. If you like pine notes, this is for you fresh. The pine aspect in this one was HUGE. A definite must try, aged or fresh, for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 12:09:18 | More by thagr81us
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richj1970

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. 2014 release.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany brown with a two finger off white head that left significant sticky lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts combined with a huge hops assault. Perhaps a whiff of toffee.

T: Biscuit, caramel, toffee mixed with bitter piney resin.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Just a bit sweet on the tongue, but a bit dry in the finish.

O: Very solid barleywine. The flavors developed nicely as it warmed. Looking forward to aging a couple for a bit to see how it evolves.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:25:57 | More by richj1970
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cheers2beers

Texas

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

Served into a snifter:
2006 version

Appearance: A dark amber with a bright ruby tint when held to the light. The tanish rocky head grew to an extreme magnitude(it almost peaked my glasses limit) Lots of laceing can be found. Even a lone column of bead is noticed.

Smell: Huge hop character. Huge, sweet, caramel and raisin malts,and a huge alcohol are all clustered into the aromas to create a most splendid delight.

Taste: The flavors are vigorously potent. Hops are very strong in this barley wine. Not bad, just seems like its border line of being to many IBU's. I think the sweetened fruity malts helps counter act the,almost overpowering hops. And of course it is hard to hide the almost 10% alcohol. A very nice combination,each one of these three seem to keep the other in check.

Mouthfeel: The feel is oily and slick. Medium carbonation. Leaves a sweet caramel and alcoholic aftertaste.

Drinkability: A very quaffable drink indeed, but I can speak from past experience that if you let this beer warm up to much it will become very cloying.(In my own opinion,of course.) I can definitely say that I will purchase this again. It is a great Barley wine and I would recommend this to anyone as a must try. Ageing might be a good idea.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 21:15:54 | More by cheers2beers
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jegross2

Illinois

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

Reviewing the Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Score: 92

2012 vintage bottle. Bottling code is "1364212:37." Served in a Great Lakes snifter and enjoyed on 02/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark, translucent mahogany color with a finger of "dirty" tan sea foam head that settles into ring around the glass and thin splotchy coating atop 80% of the glass. Excellent lacing at first, but that quality seems to dissipate some as the beer warms. 4/5

Smell: First pull is a sweet and sappy "piney hops" aroma mixed with fresh and "sticky" citrus. Smooth caramel, creamy malt, and complementary alcohol esters are also present in the nose. The aroma is much more reminisce of a IIPA/DIPA than a barleywine. A very modest amount of "stout-like" dark fruit and toasted maltiness comes out in the aroma as the beer warms. 4.5/5

Taste: The first sips leaves me with the distinct impression of malty grapefruit and hops -- though not in the sense a stale IPA. A mellow piney and citrus IPA-like bitter hops flavor is counterbalanced by a creamy caramel maltiness and moderate alcohol flavor/alcohol warming effect. Toasted grains and a little sugary-sweet dark malt on the midpalate. Not detecting any of the "dark fruit" I detected in the aroma on the palate. A sweet barley maltiness grows in the finish as the beer layers, overshadowing the citrus. The bitterness never dissipates, however. The level of alcohol flavor present in the back end of the flavor also grows as it warms. At first, this beer tastes a lot like a mellowed out and slightly boozy single IPA -- much more so than the typical barleywine. As the beer warms and layers, however, it becomes more barleywine-like with malty sweetness. Bigfoot reminds me a lot of the recently released New Glarus Thumbprint Barleywine. The finish is bitter, slightly grainy and malty-sweet. Flavors of caramel, barley and bitter citrus linger. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, malty and creamy. Finish is bitter and malty, mixed with some alcohol. 4.5/5

Overall: An excellent example of what a non-barrel aged barleywine can be, though I suppose this is more a "barleywine styled ale" than a real barleywine. As someone who does not like most barleywines (e.g., the Y2K I recently reviewed), I always enjoy stumbling across the DIPA-like barleywines such as Behemoth. I cannot wait to see how this one ages.

Recommendation: I would highly recommend this beer to hops fans and fans of bitterer beers. Casual beer drinks will probably not enjoy the stark bitterness of this one.

Pairings: French vanilla ice cream

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:35:21 | More by jegross2
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cptnspeed1

Wisconsin

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

2010 Vintage poured at about 45 degrees. Served in a tulip/snifter hybrid.

A: The amber color of hardened tree sap (think Jurassic Park when they extract the blood from the mosquito). A fairly aggressive pour leaves about an inch of faintly tan and thick head.

S: Hops are still there. The sticky, resiny kind. Just like the pine forests that Bigfoot roams. Caramel and brown sugar with a hint of booze hide behind the hops.

T: I get the resiny hops with a punch of bitter in the front with a dank hops and medium bodied malt finish. Theres some butterscotch/caramel in the middle. A hint of licorice lingers from the middle to the finish.

M: Not as smooth as I would like my barleywines (even the hoppy ones) but that is a trademark of Bigfoot. A couple years in the cellar would probably cure it, but then again, there are plenty that come smooth from the bottle on day 1.

O: Big points for value. Its something I love about a lot of Wisconsin beers. The same quality beer some place sells for $20 a bomber is available for $2-$3 a bottle. It makes you wonder a little. I was able to get this 6 pack in a grocery store for $7.99. Now that is something I can get behind. Well done SN.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 04:15:19 | More by cptnspeed1
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carln26

Missouri

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

Bright copper to amber color, very clear, with a thick, creamy white head. This is a snowdrift of a head that lazes casually against the side of the glass. All hops in the nose with a complex layer of hop flower, pine and grapefruit hitting you. The taste has more of a grassy character, followed by the pine. Malt comes through more in the form of caramel. This is followed by an immediate alcohol warming. Very nice rich mouth feel, slightly slick. The alcohol would keep it from being a session beer, but it’s surprisingly drinkable.
Like many people Bigfoot was the 1st Barleywine I had the opportunity to try. I still hold it as a standard to measure others against, and enjoy this beer year after year.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 01:27:58 | More by carln26
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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