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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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6,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,207
Reviews: 2,808
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 257
Gots: 1,080 | 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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Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

2.4/5  rDev -42.2%

2009 vintage poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

A--Pours up an auburn-like reddish brown with a thin fingernail of creme colored head that dies quickly to skim. Nice spidwereb, though, on the surface that does lace a bit.

S--Umm, like an IPA? Orange, grapefruit, and pine. Maybe some candied cherries wafting up from the malt but the sweeter notes that should be rising and making for a fruit cocktail in my nostrils just aren't there. This may just be too young.

T--Umm, again--like an IPA with too much malt in it? Sorry to be repetitive,, but this is kinda boring. It's just hops, hops, hops, tons of bitter resinous pine and citrus in the beginning, middle, and end of the flavor profile. Some malt does sneak into the middle in the form of cognac-soaked raisins, which is nice, but why should the malt have to go creepin? This is a barleywine, fer Chrissakes. Just an overload of hops IMO, without anything earthy, medicinal, or a variety of dark fruits to open up on the palate. Instead you gotta dig for complexity, and not much turns up, at least fresh.

M&D--Sierra Nevada never disappoints me on the mouthfeel, and this one is no exception, as it's pure creamy heaven. The drinkability in my eyes is terrible, however, as this to me tastes like liquid heartburn.

Hopheads rejoice! Anyone who thinks MORE MORE MORE doesn't equal better better better, well....you might want to lay off this one. Or lay it down for a year or two. Lemme know how it goes, as I won't be buying any more of this.

02-23-2009 22:32:00 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of semihobo


2.48/5  rDev -40.2%

Bigfoot 2005 Expedition. This got aged in mixed conditions, but I wanted to let it sit, since the consensus was that it would mellow out after a year. My 2nd American Barleywine, I didn't like Old Horizontal much but I figured I'd take another shot.

Opened the bottle and thought I'd spilled paint thinner. Eesh! A clear, dark red / mahogany brown that looks like it means business. Lousy head retention.

Smells like hops. What an understatement. oooof hop oils and alcohol are the nose. Oily and resinous, bitter scent, no florals or citrus, more on the pine side. Maybe a hint of sweetness from malts but who knows, the hops have all the power here.

Tastes of dark, burnt, molasses hops. Lots of burned sugar/caramel. Very oily. The hops mask the alcohol well, at least. Fairly sweet and malty backbone, making this hop bomb different than a DIPA. Hops are all the way on the bittering side. Hints of raisins and liquor. 5 lbs of hops and a long island iced tea in a pint glass, almost.

Mouthfeel is thick, resiny, syrupy. Low carbonation. Aftertaste of hops is biting and leaves a slick on the tongue.

Tough to get through one of these. There is a major lack of balance and the alcohol is needlessly high. It's fine that Sierra Nevada was going for that, and I like pushing the envelope, but it isn't fun to drink and it doesn't taste that good.

This one is just for the hopheads ... I drank it at 55 degrees or so, if you aren't a hophead maybe chill it a little more to subdue the flavor -- some really nasty metallic off flavors came out as I drank it. My score would have been much lower had I not been rating within the style.

05-24-2006 01:42:32 | More by semihobo
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

07-11-2014 20:35:19 | More by KG12
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

03-26-2014 23:44:55 | More by vma
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

04-21-2013 14:14:53 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-26-2013 01:39:08 | More by Slickyinc
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

05-31-2013 21:30:43 | More by ohyayitstrey
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-07-2012 19:57:51 | More by stimblin
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

06-02-2013 04:25:04 | More by MortalKombat14
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-26-2012 01:47:50 | More by thatdavegy
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

10-07-2013 02:53:27 | More by mquartuccio87
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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

08-19-2013 23:20:32 | More by kevrice88
Photo of psyco1


2.53/5  rDev -39%

This was an '04
It pours a dark red-brown with a tan head, almost like a brown ale.

The smell's just too darn hoppy for me.

The taste was similar to the smell. Hops with sweet and a lot of bitter. Reminded me of some soap I've tasted.

Ok, there's a substantial feel to it, more full than most beers.

I could only drink about half of one.Maybe barleywines aren't for me. I'll hide away the rest of the six for a year and see what that does for it.

04-19-2004 00:17:59 | More by psyco1
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -39%

12oz single obtained for $2.75 at The Beer Store in Nashua, NH. 2013 vintage so this is pretty fresh, feels like I'm robbing the cradle. Code 3004217:53. Served cold in a tulip.

A: Hard pour gives 3/4" of dense orange-tan head, looks like a memory foam mattress. Bright clear cherry red brew.

S: Bright candy sweetness. Just a little mixed hop aroma. Not a whole lot going on in the nose while cold. Maybe it'll wake up as it warms. *later* The only new thing I'm getting now is hot solventy alcohol. Or maybe that's just me smelling my own breath.

T: Gigantic peppery alcohol easily overwhelms everything else, very disappointing. This REALLY needs some age to smooth it out. Hard to get much more than that out of it, it's completely dominated by EtOH solventy heat from start to finish.

M: Moderate viscosity but finishes very dry from the alcohol. Soft carbonation.

O: I hate to rate it this poorly, but I calls 'em like I sees 'em and therefore I have no choice. I've had other vintages and it's been a good brew, but this one is just not enjoyable. Don't drink it young.

03-04-2013 03:56:17 | More by BeerNinja007
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2.55/5  rDev -38.6%

2011 version.

Poured into a goblet.

I'm going to agree with a few other reviews here and keep it short. This beer tastes a lot more like a Strong Ale or an IPA. There's not too much wine presence here at all. In the taste, in the mouthfeel, in the smell. Getting a lot of hops. If you're looking for a good example of the style, look elsewhere.

All in all, beer is drinkable, but not very barleywineish. A few people have told me this beer is awesome aged a few years, I might have to give that a try, but not impressed right now.

02-07-2011 03:11:12 | More by Gunslinger711
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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