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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

6,505 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,505
Reviews: 2,824
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 293
Gots: 1,186 | FT: 49
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 fresh bottle. had it on tap, and just had a 2012 bottle.
a very deep amber in color, with a finger and half of off-white head leaving behind a bit of lacing. smells of heavy malts, caramel, bread, and grassy hops. the taste is still great fresh. lots of bitter notes with TONS of sweet malt. such a damn good beer. with one year age, all the bitterness is lost and you get some slight oxidation, but the malt profile is kicking serious ass. i think overall it could do much better with a few more years on it. glad i still have one more 2012 to cellar. i'll be saving it for at least 10 years, and hopefully pick up enough bottles to do a hell of a vertical in 2022.

full body, nicely carbonated (even the year old one had more head and still tons of carbonation!). alcohol warmth is slightly there. just a GREAT overall beer, and one of the best barleywines i've had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1/29/12 Sierra Nevada | 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine | 12oz Bottle into Harpoon 100BBL Tulip

Appearance- Glowing copper red sunburst, slight haze, off white lacy head with great retention

Aroma- malty sweetness, glazed candy, citrusy/piney hops, vanilla, hint of tobacco, burnt sugar, autumn, campfire, woody, boozey

Mouthfeel- moderate carbonation, warming, full bodied, slick, round

Taste- This one is tough to pin down, pretty complex. It starts of with a juicy malt sweetness that eases into a fat caramel center. Rounds off piney and hoppy with a nice warming sensation on the finish. As far as actual flavors go, I’m getting some bittersweet cocoa, dried fruit, pine, woody/vanilla, and malt sweetness.

Residual- Slight astringency, alcoholic warmth lingers but is not intense, bittersweet cocoa and pine, a little syrupy

Overall- It’s a complex beer worthy of praise. Very well balanced Barleywine. It’s sweet at first but the hops (and the alcohol) come in on the back half to make it an extremely worthwhile sipping beer. The flavors really come alive as it warms. Drink this one by the fire with a robe on when you’re in a pensive mood.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottles (drinking 2012 and 2013 at same time) both into Rock Art Pint Glasses

A:the 13' is much lighter cooper color while the 12' maintains that color but is mostly a darker brown chestnut color both have similar tan heads but the 12' lingers for a much longer time. The 12 is very cloudy and almost opaque while I would describe the 13' as translucent. Overall age does this well imo

S: The difference in the smells are that the 12' is a lot more malt based smells that is very nutty and less sweet then I expected. While the 13' the hops are the more dominant smell they actually smell pretty fresh too while the 12' has almost not smell of hops the malt is there in the 13' though.

T: The taste follows the nose as the 13' is extremely hoppy for a barleywine there are malt elements in there but this is almost a pale ale it is so hoppy not that I don't enjoy it just not what I expected. The 12' is more like what I expected besides being obviously more mellowed out the hops are in the background while the malt has come to the for front with a stronger presence though seems like it could use more time to develop.

M: the 12' is oily but also kind of resiny and definitely has a hop bitterness to its feel. The 13' Is way more oily and smooth goes down easier but not necessarily more drinkable. Both are not quite thin but in-between that and light syrup. The abv is basically undetectable in both which is pretty impressive.

O: Despite being overly hoppy when fresh it mellows out with age and is quite drinkable across the board. I am not a huge barleywine guy but this is my go to favorite is worth a try every year and make sure you grab enough to age. I can't wait to build my vertical up to about 8 years and really see how this thing handles over time.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,505 ratings.