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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,029
Ratings:
7,423
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 3,029 | Ratings: 7,423
Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is comfort food on a cold, winter day. pours ruby red with a touch of lacing. definitely piney notes, and some citrus. mouth has just a touch of lingering bitterness to it, but it's ok. moderate carbonation, but a bit syrupy.

this one does the trick.

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Photo of Terp96
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good American barleywine. Pours a ruby red with not much head or lacing. Smell is off sweet caramel malt, tobacco and piney hops. Tastes of spicey, piney hops and roasted caramel, molasses but not overly sweet. Slight alcohol burn lingers on the tongu and throat. Really well done year after year.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle packaged 12/08/16,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin off white head that does not last very long.Light brown / ruby red in color,with distorted light showing through the glass.Light amounts of carbonation.

On the nose I am getting alot of sweet malts,and fruity citrus hops.Getting some caramel notes as well.

The palate follows the nose with sweet malts,and a strong dose of bitter hops.Also getting a little bit of caramel and alcohol.The alcohol is not that intense,but definitely there.

The body is thin with a dry finish,and slight alcohol warming.

This is a pretty good beer.Not really my style,but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of jcMPLS
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Bigfoot. Really glad to see this back in 6-pack format! This is everything a non-barrel aged American Barleywine should be. It is tasting just like you would expect, but nice and hoppy since it was just bottled a month ago.

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Photo of atr2605
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a reddish amber color with an ff white head with good retention and nice lacing
S-tons off toffee, dry biscuit, molasses, prunes
T-toffee, roasted coffee, caramel, more dry biscuit, resiny pine finish
M-medium-feel bodied and smooth
O-big, bold, complex brew that is great to sip on. excellent example of the style

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Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great barleywine, no punches pulled here, no softening of the edges for the faint of heart, just a big, bold blasts of tobacco, dried fruit, molasses, and a whiff of smoke. The booze and hops are there, but they don't dominate, nor prohibit all the preceding notes from getting their share of the fun. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada 'Bigfoot Ale' @ 9.6% , 2015 vintage served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $4
A-pour is amber fom the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small beige head leaving a spotty lace along the snifter
S-malt more than PNW hops
T-complex intial taste , sweet start , bitter finish
MF-ok/decent carbonation , full body
Ov-good beer , needs to be cellared
prost LampertLand

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/11/14; drank 12/14/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange/red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Caramel, grapefruit & stale hop notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel & grapefruit flavors up front; dry leather, stale hops & faint booze heat notes on the finish. Cloying, dry & tough to enjoy; yet another argument to abolish the American barleywine.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

**
10/28/16

Bottle (12/11/14) to snifter.

LOOK: medium brown, Big off white head fades slowly to lacing.

AROMA: wood, brandy, apple,

TASTE: wood, ash, bread, yeast, touch of smoke, charred malt.

FEEL: Pretty creamy, medium to full bodied. Chemical warming late, more so as it physically warms.

Right there, but not quite as smooth as I would like.

**

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

Ruby amber and mostly hazy with a dust storm of sediment in the middle of the glass. Topped with 2 fingers of beige head. Nice, layered lacing.

Creme brulee, citrusy hop cones, sweet and syrupy, like brown rice syrup. Light toasted notes.

Creme brulee, toasted notes, a solid sweetness, complex toasted notes, sometimes wafting in like the smoke from a camp fire. There are hints of hops which have fallen off, clean linen, and definite alcohol presence. Theres that sort of stinky foot I often find in barley wines as well.

Thick and syrupy body, surprisingly foamy and smooth carbonation.

Left a little long at 2 years, I wish to try this one fresh. Up to par for sure in the style, just not getting the hops. I left it in the cottage cabinet for 2 years in my parents basement, drinking it on arrival for my first time in 2 years in Canada. 2014 Bottle, drank Sept 21st 2016 .

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a beautiful dark orange red with a billowing three finger head of khaki foam.

Smell: Dry dark red fruits like dates and raisins. Raspberries and cherries. Rich caramel malt. Orange pith and huge notes of pine resin. Notes of cotton candy.

Taste: Hard to describe. Very astringent with notes of bitter pine sap and grapefruit upfront. The sweetness of the malt slowly creeps in - it's quite savory and chewy. Gradually the flavors of dark red fruits set in, revealing notes of strawberry, sugarplums and raisins. There's a delicious maple syrup/brown sugar presence too.

Feel: Medium with light carbonation. Alcoholic.

Overall: This isn't my go to style of beer, so take my rating with a grain of salt, but I do enjoy a nice Barleywine from time to time. This one makes for a good beer to slowly sip and savor over the course of an evening.

On a side note, the barrel aged version is infinitely better. The time spent in the barrel rounding out some of the harsh edges and really elevating a "great" beer to the rank of "world class".

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Photo of Jraiona
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle packaged 1/6/16 poured into a Nordic. Presented a deep copper color with a very full frothy head which lingered for some time. The aroma was of hop with some underlying fruity/sweet notes along with some booziness. The taste was abundantly hoppy but with a surprising sweetness on the back end. In spite of its higher ABV it did not come across as being overly boozy and to me had a silk like mouthfeel. Another winner from SN.

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Beautiful brown amber with a frothy finger in cream colored head
S: Pear, faint sweetness
T: Complex layers of sweet malts backed up with a healthy dose of hop bitterness
F: Smooth full bodied beer
O: Great barleywine.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is very fruity on this one. I get pear, apple, grape, raspberry. The smell is very pleasant.
The taste is similar to the smell, you get I very strong fruity taste to it and a boozy after taste.
I'm gonna let the rest of this 4 pack sit and try them after they have aged a bit longer. O1/2016 pckg date

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Photo of Riff
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a shaker glass. Color is a milk chocolate brown with a tan head about a finger thick. Smells of blackstrap molasses and oranges. Taste has a bitterness throughout it, malt up, reminiscent of rye 'n' injun bread (corn and rye bread made with molasses), fades into orange zest and brown sugar. Finish lingers for a while on the tongue. Medium to full body beer, thick and creamy that easily rolls about the tongue. This is just some downright good stuff.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first barley wine review (from 2013), at first look and whiff, a dubbel comes to mind. Malt is more prevalent though, some dried fruit, slightly metallic finish. This is a sensory delight, a lot going on here. Enjoying this immensely.

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Photo of erk0607
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, copper orange with a decent head that lingers for a minute or two, then turns to lacing and floats like a slick on top.
Smell:Oranges and strawberries, sugar, hops
Taste: Strong malt presence and hop bitterness. Not quite DIPA, but it conjures up many of the same taste attributes. Red berries and citrus zest, along with a bit of citrus peel bitterness.
Feel: Slick. Heavy. Smoot. Almost creamy. Definitely let this one warm up. Very fine carbonation.
Overall: Not an overbearing alcohol presence although you get some heat. It's a slow sipper that packs a ton of flavor. Would I get again? Probably not, but if I were given one, I'd have no qualms about having another.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a perfect dark brown with a two finger light brown head. About the nicest color I've seen. I understand why this beer is rated so high; in its class it's excellent. I'm just not a huge fan of the style. Still, I recognize its probably great in its class.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with a murky complexion. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. The aroma is a massive dose of sweet malt with notes of fog and dates. I taste a massive wallop of sweet malt with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouth was chewy, thick, any d warm with alcohol. This was a 2013 edition.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage

Appearance - Pours a copper with three fingers of foamy tan head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, citrus and piney hops, hint of pine resin, hint of grapefruit peel, and hint of soapiness.

Taste - Bready caramel malts followed by the bitter citrus and piney hops. The hint of pine resin, grapefruit peel, and soapiness finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - A stellar American Barleywine that showcase the hops very well. The malts act as a nice supporting cast to the brew. An enjoyable brew from the folks at Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a 2015 vintage drank on May 26, 2016

While not a fan of barleywine style ales in particular, this was a very enjoyable beer. The color is a shiny copper and it keeps a flavorful head throughout the drinking time. While I prefer stouts and am not likely to seek this out again, I am interested in seeing how the rest of the bottles age.

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

I'm not a fan of this style generally, but I couldn't pass up on a 2014 bottle of this I found in a bottle shop. Body is a reddish mahogany color with a rocky, off-white head. Not much lacing or head retention here but I wouldn't expect that from a higher alcohol beer. Smells like over ripe fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is super complex, I actually had some taste bud fatigue afterwards. Lots of dark fruit (raisins, plums), very rich caramel, wood, smoke, chocolate, leather...it's also much hoppier than I thought it would be, although I imagine some of that's faded by now. Getting some resinous and citrus type bitterness. It's overall extremely sweet, but the hops add enough bitterness to keep it from feeling too heavy. It's a good thing too, because this beer borders on a syrupy mouthfeel and needs all the lightening up it can get. Not unpleasantly syrupy in small doses (this isn't a beer you want to exactly chug anyway), and overall pretty smooth and creamy considering the ABV. Alcohol presence is definitely noticeable, a little like scotch. This is one of the more extreme beers I've tried and it isn't something I would want to drink more than once a year, but I can appreciate how intricate the flavors here are.

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Photo of Squire123
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep red amber gold, light cap, moderate lacing.

Aroma: An admixture of stuff which to me combines a rich, malt forward brew with Oloroso Sherry notes. Not sweet, nor dry, but a very complex melange of very nice things.

Taste: Malt, yes, malt with an advanced college degree. Too complex for simple notes to stand out yet hops are present supporting the rich malt, no hint of roasted malt bitterness but the same full malt character of a good Stout without really tasting anything like a Stout. There is the dark fruit ripeness of a great Belgian, fullness of a Doppelbock, yet something entirely different as if the best of Old World strong beers came to our shores and became changed, updated, without giving up the heritage.

Texture: Full bordering on fuller.

Overall: An excellent brew, something for the connoisseur yet very approachable for the curious minded amateur.

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Photo of RickyS
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy caramel color, with beige head that dissipates quite fast. The aroma is dominated by sweet malts, marzipan, grape peel and almonds. Only tasting the beer a very distinctive hop character is added to this ensemble, which lasts is a very long and dry finish. Medium carbonation. Excellent ale.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, dark, hazy orange-red with one thin finger of tan head that leaves tropical island archipelago lace as it recedes.

Smells of stewed blood oranges, sweet caramel malt, raisin, citrus zest and pine resin.

Tastes of more spicy bittersweet orange, caramel apple, boozy raisins and a lot of piney hops.

Feels rich and smooth. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes long and dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Big and satisfying.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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