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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,530
Reviews:
3,070
Ratings:
7,527
pDev:
11.35%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
1,837
Trade:
68
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Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
Photo of ICTguy21
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bottled 12/31/14

Look: murky brownish orange, bubbly with a thin tan head that sticks around, foreboding

Smell: deep malts with a citrus hoppiness thrown in for good measure

Taste: huge, complex, in your face but subdued all at the same time. A deep sweet malt, toffee, slight molasses flavor pervades but there is also a sizable hop bitterness present that manifests itself in citrus and a bit of pine flavor.

Feel: thick, smooth, and enough carbonation to balance things out. Would be terrible in an IPA for instance but it's exactly what you want in a barleywine

Overall: an exceptional beer, fairly well balanced but still more hop presence than I expected. Would like to put a few more years on one of these bottles and see how it shakes out.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a viscous maroon with a very thin dissipating head. The aroma is bitter and floral with some hints of caramel. The taste is intensely bitter. More floral notes and some slight balance offered by the malts. I'm very surprised by the level of hoppy bitterness given that this is a 2-year old bottle.

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

2017 vintage gifted from arizcards. Bottled on 12-14-16.

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Photo of Tobi797
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bl00
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of opierce
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trust me, let this one warm up for a few minutes before drinking; it will rid the bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth and allow the sweetness to come through.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
2016 version (Packaged Dec-4-2016)
Consumed: Oct-12

A:
Pours a fairly clear ruby-copper-brown color with an inch-plus of creamy khaki head that slowly drops to a relatively decent film with confetti lacing. (4)

S:
A rich layered malt front with assertive hops behind. Layers of brown bread, white chocolate, wood, cinnamon and brown sugar. (4.5)

T:
Follows the nose but with a faintly sweeter malt body and stronger hop bitterness. (4.25)

M:
Full body with medium carbonation and a slow-rolling malt/hop bittersweet finish. (4.25)

O:
Really an excellent beer.
I have historically said I didn't like Barleywines. Damn you for proving me wrong, Jacob!!! This is a beautiful beer.
It has an amazing aroma that pretty much covers the spectrum of malt flavors. The hops are a nice, bracing contrast to this. The flavor follows suit with a medley of toffee, oak and fruity notes with a bitter bite that cleans up your palate. This one gets great as it warms (and as you warm with it).
A real treat! Looks like I'm going to have to stop avoiding this style. (4.25)

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Photo of bbtkd
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, 9.6% ABV, 90 IBU. Poured deep brown with a two finger off-white head. Nose is sweet moleasses and fruit, taste follows with a strong bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, and despite the overpowering bitterness, still excellent.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NyBeerBro
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bigfoot is a fantastic Barleywine that weighs in a 9.6% ABV but you would never know it based on how smooth and mellow this brew trickles down the back of your throat. Sierra Nevada has done a great job once again.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bongobob
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a 2 year old and 1 year old bottle, pretty good but not as good as Anniversary Barleywine in my opinion.

The look/smell/feel was excellent but what bothered me about this beer is it tasted too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Holderness
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one with 5 years of age on it (2012 vintage)

Surprisingly robust and long-lasting head given the age and ABV. Great lacing. Aromas are very sweet -- mostly molasses, maple, brown sugar, and caramel. Some grassy hoppiness as well. Tastes retain a good amount of tea-like/grassy hop character and an intense barley malt presence that borders on being cloying. Good amount of tannins. Somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Medium carb. Long-lasting, bitter finish. Overall I don't like the way the hops age on this one as much as on other sweet barleywines like Old Ruffian -- it's pretty one-dimensionally grassy

79/100

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

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

Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was glad to find this one from Sierra, as they are one of my favorite breweries - and I love barleywine so the joy was double. It is from 2015 so by today (2017) it is already somewhat vintage.
Actually it is a barleywine-style ale the bottle says and right, it is not as syrupy as a normal barleywine would be. It is rather like a heavily hopped ale and Sierra are masters of this kind of beer. Along with heavly caramellized malts I feel loads of hops, especially perhaps bittering hops? because the aftertaste is quite bitter with quite a complexity. Very good that the body is lighter than a usual barleywine, but the remarkable taste is still there both in the nose and the feel. Makes me feel like a very very rich IPA... the richness of the hops is amazing, perhaps with Sierra's trademark Cascades? If I had to compare it to something, perhaps it is similar to the Arrogant Bastard Ale - and this should tell it all: it is amazing!
An excellent beer this is, Sierra did a great job again. It is a piece of art.

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Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justme
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bluehende
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,527 ratings
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