Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
7,520 Ratings
Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 7,520 |  Reviews: 3,067
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Last years release. Pours a dark coppery with color with beautiful khaki head and sticky lacing.

Aromas begin initially with copious amounts of sweet malts. As it warms you get some vanilla and blood orange and pine from the hops.

The tastes begin with caramel malty sweetness and an immediate kick of resinous pine hoppiness. As it warms you get this stone fruit character that reminds me of apricots. The citrus hops come out more as well in the backend with quite a bit of bitterness and pine.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is a combination of citrusy bitterness and toffee maltiness. A little brash considering the year of age but this beer could be cellared for years and years.

Overall this is a classic American Barleywine that really needs some age to come into it's own in my opinion. 2 years minimum for the brash hops and the alcohol to mellow to that sweet spot where it then becomes "drinkable". Definitely not my favorite of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012, bottled Jan. 5th, almost ten months on it, poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Deep, hazy brownish ruby-red, big three fingers off-white head with great retention and lacing, some sediment
S- Big aroma Sweet maltiness, hops, alcohol, you could probably smell this one a hundred times and it stays just as big
T- Lots of bitterness, lots of caramel-sweet malts, Citric, piny and dry, alcohol is slightly noticed, just a lot of big delicious flavors
M- Smooth and creamy with some carbonation, some oiliness maybe a little soapiness, creamy thickness at the end and flavors linger on
O- Right up my alley- a huge hoppy Barleywine, tremendous flavors and feel, can't get enough of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50th Beer Review

Appearance: Pours with a big three finger, copper colored head. The head hangs around forever, leaving a lot of lacing. The color of the beer is a deep red/brown color with some pretty heavy haze. Wowza.

Smell: A mild malty/hoppy aroma. Does not at all represent the taste in my opinion.

Taste: My first barleywine and WOW. This is definitely one of the strongest beers I've ever had. It has a heavy alcohol flavor, mixed with some serious roasted malt and also hops. The finish is also very bitter and dry. Among these flavors I also get a little bit of grassy taste, as well as a coffee flavor, which is most likely from the roasted malts. Halfway through the bottle though, I found the beer a bit cloyingly sticky and sweet. Yeah, we go it, it's a bitter beer ... it almost became annoying to me that they tried to balance it. Instead of balancing it, they made it almost undesirable.

Feel: Super smooth, super creamy... as if it was out of the tap. Medium carbonation.

I must say, this surprised me. I was expecting a fruity-ish beer, but didn't get that at all. It makes no sense to say given that I've given it the rating I have, but barleywine isn't a style of beer I see myself drinking much. This is a super tasty beer though, and I'd get it again in the future. Overall, the name of the beer is very appropriate here.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of off white head. Retention is great.

S: A good mix of citrus and pine hoppiness with a nice caramel sweetness to balance. Some breadiness mixes well with the caramel to create a nice malt balance.

T: I get much more complexity than in the aroma. Bitterness upfront mixes with caramel sweetness and oddly a bit of dark chocolate. This beer is quite bitter, but the caramel and bready malt backbone balances the beer. Hop flavor leans towards pine.

M: Medium mouthfeel with fairly high, but creamy carbonation.

O: Intensely bitter, but nicely balanced with caramel and bready malts. A great Barleywine.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,520 ratings
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