Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,509 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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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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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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A - Amber in color with great lacing, nice head

S - Burnt sugar, bready slightly hoppy

T - lots of sweet malts, caramel then finishes with powerful hoppiness (piney mainly in character)

M - FUll bodied with lots of hoppiness, smooth however as well. Very well balanced

O - For a big beer, it drinks so smooth. A real treat to drink. I recommend it! One of Sierra Nevada's best!

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

Pours a really nice head, which sticks around for a good length. Colour is a reddish amber-brown. Steady carbonation. Looks great, leaving good lacing.

Smell has pleasant and heady malt and hop notes. Sort of wafts out with salty cheese aromas. Very rich, distinct. Creamy and caramel like. Excellent.

A real flavour kick. Rich prune-character, a dry hoppiness that is very complimenting. Rolls of flavour and constantly developing on the palate. The alcohol takes on a rich (rum-like) syrupiness, but it isn't overly aggressive despite the ABV, ingitrated and tons going on.

Mouthfeel is very big, carbonation present but fairly minimal. The drinkability, despite the high hoppiness, is really quite paleatable, though the alcohol encourages sipping. Aftertaste is quite bitter balanced with enough dry malt, and it lasts forever, leaving a lingering resiny taste.

Should be experienced by all, definitely recommend. I very much enjoyed this offering by Sierra. Very assertive, but definitely stays on the unoffensive side, complexity and richness are well done.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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