Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,579
Reviews:
3,077
Ratings:
7,548
pDev:
11.35%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
419
Gots:
1,843
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Photo of huthuty
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber with a medium head
Smell is sweet with some piney hops detectable
Taste is extremely dense with hops and alcohol
Apart from the hop element it seems light for the alcohol content, this is like a hops liquor as opposed to a malt liquor

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Photo of Ochs0314
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robebo44
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gasp262
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing. Hoppy, astringent, very unpleasant aftertaste and mouthfeel, even for sipping. This did not grow on me over the course of the bottle.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ntraft
1.58/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

2018 Edition

I had this many years ago (2008) and it was a major milestone on my journey into the world of beer. It was unlike anything I had ever tried before and even in years hence I continued to regard it as a remarkable example of barleywine. Today I saw it while in the checkout line, and on a whim decided to grab a six-pack.

With this latest effort, Sierra Nevada has utterly destroyed this previously-cherished offering.

The description on the bottle already had me a bit worried: "heaps of whole-cone, Pacific Northwest hops." Huh?! What do hops have to do with a barleywine?? They're an afterthought.

Look: Head sticks to the glass, and color is the deep reddish hue that I would expect. Does not bear the same cloudiness that I remember from previous iterations, however.

Smell: Fairly unremarkable. There's a hint of the old Bigfoot deep down somewhere in there, with vanishingly faint notes of raisin and dark fruits under the cacophony of hop oils. I practically have to touch my nose to the liquid to sense it.

Taste: It has not a trace of the sweet raisin flavor I originally fell in love with. The previously rich, syrupy malt has been utterly demolished by an astringent, choking load of hops that has me clearing my throat and chugging water. And for that bitterness I'm not even rewarded with the citrus earthiness of the typical IPA.

Feel: Doesn't have the rich creaminess that it had in previous years. Otherwise unremarkable.

Overall: Literally, what is the point of this beer?? It is literally pointless. It has no place in the world. There are plenty of double IPAs in the world. Why did they need to make one that didn't have the malty sweetness to backup those hops?? They should be ashamed of themselves. They have destroyed something that used to be a cornerstone of Great Beer. This is on the order of the destruction of Palmyra, the ancient World Heritage site which has has recently been ravaged by Syrian conflict.

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Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
2.84/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bigfoot 2018.

The overall appeal of Sierra Nevada has never been for me. Bigfoot is a bland example of what a Barleywine is. Oh wow. Hops. Celebration is better and that ain't saying much by any means.

I'd say chalky, but I'd attribute that to the overall hop character and a drastic lack of maltiness. Sad really.

I'd never ask for my money back, but if you handed me this beer and called it good? Probably going to judge you really hard.

What do I think this is closer to? A dubble passed off as a Barleywine if that makes any sense.

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Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This '18 version pours a deep mahogany with a lot of lacing . Quite a bit hoppier than I remember ,haven't had one in years. Unmistakably Sierra Nevada -familiar malt and yeast profile. Quite nice for as fresh as it is , a late evening sipper.Will drink a couple more fresh and age the other 3 for something to look forward to. A robust and tasty beer.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of everyhumanist
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dangerous.

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

Photo of wanderingwheelz
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a ‘14 and I’m surprised how much hop presence is still there. If someone told me this was an double IPA I wouldn’t have doubted them. Tastes great, but I was hoping more would have happened since fresh. I can’t say it’s any different.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rjd722
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 12/15, 2016 edition.

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Photo of hman43
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours brown with a bit of cloudiness. It has a light brown head that has a soft pillow head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a Malty Rich aroma that is Bready and caramel. Orange aroma is low. The aromas are well defined.

Taste: It is malty rich with bread and caramel. There is a bit of a citrus flavor with orange being the most prominent. It also has a low level of spice.

Feel: It has a moderately full body that is not quite chewy. The bitterness is moderate and the malt and hops last long into the finish.

Overall: This is an excellent combination of flavors and aromas that makes me want to drink this like a session ale.

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Photo of tnelson1
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwarsenal9
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,548 ratings
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