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:
No notes at this time.

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From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy red/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet dark fruit, caramel, light floral notes and some citrusy and piney hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dark fruit, sweet caramel/toffee, floral hops and a piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Update: Had a 2001 version at EBF 2014. Rating: 4.50/5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo last year.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Hazy dark red with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a decent foamy wisp. A half wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, some toffee, a touch of red fruits, melon and some piney hops. Pretty bold, with some spicy booze notes as well.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee with melon sweetness and some booze at the swallow. Bold aftertaste of sweet caramel and toffee again, some spicy alcohol and light, bitter piney hops. Some bitter grapefruit in there with the sweet flavors and alcohol. Very well done.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, smooth as well, goes down silky with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. Some spicy heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is great. I've never had it fresh or aged per se, but with a little over a year on it, it's really enjoyable. Well balanced, flavorful, interesting and with a solid feel. Highly recommended.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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