Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,488 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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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A HUGE thanks to SurlytheDuff for this one. I'm not a big fan of Bigfoot in general but I do like old beer... and this is a 12 year old (2001 vintage) Barleywine. I'm real excited for this. 12oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Big, viscous pour yields a .5 finger coarse, light cream colored head with low retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy dark mahogany. Huge, oily legs coat the side of the glass. Lacing is spotty and with good stick. Solid, given the style and age.

Nose is prunes and other dark fruit, molasses, coarse brown sugar and a subtle, deep booziness. Real rich and sweet but pretty simple.

Opens dark fruit. Molasses, brown sugar, green raisins, prunes and a biting, sappy hop bitterness. Its amazing that the hop presence still lingers here. Coarse brown sugar in the middle with a touch of nuttiness towards the end. Heat creeps up a touch but this is oh-so-smooth. More molasses sweetness in the finish with the same aftertaste complemented by a rough, hop bite. Real nice.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down rich and smooth. Finishes dry and sticky with an aftertaste that coats the palate. Really good.

If I had any room in the cellar for non-lambic beer, this would certainly be it. No other brew I've come across evolves in such an interesting manner and holds up so well after so many years. Really a solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,488 ratings.
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