Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
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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:
Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark reddish color almost like cranberry. Good 1/4" head that stuck around threw the first sip.

S: Piney and cozy. reminds me of Autumn.

T: Hoppy. Slight sweetness followed by a smoky kick in the middle. Can taste a lot of resin on the back end that is a good strong bitterness that compliments the middle. Very drinkable

M: Medium to full bodied. Very smooth. Lightly carbonated just enough for this beer.

Overall: This beer is a great beer! it's strong but the flavors are well worth it. Would be a welcomed drink around my house in the winter months to warm up with.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2013 into snifter glass. Presented a dark ruby color with a short head that disappeared quickly. The color is beautiful. Carbonation present at center of glass. Little lacings on the glass.

Aroma was interestingly almost like an IPA as there were hops noted and a subtle citrusy smell.

Tasted both like a malt and hop bomb. Very complex in flavor. Starts out malty with maybe some dark fruits, roasted nuts, and finishes strong with the bitterness from hops. Not too sweet compared to other barely wines. Also leaves a tingle on the tongue at the finish. Little boozy but not overwhelming. Has a heavy mouthfeel.

Overall this wasn't as big a malt bomb as other barley wines. Some are cloyingly sweet. Yet this starts out sweet and finishes bitter. This beer could almost compare to a double IPA. Curious if the bitterness would stick around for another year.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,593 ratings