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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review done in 2012.

Most recent vintage.

Deep ruby pour with a lot of head (aggressive pour).

Smell is red fruit and a bit of a spicy note,

Taste is toffee, roast, floral hop bitterness.

Very clean finish. Not sure if my palate has changed or the age hurts it, but I think I like this vintage better.

Review done in 2012

08 vintage. Deep red color. Smells luscious and fruity. Very viscous and a decent head for having some age on it. Bitter up front but warms up to a malty and fruity flavor. Crisp clean finish. Not my favorite barley wine sadly.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

A - Dark amber with a nice thin white head

S - Pine with some hoppy florral notes

T - Toffee, big malts, finish is a nice hop bitterness

M - Heavy body, oily mouthfeel, smooth finish

O - One of the better barleywine's i've had. Always a solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful beer. Darkly translucent, brown with glowing auburn highlights. Almost two fingers of thick, clingy, off-white foam, leaving enormous amounts of lacing.

S - Citrus and pine, but relatively subdued.

T - Wow, a huge dose of malts. Caramel, wood, vanilla. Balanced with some bright hop notes - mostly pine, but a hint of citrus. I normally don't like beers with this kind of malt profile, but this is supremely well-balanced.

M - Thin but oily; medium feel. Clings all over your mouth, leaving a dull, woody aftertaste reminiscent of tobacco. Quite a bit of foam from chewing and swishing. Huge dose of liquor-like alcohol.

O - This is my first barleywine, so I have little to which I can compare it. I see the resemblance to old DIPAs; there's definitely a heavier focus on the malts.

2013, poured into a Duvel tulip.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: reasonable brown bottle with an original and decent label. I also like the inside of the bottle cap, which has a picture of Bigfoot sharing a beer. Very cute.

Appearance: orange-ruby in colour, quite clear but with a light haze. A one-finger beige head pops up and retreats to a thin film over 30 seconds. Decent lacing also - looks good.

Aroma: definite heavy fruits and brandy up front. Some sweet caramels in the back. Quite interesting.

Taste: sweet caramels and toffee with some hop bitterness - pretty good actually.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness becomes more intense and biting - and not in a good way. It is accompanied by an unpleasant ethanol-like alcohol. Nowhere near as pleasant as the initial taste.

Mouth feel: heavier in body and smooth, with moderate carbonation to bring the flavour through.

Overall: not a bad barleywine all told, but really not worth the price, especially when compared to cheaper yet betterrounded barleywines from brewers like Moylan's or Green Flash.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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