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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ALZ
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two-finger light beige head. Nice lacing. Pretty ruby-copper body.

Smell: Light fruits, malts, and a subtle hint of chocolate. Really nice, complex smell.

Taste: Sugary, syrupy malts up front. Spicy, warming alcohol follows. I love the hops at the end; never tasted that in a barleywine

Mouthfeel: Medium body and somewhat creamy. Dry finish that doesn't leave a syrupy coating in the mouth.

Overall: This is the best barleywine I've ever had. It has the sweet, malty, syrupy and spicy characteristics of a barley wine but it's not heavy or overwhelming. I could drink a few of these in a row. I really enjoyed complex flavors and scents; I especially liked the hops and dry finish. Bravo, Sierra Nevada!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jadpsu
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In Laurel MS.
Pours cloudy in a rich looking redish Amber. Has a malty tan head with pretty good retention and all around side laceing.
Aroma of stingent hops of pine and acedic fruit, and maltiness.
Taste: Leads with the stringent, acedic hops, tart and bitter and nice. Some caramel malts add to the balance and enjoyment as its 9.6% ABV stirs up the warmth while not being noticed in the smell or the taste. I like that
Thick on the palate. Finishes extra, extra dry. Excellent!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Two fingers of head, body a beautiful orangey brown. Lace noticed, ok head retention.

Sugar and citrus mix with a little caramel.

Up front I get sugar and caramel. This transitions into a pine and citrus zest flavor with a bready character to it. Slight alcohol warmth noticed on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slight creaminess that I love. It does not coat the mouth, and has a dry finish.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy, brownish/copper body; medium beige frothy head; good lacing

Smell: sweet malts; candi sugar smell; piney hops; chocolate

Taste: Very sweet malt with warming alcohol; quick hit of bittering hops that lingers throughout; hops are very resinous tasting, which I don't care for as much as English or continental hops; dry hop (bittering hop) aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very creamy

Remarks: Good beer overall, but would personally prefer more of an English flavor profile

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2012, into a Brooklyn snifter.

Nice copper appearance. Fluffy beige foam on top that retains brilliantly well. The beer itself has lovely clarity.

Smells of caramel, dusky pine, candied pine and an overall sweetness. Not the hoppiness of a year ago, changing, but still very good.

Good mix of caramel sweetness with occasional underlying alcohol booze. Hop presence has died down a bit in ferocity, but still, piney hop flavour is there and works in well.

Seems to do what you want with it. Tempting to smash this in minutes, but also fun to sit on it for a while. Lighter front to it, building with sweetness and a little bitter finish that keeps you coming back. Take it how you will. I chose to sip slowly, thinking that the other 7 bottles i have will probably be even better this time next year.

Fun, versatile american barleywine. Really enjoyable, obviously cellarable and a bargain for the price out here. Can't wait to gradually work through the others in winter next year.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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