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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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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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!
Had this on draft at the Brick Store. Have not been able to find it bottled. The draft measured up to the 4.61 score I gave this brew 5 years ago.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,607 ratings