Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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7,490 Ratings
Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,490
Reviews:
3,055
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
414
Gots:
1,828
For Trade:
69
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Ratings: 7,490 |  Reviews: 3,055
Photo of Madskill
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of the '13 batch into a snifter

Pours a dark amber red with a half finger of foam, low retention and good lacing. Smells of spicy hop, roast malts, citrus, pine, alcohol, and some floral earthy tones- pretty good smelling beer. Taste follows the aroma pretty well, strong spiced hop upfront melded with strong roasted and spicy malts. Some citrus undertones help mask the alcohol that makes the after taste. Feel is thick and heavy, with a good amount of carbonation leaving a nice bite on the tongue. Overall a really good beer, a reason it's one of Sierra Nevada's signatures

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Photo of runfoodrun
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

A: dark reddish amber. Nice half inch of off-white head

S: lost of hop aroma and roasted malts notes

T: Wow, really has a nice balance of hopes and malts. it truly is bittersweet. Its has some spicy notes as well and the spice blends extremely well with with the other flavors.

M: feels creamy and warmer

O: Extremely balanced beer Hops+Malts+Spice=balanced beer

love the big foot under the bottle cap

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Archimedes
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RangnaR
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of sloelco
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of outsider
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of visualmartyr
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AmitC
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a gem of a beer. Extremely wonderful brew. This one is dated 20.912 I am assuming that means 20th September 2012.

Pours with an off white colored head of over three finger thickness. Head has a good standing as a thin fluffy layer. Extremely powerful lacing that is very sticky. Color is Dark amber in light and almost dark copper inside the glass. Ruby hues are present. A large number of bubbles. Somewhat hazy with some minuscule suspensions of dry hops.

Aroma: Very citrus and resin hop heavy upfront aroma. Super and fills the nose like an IPA. Some malt backbone and sweetness is not at all apparent. Hidden caramel malt flavor. Some alcohol is minutely observed. Aroma subsides very heavily in some time after pouring.

Taste: Strong hop presence in the taste as well but accompanied by a very solid malt profile. An excellent mix of bittering citrus and resin hops and malts. Malts have a caramel, toasted flavor and keep fighting the bitterness but do not succeed. This one plays with the palette just like a more balanced IPA does. Aftertaste in the mouth is bitter. It takes some time for palette to come to terms with this one. A very good display of hops and malts, i must say. Wins my heart. Mild alcohol presence for its strength. Provides a warmth while drinking. Finish is bitter dry.

Mouth feel: Full bodied and with more than moderate carbonation. No astringency for me but hop phobics will find it bitter. Alcohol is mild but does provide the kick when everyhing sinks in.

Style Rate: 4.75
Personal Rate: 4.75

I am so impressed by this brew. Not very far from my favorite style and provides the kick through its strength. A beer to fall in love with, for the price. Personally, I would drink this as fresh as i can get. Aging wouldn't serve me well as it will take away all of those hops, alcohol and warmth.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a nice 1 finger head that sticks around. The lacing this brew leaves on the glass is incredible. Wow!

Smell: Hops and citrus sweetness with some bready malts.

Taste: Awesome combo of malts and hops with some caramel sweetness. The thing that strikes me most about this beer is the caramel sweetness that comes with the finish and fades out so nicely. Such a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Definitely pretty thick. There's not a ton of carbonation but it's there.

Overall: Would definitely have one again. I've heard that 2 years is the sweet spot on this one, but this is about 1 year old and tasted just fine. Can't wait for the barrel aged version. Should be even better!

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Photo of AleVana
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of HomerS
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DreaminBeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of jco3rd
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of nsfalam
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MCBrigno
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,490 ratings.
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