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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,530
Reviews:
3,070
Ratings:
7,527
pDev:
11.35%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
1,838
Trade:
69
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
Photo of ESPNman
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep hazy amber, producing one and a half fingers of almost-white head. It pours almost like a syrup, coating the glass and leaving cappuccino-like trails in the head. Solid lacing.

S - Holy hops, Batman. At first whiff, it was difficult to convince myself that this is a Barleywine (style ale). There is some burnt sugars, a hint of fruit, and some sweetness in the nose... but mostly it's similar to Hoptimum where the dominant scent is sticky fresh hops. It'll be interesting to see how this fades as the beer ages.

T - While the hop bite is certainly present up front, there's a lot more to this beer. Sticky caramel coats the tongue, and is backed by fig and a bit of floral flavors. Definitely some candy-like sugar in there... with maybe a bit of apple as well. Although it's not what I was expecting from the style, I think this will age into a wonderful example of the style. For now, it's just an exceptional beer.

M - Medium bodied, thick, sticky, and a good example for the style. The mouthfeel improves more than anything else as the beer warms.

O - Another solid entry into the SN archives. This year's Bigfoot is certainly hoppier than previous entries, but it'll prove to be a winner over time.

Served into a Stone IRS Snifter.

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Photo of zac16125
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter
2013 vintage

A: Pours a translucent reddish amber with 1 fingers width of very light khaki colored head which dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin outer rim and small whispy center. Leaves only trace patches of lacing.

S: Surprisingly, there are tons of hops on the nose. After many big whiffs some other aromas start to come out including burnt sugar, caramel malts, and booze. For the most part the hops dominate though, and it smells likes a DIPA. Very nice though.

T: Sweet component more prominent in the taste than the nose, as the hops finally take a backseat. Maple syrup sweetness, burnt sugar. Although the hops arent as prominent as the nose, they are still very much a part of the palate profile with a nice citrus, piney bitterness, and soapy hop notes I sometimes get in IPAs. Very tasty.

M/D: Low carbonation, which is appropriate, full bodied, somewhat thick and syrupy. Great mouthfeel for a barleywine. ABV is exceptionally well controlled and drinkability is absurd. About as perfect as it comes here.

O: Overall, this was very, very good. This one kind of surprised me, although Im not quite sure why cause it seems like most SN offerings I try I find to be quite good. I do think that a lot of the great characters in this beer are hop driven, so Im curious as to how it will age once those nice juicy hop notes fade. I know this is one of the most commonly cellared beers, but IMO it probably will decline with age. Im going to throw a couple in my cellar to find out. But anyways, an excellent beer, and for the price and availability, it seems like everyone should go out and buy this beer now.

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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  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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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  rDev -27.5%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a teku

2013 (fresh)

A- beautiful ruby amber, inviting carbonation. Huge head with super sticky lacing. 

S- pine, grapefruit, a bit of alcohol, slight candy sweetness (salt water taffy?).

T- hops are upfront. Fresh pine and grapefruit citrus (just like the aroma). Transitions to smooth bready maltiness. Fresh baked sour dough bread. Delicious bitter after taste hangs around. Refreshing and savory at the same time.

F- just as the lace sticks to the glass, this beer is sticky and lip smacking. Medium bodied. 

O- Just about perfect (perfect will be in a year). This is a great american barley wine. Perfect blend of traditional maltiness and alcohol mixed with delicious dry pine hop flavors. Can't wait for things to mellow out over the year, its gonna be hard to save!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,527 ratings
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