Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
7,517 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:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Ratings: 7,517 |  Reviews: 3,065
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 vintage bottled 12/30/2010. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, pine, grapefruit, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big pine, orange zest, caramel, raisin, molasses, toast, biscuit, herbal, floral, grapefruit, earth, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, orange rind, pine, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, earth, herbal, and piney spiciness on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors with good complexity; nice bitterness/sweetness balance; no overly cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! Nice balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering with the age on it. Looking forward to seeing how it changes down the road.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle (2012 Vintage) into a snifter

A- Poured an amazing bright dark ruby red with an off-white frothy head that left lots of chunky lace.

S- Sweet cherry, grape, grapefruit, big sweet breadiness, molasses, and barley

T- Lots of sweet cherry, very rich toffee, big breadiness, some light chocolate notes, some bright citrus notes. Quite sugary but not cloying and as sweet as other barleywines I have had.

M- Full bodied, quite sticky, smooth, with some moderate alcohol warming

O- Barleywines are a style I have never really enjoyed and I have for the most part avoided them. I really enjoy this one though, maybe not something I would get on a regular basis but there is a lot of complexity and great flavor to this beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Copper with amber highlights. Has a huge 4 fingers of khaki colored head with great retention. Some yeast sediment dances around the glass. Leaves nice ringlets of lacing behind.

Caramel, toffee, candy sugar, pine and lemon.

Caramel, toffee and candy sugars. Pine needles, grapefruit juice (and rind) and lemon citrus. Some rye notes are in there. Has a very resinous and floral finish.

Full bodied, oily, smooth and sticky.

Very easy drinking at 9.6%. Loads of caramel and toffee with some very resinous hops to balance the sweetness. Highly bitter.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A 2012 12 oz. bottle poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass. There are a lot of tiny bubbles that come up to form a dense head right after pouring. Lacing is very nice, and the head stays around for a while. The beer is kind of an orange red color. Very pretty.

S - The aroma suggests a caramel backbone behind plenty of fruity/citrus and spicy hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma pretty closely. The hops do not overpower the sweet caramel malts like I thought that they might. There is a boozy kick at the very end - to be expected from a beer of this strength.

M - A little bit thick and chewy. Definitely NOT a thin bodied or watery brew.

O - I can see where this beer would improve with age. I plan on saving one for about a year to see if it changes much. (I don't think I can sit on a beer for more than a year without drinking it)

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The neck label show 2012, but there are no other markings on the bottle or label that provide a more specific date for bottling.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in a two-finger head that was a darker shade of khaki and very dense and clumpy. Over a very long session the head dissipated to about an eighth of a finger and left plenty of lacing. (This was a pretty impressive head for a high ABV beer.) The brew was a darker shade of copper and barely translucent with some cloudiness.

S: The aroma was very mild and consisted of some pine and citrus, and just a little bit of malt sweetness, too.

T: The taste had a wine-like quality. It was a blend of mild citrus, some spicy bitterness, and a strong underlying caramel malt sweetness that held everything together. There was also a little bit of alcohol heat that helped to underscore and bring out the flavors.

M: The body was right about in the middle of the medium range, and it had just a little carbonation. It was also fairly smooth for a high ABV beer.

O: The hops flavor in this beer made it a little different take on a barleywine. Yet, it was still pleasing to this barleywine fan. It had a very wine-like character and somehow it was able to bring out the best characteristics of both wine and beer. I think the unusual balance makes this beer worth trying for a barleywine fan; but, just be aware it has enough hops balance to be near the border of a DIPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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