Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,488 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased a case of this back before the Super Bowl, but am now finishing off the remains of this case. This is an extremely big beer. The biggest and most bitter i've ever had, actually.

This beer looks beautiful right out of the bottle. Dark, ruby-like color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around, just awesome.

It smells of rich caramel malts. It smells intense. It is hard to describe.

The taste is similar. It had a lot of toffee and coffee liek character to it, plus a ton of bitterness. I think this is the only american barley wine I've had, but it seems they did pretty well here.

It is a thick, monstrous, bitter beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage, poured into a tulip.

Appearance is the most enjoyable part of this beer. Pours a very rich ruby color, almost mahogany. Head is a fluffy tan color that hangs around and leaves a coating on the glass.

Smell is somewhat lacking. I had this beer relatively cold so it could be my fault. I get the pine from the hops, a hint of toffee. Smells like a sweet ipa if that makes sense.

Taste starts out as expected, a sweetness that is malt forward. Unfortunately, the malt is immediately blown away by what I believe is cascade hops. Taste ends on a bitter note rich in pine.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy. The mouth is coated in a pleasant molasses, but again that pine just dominates.

This beer screams for aging. I got the six pack as a gift and one is already in storage. A year or two will back the hops off and bring balance to the force... hopefully.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows a fair whack of hops, with lots of pine and grapefruit, but also shows a lot of sweet caramel and crystal malt.
Hops dominate the flavours, lots more pine and grapefruit along with an abrasive bitterness that annihilates everything else. There's a bit of clean malt underneath but not exactly prominent. Alcohol is fairly noticeable too.
Carbonation is too high for this type of beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,488 ratings.
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