Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,490 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

A: pours a deep reddish brown with a finger of off white head that fades to a small pool and collar into a snifter
S: smells of piney hops and a huge caramel malt backbone with a bit of citrus in the background
T: malts and hops do a dance at first before the piney earthy hops take hold, solid caramel malt backbone makes itself known along with a slight maple syrup like sweetness and a bit of woody flavor shortly afterward and a bit of citrus comes through faintly toward the end. slight alcoholic fruitiness. swallow brings a bittersweet mix of sweet malt and hop bitterness
M: big and sticky in the mouth with soft carbonation
O: tasty yet balanced and should age gracefully. Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint and they price their beers fairly. one of the few American barleywines that can be drank fresh or aged; many others are quite abrasive to the palate from the hop bill.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Would have sworn I had reviewed this. No? Well, time to rectify that. The 2012 version so nice and fresh.

Quite light clear copper color. Head is tanned and quite sticky to the glass. Low carbonation.

Big big big sweet malty aroma with equal amounts of spicy, peppery, floral hoppy goodness. Damn. This does both ends of the spectrum and doesn't cut corners. Right in your face.

Here again the hops and malt loom large. Full on malt with a decent alcoholic kick threatens to derail things but that sharp hop bitterness cuts across the palate to keep the sweetness in check. Huge character right through the beer but still manages to keep things from getting out of control. Lots of talk about how hoppy this can be fresh and this is no exception. The bitterness lingers into the finish slowly subsiding before the next sip.

Mouthfeel is considerable which helps carry the beer but combined with the alcohol forces a slow sipping approach.

Wow! What a huge beer. Don't get many barleywines but did not hesitate to pick this up and am not disappointed. SN do everything by the book and this is another great example of its style. While the abv can be prominent it doesn't undo what is obviously great about the beer. I mean really, it wouldn't be Bigfoot without it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2012 12 oz bottle from a 6 pack purchased at Happy Harry's South Grand Forks. Poured into a tulip at 4C.

Clear deep copper to ruby red beer with a nice head that laces decently well. Aromas are very malty with liquorice and caramel malts with a hint of hops underneath. Body is surprisingly thin (which is a positive as I was expecting a syrupy beer), with flavours of molasses and toffee. As the beer warms the brew is hot with alcohol, and distractingly so. Sweetness is balanced by the bitterness, but both are pounded down by the alcoholic heat.

Time to put this one in the cellar and not touch it for two years...

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Deep brown copper - two finger head. Head turns sudsy. Clingy lace.

Burnt toffee, treacles, caramels.

Taste less so than smell - dark hops dominate an earthy palate. Intense toffees still hang in there.

Light carbonation, medium to oily body.

Good beer - not quite there with Hoptimum which has nore balance. One to cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown pour with a beautiful head, moderate in size, and light tan in color. A nice floral aroma with some fruitiness. Slight alcohol smell. There is a huge malt flavor combined with a lot of hops making this a big boy beer. There is a slight spiciness to the mouthfeel, somewhat bitter and a dry finish. Overall it is a very good beer.

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