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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of DocJitsu
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy taupe head. The taupe suds lace the glass as the beer is consumed. Orange and grapefruit citrus bouquet with some notes of toffee. The nose is rather absent. Taste is vile. It probably wouldn't taste so bad if not magnified by the mouthfeel. There's an overwhelming hop sourness that dominates the big malt one expects to experience in a barleywine. The piney hop resin coats the palate and continues to invade the senses well after the finish. I want my money back.

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Photo of KoalaKush
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

review taken from notes during my inet down time 2012.

12 oz brown stubby bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Label shows a wildman spotting what has to be a Bigfoot ;).

A - deep garnet to very dark amber. Massive offwhite head has good thickness and fluff and offers stick all over my glass and I mean all over the glass.

S - loads of hops. Grapefruit and some pine aroma. hints of fruit within the giant hoppiness. Small sweet character with some caramel malt.

T - Hops cover every inch of the mouth. Grapefruit and earthy pine flavors dominate. light fruitiness are with every hop note within this brew. Never coming to full, but always there. Sweet caramel flavor is gone before it ever even really get's started. A real hop loaded flavor gem here. So many different hop notes and all different from one another.

M - Big and full in body. Thick in the mouth with alcohol warming throughout. A very enjoyable beer that does take some rocks to drink.

O - This isnt your sister's budlight. This is a full blown flavor monster that those of us who know great beer enjoy yearly. This is one that's talked about often amongst my friends while sitting around the camp fire. No, I'm not talking about an actual bigfoot you see people on tv chasing around the west coast. I'm talking about this work horse of a flavor monster Sierra Nevada are so gracious enough to release to we craft guys every winter. A true classic in our world.

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Photo of W0rter
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2012 vintage.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a light touch of haze and a low, lazy effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy foam which dissipate slowly, leaving a chunky lace on the glass. Quite good.

Smell: dense malt aroma with plenty of caramel, bread and biscuit character; much like an Imperial red ale or something. Earthy, resiny hops are also present, which complement the malt well.

Taste: thick, rich malt with tons of sticky sweetness. Plenty of bread and caramel character remain, with an alcohol bite and a big twang of piney, resiny bitterness. It's strong, that's for sure, but a bit on the raspy side for my taste.

Mouthfeel: big body along with a silky smoothness and a well-integrated carbonation yield a wonderful creaminess that hits the spot. I like it a lot.

Overall: this is a good beer, but it seems a bit harsh. Perhaps this is one barleywine which could do with a few years under its belt. I'll try one again down the line and see how it is.

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3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep copper/amber color with a huge light tan head of foam. Leaves webs of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - big, dank and resinous aroma. Lots of leafy greens, rindy citrus notes, and hemp oil are the most prominate. notes of caramel, toasted grains, and a vague nutty aroma and bit of alcohol rounds it out.

T - sweet malt up front. very sugary, but shouldn't be surprised. notes of caramel with hints of toast. lots of bitter citrus in the middle along with some cherry fruit esters. Long finish with bitterness lingering seemingly forever.

M - full bodied, carb is fairly high as well. texture is thick and creamy, almost reminicent of a milkshake.

O - I didn't remember it being this sweet but i probably was mistaken to begin with. But still a very enjoyable ale. Though I think i might enjoy it more after a few years.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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