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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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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Appearance: clear, reddish amber color, with frothy off white head. Aroma: strong dark fruits, hints of banana and alcohol, touches of hoppy pine.
Taste: surprising floral hoppiness up front, with strong caramel/brown sugar coming in, alcohol becomes noticeable close to the end, finishing with sweet malts and a hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel: creamy, medium body with some carbonation and slight dry finish.
Overall: It’s very tasty to me and from what I’ve been reading, much more hoppy than is typical for the style. But, overall on this beer I love the balance between malt and hop/sweet and bitter.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged 6 months from December 2011

A - Aggressive pour yields a huge, creamy, cream-colored head that sticks around a long time and winds up as a little puffy island like ice cream on a root beer float. I want to eat it with a spoon. Nice reddish chestnut. Loads of lacing.

S - Smells like dinner somehow. Moderate toasty malt. Hint of sweet.

T/M - Pulls so thick and nice. It's got such body, yet somehow comes across as fresh too. Not at all what I was expecting. The bitterness doesn't quite reach bitter initially, stopping just short and just leaving a cool refreshing sensation that gives way to a nice caramelly maltiness that's somewhat sweet but not too much. The bitter shows up a little in the aftertaste. And what nice gentle buzz off of 12 ounces.

O - I was actually a little worried about this beer from what some had said. I was expecting this boozy, messy, out-of-balance thing and instead it was really nice. Maybe the age did it - I never tried one fresh. Sierra Nevada delivers again. I like this a lot and want more.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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

Bigfoot - 2012
I’m not much for cellarin’

I distinctly recall my first Bigfoot about 12 years ago and thinking this stuff is pancake syrup! Only now do I truly savor all of its glory and suckle from the Hairy Beast.

*12oz bottle with my trustee 10oz taster nonic

A: Bigfoot portrays a gorgeous dark amber ale with some ruby-chestnut tint to it. Brilliant clarity exemplifies some fantastic conditioning. My pour produced a cakey mass of dark khaki head. Redonkulous longevity with cavernous pockets of air. Leaves chunky cob webs of lace upon the glass. Quite the spectacle.

S: Smells of booze, grainy cereals, piney hops, candied citrus fruits and a good dose of kettle cooked malts. Like a citrus infused liqueur almost. Caramelization really sets in as the initial aroma and alcohol vapors dispel.

T: Flavors open with a bit of sweet raisin and sweet kettled malts. Huge charge of hops brings sticky boughs of pine and citrus fruits to the forefront with a dank earthy hemp stem element that seems to linger long after the drink. 9.5% ABV heat warms the gullet and gives off a touch of booziness. Nearing harsh drinking this young but still doesn’t detract from the enjoyment here. Toasted breads and a suggestion of chocolate to go with those raisins.

M: Mouthfeel is moderately heavy to the point of some chew on it yet seemingly lighter with the higher carbonation factor. More creamy overall with a nice dry and crisp finish. Resinous hops just sap at the palate.

D: BEASTY! The quintessence of the American Barleywine and one that drinks amazingly well fresh. A bounty of caramelized malts and hoppier than most DIPA’s out there. Everything is still relatively balanced and in its place. A touch hot at times but does not derail the experience whatsoever. Really fantastic stuff and a great place to start if you are looking to get into B-Dubs.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee. 2012 version.

A - Pours ruby colored with a one finger cream head that lasts forever. Tiered lacing paints the glass.

S - Pine hops and sweet fruit. Some toffee-like malt as well. Inviting aroma, more mellow than I expected for the vintage.

T - Caramel and sourdough malts on the front. Finish is quite bitter and piney, but a citrus sweetness balances. I don't detect a lot of alcohol. Satisfies my hop fix, but isn't overwhelming.

M - Silky smooth carbonation and a medium body.

O - I have had this fresh for the last three years and realized I have never reviewed. Delicious blend of malt and fruit with a powerful hop bite. I really enjoy this beer right around the six month mark. I have plenty in the cellar for the cliche vertical, but I think it is just fine as is.

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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this. 12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an amber/orange color with a finger of creamy beige head, good retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Lots of fruit and pine, resinous, sweet caramel and toffee malt and some oak.

T- Nice balance of caramel maltiness and piney, fruity hops. Some nice fruity apple flavors. Hops are still pretty dominant right now.

M- Medium bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A really nice barleywine, I've got a couple bottles set aside, but this beer is great right now.

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