Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,507
Reviews:
3,059
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Photo of Asgeirr
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bigfoot pours a chestnut-to-amber colour along with a airy wheat-toned crown that diminishes in a quick pace, leaving plenty o' lacing alongside the snifter.

Smell: Small hints of caramel and lactose along with a evidently citric hop backdrop. Bready as well as dry notes of sandalwood comes forth while a almost pungent pine scent appears and re-appears in stages.

Taste: A real punch of burnt and roasted malt along with a really zesty and resinous bitterness is what strikes this palate (no, it's not the palate that's writing, nor is this site the particular palate I'm talkin' 'bout, but enough of them palates, eh? OK, one more: palate). There are some slight notes of caramel but they are quickly subdued by the other aspects. The alcohol is present to an extent, but not in a blatant or overwhelming manner. As it progresses some dark fruits do pop up, namely plum and figs. It truly brings out another dimension to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full 'n' creamy just like I like 'em. Low-to-medium in carbonation with no need for more.

Overall: Even though it's an AMERICAN Barleywine, it's not what I'd come to expect. However, it surely is a pleasing and heavily crafted beer.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful glowing amber beer with a huge, fluffy off-white/tan head that subsides slowly and leaves behind some lacing.

S: Great mix of hops and malts. Grapefruit, citrus and pine from the hops floating atop a sweet malty base of caramel and bread.

T/M: The hops dominate up front, with lots of grapefruit and pine, a taste profile very similar to a big, malty DIPA. But there's a ton of complex malts beyond the hops, and blended in is some sweet caramel and toasted malts that come out more and more as the initial hop hit wears off. Going down, there's an alcoholic bite, some burnt malts, and a bit more pine.

O: This is a fairly fresh 2012 bottle; I expect it'll change a lot with some aging, but it's so good fresh that it's going to be tough to maintain the willpower necessary to age any bottles. Really good stuff.

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Photo of tizride
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of allenc85
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rickyd
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Consumed 5/25/12

Note: 2012 bottle

Appearance: Dark amber, nearly brown from a distance, a lot of red and orange when held up to the light - pours with a creamy off-white head, fades to an impressive ring and leaves some great streaks of lacing

Smell: Malty as a barleywine should be - cooked, syrupy malts, burnt caramel, and toffee - some dark fruits - hoppy, with a lot of citrus rind and pith, some sweet pine - some alcohol, smells a little harsh overall (not necessarily a bad thing)

Taste: Very malty, with cooked and overcooked malts - caramel and toffee everywhere - cooked dark fruits - dry citrus, with grapefruit rind and pith - remarkably bitter - seriously, with all these malts, this should be sweeter, but it's not - pine as well - biscuits cooked into oblivion - some alcohol - some sweetness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full body, nicely carbonated, a bit sticky and hot, a bit harsh overall, a little chewy

Overall: An exemplar of a style brewed by Sierra Nevada? I never would have expected that

This is the definition of an American Barelywine. Beastly malts, and an unreasonable amount of hops. I approve. This is a relatively fresh bottle, and I will likely update this review when I drink an aged bottle. I expect the harshness (its only legitimate negative attribute) to fade over time.

Update: 9/4/12

Well, the harshness dropped. This is now quite lovely. I'm not changing my written review, but I am slightly bumping up a few scores (smell, mouthfeel, and overall).

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Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BrianParsons
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of scubahood
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ddelozier5
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tcampbell89
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of monnik
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful brandy burnt orange with a single finger head and little lacing.

S - Hoppy and grapefruity are the main themes.

T - A little bit of malt, some plum fruit, and a lot of hop. The hop was an interesting quality, but not really what I was expecting for the barleywine.

M - I think this is its best quality. Smooth with little carbonation.

O - I find this to be a smooth barleywine that is just a little too over powered by hops. I almost universally love Sierra Nevada beers but think they should have branched out a bit away from the hops for this one.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jeffoatess
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of aziadeh
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of MaChiNe
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of yeastinfection
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HungarianCount
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is deliciious. It really is. But I didn't find the flavors as complex as I have in other barley wines such as Firestone Sucaba or Flying Dog Horn Dog barley wine ale. In those beers, I taste chocolate, coffee, intertwined with berries and a bit of alcohol. This is kind of a barley wine for hop heads if you catch my meaning.

Still, this is a good beer and I'm going to age a couple of the bottles from my four pack in my basement. I'll be curious to taste these after a year or two of aging.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from 2012. Pours dark amber with a foamy, never ending beige head, a lot of lacing and lively carbonation. (There was some yeast in the bottle?!) Aroma is of piney hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full, smooth and creamy. Piney, herbal hops and alcohol dominate the palate while caramel malt and ripe fruit are trying to provide some balance. Finish is long and very hoppy. I probably would prefer to age this bottle.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,507 ratings.
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