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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Ratings: 7,490 |  Reviews: 3,055
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby color with thick off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing along walls of glass.

Smell has lots of grapefruit, alcohol and other fruit notes.

Taste follows the smell. There is lots of hoppy citrus. Some malty sweetness with a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good. Glad I got a six pack to age a few.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Soft notes of Citrus and pine gently mix with a pronounced, but over the top malty sweetness of toasty caramel and raw sugar cane. A bit of alcohol fruitiness.

follows the news but more robust. The citrus and pine are sort just as in the nose with hints of fresh lemon, orange peel, and even some mint flavor. A full and husky body provides a grainy but smooth backdrop. A full malty sweetness is somehow not at all dominating, but perfectly integrated with just the right amount of light to moderate toasty flavors ranging from nutty to bready. Among everything the caramel sweetness and alcohol eaters mix.

Perfectly integrated flavors with a fantastically smooth and at the same time grainy profile. It all works in harmony

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

poured in tulip

A: velvet red with a slight brown. extremely creamy off white head which finishes at about 2 fingers. falls away in a fluffy coating . low to mild carbonation visible when held to light.

S: very earthy nose with a ringing scent of alcohol. hops are present in this as well, not overly predominant but there.

T: a reasonable amount of abv present with some oak notes and pine. rich and and full bodied accompanied with some spice and a lingering bitterness from the hop profile which leaves behind a creamy, fully flavoured smooth barley wine.

M: very full, overwhelmingly rich with a swarming easing tingle from spice and bitterness.

O: i love this beverage. would drink time and time again. would rate this beer so close to a 5/5 if the nose had more in it for me. an amazing beer yet again by SN

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

While I have enjoyed Sierra Nevada Big Foot for many years, I realized today that I had not formally reviewed this benchmark/landmark American Barleywine. Today’s 2014 (almost 2 yrs old) Big Foot, was served into a SN Torpedo English pint glass. I have been lucky to share a 6-yr vertical recently and have an appreciation for the pace and manner of Big Foot aging.

12oz bottle pour with a two-finger, off-white dense head. Lacing was solid (literally) and left thick sets of rings as the level dropped. Liquid was dark amber, maybe a slight haze.

Smell was rich caramel with a hop balance. A definite, but slight, alcohol presence. Some red fruits (dark cherry or plum). Very inviting. You know from the smell that this is going to be an epic beer.

For an American Barleywine (higher hops, thinner MF), this ale ranks at the top. First two years of cellaring tend to feature super hops with a solid malt base. 3-5 years feature a fabulous malt base – very caramelly, some hop attitude – but still balanced and fabulous. Year 2 might actually give the best of both worlds…hops, fruit, caramel, sweet, alcohol.

This is definitely not like an IPA or even an IIPA. The mouthfeel is just slightly syrupy, thicker than typical ale. Just right for this style.

This BW has been a favorite of mine for many years. But, stepping back to review it reminds me why this is a benchmark that others will be compared to. If I only had one brand of BW the rest of my life, I would, without hesitation, choose SNBF.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served - Bottle poured into Pint Glass

Pours a big 1.5 inch head. Almond color, head stays throughout the drink, with rings left on the sides of the glass.

Almond, earthy smell, hoppy as well.

Wheaty earthy, hoppy and bitter on the back of the tongue.

Bitter in the back with a very fluid taste throughout.

A great mix of earthy and hoppy taste with an amazing appearance on a bottle pour. The head looked great and the color was excellent.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured directly and carelessly into a tumbler produced a darkish amber body with a tight foam head of 3 fingers. Head lingers strong in the glass finally settling down to a rocky top with sticky lace.

When held up to the nose the beer provides fresh notes of hops and hints of citrus. A strong spice note ties in strongly with sticky pine notes.

The taste up front is slightly overwhelming whilst the palate settles down, however, having said that, it does take some time before the taste balances out. The body is big and strong and the flavor profile is heavily dominated by thick hops and pine notes with an oily texture.

I've picked up a six pack of these. Have consumed two fresh and will add the remainder to proper storage. Hope to see the differences in the main elements as time changes the beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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