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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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Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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  rDev -27.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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