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:
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Photo of rappmann
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into nonic

A - dark amber, two fingers of off-white head, one finger sticks around for a while, thick lacing.

S - spicy, piney hops, caramel, bready malts

T - This beer still has a lot of burn as it goes down, it doesn't taste very balanced, however i think that some age will do wonders for it.

M - a little over carbonated for my liking, hopefully some age will help this too.

O - glad i got a 6 pack to age it and keep trying it, but as of now, this beer is not for me.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent light brown to off white head settles into a decent lacing above a clear dark reddish amber ale.

Big hops, a lot of barley malt and a lot of alcohol in the aroma of this beer.

Alcohol dominates a bitter hops and a sweet grain malt taste.

A medium bodied beer with a alcohol and dry hops aftertaste.

To much alcohol in the aroma and taste for me, if I want that I'll just grab a bottle of JD and be happy.

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage.

A: 1/4" yellowish-tan head over reddish amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Barley malt, a very typical barleywine smell profile.

T: Pine and citrus hops along with barley malt and yeast. Somewhat of a bitter finish.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Kind of underwhelming considering how I aged this beer.

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Photo of DAVEnHOPS
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Supergenious
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of markmiller
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Five year vertical done side-by-side with friends. 2008-2012 vintages.

A: All five years have a similar looking pour of clear caramel liquid beneath a couple fingers of light tan greasy and fluffy head. All heads took a long time to fade into a dense film that left spotty to wispy lacing down each glass.

S: 2012: Sweet smelling, caramel, hop resin, toasted breast crust, grape juice, very bright smelling.
2011: Much more caramel and toffee than the `12. The hops aren’t as bright but they are still very noticeable.
2010: Big sweet fruit juice nose, candied fruits, starting to smell syrupy.
2009: Similar to the `10 but more potent. Very sweet and syrupy. Lots of caramel.
2008: Even more so than the `09. Syrupy, almost no hops on the nose. Slightly boozy. Smells aged.

T: 2012: Bitter hops, bright, strong and fresh tasting, lots of pine resin and citrus, some caramel and toffee present, light tobacco aftertaste.
2011: Hop bite is gone but it’s still very hoppy. Sweet malt and candied fruits poke through more. More roast to the taste.
2010: Hops are resinous. Caramel is turning syrupy.
2009: I’m starting to get notes of vanilla. Syrupy caramel, leather and tobacco more noticeable.
2008: Sweet overall with flavors of candied fruits, leather, tobacco, and vanilla. Hops are still resinous and noticeable but they have lost their edge. Beer is still fairly bitter, but far from how it is fresh.

M: All vintages had a full body, soft fluffy carbonation, with a slick and greasy mouthfeel. The older the vintages got the smoother the mouthfeel got.

O: This beer ages very gracefully. The older the better in my opinion because the flavors get more integrated, but fresh is still very delicious. One of the better beers available in a 6-pack.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Barley wine tasted 4/29/2012

The beer pours a deep amber brown color that is full of haze. Bubbles surge from the bottom of the snifter to keep about a two finger head maintained for at least an hour on the beer. Talk about an impressive presentation.

The aroma is of grassy, piney hops with some caramel and malt lurking in the background.

The taste is of toast and toffee but it is quickly overcome by fresh hops flavors. The beer finishes with a bitter bite but is surprisingly dry in its finish.

The beer is full bodied and has a very solid mouthfeel.

Overall this beer, at least for me, set the bar for barleywine. I can not wait to see what it tastes like in a year or five.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that i've had numerous times over the years but never got around to reviewing, so here it goes....Pours a pleasant caramel color with a slight white head into a tulip. Strong lacing and carbonation. A nice, inviting looking beer.

Smell is slight sweetness and dark fruit. A bit of an earthy, hoppy armona lingers.

Taste is fruit up front, followed by notes of toffee and then sticky, somewhat citrusy hops. A very full and complex taste that doesn't finish overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is the right combination of smoothness and crispness for the style. Despite the relative hoppiness, it doesn't feel particularly resinous.

Overall this is one of my favorite examples of this style, even if it may be a little over hopped for the style (there in may be the reason i like it as much as i do). Almost more of a hybrid of a malty dipa and a hoppy barleywine. Give it a shot if you are at all curious about either style.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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