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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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Ratings: 7,490 |  Reviews: 3,055
Photo of beerman1
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a very small head. Aroma of caramel malts and citrus hops along w whiff of floral hops. The taste didn’t disappoint. Starts off sweet and end with a very nice citrus and piny hop bitterness. Seems to be well balanced. Nice alcohol burn as well. Mouthfeel is medium.

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

2012 Vintage poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous dark copper with a large, creamy white head. Very nice looking brew.

Smell: Nice, very hoppy bouquet up front with a nice malty undertone. Not very complex, but nice.

Taste: Very bitter and hoppy at first, calming down in to a deep malty yet still hoppy bliss after a while. Much like the nose, it is not very complex in my opinion, but still extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied with great carbonation. One of the best mouthfeels I have ever experienced in beer.

Overall: A really great, well balanced brew. Definitely love it and can't wait until next year's edition!

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Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of RedBear84
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Being a barleywine I sampled this beer in a tulip. The beer has a rich creamy head that lasts though to the end and leaves thick lace on the glassware. The color is brown. There is surely a pronounced malt nose but there is a warning of heavy hops to come. The initial feeling on the pallet is creamy with a bite. At last the hops overwhelm all other virtues with a vengeance. This one leaves a bitter memory.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Really good lacing.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt. Very sweet and hoppy.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong hop bitterness. Citrus, caramel and, and honey. A little spicy. Very bitter.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and dry. Very warm.

O: The citrus hops and caramel malt are the highlight. A little too bitter for my taste, but it was well balanced by the malt sweetness. Very warm. I was impressed by the lack of alcohol detected given the high ABV.

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Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of beaker30
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was, hands down, one of the best beers I've ever had.

It poured so thick, kept a nice head on it for a bit, and just rocked. The hops...some sweetness. There was just so much going on in the glass. Had it with my evening bowl of popcorn and nearly forgot to eat the popcorn, enjoyed the beer so much. Can't wait to buy another six-pack.

Heaven in a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of pentasyllabic
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mrwelk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of setexascustoms
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gabany
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of rogerthegill
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tln13
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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

A - Three fingers of bubbly eggshell head drops to a finger of creamy head with great retention. Colour is a dark red amber, just beautiful. Sticky lacing.

S - Citrusy, piney hops up front, orange zest, honey and booze.

T - Big hop explosion with grapefruit, orange peel, paw paw and sour lime followed by sweet sugary nectarine, honey, caramel and fudge. Low heat.

M - Medium body, low to medium carbonation, dry finish.

O - Very complex and multi-layered, a real joy to savour. Fantastic Barleywine.

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Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Gorgeous Dark Ruby with a pretty hazy look. Head is also very voluminous with a nice and foamy 4 finger head. Lacing is also very abundant as well!

Smell - Rich Citrusy Hops, Sweet Caramel, Toffee, Spices, and sweet Malts. Fairly complex and rich, just the way a barleywine should be.

Taste - Citrus Hops, Caramel, Toffee and Malts with a faint alcohol taste. It isn't a hop bomb like previous barleywines I've had, and the flavor is surprisingly subdued on all fronts. It's nothing impressive but the flavor is nice and rather malty

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low in carbonation. Not easy to drink due to it's style, but for what it is, it's quite manageable for those familiar with the style

Overall - If you're looking to try out a Barleywine style ale, this is the most ideal one I can think of. It's not terrible powerful, yet it's flavorful enough to recommend to any barleywine fan.

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Photo of soju6
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Vintage 2012- Pours a deep ruby color with a small head with nice lacing.

S: Aroma up front of citrus and pine. Nice caramel sweetness with just a hint of dark fruit. Just a trace of the alcohol in the background.

T: Taste starts with a bit of a nip from the hops. next comes some caramel sweetness with a bit of dark fruit, mostly raisin. There is a subtle bitterness in the background with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and quite creamy. Has a interesting character that develops as it warms.

O: Great sipper that goes down very easy. Best Barleywine I have had to date. Am looking forward to the next bottle from this vintage after it matures.

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Photo of electtodefer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Greymanx
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- beautiful ruby/amber, semi-translucent, with a thick, waffle/pancake batter head. Some alcohol legs on the glass with nice lacing.

S- hops. grapefruit and pine. A bit of a biscuity/caramel malt is there too, but it's pretty hop forward.

T- Classic SN hop profile, reminds me of Celebration. Pine, grapefruit, and quite bitter. The malt bill is pretty big, but the hop bill is just a tad bigger. Caramel sweetness tries to punch through but is beaten back. A tad boozy.

M- heavy side of medium, fair amount of carbonation to move the taste along. Wish it was just a tad more creamy

O- an overall very good americanized barleywine. Would love to age one to see how it is with the hops backed off a bit.

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