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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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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Shrews
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%

Photo of SleepyMonk
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%

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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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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%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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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%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,527 ratings
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