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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,534
Reviews:
3,070
Ratings:
7,527
pDev:
11.35%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
1,836
Trade:
68
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
Photo of BillyTWilliams
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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Photo of wattershed
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NoProblem
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Happy_Camper
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jase2280
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sennin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Njstoutlover23
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mrsimm
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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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Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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%

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