Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,491 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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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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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a small, off-white that goes down quickly and forms a nice ring and lacing down my glass. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is initially piny bitter and later transitions nicely into a caramel malty sweetness. Nice alcohol burn at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

The rating I am giving is for the 2012 batch, straight from the store with no age on it at all. This is a beer that improves with age. Just letting it sit in the fridge for a year can totally change the complexion of this brew. I have 8 years now in the fridge, dating back to 2003. I opened a bottle of the 2009 last night and was surprised at the way it has mellowed over the years. I would give that one a 4.65 or maybe better.

This is not a beer to pop open after mowing the yard, expecting to have your thirst quenched and your harsh mellowed. This is a beer to pop open and have with a 16oz ribeye, cooked medium-rare with a tablespoon of clarified butter on top and a side of sprouts.

I have tried many Barleywine style ales and this is by far my favorite. I always get a case every year and put back at least half to let age. This is a complex brew that complements a fine meal.

I have a fishing buddy that calls it my 'hour-and-a-half beer' because that is about how long it takes me to finish one.

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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from Whole foods San Francisco for 2.49$ - Thanks to j for this one

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a massive size frothy/fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of malts, dark fruits, and quite a bit of hops. There is also a bit of grapefruit, butterscotch/caramel, and some pine/wood. It ends with sweet yet bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - Been wanting to try this one for a while. While it's a good beer I can see how some age would help with this one. It seems very hoppy and boozy to some extent. Happy to have tried it, and it definitely won't be my last bigfoot.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of afrokaze
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a poker night mini-vert tasting, 4/16/12. Scores are a rough average of all 3 years, because they were all excellent :)

2010: Hops are still surprisingly forward, with a long piney hop burn after each sip. More vanilla has started to come out, along with toffee, tobacco and leathery notes. Alcohol is noticeably calmer. Smooth body, dangerously drinkable.

2011: Loads of earthy and piney hops, caramel malt sweetness, more chocolate and coffee malt than 2010. Prickly mouthfeel and sticky finish. Less juicy than I remember it being fresh.

2012: More juicy fruit and dank hops, sweet caramel malt, pine resin, hints of vanilla and some dark fruit, earthy spice. Creamy mouthfeel and seems less hot than 2011.

The preferences were unanimously 2010, 2012, 2011, and this year's bottle was honestly almost as good as the 2010, but in a much more aggressive way. I've had a five year bottle before and it was sublime, so I hope my other 2010 bottle makes it that long!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 15/4/12 2011 vintage

A clear reddish amber with a massive three finger beige head with great retention leaving a few pencil thin rings followed by some loose soapy rings further down the glass

S lots of sweet caramels and toffee, with a little rum raisin cake, there's still some hops in there with a little booze

T more hops in the mouth with a little piney rind, a little more booze too but its pretty mellow, the caramels not quite as strong as the nose but still quite strong

M nice and thick with the perfect amount of carbonation, quite bitter with a little left behind to savor, just some slight heat to complain about other then that it feels perfect

O great stuff for a fairly fresh BW, everything about this beer is at the very least quite good, I think some age would make it great

I finally got my chance to try this classic thanks to the most awesome Rutager, I could see this doing very well after a few years, I'll keep my eyes out for more of this one

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,491 ratings.
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