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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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%

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