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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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4.2/5  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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark copper with a finger of tan head that slowly settles after a couple of minutes, leaving nice lacing. taste and smell are sweet malty body with the usual hop presence from sierra nevada. a clean warming alochol presence add to the experience. mouthfeel is full. nice carbonation and a warming finish. overall this is a great beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber body with a reddish rue. Thick light tan head that lingers and leave good lacing.

S- Caramel malt, sweet malts and some dried fruit.

T- Very malty up front with some of the sweetness in the back. Some of the dried fruit comes through on the finish with a sweet malt and light hop aftertaste.

M- Has the signature crisp body that Sierra Nevada beers possess. Remarkably smooth and crisp for such a strong beer.

O- Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. Complex, but smooth and drinkable. Terrific barleywine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red hue with a thin but steady and bubbly head; lacing is okay

S: Fresh citrus hops--almost a bit tropical--on top of a sweet boozy bready base; so much nice hops, malty goodness, and sweet boozy notes

T: When this beer is fresh those hops mingle so well with the toasty, slightly burnt malts; there is a subtle sweetness but not nearly as much as the aromas hinted at; there is also some dark fruits seeping through the booze though the alcohol is fairly well masked overall

F: Such good sticky and viscous mouth feel

O: This is the quintessential American barleywine; I love it with a few years on it too but mmm is it good fresh; almost a completely different brew

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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