Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,490 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: A glowing ruby, with a two-finger Swiss cheese pearl-white head. Sticky tendril lacing. Slow-moving celestial carbonation.

S: Huge boastful waves of hopped up sweet malts. The nose on this is simultaneous--versus a chronological narrative--and it hits with heavy hops and bright tropical fruits, backed by a sweet malt body.

T: Boozy orange marmalade, into bright grapefruit, and ending in a very bitter hop linger. There's a ton of booze, sugars, and intriguing tropical fruits in there as well. Not a ton of dimensions, but truly great in the few dimensions it hits upon.

M: Creamy and coating, then boozy and dry.

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Photo of Jhatwig
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of agreenman19
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of leprakhan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Shooter1960
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Fakexican
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of mdimeglio
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Drinking a three year unevenly distributed vertical; '11,'10,'03. The newest ones are a nice clear red amber, the '03 pours a somewhat darker, more opaque red amber. Minimal head on the '03 and '11, nice thin, long lasting head and lacing on the '10. The newer ones have a sweet malt, fresh hop aroma. The '03 has a more subdued sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. '11 has distinct fresh hops, sweet malt, dark and dried fruit and an almost pine flavor. '10 is the best with dark fruit and the sweet malts becoming more forward and mellow, but with a nice hop finish; not as fresh hopped as the newer one, but my favorite of the three. The '03 has completely mellowed, with a sweet malt, dark fruit and English barley wine flavor but with a subtle hop finish. These are all excellent and I look forward to tracking the newer ones through time.

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Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of brownwc2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2012 edition.

The appearance is deep ruby, almost reddish. Pours a nice finger-length head. Retains head pretty well.

Smell: Pine, citrus. Smells earthy.

Taste: Carbonation is there. Malt and toffee start. I taste a citrusy, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation plays wonderfully on the palate. Leaves a chewy taste in mouth. Alcohol there, but not overbearing.

Overall: I honestly have never had a barleywine before. Don't know if they are for me, but you can appreciate what you have here from Sierra Nevada. I want to age one of these and see the results, I think it would mellow this beer out tremendously. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of keepitsimple1990
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dbmernin83
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish mahogany with a big pillowy head and excellent retention.
Oh glorious barleywine! Big hops with an almost woody sweetness. Toffee, raisin, toasted bread crust. Yep, this is it.
The booze is present, but not overpowering.
Big and chewy, sticky, and delicious. This is a great one. And factor in price and availability, this might be the best barleywine for the buck. I'm laying one down as well. Can't wait to see how this one ages.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2012 edition of Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale. Poured from a bottle into a pint.

A: Deep amber, two finger tan head, light to moderate lacing. Low retention, head stayed around for about a minute and a half.

S: Hops, flowery, pine, hints of citrus. Smells like a forest, and that's a good thing. Maybe some hints of caramel?

T: A lot of malt right up front, toffee, caramel, very hoppy and bitter finish with a strong hop aftertaste. Really wonderful.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Definitely a sipper, and I felt like I needed to be eating something with it. This is a fantastic beer. I would seek this out again.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,490 ratings.
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