Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
7,520 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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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Ratings: 7,520 |  Reviews: 3,067
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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%

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

This is the 2012 release of Bigfoot. I plan on aging the rest of the six pack and comparing later on. Hopefully I can start building a vertical of it.

Appearance: A nice clear reddish brown color with a two finger light tan head, which leaves good lacing

Smell: Heavily hopped, very piney, a little resinous, and a little citrus, there is malt in the background

Taste: Very piney, medium resin, some citrus, and a good backing of malt, though the balance leans greatly towards hops. That will change with some age. The malt is carmely and not highly developed yet.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thick mouthfeel, though not as thick as a good RIS

Overall: Excellent, can't wait to see what some age does to it. This is worthy of all the praise it gets.

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Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into a snjfter.

Pours a slightly hazy deep reddish brown with a tiny tan head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is full of toffee and wood. Malt definitely dominate but there is a piny, earthy hop presence as well along with a hint of alcohol.

The flavor starts off quite malty with toffee and a woody mustiness that is possibly the hops showing through. Some caramel follows but everything is quickly washed away by an insane drying bitterness. The hop bitterness is very strong and coats the back of the tongue and the throat long after the beer is swallowed. Warmth from the alcohol is mild and not too noticeable.

Overall this is a tasty beer but not as balanced as I would have liked. The malt faded away too quickly and the hops were a little overwhelming. Nonetheless this is an excellent sipper and one I would have again.

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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%

Photo of ArtimusBeerimus
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1998 vintage

My sister-in-law accidentally opened this long-saved beer today and there wasn't anything left to do but smile and drink.

Only had a fairly small sampling, but the aroma was heady and strong of raisins/dates/molasses. Surprised at the thinness of the brew - it wasn't watery or anything but I certainly expected there to be a heavier mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking and I didn't get a lot of "hotness" from the alcohol. Wasn't sure what to expect (wasn't expecting it at all, actually) and the tasting conditions were far from controlled, but the mellowness of the beer was pronounced. Very smooth and a lip smacker.

And my sister-in-law managed to escape mostly unharmed. :)

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is from the 2012 release and while I’ve had this beer several times before this is the first time I’ve been able to take the time to review it.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear, reddish cherry wood color with a 1 ¼” fluffy off-white head that begins to recede fairly soon, leaving a ring of foam and fine lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a pattern of scattered speckles of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Although the head has receded to a thin layer of foam about a third of the way through, that foam persists and sipping continues to leave sheets of foam and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a nice crisp pine resin and grapefruit zest character to it. While there seems to be some dark caramel in there that part of the aroma is way in the background. As the beer warms a bit the dark caramel shows more.

Taste: Initially the flavor is mostly bitter hops with just traces of barley sweetness in the form of dark caramel and in the background. As expected from the nose, the hops provide a strong pine resin and grapefruit zest component to the flavor. As the beer warms a bit the dark caramel flavor comes out a bit more.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and prickly with the fine but abundant carbonation. The finish is relatively long and mostly bitter as the background sweetness fades, leaving the dry bitterness to linger on and on.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This one is for slowly sipping both because of the ABV and because of the intensity of the flavors that emerge as the beer warms. My overall impression is that this beer well deserves its high place in the ranks of the American-style Barley wines. I’ll be having this one again in the future and can recommend it to anyone who wants to try a great example of the style. All that said, I think my preference is that I prefer this beer with a few more months of bottle age on it to soften the bitterness, bring forward the malt a bit more and to integrate the flavors a bit more.

13 Feb, 2015

Drinking one from the same 6 pack of the 2012 brewing. The appearance is much the same as 3 years ago. The aroma is similar but more muted in that the pine has receded and mostly what comes through is grapefruit zest with a bit of caramel in the background. The dominant flavor is grapefruit zest but traces of the malt still come through. The mouth feel and carbonation are much as they were three years ago but the finish has become less bitter although the grapefruit is still there to fade away. Nicely drinkable and the beer has held up well, but I'm not at all sure there has been any improvement with age.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acevenom
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the 2012 vintage, so this is very young. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a one and a half finger length tan head. Carbonation appears to be plentiful and the head does not dissipate quickly like you would expect from something greater than 9% alcohol. Some lacing gets left on the glass. This looks very appealing. The aroma is of slightly sweet dark roasted malt and the piney hops are very forward. The hops explode in the mouth on the first sip and the malt character is also very detectable. It's slightly sweet. There's some citrus in the taste as well as some alcohol in the aftertaste. As the beer warms even more, the sweetness from the malt comes out even more. The hops flavor bursts in mouth, providing even more balance as this beer warms. Wow. The mouthfeel is full and it's very smooth. The beer coats the mouth well and the carbonation helps the drinkability of this beer. This becomes even easier to drink as it warms even more. This was my first American style barleywine and I have to admit that I was impressed with Bigfoot. This is simply an excellent beer and one of the best I've ever had. If you haven't tried this beer, try it immediately. I would love to try this beer with more age on it.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,520 ratings
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