Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,488 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a clear dark copper hue with a one-finger off-white colored head which dwindled but never fully disappeared. Good amount of patchy lacing.

S – Powerful aroma of west coast hops, with underlying notes of malt, toffee, maple, and earthiness.

T – Big grassy/floral hop element balanced with flavorful esters of caramel, fig, and date. Complex and balanced. Some musty esters from the hops. Hop bitterness lingers forever on the tongue. 9.5% abv dangerously well hidden. Delicious.

M – A perfect example of “big and chewy”. Carbonation slightly higher than I would expect for the style, and is more in line with a typical SN brew. (Not a bad thing)

O – Definitely not a traditional barleywine by any means, but a refreshing take on the style and a thoroughly enjoyable beer in nearly all aspects. May be slightly too hop forward, but if it’s a flaw it’s a minor one. Recommended.

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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  rDev -3.4%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of CMB2012
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temp. into tulip.

A- Deep ruby red leaning towards brown in color. Looks clear, but it is difficult to determine with the darker color. The head is off white to beige and very thick. I easily produce two fingers and it just sits there waiting for me to force it out of the way.

S- Sweet caramel/toffee and sugary molasses. Because the hops are so prominent in this American style barleywine I also get some cantaloupe, honeydew, very ripe mango, and other tropical fruits. The hops are citrusy and piney and are a big player in the nose. Once the head has faded enough to show the liquid I do get some alcohol, but not much.

T- The flavor is similar to the aroma, but much more complex. Sugary, sweet malt that is difficult to describe. Caramel and toffee, the usual suspects. Some chocolate surfaces too and then the hops hit! Very bitter in the middle with grapefruit, citrus, and pine needles. The sweet and bitter combo can come off like pine and melon. The finish lingers with a bitter tingle on the tongue and sugary sweetness. Almost no alcohol is detectable.

M- The mouth on this one is pretty full bodied, somewhat chewy, with some viscosity and stickiness. It works really well with the flavors and style.

O- This is a great beer that I look forward to every year and one that every fan of craft beer should try at some point. I think I have finally reached the point in my drinking career that I can cellar a couple of these for next year and I am excited to try it aged.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition reviewed on 2/23/12 (pretty fresh - it just got here yesterday). Poured from the bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Appearance is a beautiful clear ruby-amber color with a massive sandy white head. There are some nice cascading bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, giving a nice effervescent quality. This beer is absolutely majestic looking. The nose has huge pine and citrus notes. I heard this was one of the hoppiest barleywines made, but goodness!

Taste - wow! That's all I can say. Malty sweetness hits your tongue first with the flavor of cherries and toast, then a HUGE rush of hops comes in and scours your tongue, making the beer citrusy and almost briney. It's like having a mouth full of rose petals. Just past mid-palate, it starts to soften a bit and the mouthfeel gets slightly creamy and oily. Just as you swallow, there's a nice gentle warming touch of booziness which leads to a slightly dry finish. For the next several minutes, your mouth is coated with citrusy hops. Wonderful!

What can you say? This beer is a classic and, honestly, this was the first time I have ever had it. I have read that, with time, this beer develops great complexity. I bought two 6-packs and will cellar the rest of them (well, maybe I'll have just one more first).

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish amber into a snifter. A finger of head forms then leaves layers of lacing. Some slowly rising bubbles.

Smells opens up to citrus/orange sweetness with some underlying malt and toffee. Prickly pine works with citrus and aroma finishes with a light tinge of booze.

Taste offers an abundance of hoppy resin, pine, subdued citrus, light caramel sweetness and a huge slap of puckering bitterness across the palate. Some heat riding with hop bitterness.

Feel is thick with light carbonation and warmth. Definitely a sipper.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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