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

A: Pours a dark burgundy with a huge 3 finger creamy head that sticks around

S: Some candied dark fruit, lots of lemony citrus, and hints of a piney hop bite

T: Lots of malt and candied sweetness up front, hints of dark fruit that quickly turns into a very bitter hops middle and hangs around for an aftertaste

O: This is quite a nice one. Slightly sweet, plenty bitter with hops, a nice warmer.

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

Bottled November of 2011

A - Looks beautiful. Don't know what else I'd want in a barleywine. Finger of cream-colored head tops a clear, amber, bubbly beer.

S - Nice. Sweet hops and alcohol. Some citrus. Very juicy and inviting.

T - Whoa, still a bit hot on the first sip. Second sip was much smoother. Ok, starts out with a nice bittersweetness. Then hops and yeasty bread. Malts balance it out. Citrus is present toward the end with just a hint of mustiness. Aftertaste leaves a tiny bit of alcohol lingering. Quite nice and definitely complex. The only thing I'm not loving is the bitter bite that sticks with me after swallowing.

M - Great mouthfeel. Smooth with plenty of carbonation.

O - Really nice beer. Love that there is so much going on. As I drink it more an more the finishing bitterness is really the only bother.

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

Ba Review #147
Served On: 03/23/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass (Duvel Glass Broke!)
Labeled ABV: 9.6%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Old Spirits Shop in Frederick. Their selection is always phenomenal!

Look: The beer poured a deep rich semi-clear caramel color with lighter brown hues along the edges. The head was almost 3-fingers of beige foam made up of large bubbles. The head slowly sunk down into the glass like a scoop of ice cream.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar notes with a hop bouquet of grapefruit and pineapple. Seemed to have more of a mild aroma than past releases.

Taste: First was a sweet syrupy note of caramelized brown sugar mixed with a hoppy grapefruit. The middle was of a pleasant bitterness with more of the grapefruit coming through and some alcohol warmth. Finish was a lingering citrus tang with the bitterness carrying into the aftertaste. Mouth feel was very heavy and when coupled with the intense complexity – made this one out to be a sipper for sure.

I always look forward to the release of Bigfoot each year. This year’s release seemed toned down slightly with more of the floral grapefruit notes dominating rather than sweeter and heavier malts like in past releases. Regardless, I was not disappointed.

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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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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,531 ratings
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