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

poured 2011 vintage from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-burnt orange color with a little over a 2 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing as it fades to an 1/8" cap

S-some piney hops up front then a little carmel malt and fruits with a little citrus hops

T- some big carmel malt along with pine hops are what hits the strongest along with the plum/dark fruit and citrus hops before the pine hops come through on the finish again

M-good carbonation and medium body

O-a lot of big malt and hop flavors but they are able to both flex their muscle and be present at times

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of 2012 at Whole Foods as I love to put a sixer away for a year or two.

The pour is rich amber color with a beautiful inch an a half head. Looks great in the Duvel Tulip I used for this review.

The smell is all over the place: caramel, malt, hops and some dark fruit.

While I do like Barley Wines it has always been hit or miss. Fortunately Sierra brings it year after year with Bigfoot.

I can drink this daily for any occasion. Sure the abv is high but I find it subdued by the blend. Overall a great BW.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange hue with a massive yellow/tannish head. Big earthy hop presence on the nose with touches of grapefruit and citrus. Some roasted malts and dark fruit bowl smells come through as well but the scent is dominantly earthy hops. Good clarity for a barley wine.

Incredibly smooth and well blended for being so fresh. Roasted buttery malt up front followed by caramel sweetness and a delicate piney and earth hop finish. Decent bitterness. Thick and viscous in mouthfeel but with good carbonation. Touches of bright fruit show up here and there to compliment some of the other flavors. Incredibly delicate and so well blended. Bravo Sierra Nevada.

Earthy flavors usually aren't my thing but theyre pick up enough just to round everything else out. Elegant yet so big. I'm impressed.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Beautiful ruby red with a small foamy head and light internal carbonation

S: Dried fruits, hops, citrus, even some spice notes, definitely some alcohol present as well

T: A lot of hops and bitterness, some light citrus, very mild fruit throughout but not readily apparent, heavy alcohol

M: Decently smooth, a little too heavy on the alcohol but I'm sure it mellows out nicely with age, aftertaste is a bit too lingering as well

O: A very hop-forward barley-wine style with a strong alcohol presence and nice look to it

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

2012 Vintage, bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - Beautiful deep mahogany pour with a 2 finger off-white head. Really a great looking beer, and probably one of the best lookers out there. Lacing is immense. Legs aplenty.

S - A surprising amount of citrus hops hit first, with the typical barleywine malt notes following. Great aromas from this one. Citrus hops, caramel, touch of alcohol tinging. Smell is a bit dim on this one, and could use a bit more aroma.

T - Hop bitterness and citrus hit first with the red-style malts not far behind. There's a great balance going on here, with each one constantly fighting/complimenting each other. Aftertaste is the same, hops and big malt going back and forth, and it lasts forever. Awesome.

M - Thick, thick, thick mouthfeel. Coats really nicely. Could use a tad softer carbonation but time might help.

O - Fantastic beer from Sierra that I look forward to every season. I especially liked the addition of the big hop notes up front on the 2012 Vintage as it makes it even more inviting to drink fresh. Go get some!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Hazed dark amber mahogany color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is very good and moderate amounts of lacing are left behind.

3.5 S: Toffee and caramel. Big hoppiness in this featuring herbal and earthy notes. Not a lot of fruitiness in this, but there is some. Lots of the SN character in this.

3.5 T: Again, lots of hoppiness. Herbal and earth again. Mild, but noticeable bitterness. Caramel and toffee dominate. Light fruits to follow.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste.

3.5 D: Good solid barleywine. I'd prefer a touch more body and a little less hops, but it's still a tasty and cheap option.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature at cellar temp. 2012 stamp illegible. Assuming December 2011 bottling.

A: I’d say rusty red, but rust implies a certain amount of coarseness and haze...but there isn’t any. This is amazingly clear for a barleywine. Gorgeous two-finger head with lots of lacin.

S: Surprisingly the aroma isn’t very heavy. Some brown sugary malt and piney hops.

T: Boom! There’s so much flavor! At the start, I can’t help but associate this with brown sugar but the art of it is that it’s not at all cloying. Piney hop bitterness bites you soon after the malt sweetness coats your tongue and pulls you to the finish.

M: With so much flavor and hop bitterness it’s not thirst quenching or the easiest to slug down, but for what it is, it’s very drinkable. Medium carb, body on the heavy side.

O: I’ve had this so many times. Fresh, matter... it’s consistently wonderful. Okay, enough typing...there’s a cranberry Stilton here I need to get into.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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