Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,506 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MatthewWilde
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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Photo of randomjazzr
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DevilsCups
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%

Photo of DavoleBomb
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%

Photo of mjtiernan
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%

Photo of nrs207
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a DFH Signature glass.

A - Nice 1 finger off-white head that leaves a lot of nice lacing sitting on top of an amber/red clear beer. Beautiful appearance.

S - Get some citrus and pine resinous hops. Some sweet malt. It's like a big DIPA with a ton of bready and caramel malt to back it up and make it a barleywine. There's some alcohol in the smell also.

T - Get some alcohol in the beginning and end. It's not overpowering, but it is there. There is some definitely toasty sweet malt backing up a citrusy, piney, and grapefruit hop flavor. It's a really nice tasting beer.

M - The alcohol is there in the taste, but doesn't burn or detract from the drinkability. It's slightly on the heavier side of medium bodied, and it is super smooth and coats the mouth.

O - This is a really nice interpretation of the style. I've had a few American barleywines, and this is right up there. They seem to be mostly IPAs with tons of barley tossed in to keep things interesting (as opposed to English barleywines), which is fine by me. I'm excited to see what happens to this as it ages. I had a 2008 Old Guardian last night, and if this ages as beautifully as that did, I'm looking forward to it. Definitely pick some of this up. Only thing detracting from it right now is the alcohol, but over time I'm looking for that to fade and to get some of the really nice malt backbone to shine through.

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

From notes on 03/01/12:
Bottled: 12/30/11 at 8:26am; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Just over one inch of off-white billowy, fluffy head with excellent retention; Dark copper in color; Appearance is pretty clear; Beautiful webs of lacing left behind

S - This is dominated by hops for sure with little else poking through; Good bit of citrus and floral hops with a touch of rye and toast; Faint whiff of alcohol as well

T - Without a doubt, this is a big, robust beer, and I'm loving every sip; Mild alcohol shows up in the beginning, immediately followed by a heap of grapefruit/orange citrusy and piney hops; After the strong hoppy flavor comes a wave of toasty malts with just a bit of sweet caramel; There's a nice, sharp bitterness that lasts throughout the entire taste and lingers

M - Leaves an oily, hoppy coat in the mouth; Finish is very dry; Good amount of carbonation; Just a notch over medium bodied; A bit of warmth felt from mid-taste and into the finish

O - I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer and wish I had bought more than a single. I don't usually gravitate towards barleywines, but this offering from Sierra Nevada is one I could drink time and time again. All components of the taste work extremely well together, even with the mild alcohol and strong bitterness. The warm, dry, and oily mouthfeel would be very hard to top as well. I wish this beer was available year-round, but it certainly works well as a Winter offering to bring warmth during the harsher months of the year.

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Photo of teromous
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle

A: It looks fantastic. It's a dark shade of brown, with dark red hues peaking around as light passes through the brilliantly transparent beer. There is an off-white fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing. It's perfect.

S: The scent is very subdued. Not surprisingly, there is a frontal scent of roasted barley that smells very good. Very, very light earthy hop aroma.

T: Big and bold. It has a nice huge malty taste, with light remnants of alcohol. There is medium bitterness and a definite roasted character.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. I don't get alcohol burn despite it being a young barleywine, and it is very smooth. It is medium-to-heavy bodied. It starts out feeling medium, and finishes a bit heavy.

O: I would recommend the beer, and would drink it again. It is a most welcome take on the many American Barleywine variations. It is heavy on roasted flavors, and would go well with smoked meats. If I manage to save any of these bottles until Christmas, I'll have to try it with some smoked sausage.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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