Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,491 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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Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Deep, dark reddish brown. Foamy white head with moderate retention and some nice lacing.

SMELL: A nice dose of brown sugar and some roastiness hits the nose first. Some clove and other spices are present as well.

TASTE: Bitter and citrus hops smack the palate up front, it is a lot more bitter than I expected. The bitterness returns towards the end of each sip and in between a caramel, clove and brown sugar sweetness rises briefly. The heat from the 9.6% is also noticeable, but I imagine this will fade with some age.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a well carbonated beer. While it is big and rich, it also cleanses the palate the same way some big, citrusy IPAs do.

OVERALL: This is a big, bold beer. Hops, malt, then more hops on the finish. At every stage this is an aggressive beer.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just picked up my 2012 Bigfoot. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Thick and viscous, small tight bubbles, two big fingers full of rocky head. Pours a bright deep amber that leaves great lacing.

S - Monstrous pine with a more subtle lemony citrus hop character. Very fresh dry hop smell is a thing of beauty.

T - Some light burnt malts, thick caramel, very syrupy/oily texture. Major pine hop flavors from start to finish.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation. Hops really stick with you after its finish. Alcohol is present. Syrupy thick with somewhat of a dry feel to it.

O - Very balanced, quite hopped up but an emphasis on malt gives a balancing attempt at this hoppy marvel.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottling.
Pours out a transparent ruby red with a half inch of head, no lace.

The smell starts with caramel, fresh bread and grapefruit. A bit of booze in the finish.

The taste starts with a sweet caramel, and then, slap, hops. Very nice grapefruit and floral bitterness. Slight medicinal and boozy finish, goes down smooth for a Barleywine.

Pretty damn good, I've had a few different years and enjoyed them all. Though I'm not a huge Barleywine fan, sometimes I get the urge. This one was very satisfying.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bubseymour
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Small < 1 finger head that quickly disappears. A dark copper reddish hue, similiar to a Belgian Strong Ale.

Smell - a combination of malts, hops and caramel sweetness.

Taste - Very, very strong beer with robust and complex taste and quite the bitter finish. The bitterness lingers quite long in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well disguised without any booziness, but you know its there with the robust flavor.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, buttery and perfectly full-bodied.

Overall - This is my 2nd Barleywine. First was a drainpour and untolerable disaster. This one is still rough to get down with the extreme bitterness but it at least doesn't taste like cough syrup and has some flavorful qualities to it.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

2012 bottle. Christmas Ale snifter.

Nice amber color. Off white, almost caramel colored head dissipates into a ring.

Hello pine hops. A touch of citrus in the background. Sticky sweet malt. The hop resins really dominate this thing.

I was expecting this sticky sweet, overly hopped beer, but I finally get a balanced, somewhat dry beer. The bitterness reminds me of a combination of Torpedo and Smuttynose Finest Kind. Remarkably bold, yet still balanced.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2012 in a bottle, but I also recently had the '09 on tap.

This pours a beautiful dark brown, amber, orange and red color. It's deep and looks great with a decent amount of head.

The aroma is full of caramel, malt, hop and dark fruits. Much the same can be said of the taste. It has a lot of malt, but the hops really brighten this beer up and there is a very dry and bitter aftertaste.

This is a great beer and I'm going to age one of these for a few years. The '09 I had on tap was much sweeter and the hops less bold.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hitter114
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bigfoot barleywine 2012 pured into an ayinger wiess glass.
Looks great, copper in color nice big foamy light tan head
Smells farmfresh hops and pineyness, slight alchy smell but nice
Tastes bitter and hoppy with a strong malt backbone solid tasty sweetness also. Really very good
Mouthfeel is sharp awesome beer as always from Sierra Nevada

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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