Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
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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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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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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 pored into Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark amber, with about two fingers of tan head which recedes to about 1/2 a finger that sticks around throughout the session, leaving huge sheets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, toasty maltiness, with lots of caramel notes and a bit of a piney hop bite. No alcohol is present on the nose.

Taste: Again like the nose, tons and tons of sweet toasty malt, and caramel notes up front. Bit of hop bitterness, and alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full thick, and luxurious, just as a Barley Wine should be, just a huge beer with a mouthfeel to prove it.

Overall: Amazing Barley Wine, Sierra really pulls out the stops with this brew. One of my favorite Sierra products and one of my favorite Barley Wines. It's always a treat to see this stuff on shelves every year.

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

Vintage 09, opened in March 2012.
Finger of offwhite head. Medium brown.

Nose has present hops, remarkable considering the age, but par for the course for Sierra Nevada.

Big bold hops, lots of pine, some citrus. I feel like this could use more time; it's kinda aggressively vegetal.

Decisively American barleywine, remarkable citrusy character given the age.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

A-Poured a dark,moderately hazed,mahogany that rested beneath two full fingers of light tawny,stubbornly dying foam that left sticky,chunky spots of lacing.

S-Lots of piney,earthy hops,initially,with scents of red grape,baked apple,caramel,light raisin and a slight touch of overripe citrus.

T-Grapefruit pith,toffee,leafy hops,tart cherry,brown sugar and oily pine.

M-Medium/full bodied but smooth.Appropriate carbonation and a lasting bitterness.

O-Good but I'm looking forward to aging a few.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lawlerj
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber/ruby. Very nice pillowy off white head, dissipates into a moderate layer of foam.

S - Big piney hops, with a hint of citrus and some fruity notes. Not much in the way of dark fruit.

T - Again, big piney hops. Some caramel malt and toffee through the middle, and has a nice crisp hop finish. The alcohol is present throughout as well, but is not overly strong given the high ABV. Well blended.

M - Full bodied, w/ moderate carbonation. Finish is nice and dry.

O - Overall, a very nice brew from one of my favorite breweries. I might have guessed it was a double IPA if I hadn't known, but still a damn fine offering from Sierra Nevada.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of calicaliente
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red color with a thick offwhite head that laces the glass well. Aroma is hops, flowery. The flavor is malty big and chewy malts. Some underlying caramel flavors sneak in then you are blasted at the end with that sharp hop finish. This is very balanced and a tasty barleywine indeed. On the palate this is very smooth and creamy and balanced.

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Photo of busterwhite
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a thick 2 finger head that sticks around a while. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet, a little earthy with some hop spicyness.

Big flavor here. Lots of hops up front followed by a strong malt backbone. Very good flavor, but it is strong. A little alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Overall this is a really good beer, a sipper for me though.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of WritersBlock
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%

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