Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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Ratings: 7,513 |  Reviews: 3,063
Photo of mfavoino
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 poured into a tulip.

A: Deep amber with red to it when light is behind the glass. Poured a thick and creamy head that retained nicely. Above average lacing.

S: Mostly pine hop aromas dominate the nose. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

T: Big hop action on the front end, then a light dose of caramel malts and dark fruit flavors balances. Alcohol warms on the way down while the strong hop bitterness finishes off the palate.

M: Average carbonation with a dry finish that sticks out.

O: Glad to finally try this classic barleywine. As with many SN beers, the hops are the star. Next step for me is to see how it does with some age.

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Photo of bluebeer317
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : deep copper color. A three finger fluffy off white head forms after a less than aggressive pour. Text book lacing clings to my glass. Super clear

Smell : Very aromatic tons of evergreen,pine and citrus abound .This is typical of Serria Nevada's ability to put great aromatics into the beer

Taste : this beer has never let me down. Serria Nevada has an amazing ability to be consistent. Each they put this out it's always taste the same. Tons of a long lasting of bitterness With a nice fishing sweetness.

Mouthfeel : Full bodied brew with pleasant carbonation. Also has a nice sticky mouthfeel

Overall : I must say I really enjoy this beer every year. Just another quality product from sierra nevada. Always worth the money.

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Photo of KyleKingma
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a ruby color with a finger almost tan off white head. Ok retention with some spiderweb like lacing.

S- dry caramel chew maltiness with some well placed alcohol hits the nose at first. Huge piney hop aromas blend in with a note of candied citrus. Woody hop characteristics on the finish with some barely noticeable sugary aspects.

T- Bigfoot stomps the palate with leafy piney hops with notes of grapefruit peel and a very assertive bitterness. Caramel malt flavors are smothered under the huge hop character but lend a touch of sweetness and candied like flavors. Finishes with a lingering pine, prickly hop bitterness and a touch of warming alcohol.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Fairly active bubbley carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a classic example of the American barleywine. Fresh the hops seem to overshadow the malt characters. Also very bitter especially on the back end. I love how aggressive it is but it might but some off the beer.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jtingue
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. Enjoyed fresh, and poured into a snifter.

Apperance. Orange amber in color. Pours with a finger of bone white head, which dissipates to a nice layer on top of the beer. Lacing is existant, but minimal. Alcohol feet are nice and stick to the side of the glass.

Smell. Hop forward, with grassy and herbal flavors being predominant. Some citric notes are underneath along with some sweetness.

Taste. Starts out with some bitter grassy hops. This is joined by some caramel sweetness and an oaky undertone. The bitterness again takes over, taking on a medicinal quality. The finish has some higher alcohols and is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel. Nice medium to thick body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

This is clearly a good beer, but for me it is too much bitterness for a barleywine. The rest of this sixpack will be aged, that is what is famous for anyways.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is deceiving . It truly comes across as a very easy to drink brew and the pop of the abv is hidden. This beer drinks like a smooth DIPA to me rather than a barley. Then after another sip it drinks like a barleywine. My hat is off to SN for this brew and I hope they keep them coming. I can't wait to try next years. I put a couple back for the cellar. Awesome brew

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 7,513 ratings
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