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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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Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Philousa
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Batch imbibed at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto on 2/10/12.

Pours a red caramel in color with a little head. Clarity is apparent when held up to the light. Rich caramel, hint of chocolate, with some heat in the nose. Rich is the operative word. Held up well. heat balances out the sweet well. Big caramel again in flavor. Thick. Turns alcoholic, biting, then bitterly hoppy with dark, burnt chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Incredibly well balanced, considering what went in it. Great complexity but not too complex and very smooth with an alcohol bite for balance sake.

This is my first Bigfoot, so I look forward to comparing it to a fresh batch. From what I've heard, this is the best bang for your buck when drinking barleywines. I can tell that this sat down well and mellowed out. That said I want to experience the hop aroma and flavor to its fullest, fresh. This is a complex beer that I look forward to getting to know over the years.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another colossal beer from sierra nevada. pours an absolutely magnificent glowing dark amber color with a 1.5 inch rusty tan colored head. smells is a kick in the face of booze and hops. smells all of its 9.6% abv. flavor is malty and sturdy without being sweet, it moves toward a hoppy finish with an alcohol burn. its a nice pine hop flavor which works really well here. perfect for this time of year. feel is a little heavy, and its not a beer you can do a sixpack of, thats for sure. a lovely sipper on a weeknight in mid february as the sun starts to hang around just a little longer with each passing day...

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Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wages
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Crown Valley "fluted snifter" as I call it.

appearance - 4.5/5 - Three finger reddish cream head with a deep red color. At first it appears lightly cloudy, but upon further examination, it's just a dark red. Leaves lots of lacing.

smell - 4.5/5 - Rich sweet aroma with big alcohol nose. The alcohol smell overwhelms most other scents.

taste - 5/5 - Raisins and alcohol are at the forefront. Huge malt flavor. Bitterness is there, but not real prevalent until after the swallow.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Fairly high carbonation to balance the malt & alcohol. Everything feels "smooth" as it goes down. Very full bodied.

overall - 5/5 - Very tasty. I wish I could remember the 2010 and 2009 vintages that I had tried for comparison.

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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%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on Tap at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Appearance: Opaque ruby with dark brown. Nice light creamy lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits on top. There is an underlying mellow toasted maltiness interlaced with caramel. The malts conceal the hops from the aroma.

Taste: This beer taste amazing. Dark caramel malts with a nice desert like bite. The hops are amazing. Textbook Sierra nevada piney,resinous and grassy hop flavors. There is some nice citric fruitiness deep in this ale. I notice grapefruit. At some point a cinnamon flavor emerges.

Mouthfeel: A delicious creamy chocolate textured malts. Full and desert-like. This beer goes down smooth with a bright refreshing citric flush.

Overall: This beer is simultaneously complex and refreshing. This batch of Bigfoot aged mighty fine.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pours a dark somewhat opaque amber color with a generous amount of frothy head. Smells somewhat like an IPA with the hop character, with some sugar and malt notes typical of a barleywine. The taste is dominated by piney hops, and a touch of a malt backbone. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth, with the right amount of bitterness along with being medium bodied and having nice carbonation. Also the alcohol is well hidden for nearly 10%.

A quality barleywine from Sierra Nevada, this is enjoyable fresh and I'm curious to see how it tastes after a few years.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a gorgeous amber with a nice thick two fingers of head. The smell is nice but a bit muted. Some strong piney hops and a solid caramel malt backbone but not quite the complexity I have come to expect from barleywines. The taste is very good, well balanced. I mean this in the best way possible but, it tastes like an amped up SN Pale Ale. A lot of the same hop aroma and malt signature just a bit more intense. Very clean bitterness that is refreshing and prevents the big body from getting too cloying. Very nice mouthfeel, very easy drinking. Overall this is a very solid brew though it sort of straddles the line between DIPA and American Barleywine. I had never had one this fresh and the hops were still very prominent, so glad this comes in 6 packs, looking forward to cracking them open with age. Definitely worth picking up if you see it on the shelf.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear brown/red with purple highlights. A large yellow tan head head forms and leaves some chunky lacing behind.

Smell is citrusy and pungent, as it warms roasted malts join the party.

Taste is nicely bitter with some piney hops up front. Caramel malty flavors in the middle, and a boozy bitter finish and aftertaste.

Texture is slightly viscous. It is also smooth and almost creamy. A great beer to drink, but not too many as the boozy aspect will not only kill your brain cells, but also overpower your palate.

I liked this beer, I will be picking some up to age, even though I liked the hop foreword aspect.


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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Almost one-finger head, very light tan that goes away fairly quickly leaving a very thin head, dark copper color, little bit of carbonation

S: Good blend of hops, nice malts, bit of earthiness

T: Bittersweet hops, balanced, some malty sweetness, some fruits, bit of alcohol presence

M: Medium bodied, smooth and silky, decent carbonation, dry at end

O: Good American Barleywine, very interested to see how it ages

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. The color is clean, clear amber/burgundy. Three fingers of thick, buttery, lightly tanned head dissipated slowly, leaving trails of foam along the sides.

Smell: The smell is dominated by citrus hops and pine. None stand out above the others; they create a nice blend. And it is not overpowering; it allows for scents of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and cocoa (a touch) to emerge. There is a tiny bit of booziness, but it comes into play after the beer has warmed enough.

Taste: It has a nice, textured bitterness as it rolls across the tongue, and the hops gradually present themselves. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, and each sip is tinged with booze at the end. Again, the citrus from the hops dominate, but they create an undistinguishable blend of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. The malts and maple syrup are in the background (way in the background).

Drinkability: I am unsure if Bigfoot would approve, but I do. Why go hunting in the woods at night when you can enjoy Bigfoot (®) at home?

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Photo of Seanto
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle, seems fresh! 2012.

A: Pours with a modest but long lasting head, little to no lacing on the glass as the drink progresses. A pleasant amber gold color, not as dark as some barleywines i've seen.

S: Smells mostly of hops with a hint of alcohol and not much malt. IPA fans will love the fresh hop scent coming off this beer.

T: Tastes of hops bitterness and very slight malt sweetness. Also a noticeable alcohol presence but nothing overbearing. Surprisingly drinkable as the flavors are not horribly overbearing and the alcohol is just enough to know it's there. Hops are still at the forefront here but it all blends well. Neutral on the yeast flavor.

M: Thinbodied for a barlywine, contributing to its drinkability. I would say overall this is a medium bodied beer with a pleasant mouthfeel. I could probably enjoy this on a moderately temperatured night, not necessarily a winter beer.

O: This is classic Sierra Nevada in a barleywine...or is it a double ipa? It doesn't matter. The refinement of their other beers is present without going over the edge in any given area. Anyway, it's a very pleasant drink and i would imagine it would be best relatively fresh given the hop character. Wish it was around longer, i could see myself picking this up anytime of the year.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dcook11
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012- poured into a pint glass.

A- Gorgeous copper hue with fine bubbles that rise to the top of the glass. Ample lacing, quickly fading head, but, at this abv; its expected.

S- Even fresh, this is not the hop bomb I expected. Instead, i'm struck by an initial sweetness, both of caramel and maple syrup. Very malty. Hop aroma follows, but it is subdued, more a sweet, tropical fruit then the standard fresh, Bigfoot pine. Surprising. Smells like a hoppy, Scotch Ale. At almost 10 percent, no booze is detectable.

T- Huge hop character and bitterness, especially as it warms. Bitter, piney, and drying; yet, balanced nicely by the malt. The hoppiness borders on palate ruining, even still. At almost 10 percent, no booze is detectable.

M- Heavy body. Very drying.

O- Very enjoyable brew, fresh, or aged.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,527 ratings
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