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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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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

Grades reflect latest review:
Vintage 2012, bottled 05JAN12
Pours brown amber with a finger of peanut foam that dies out slowly to a quilt of the same. Smells dank, weed, pine, alcohol and more dankness - hard to get through how hoppy this really is, never ceases to amaze me. Bitter with a good citrus tone and malty undercasing that comes through much better than I recall. There are some toffee feelings in the beer. Medium bodied with hi carb and a semi dry on dry finish. This is a classic beer from a classic brewery. Not the best, but maybe the best widely available in the style. 4/4/4/4/4

Vintage 2011- 4AUG11
A: Pours red and amber with hints of brown. Two fingers of peanut head falls in a couple minutes leaving a thick sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Thick and cobwebby lacing.4
S: Caramel, alcohol, pine, resin, lemon rind, and hints of spice. This is in between hoppy and malty, maybe....balanced? Dunno if I care for this 'balance', it's a tease. Okay, I like it.4
T: Still quite bitter with significant alcoholic flavors remaining. Plenty of PNW hops and some nice caramel malts underneath. Finish continues the assault of hops on the palate.4
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Dry finish.4.5
O: Good beer, having fun tasting this one over and over.4

Vintage 2011 - reviewed 4MAR11
A: Pours an amber red, single finger head halves to a quilt of fine, light tan head. Spotty lacing and excellent clarity.
S: Pine, resin and grapefruit. Wow, so many hops in this. As Burc of Oskar Blues would say: a shit-ton. I remember having this fresh last year and don't remember the smell as much as the taste. We'll see how it goes.
T: Bitter, hoppy. A hint of corn on this, which surprises me quite a bit. The beer has a nicely subdued (at least I think this is their intention as many of their beers are this way) malt character. The hops are the primary character in this beer.
M: Heavy beer with moderate carbonation leaves the palate more dry than I had expected. Actually a very unobtrusive mouthfeel - potentially sessionable as a small offering with a meal.
D: Moderate drinkability. I have hear stories about how awesome this beer becomes over time. I have begun a vertical as such to discover the truth.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber is color, about an inch of white head and with outstanding lacing that just stays through your entire drinking experience.

S: Dark fruity malts, with a strong smell of hops.

T: Strong bitterness, not a balanced flavor at all, as it desperately need some sweet characteristics.

M: Silky a good medium body. Perhaps the best compound of the review.

O: A little disappointed, as I just don’t feel SN lives up to the hype. Complexity is lacking, with that a sweetness characteristic is nowhere to be found. Maybe in time the hops will drop out revealing the flavor I had hoped.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: The head literaly sat an inch above the rim of the glass. Huge THICK foamy head. Beautiful oak brown. And nice and murky.

S: Lots of malts and raisins. Vanilla. White bread, and dough. Butter. Butterscotch. Dark fruits. Dried fruit. Melony.

T: Alcoholy. Boozy. Woody and grassy. Burnt caramel. Roasted malts. This def needs to sit and age for a year or so. Bread, raisins, vanilla, butterscotch. Dried fruits.

M: The alcohol takes away from the pleasure of the mouthfeel, sorry to say. Still boozy in my mouth.

Glad I got the only case sent to the store I go to.

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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

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4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle, opened 2 years after bottling. Poured into 10oz taster, beer doesn't produce nearly as much head as freshly bottled Bigfoot. Age has knocked off just the right amount of hoppiness, this is tasting perfect right now. When this beer comes out, buy a case....drink one a month til the next batch comes out, then drink one a year. Thank me later.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a hazy deep amber hue with one finger of frothy, cream-coloured head and several strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Great appearance.

Smell is plum, caramelized apple, toast, piney, floral and citrusy hops, toffee, ethanol, grassy earthiness, molasses, perfume, cherry, and melon. Huge aromas here.

Taste follows the nose with rich layers of caramel, raisin, molasses, toast, candy apple, toffee, melon, and a big blast of juicy, citric, and boldly bitter hops. Scrumptious.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, full-bodied, juicy middle, massive prickly and astringent hop bitterness precedes a bone dry finish that lingers for quite a while.

Overall, this succulent American barleywine is one of my all-time favourite beers. Bigfoot's gargantuan hop profile beautifully compliments its chewy and complex malt backbone. The alcohol provides a pleasant warming kick that never overwhelms the palate. A delicious and near-perfect extreme ale.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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