Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,501 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,501 |  Reviews: 3,058
Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of illtiger1
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of RWACKO
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of sunavamitch
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of oldsmuggler
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pour yields >1 finger of pale dense foam, with tenacious retention and eventually giving way to extensive thick lacing on the glass. Beautiful lustrous amber colour with some cloudines.

S - What aroma there is seems very faint - I really had to stick my nose in the glass and inhale like a cokehead. Hops on the nose, with some caramel in the deep background. I took some time to make sure the nose wasn't being affected by temperature, but I never really could get much of a scent out of this one.

T - Lots of hops for a barleywine, but with an underlying warmth and richness, perhaps a caramel toffee sweetness. Big lingering bitterness on the finish, but the hint of sweetness persists as well.

M - Crisp and bubbly without being overly carbonated. Just thick enough to allow the taste to hang around for a good while.

O - A great buy, and will undoubtedly stand up well to age. I'm eager to see what this beer would be like after a couple of years to let the hops fade somewhat. A very enjoyable, drinkable barleywine.

 1,080 characters

Photo of QTCDub86
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Served out of a bottle and into a stemless wine glass. Found this today at one of the local beer stores that is changing ownership and getting rid of their stock. This is 2007 VINGAGE. I have had it before but first time I am reviewing.
Appearance-Dark cherry, very little head, what I would expect a Barleywine style to look like.
Smell-dark fruit, figs, cherries, dark chocolate, some west coast hops coming through very faintly.
Taste- wonderful, can taste dark fruit, cherry, fig, grapefruit(hops) and malt.
Overall-This is a 2007 I am drinking in 2012 and I have only ever had this beer new before and it is good new, but it is fantastic with a little age on it. I bought out the reamining six pack of 2007 so I am cellaring the rest to see how it progresses with time. It will be tough though given how DAMN delicious it is. I enjoy barelywines and I keep gravitating back to this one as it is by far the most enjoyable to drink, with age the booziness has come down and you can really taste all the complex elements.

 1,040 characters

Photo of btesta
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of blurjose
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of danjohn1234
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hippityhophead24
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Poured from a 2010 vintage bottle into my favorite snifter, Bigfoot pours with a hazy cherry-wood hue. A huge nougat cap is rocky and firm. It slowly falls to a lumpy blanket of foam. Nice lace is left behind.

Pine, toffee, leather, a hint of citrus and a light alcohol tingle greet the nose. In the mouth, the heavy body is both dry and oily, with a fair amount of carbonation for a two year old beer. Bittersweet toffee and cured leather strike the tongue first. Bitterness is very strong. It has a pine, pepper and citrus bite the puckers the mouth. Alcohol adds a light warmth, but its flavor is mostly masked. Letting the beer warm brings out the flavor even more.

Bigfoot is a great Barleywine. It's very much a benchmark for the American Barleywine style.

 764 characters

Photo of uziangis
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Frozenmoses
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of leefx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bonbini26
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,501 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More