Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,509 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bigfoot Ale pours a brownish color, with a nice size head. The smell was a bit hoppy, and sweet, with a grape like ordor. The taste had that sweet grape wine like taste, but was rather hoppy, and finished with a bitter bite. Wasnt too difficult to drink, the hoppiness was a surprise. Overall I found this barleywine very different from others. Much hoppier then other barleywines, and you do loose out on the grapeish wine like tastes that is characteristically of other barleywines.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of corcoranjc
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce, 2010 bottle.

appearance: lovely reddish brown color....small head but excellent lacing

smell: sweet, dark fruits, resiny....very nice...perfect for a winter evening in front of the fire.

taste: sweet dark fruits at the front...cherries...figs....strong hop bite lingers at the finish. nice.

mouthfeel: full but not syrupy. good stuff.

overall: awesome brew. got 4 left in the 2010 sixer, and i look forward to opening a few in the coming years if i can resist the temptation to drink 'em all now.

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Photo of EK33
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A-Poured into a mug which produced a one finger head that dissipated to a half finger throughout drinking. Perfect carbonation. Head clung to outside of glass throughout drinking. This is barley-wine appearance perfection.

S-Upfront caramel notes with some vanilla as well. Dark Cherry follows and finally this beer smells of fantastic hops. Alcohol is hidden/absent.

T-Fantastically balanced. Caramel/Vanilla sweetness upfront that lessens to darker fruits (dark cherry/concord grape). It ends with a good hoppiness reminiscent of an IPA cut off at just the right amount.

M-Perfect as the head hanging around would confirm. It has the right amount of carbonation and thickness setting the bar for barleywines.

O-Just short of perfect only on the nose. This is very subjective, however, preference in Barley Wine is fruit then caramel with slight alcohol notes. A difference in that this ends with a flowery hops infusion to the nose possibly covering/replacing the alcohol scent.

Buy this beer if available as approachable, however, I will age and check back in 5 years to report on the metamorphosis.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bigfoot 2011 vintage. A 350ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012 - cracked it just in time (although I imagine this one cellars well). Acquired from my local beer specialist and stored in my fridge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber with medium carbonation. Very hazy and translucent. Yields a decent head of creamy, light beige foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Intense aroma of piny hops followed by sweet malt and yeast. Notes of resin and citrus. A warming background whiff of alcohol. The blend of hops and malt borders perfection.

Tastes of intense bitter pine underpinned by a sweet malt backbone. Powerful aromatic hops - notes of pine resin and citrus. Hints of yeast in the distant background. A boozy note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is intensely tingly and astringent, but also thick and smooth. Great body - neither too thick nor too thin. Aftertaste of pine and malt - I'll be tasting this at breakfast!

Wow - what a brew! Huge flavour and aroma, yet the hops and malt sit well together. The body is nice as well, great for the style. Overall, a world-class brew. If you have the opportunity to try it, don't pass it up!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice brownish red pour with a medium white head Aroma is hoppy, with the smell of booze. Intense flavors of sweet malts, hops, and fruits and a bitter finish. The alcohol warms nicely down your throat. Another very good beer from Sierra Nevada. Looking forward to enjoying again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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