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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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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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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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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010 batch) poured into tulip glass

A- Beautiful beer to behold. Dark amber body with a pillowy, one and a half finger, ultra light beige head. Left a ton of lacing.

S-Sweet malt, caramel, some pininess, and maybe just a hint of vanilla?

T- Sweet caramel malt which is quickly followed by a strong pungent bitter piney hop bite that lingers for a little. Nice balance with the hops, as a lot of the barleywines are much heavier on the malt bill than the hop. The alcohol is well masked by the big malt presence.

M- Thick but not a syrup bomb. Its has a full, rich, creamy feel. Its done just right.

Im not a huge fan of the barleywines compared to other styles, but this is a standout beer by any measure. It has the aroma, taste, and feel of a top tier barleywine. A winner.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,531 ratings
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