Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

7,487 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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Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It fills my La Trappe glass as beautiful beer as any I've seen poured. A deep amber... red, really. The foamy cap hoovers over top.

A - This is why beer is made. Lots of pine and some citrus, it's equally sweet and biting. It's hard to say more, the beer speaks for itself. Everyone familiar with quality American ales knows this goodness, and know how difficult verbalization of it is to make.

T - There's lots of caramel sweet and plenty of biting hops. First sips are very sweet, but the finish has teeth that bite back. The boozeyness is a bit much. I feel it detracts from the malt flavors and burns in the finish. It would be exceptional if not for the heat. Very fruity.

M - Filling and slightly sticky. It's a fat beer that warms. Fortunately that Chico ale finishes dry.

O - I'm sure a dozen beers top a beer geek's list over this one, but this is pretty much a masterpiece. The juicey and pines flavors mesh well with the English malts; the alcoholic heat is a set back, however. With age a great balance between hops, malt and fortitude can be achieved I am sure. Of course this requires some lucky, since the luscious hop aroma will eventually fade.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of FoundersFanatic
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- amber colored with sediment

S- not much smell, but hoppy

T- decent, but nothing special. Is definitely on the hoppy side for a Barley wine. Not much depth, don't taste much of anything. Kind of bitter and dry. Some malts, some spice, some pine flavor, pretty std Barley wine except more bitter and hoppy with almost no depth or complexity

M- very thin mouthfeel, not all that great

O- was once again let down and not impressed by yet another beer that is supposed to be "epic" and the "std" for the style. It was alright, I'd drink it again, but Brooklyn Monster is better and it's cheaper. At 12 for a sixer, it's a decent deal, but there are MUCH better Barley wine beers out there

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of J23hc
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into wine glass. Dirty red body, almost light brown head. Big caramel malt smell with hops. Bitter hops up front in the taste with a huge malty caramel finish and lingering booze and bitterness. A good match to the smell. Mouthfeel is crispy, thick, bubbly. This is fresh but hopefully I'll get a vintage or be able to let these sit

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,487 ratings.
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