Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
7,518 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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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep red-amber hue and a thick head (and intricate lacing) heralds this potent 9.6% ABV beast.
Aroma is hearty and bold, with hints of fruit alongside the fresh florals bouquet.
First taste? Super-strong, rich, and overpowering hoppiness and chewy, syrup-y malt presence. This one packs a serious wallop and takes some dedication to finish. It's memorable, but not one to savor repeatedly.
This is a heavy-duty drink, and though I didn't love it immediately, I will try again (and update this review) after some cellaring.

UPDATE: This is a review of a cellared year-old bottle. Overall, a much smoother drink, with the hops muted and blended better with the funky, chewy dried fruit/leather malt presence. Very enjoyable, and the alcohol creeps up on you! Beware, this Bigfoot appears friendly up front, but bites...

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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%

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Nachojon
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From note 12/21 at Clark St. Ale House
Sierra bigfoot 2010
Draft to snifter
A. Clear, not cloudy, dark hazelnut brown, nice 1 plus finger head. Lace? No coats glass, 5.
S. A little old sock, a lot like a warm oven. 4
T. Woodsy. So solid especially as it warms up. Nutty with just a bit of hop and the malt to back it up. Delicious. 4.5
M. Yumm just enough carb to keep it drinking. 4.5
O. Oh Sierra, you never fail. Always well made,.always delicious. 4.5

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of thecheapies
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Had to try one of these now, picked up three at $2.50 a pop.

Looks marvelous. Giant fuming head that formed an island on the surface when it subsided. Garnet-colored body, manila folder color on the foam. Heart of the brew boasts a spiky yeast monster. Freckles of sediment abound. Sticky lacing coating thick. Beautiful looking.

Aromas of leafy hops, caramel, malt sweetness, nectarine pulp, pine sap, and citric zest. Wonderful nose.

Bitter hops, caramel, jasmine tea, earth, tangy astringency, and a bit of the alcohol squeaking through.

Feels piquant/spicy. A little hot. Medium-full body. Coats the tongue. The hops do something to sting the back of the throat.

This is a most memorable barleywine. Haven't had this in years! Top-notch!

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Photo of dejrrma
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8-9 month old bottle poured into a snifter. $10.99 at Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA.

a- A deep ruby, amber, and mahogany. Thick, creamy head and a lot, a lot of lacing.

s- figs, honey, malt, cherry, citrus fruits.

t- like it smells. the complexity of this beer is incredible, from the hoppy to the malty character and the range of fruits and caramel.

m- perfect carbonation, full, creamy, somewhat of a boozy after taste

o- Seriously, this beer gets better with every sip. It's so rich, complex, and simply liquid heaven. I could drink this forever, but after a couple of them, the nearly 10% abv (which I could hardly taste) sneaks up on you. This beer tastes better with some time. I can't wait to try it again in a few months, year, and so on.


March 22, 2012 (a full year since the 2011 came out)
Poured into a snifter.

A- pours a hazy amber color. as it warms, the color becomes more reddish in appearance and less hazy. has about a 1/4" inch of beige head, with some lacing, but does not remain for more than a few minutes.

s- figs and honey with cherry. none of that citrusy smell present from 4 months ago. has a slight boozy smell to it.

t- dark fruits, a little nutty, figs, and sweet. the caramel malt is in there but the hops have almost faded away entirely. the alcohol presence comes out, but it is not overwhelming (it's more noticeable from the warmth as it goes down). some vanilla that hints that i had not previously tasted.

m- lower carbonation than a few months ago, but it's awesome in terms of what it provides for the mouthfeel. it's not as filling, but it feels heavier in the mouth. definitely full body, and more silky than creamy. the boozy aftertaste is still present.

o- it's great to taste how this beer has change in just a few months. the most noticeable change is the alcohol presence. it's more pronounced, and almost tastes a little bourbon-y. i'm really excited about this beer. i should probably pick up a 2012 4 pack to see how it compares.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 and 2011 12 oz. bottles poured into tulips and tasted side by side with willseph. Review scores are an average of the two bottles; the general and 2011 notes are first with a second paragraph about the 2010 bottle where applicable.

Appearance: The color of both beers is unremarkably the same. A blend of a brown center, amber edge, and orange where some light sneaks through creates a pleasant image overall. An off-white cap has the look of a foamy froth, fading fairly quickly to a thin film.

Smell: Even in the 2011, the hop aroma is not as strong as I was expecting. Based on previous reviews, I was anticipating a nose full of grapefruit citrus and spicy pine bitterness, but that was far from the case. Smooth, toasted bread, caramel, lots of vanilla, a dab of cococa. A light amount of spicy pine and grapefruit take a few whiffs to really pick up. There is a strong alcohol note in the fresher batch, foreboding the 9.6% beast to come.

Predictably, the 2010 has even less of a hop aroma at this point, to the extent that the citrus and pine that are present fresh are just a faint whisper of what they used to be. The ethyl alcohol presence is simply absent as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with a strong malt presence. Slightly syrupy and gooey caramel prelude toasted bread and grains, a bit of spice, and a fair amount of vanilla. Some juicy grapefruit, complete with the rind and some zest, come along with a few spicy pine notes as well.

In the flavor as well, the 2010 simply blends together the flavors so much better than the 2011. There

Mouthfeel: As the flavor starts sweet, the body is full and slightly syrupy. Right toward the end, the feel turns a bit dry, yet there is some juicy salivation from the citric hop notes. The body also seems to thin out a little bit. The carbonation is a little bit bubblier than I would prefer. It feels like a creamier carbonation would improve this a bit. The body is actually on the light side for what I would expect. The thought of "watery" flashed into my mind for a second or two, which I don't think it is, but it definitely isn't the chewy beast I expected.

The 2011 still has some rough edges, but it is a bit smoother than from what I remember when I had it fresh months ago. The 2010 starts a predictable course to becoming very smooth and drinkable.

Overall: The 2010 is clearly superior to the 2011. A smoother, maltier flavor provides for a more enjoyable experience overall. It is well-documented how much this beer improves with age, and I am satisfied that I am working on a vertical each year.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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