Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,509
Reviews:
3,060
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
418
Gots:
1,833
For Trade:
69
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Ratings: 7,509 |  Reviews: 3,060
Photo of cyclonece09
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours deep red with a small off white head. Smells of sweet fruitiness and just a hint of pine. Tastes of raisins, slight berry and just a hint of hop bite. Beer is full bodied with heavier carbonation and a good sipper. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lastmango
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful copper red/brown with a 3 finger fluffy milkshake tan head. Heavy lacing. Aroma of sweet toffee, malt, prunes and piney hops. Tastes of caramel, malt and noticeable piney hops on the tail end. This is a big bold tasting brew! The beer has a full body with moderate carbonation, A pronounced oiliness is present. You feel the alcohol after a few sips.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grizzarky
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DallasK
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spoild
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsqc7
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep red with lightly off white head with heaps and heaps of lacing.

Flavor includes burnt biscuits after warming; initially it's fruity mostly plums and flathead cherries. Very smooth feel.

Good. Very good.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent brown. Amazingly sweet smell. Taste is like a strange fruit I've never tried. A bit too strange. Dark malts, slightly winey finish. All in all it's not quite what I was expecting or what I've gotten from other barleywines.

Edit:
This beer is incredible this go around, has characteristics similar to a porter but instead of the caramel, coffee, cocoa malts it's much more fruity and refreshing, alongside excellent carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aged just over a year:

Pours a deep coppery Brown with a one finger off white head. Dissipates within a couple minutes to a little veil of bubbles and a halo. Some alcohol legs.

Aromas of rich toffee and malt, dates, prunes, sweet dark fruit. Lesser notes of caramel, brulee, papaya, and a hint of nuttiness.

Taste is sweet dark fruit up front, mostly prunes and dates, some raisin, caramel, toffee, and some of that nuttiness that came through on the nose. Then as the sweetness mellows out the bitter starts to come through, playing on flavors of black tea, rooibos, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, peat, and pine. It's a rather bold bitterness drawing off from both char and herbal qualities.

It's light to medium bodied, fairly smooth with a light tingly carbonation. Slightly astringent and a touch of heat from the alcohol.

This is a very bold and classic American Barleywine, starting off similar to it's English brethren but bursting with bitterness on the finish. It's a sipper but not incredibly intricate. My favorite part is the tea like flavors as the sweetness fades and the bitterness enters.

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Photo of Chackman151
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SGR1220
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Timc32
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greengorilla
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tre1994
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of CPAles
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reema
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 12 oz bottle of 2017 poured into a tulip glass

Look is a deep amber copper color with a medium amount of turbidity. Smell is of intense pine, slight melon/cantelope, with a sweet bready malt scent coming through. Mild amount of sweet caramel intermingles. No alcohol detected. Taste reflects the smell. Intense initial pine and earthy hops lead into a splendid caramel and sweet fruit flavor. Finishes with a great mix of sweet caramel malt and a small but lingering bitterness. Some alcohol head is present if you really look for it but it does not detract from the beer. Feel is semi-thick, chewy, it fits the sweeter elements of the beer. Overall, this is a really good beer with great flavors that I imagine will mellow over time. Fresh, it's a treat. Fresher, I would imagine it's even more of a treat.

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Photo of aleigator
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bigfoot 2015 on feb 2017

Pours a glowing red color with a big, fluffy beige head.

Smells of caramel, ripe oranges, dried wild berries, wood bark and fresh cut lemons.

Has a soft, lower carbonation, displaying a medium bodied beer, which has a convincing balance to it, although the finish in this is pushing it, in regards of its bitter hop impact.

Tastes of toffee malts, glazed caramel and bakers chocolate, together with an earthy note, from which slowly a herbal dryness evolves. Its midpalate is still defined by the malts, but now the hops are easily recognizable for their leafy lemon bite. The finish is a complete turnover, it is utmost bitter and dry, with a ripe, malt accompanied fruitiness cutting through.

Wow, this is intense. The beer has a marvellous taste evolution. While it begins like a regular barley wine, sweet, fruity and malty, it finishes unexpectedly dry with a bitter fruit note to it. Very well made and outstandingly well build, everything comes together perfectly in this.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,509 ratings.
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