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

Had this on 2011-12-12 in Columbia, PA. 2011 release so this is about 10 months old.

A - Mahogany with a 3-finger, tan head into a nonic glass with excellent lacing. Head lasts surprisingly long for a beer with this ABV.

S - Caramel, pine, perfumy hop floral, plum. Not real strong.

T - Caramel and LOTS of pine, light citrus flesh, raisin, grapefruit zest, alcohol. Finish is moderately sweet caramel, pine, leafy mint, a touch of raisin and a fine, lingering amount of malty bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Thick, creamy, prickly and resinous. Flavors cling a long time. Nice.

O - This is a very fine brew. More on the caramel side than their Hoptimum. Like most Sierra Nevada hoppy ales, this is a flavor profile that strikes my fancy.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Bottling. New review eight months later with a bottle from the same sixer that was sitting in my cellar temp'd wine/beer closet.

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy amber color with a finger of dirty-white head.

It has a deep malt smell that you could get lost in. Big improvement from the first review. There is also a black licorice smell.

Heady malt taste, almost knocked me over. Still has the gripping bitterness, which balances the malt well. Big and powerful all the way through. It also has a great alcohol warming finish.

Heavy body, low carbonation. Nothing changed here.

It got a lot better only eight months later. I still have a few more that I'll open one a year.

2011 Bottling

Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a thick, tight dirty-white head. Looks regal.

The smell is, well, almost non-existent. A bit of wet malt and brown sugar.

Sweet, but not too much. A bit of maltiness. A gripping bitterness, a lasting aftertaste.

Heavy in the mouth, but not really thick. Light carbonation. True to the style.

Maybe it needs to cellar for awhile... 'cause it was fairly average.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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