Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale
7,527 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,527 |  Reviews: 3,070
Photo of rwilde
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of despond
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MakeshiftBrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HopJack
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Stev0supreemo
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of eslemarc
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release

The beers looks very appetizing with such a tall, thick, cloud-like head of a cream color. The beer itself is completely transparent with a soft light brown color with hues of rose that almost brightens it up. There is some visible carbonation; very slow and very minimal. As the head begins to fall it laces very intricately all around the glass; falling further on the edge and staying a bit taller in the middle of the head.

Not having had the 2011 yet this year I can't help but compare it to 2009 and 2010 that I have had recently. There is a very strong presence of maple and fruit with a very well balanced hop back to it. There's just a hint of booze coming through the powerful mixture of dark fruit and hop.

This beer is very heavy and thick. There is more bitterness than I was expecting having had previous year releases before. On the sip I feel like the softness of the beer is going to give way to a fruity array of flavors but I think it just needs some age. It's just a little too bitter for me, but I still appreciate the beer. It's earthy. It's warming, it's a little filling, it's big.

 1,123 characters

Photo of thisladyluck
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pocwolf
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of bacher468
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of inbierveritas
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ljbrisson
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of meich75
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,527 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.