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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of November 30, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle in a Julian variant (“2335207:26”), making this beer just over ten weeks old.

Appearance (4.5): This pours two and a half fingers of very fine-looking, cappuccino foam-colored head. Light tan and just beautiful. The body is a slightly hazy, ruby-amber color that, again, is just beautiful. This leaves tons of lacing and boasts far above average retention, taking a very long time to die down while leaving thin collars and webby patches of lace wherever it’s been. For the style, this beer is killer.

Smell (4.25): Rich caramel and toffee mix with dark fruits (raisins and plums) with warming, spicy alcohol keepin’ it lively. Spicy and fruity hops aromas brighten it up a bit, with red grapefruit flesh and a mix of rye-type spiciness and resin adding another dimension.

Taste (4.25): All of the same malt depth picked up in the nose shows on the palate: rich, caramel-soaked cereal graininess comes off like a rich coffee cake-type flavor, mixed with toffee, prunes, brandied plums, raisins, and plenty of booziness. Damn—rich and hot, which I certainly appreciate for this style (and other things in life). There’s a solid citrus zest and vegetal bitterness on the back end (Centennial?) that helps dry out the finish, though even the ABV and hops bitterness can’t overshadow the complex malt depth here. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Wonderful feel: subdued carbonation at first gives way to an extremely fine-grained prickle that reaches every surface, leaving a sheen of hop oiliness all over the place; the hop oils and ABV help to make this a dry-finishing beer, ultimately, but the full-feeling weight of the body and the chewiness of the malt stand up to it all.

Overall (4.25): Yep, big fan of Bigfoot. Very solid beer, and a really classic representation of the style; it may not be as big or as hoppy or as rich or as hot as a lot of other examples, but it makes up for all of these things with balance and, to be frank, a degree of finesse. (Not that there’s anything understated about this at all.) Cheers to Sierra Nevada, for making this beer and continuing to fire on all cylinders, even after all these years (even if this IS one of their most classic products).

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,531 ratings
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