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

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7,506
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3,058
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 vintage served from bottle into a pint glass.

A - This beer is beautiful poured from the bottle. It has a reddish-brown appearance with sufficient lingering head.

S - The hoppy earth tones are very prevalent in the smell.

T - Being labeled as a barleywine, I expected a smooth, malty beer with some lingering alcohol. This beer tastes like a DIPA or an Imperial IPA. It is very hoppy. The bitterness of the hops is overwhelming in this beer, masking the hints of malt and oak.

M - The beer has a good mouthfeel. Not as smooth and syrupy as I would have expected from a barleywine, but good.

D - I am not a hophead. This beer has average drinkabilty for my taste. Overall, the bitter hoppiness is too overwhelming.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had these two side by side - 2010 and 2007 Vintages.

A - both dark Ruby Red, almost black cherry color and head retention amazing. Lacing sticks throughout both snifters. Beautiful beer for the style.

S - dark fruits, plumbs, light bit of cherry, figs and rumish flavored dates or raisins - oaky character as well. Hops still there surprisingly a lot still in the 2007.

T - Follows nose exactly but add some earthiness to it. 2007 being more subdued - in both the nose and in the taste as the hops are not as apparent but trust me, they are still there. The 2007 is more boozy to my surprise as I figured age would have mellowed / smoothed it some.

Mouthfeel - A nice creamy bitterness to both, especially as they warmed. Neither had mellowed with some time too much as I'm realizing this beer really needs TIME.

D - Good, not great but hey! It's a barleywine. I'd be fine after 2 and move onto something else.

Final Thoughts - I remember reading a post from SierraNevadaBill stating that Bigfoot goes into a "dumb" period from the 2-4 year mark and it's best qualities come to the forefront after about 5 years or so...where this beer really becomes special. I'm thinking the 2007 is in the "dumb phase" now. While still a great brew, it was muted to me. I liked the 2010 better but NOT due to the fact that it was hoppier. All the other qualities that mentioned will turn out better with age in the 2010 I'd assume. Who knows. I could be wrong. Time will tell as I won't crack another 2007 for a year or so and see where I stand then. Great beer(s)

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Photo of jbriggs7036
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a Sierra Nevada Barleywine Style Ale 25th Expedition bottle. Vintage Label 2008.

A- POurs a thich creamy tan head that continues to lace throughout. Hazy brown body....very deep.

S- Fruity, aged dark fruit with deep aromas. Mashed grape and bing cherries...very aged. Almost a cask aged honey in the background.

T- SOmewhat the same as the smell, with more of a vintage red wine bitterness on the palate. Bitter and a touch of honey. The hops come through at the end with a finishing bitterness. Spendid. For one of my least favorite styles this is quite and excellent beer.

M- High carbonation with a mild ETOH burn with the swallow. Getting a oah or some form of cask feel as well

D- Somewhat above average for the style...nevertheless couldn't do more than two in a night before I long for an IPA.

Big ups to Shawan Liquiors in Timonium, MD for this aged doozy. Awesome spot you guys have there!

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage from bottle. Pours a deep amber colored body with a little red hue. Great light tan head that leaves lacing all along the glass.

The aroma starts with some floral hops accompanied by sweet caramel. An earthy malt note comes out in the end of the aroma.

The initial bitter piney hop flavor is balanced by a sweet maltiness. There are many blended flavors to identify but a wood/oak flavor slides in with the hops to give a nice finish. Reminds me very much of the oak-aged DIPAs I've had, but still different enough to stand alone. Alcohol is present, so I'm looking forward to trying it with some age.

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip. From notes

This beer pours a nice, deep amberish brown colour with lighter brown edging. Nice off-white fluffy head. The nose is a conglomerate of herbal flowers and caramel malt sweetness. Very nice. The taste is a battle between the butterscotch toffee sweetness of the malts and the surprisingly bitter hops. A nice mix of the two elements. It is a little boozy right now and sticky in the mouth. This is an easier to drink barleywine and will probably be even better in a year or so.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Dogfish Head snifter. Vintage 2011.

Appearance: Pours one finger of creamy off-white colored head which dissapates in a little under a minute. A deep, dark, mahogany with lighter tints of ruby when held to the light. Lots of lively carbonation contributing to some well developed lace.

Smell: A floral, piney, and juicy grapefruit hop aroma hits the nose right up front. Followed by a very pleasing caramel and burnt brown sugar aroma. A definite whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste: Wow! A complex and very deep/heavy malt sweetness with notes of caramel, raisin and cherry-like fruitiness. Kind of reminiscent of brandy. A kiss of fruity hops with lots of very piney hop bitterness on the back of the tounge. A very heavy alcohol finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and full bodied. A chewy and wet finish. Lots of wholesome, warming alcohol. Nice, smooth carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a definite beer to sip. My first drink was a pretty big one and it about knocked me off my seat. Overall a really complex and enjoyable big beer. I'll be saving a couple of these for special occasions and maybe some aging.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very deep tawny red color. Giant, thick, creamy, smooth, meringue-like, slightly off-white head. Great retention on such a full, thick head. Finally it decided to settle into a nice layer of lace.

S - Sweet toasted bread and caramel. Quite malty in the aroma. Hops also make a nice showing with citrus and pine with a touch of floral aroma. Faint alcohol aroma.

T - Strong mix of sweet malt, bitterness and alcohol. Sweet, thick caramel malt flavor provides a backbone for the bitter hops. Some hoppy flavors of floral, pine, and some citrus. Not as strong as the aroma hinted, but provides a strong bitterness. Alcohol is definitely present.

M - Full, thick feel with a good amount of carbonation. Thick and syrupy. Warming finish.

D - Definitely a slow sipper. Strong bitterness and alcohol flavor hinders drinking much of this.

Notes: Vintage 2011. Strong flavors with tons of malty sweetness, bitterness, and alcohol all battling each other. I enjoyed it as a strong, warm sipper, but not something I would want regularly. Nice treat and I am excited to see how it ages.

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Photo of PhineasGage
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Carmel/Red. Tan Head

S - Boozy, Toffee, Dark Choc, Yeasty Bread, Raisin Fruits

T - Earthy. Malty. Slight Boozy flavor. Nice hop note.

M - Thicker, Smoother than expected.

D - Very Approachable Barleywine. Good for first time barleywine drinkers. Gonna give a couple bottles some age and see what happens.

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

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a cloudy, dark ruby red color with a finger of off-white foam that has good retention and lacing.

S: Dates, figs, candi sugar, hints of smoke, and some chocolately notes.

T: Sweet, booze-soaked dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and quite a bit of hoppiness as well.

M: It has a very thick body with a creamy and sticky feel and long-lasting flavors.

D: This is certainly one of the best in its style.

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Photo of Corndork2
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz 2010 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a beautiful deep caramel color, with some deep red hues in it as well. Almost resembles a Sherry color. Developed about a 1" head that was present until the end. Leaves beautiful lacing around the edges of the glass as you drink. If the first part of the tasting experience is with the eyes, then this one begins very, very well.

S - Smells very thin, but with smooth notes of honey, caramel, citrus, yeast and the aroma of sharp hops. Its a deep, but bright bouquet.

T - Amazing. The hops bite in right when it enters the mouth, and they stay throughout the finish. The alcohol can be tastes, but the heat doesn't burn. The caramel notes add some sweetness, and the citrus really adds to the finish. The taste is very layered and complex, but to me, is good in every respect.

M - So smooth. Light, but coats the mouth well. Creamy, but not thick. A nice velvety brew.

D - The heat is in there, but it doesn't over color anything and make this one hard to drink. The smoothness and the light mouthfeel makes this one go down so easy. Its a real pleasure to drink.

I REALLY enjoyed this one. I bought twelve bottles, and will try one or two every other month or so. This was my first experience with Bigfoot, and I am not disappointed. This is definitely one to try.

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Photo of Keffa
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2010 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Poured a nice caramel red highlighted brown with a nice 2 finger tan-ish head. Head stays around and leaves some nice lacing that fades quickly. Some legs on the glass when tilted/swirled. Head settles into a thin cap through the whole glass.

S: Caramel malt sweetness and a little booze, floral hop, and dark (80+% cacao) chocolate. Biscuits, toffee, golden rum soaked raisins, and bread come through as well. Very complex aroma on this one, and the only note that doesn't come and go is the caramel sweetness.

T: Caramel, bready, and booze. Some floral/citrus notes in the very back. Some of the raisin and chocolate shows through.

M: Nice body, and a little creamy. Not overly carbonated, which is nice, because that would take away from this one, IMO.

D: As it sits, it's not bad. I think with a little bit more time for the alcohol to drop off, it'll be better, but as it sits, the alcohol is still right there asserting itself. I think that is the only real flaw I have noticed.

I meant to review this one fresh too, but forgot. This beer FRESH, is one of the single hoppiest beers I've had. With a year on it, it's a lot easier to drink, but it's still a bit hot. It's got great flavor though. Planning on completing the vertical through 2020, so I will revisit this review in a decade (hopefully BA is still around by then :) )

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - 11/05/2010 (aged roughly 3 years)
acquired from my favorite local beer store, premier gourmet. single bottle for around 3$. twist off cap. at cellar temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly hazy/murky reddish brown with a nice silky one finger of biege colored head. very nice retention with bits of sticky lace.

big aromas of booze, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, raisons, figs. the alcohol mingles very well with the other aromas, definatly nothing overpowering. very slight traces of hops, almost undetectable. no oxidation in the aroma.

delicious taste. the malts and booze are in perfect unison, one never over powering the other. has a pretty decent citrus hop kick in the finish as well as a fair bit of bitterness. lots of tasty maltiness going on. toffee, burnt caramel, molasses, dark dried fruits such as raisons and figs. time has done this beer wonders, the booze is definatly there, but its lost all the potent sharpness. still a great deal of heat and warming effects however.

amazing mouthfeel. big meaty chewy thick body. velvety smooth feel on the palate. alcohol heat and hop bitterness linger on the palate after each sip.

amazing drinkability for such a high abv. goes down too easy.

this has to be one of the more popular choices to age and i can see why. definatly worth it. ill have to pick some up and see if i can hold on to it for more than 3-4 years, because i feel as though it can only get better.

2010 vintage - 1/11/2011 (fresh bottle)
bottle at cellar temp poured into an oversized wine glass.

pours out a murky, cloudy dark reddish mahghony color with a big 3 fingers of off white head that held very nicely. lots of furry sticky lace. some sediment visible within.

aromas of big booze, but nothing solvent like. piney, resinous, woody, slightly citrus hops with a big caramel, molasses, toffee like malt to balance. hints of dark dried fruits.

lots of resinous woody hops with some pine and citrus balanced nicely by slightly burnt caramel, toffee, molasses, and some dark dried fruits. lots of alcohol that mingles with the flavors nicely, again, nothing solvent like.

same with the 07 as with the 10, the mouthfeel is sublime. oily and slick from the high amount of hops, rich, chewy, full body. carbonation is just right.

for a near 10% beer, it goes down too easy. dare i say a sessionable barlywine?

overall: i enjoyed the 10 just as much as the 07, but in 2 different aspects. whereas the 10 displayed lots of nice hops, the 07 with age on it showed lots of nice malts. IMHO, the best barleywine on the market.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredible marshmallow head. Solid red with great lacing as well. Not much carbonation, and this beer is very thick.

Smell: Initial smell comes across with wet wood and some smokiness. It's a nice earthy smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice thick smokiness that warms your mouth. Pretty creamy overall as well. Nice carbonated feel as well. Well balanced, so the carbonation does not conflict with the heavy texture. Heavy bitterness throughout that drowns out a lot of the fruitiness.

Drinkability: Very heavy feel and above average taste makes this feel one happy!

Overall: A very rustic beer that is enjoyable, but more of a novelty to try once. Definitely good though. Went up to an A- upon re-examination.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottle. Notes from January 2009 and now review two years later, tasting in January 2011.

Pours a medium dark copper red with white thick head when fresh and very little head after two years.

Citrus hop/lemon nose when fresh that, after two years, goes to a maple whiskey - big maple whiskey character carries through flavor profile and finish.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and well balanced with lots going on. You can't help but want to put more in your mouth.

I was not a fan until I again tried it after it spent two years in my cellar; I'm a fan. Complex orange peel lemon/lime hop flavors when fresh that, again, goes to a maple whiskey flavor profile; lots of burnt toast and bitter burnt orange; very complex overall; lots of hops; long hop finish that, after some age, retains complexity and goes to a bitter burnt orange/burnt toast bitter maple whiskey. This is something that I will continue to try, both fresh and with some age.

A nice experience with a beer that I aged for two years. It was worth it.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. Over 2000 reviews of this beer. Is there really anything to add?

Drank this 2010 just over two weeks before the best before date of 22/01/2011 (duly noted that this date is written in the European manner so I can only assume it was intended for export).

Poured between an ISO tasting glass and a high tumbler the head was just everywhere and foaming like James Murdoch at the Edinburgh TV Festival. The mini tornado of thick beading moved throughout the deep reddish brown liquid.

A deep long piney nose and in the centre of all that is just a whiff of a sweet core. This is reflected in the taste but there is also some orange in there too. Some long pricklish acidity to taste. Very hoppy too. Tres nice.

Leaves lots of very light and delicate lacing.

I would have liked some more clinging lingering coating of the mouth. Just a bit more dimension for perfection. Still very impressive.

I can fully understand how some might consider this to be almost like an Imperial IPA. It is a total contrast to an English Barley Wine.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bigfoot pours a medium copper color with amber highlights. A couple fingers of light caramel colored head forms, and retention is very nice. Some slightly chunky lacing remains.

Smell: Plenty of caramel malts in there, along with some floral and citrus hops and slight booziness.

Taste: Caramel malts form the base of this beer. There is a bit of booziness, and a lot of floral and piney hops on the back end. Finish is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. It drinks very smoothly. I think this beer will definitely benefit from sitting for a while. It is very hoppy, with sharp flavors right now.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2010

Appearance - hazy copper tone with 2 fingers of frothy beige head. Head retention is good and there is lots of lacing left on the glass.

Smell - fantastic smelling. Rich and vibrate fruit , toasted grains add a toffee like aroma, complimented perfectly by aggressive resiny hops. Also I want to say I smelled a little orange rind but maybe I'm just drinking it too fast...

Taste - from the first taste I'm overwhelmed by how big this beer is. Its got so much going on all at once. You get this wave of intense fruit and big malty sweetness. Followed by a toffee/brown sugar esque smokiness and sweetness. All tempered by a quite bitter finish especially as it warms.
A little boozy alcohol but for the most part its pretty well tamed and disguised by the colossal hops and malt.

Mouthfeel - heavy bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy feel that lingers on your tongue and the walls of your mouth and refuses to go away.

Drinkabiliy - about as drinkable if not more so than any other barleywine this is a beer you drink like a glass of wine otherwise you'll be on your ass in no time. An excellent brew and well worth a try.

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Photo of Tifore
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Poured into my DFH snifter.

A - Pours a deep cherry color with some orange hues. I may have over aggressively poured this beer because it developed a huge 3 finger head that even spilled out of my glass a tad. The head started out as a light tan olor but as time went on turned into a off white and got super airy with huge bubbles. It also left the most delicious and sticky lacing that I have ever seen all along the sides of my glass and a very thick cap to top it off.

S - Smells of loads and loads of sweet dark fruits and grapes. Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, some melon in there too as well as concord or sweet purple grapes. Lots of malts with carmel and slight roastyness in there as well. The overly sweetness of this beer even reminds me of Koolaid.... Haha.

T - The taste is absolutely delish. Very strong and bitter to start but that fades quick to the sweetness which takes you along for a malty berry ride to a coffee and toffee lingering finish.

M - Mouthfeel is good. By the end of the beer I felt it had lost all carbonation and almost felt a little flat, I was lost by this but overall a great smooth beer that leaves you with a awesome finish.

D - Well this barleywine is pretty intense and overpowering at times so it is a sipper and perhaps a one per night only thing. I will definitely be savoring the rest of the six pack and letting it age. Highly drinkable

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark red copper color, with a beautiful off white head that leaves great lacing around the glass.

S- One of the most unique smelling b-wine's I have had so far, a nice aroma of fruity hops and some hints of caramel as well, nothing to upfront very pleasant

T- A good brew from sierra nevada, very great tasting, nice fruity hops and some toffee and taste of good malts as well, very unique for a barley wine

M- Not thick and not to light, perfect in my eyes...smooth beer

T- Very drinkable, not to overbearing for a barley wine, sierra nevada has done it again

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This 2010 vintage ale pours a murky dark copper color with a few inches of dense foam which left a thin film all the way down the glass. An impressive appearance. The aroma is a surprise. Fresh citrus and pine indicate a heavy hand of hops in this brew. The hops plow a path across the tongue and linger afterwords. The caramel makes inroads as it all develops, providing some needed balance against the attack of pine and grapefruit. The hops dry the palate, but the alcohol is hidden well. The big bold body provides a great mechanism to transport the flavor to the imbiber. Reasonably drinkable considering its heft of alcohol.

All and all, this is a tasty beer. An American style barleywine that doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of lph0911
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gonna give this one straight.
2009 Bigfoot
Hoppy start but deep roast/chocolate flavors kick in much later.

smells more hoppy than I though it would with a cloudy reddish brown color.

Like it but couldn't kill a six pack... don't think your supposed to.

Decent Beer like it

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Photo of seeswo
2.68/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 vintage being reviewed. Bigfoot is an American Barleywine, meaning hop forward...I love barleywine and I love IPAs/ DIPAs and I don't like this beer at all. It just doesn't taste very good.

Pours an acceptable color and smells or a wee bit of caramel and delicious, but mostly hops and booze! (yes, still a bit of booze 3 years later).

The mouthfeel is thin with hops just oppressively attached to the tongue. What the heck, I thought I was drinking a barleywine? ugh...

Taste is...not so good. Like, a small bit of barleywine flavor, malt and deliciousness, but pushed away quickly by hops I cannot even fathom are still there 3 years later. They just don't belong. Wow, i thought I was going to love this beer and I really don't like it.

It's not really all that drinkable...it seems to take on the bad characteristics of a barleywine and a dipa. I must be missing something because this is not good and it was aged 3 years appropriately (I can trace its origin).

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Photo of birddogg66
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz wine glass

A- Bigfoot pours out a nice deep amber to brownish color. An off white head of about 1" sits on top of the ale, and provides a good lacing.

S- The nose of heavy sweet malt balanced by a floral hoppiness, and a touch of alcohol.

T- The initial taste of malt emerges right away with the great finish of hop bitterness. As the beer warms, a bit more of the alcohol introduces itself, and the malt takes on a bit more of a berry flavor, and the hops seem to be a bit spicy as well. Nicely balanced.

M- Very Rich, and encompasses the entire palate. About a medium effervescence.

D- A nice barleywine. One of the better ones that I have encountered. I am really impressed with the balance that Sierra has achieved with Bigfoot. Some barleywines can be overpowering in one way or another, this one is just right.

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Photo of wknight167
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - clody dark brown with an orangish tint and a 1 finger slightly yellow head with some very impressive staying power.

Nose- Citrus to the tone of grapefruit and a touch of lemon, with a good measure of pine. Grassy and fresh.

Palate- Faint caramel malt is quickly masked by an impressive amount of bitterness. My kind of barley wine.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied. If it werent for the medium high carbonation, it might be a bit sticky.

Drinkability- Scarily high. I can (and have) drank this all night.

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Photo of NODAK
2.12/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Nose has an assault of piney, floral hops upfront. Very potent. But after that subsides, a very boozy quality comes out...hints of sherry and raisins are present. It leaves me wondering which of these two sides are going to dominate the taste.

The taste leaves no confusion about that. It has abrasive bitterness from the start on through the finish, increasing in intensity and lasting well on into the aftertaste with stinging astringency. It's one of the most bitter beers I have ever had. Yes, there's some raisin, toffee, and booze on the taste as an undercurrent that shows through on the finish pretty well....but absolutely nothing approaches the hoppiness here. It left me grimacing after each swallow. I know I'm not the biggest hophead on the planet, but the lack of balance here just turned me off.

In the end, it's just not my type of beer I suppose. More balance would have been appreciated...as it is, it's just too strong and one-sided for me.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,506 ratings.
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