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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7,501
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3,058
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Photo of JizackFH
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this beer pours a nice hazy orange-brown color. There are plenty of carbonation bubbles present. It also has a very nice foamy off-white head . The head left incredible lacing that stuck and dried to the glass.

S - It smells sweet. There are definite caramel notes and some hints of booze. Also, there's some dark fruits and toffee notes present.

T - I am getting the caramel sweetness right away, and it is immediately followed by a boozy bite. There are notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a decent amount of hops. The finish is bitter and boozy.

M - this has a medium to full body, and has a bit of a chewy quality to it. the carbonation is good, and the beer goes down smooth. It is rich and creamy. The bitterness tingles the mouth as well.

D - The drinkability is quite good. It goes down easy, and the taste is great. This is an awesome beer. I think this beer is great, and I can't wait to go out and get some more.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter. This is my usual, 'staple' barleywine...love it. Big head, fluffy, over brown goodness. Nose is quite hoppy but with a ton of malt. Alcohol? What alcohol? You feel it but don't taste it, the alcohol is so well hidden.

Every sip of this brew screams big...big malt, big hops, big-time barley. This one hits the style on the head--I've had a lot of barleywines, but I keep coming back to this one. It's true to the style, a clean brew and a good value.

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Photo of paulys55
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Bigfoot for me and though this is not my style of choice, I really enjoyed it. Sweet but not too sweet with rich maltiness that is balanced by the hop presence. Finished with a nice bitterness and booziness but not as noticeable as expected looking at the ABV. I've only had 4 or 5 BWs but I would definitely say this was the best so far.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from 2010 Vintage pack. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a beautiful amber/caramel color into the snifter; truth be told, the color is fairly similar to maple syrup with some reddish hues in the light. A very respectable head tops the beer and leaves massive, long-lasting strings of web-like lacing down the glass during consumption.

Smell: Hops are the order of the day here, and they are in abundance. The signature citrus aroma in most of SN's brews comes through, but there are also strong hints of pine and some underlying notes of caramel malt and some fruit. Evident smell of alcohol as well.

Taste: HUGE hop profile out front which takes no mercy on your palate. Tastes of citrus and especially pine abound, and there is little sweetness to be found in the initial taste. But there are some slight caramel notes in the middle as well as some notes of dark fruit to balance out the ample bitterness. Very balanced, but the taste of this sucker is gigantic. Not for the faint of heart. The high alcohol content also provides some lingering bitterness (along with the hops) long into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth for such a big beer. Surprisingly smooth, actually. The bitterness in the finish might cause some to find it coarse, though. The beer is fairly thick in body, and this is definitely a beer to slowly sip on as opposed to quaff in gigantic gulps.

Drinkability: With the alcohol content and interesting flavor, it would be way too easy to put a few of these down, but this is a beer to handle with caution and to enjoy slowly. I mean, it took me over an hour to really finish the glass and enjoy it.

A massive beer for the winter months. Definitely enjoyable, but it may have been a bit too much for my unrefined palate. Still fantastic, though. I would love to see how aging smooths out this bad boy.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wow smell of piney hops hits you in the smell. I can tell this is going to be a real full flavored beer. The taste is unreal. The taste smacks you in the face with hops and very rich sweet malted barley. Very rich tasting. This tastes like an IPA with a shit load of malt. The rich malt flavor reminds me very much of the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA malt profile. Actually this is like Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale times 5. So if you like the Celebration Ale and want that same taste but with even more bitter hops and and that same malt but a lot more of it this is your beer. Actually the Celebration Ale and this beer have the same ingredients. They both use two row malt and English barley with the Cascade Chinook and Centennial hops. Amazing beer this is the total definition of an American hopped Barleywine.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a cloudy amber color, and the head is slightly off white. The aroma has the smell of citrus hops. The beer is sweet, with a caramel malt taste, with a solid citrus hop flavor, all very well balanced together. The mouthfeel is interesting, the body of the beer is between a medium and heavy feel. Feels almost silky at some point in the mouthfeel. The alcohol content is high in this beer but it is very well masked with flavor. This would be considered a sipping beer, but I think it is very drinkable.

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

We've been sleeping on this one for a while...2009 malting.

Deep straw/garnet color pours with a Sierra Nevada signiture silken froth that clings nicely to our sampling glasses.

Bitter malt and burnt fruit seep into the back of my tongue - intense bitter hop punch here, but neutralized with fruity malt until the beer sloshes down the gullet. A big double IPA bitter lingers on the palatte afterwards. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel take the stage making this a fun drinkable treat...but not too fast, this is the last one!

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

been managing to hold off on these suckas. only the 2nd bottle from my sixpack back in the early part of the year. but it is time to reswear my allegiance to our hop fathers!

sexy ruby caramel color, pretty clear, voluminous head that erupts vainglorious aromas of sweet toasty malts and the good pine. upon closer inspection, the sweetness dominates the aroma, some alcohol and pine and a bit of citrus. this seems to have mellowed quickly, the hops fading and the malts riding in. Smells plenty bitter though.
the hops though are very evident in the flavor, though, riding through with centennials and cascades and a very sharp bitterness indicative of the Chinook. The citrus flavor is big, balancing upon the sweet caramel malt ride, with that wave of bitterness encompassing all. It's a fine beverage of fond memories. The bitterness is perhaps a bit too acrid for me, but otherwise, it is one of my favorite barleywines (American, anyways).

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bigfoot served in a Great Divide balloon glass on 11/15/2010. My final bottle from a 6 pack purchased in May.

This beer is a clear amber with some enhanced red hues when held up to the light. However, I'm most impressed by the creamy head that slowly dissipates and leaves a film on top of the fluid.

The smell is mostly hops with caramel malts in the backbone. Maybe pine on top of bread pudding?

The taste hits hard at the beginning and the end with hops. Very piney. The malt backbone is huge and sweet. Borderline cloying... overpowering on some sips and perfect on others.

The mouthfeel is good... but it doesn't caress my mouth like it could.

It's pretty darned drinkable, but I'm not dying to get the next sip. I'm glad I've had a full 6 pack to sample this year, but it doesn't match up to the drinkability or overall satisfaction of something like Old Ruffian.

EDIT: I've had more since then, and this thing keeps getting better. More points for overall!

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

12oz stub into a Snifter Glass. 2010 Matltage

A- Pours a nice reddish copper with a great lasting 1 finger off white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Nice bitter smelling hop presence up front with a sweet caramel malted barley background. Such a great blend or molasses and brown sugar with a touch of darker fruits and maybe some toffee. Definitely a very unique smelling B-Wine. Some alcohol as it warms but not bad.

T- Man...I'd swear this was a DIPA if I blind tasted it! Great bitter pine and citrus hops with a strong and solid barley malt background. If you can get past the hops you get some nice fruits and sweet molasses. But man those hops!!!!

M- Solid thick and syrupy body with a good amount of carbonation and a serious bitter dry finish.

Overall this is no doubt a great B-Wine! I had my doubts but my mind has been changed. Would love to get some more to age and mature this sucker. Get more of a taste of the malts than hops.

SkÅL!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: huge hop blossoms; copper, clear; nice carbonation; great lacing
S: sweet, hoppy, brown sugar
T: outstanding barleywine style; this version has a sharp bite to it, from the hops Sierra Nevada's famous for
M: fuzzy, foamy

Keep this beer on the warmer side; what an outstanding ale

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Photo of demuzik
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far one of my top ten US craft brews.

Appearance is deep and rich, smell is strong hoppy complexity, and the taste and mouthfeel is where it dominates... super chewy and thick from the massive malt usage, balanced with an enormous hop and dry hop gifting. Chinook flavors dominate, definitely a "proud to be an American" moment while drinking this one.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a goofy stretched out tulip. 2010 BF. Poured a deep amber, with a two finger solid head. Smelled really citrusy and hoppy on first whiff; if I didn't know better I'd think it was a dipa. Boozy, caramel malts, floral citrus, really smelled tasty. Taste was more barleywine-esque then the smell. Good contrast between the sweetness and the alcohol up front, with a great bitter tasting finish. Mouthfeel was really nice; med-to-full bodied and rich, well carbonated. I would imagine this beer ages pretty well; and even young I could drink multiples.

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

Review #50

12oz, 2008 edition (25th Expedition)

Pours a clear brown amber with a thick foamy head and leaving decent lacing. The Nose is toasted biscuity malts, a rich sweet hop character, smells of dark fruit. The taste is a bold and bitter start ending up being a superb mixture of the malt & hops, finishes slightly bitter. Theres a wet hop taste, a barleywine taste and a big malty blast and discovered in subsequent sips. Barely notice the alcohol presence here. Medium bodied mouthfeel. This beer goes down quite easy, drinkable for any occasion. Another impressive craft beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigfoot was the first barleywine I ever had, and possibly the best after Old Guardian. 2010 vintage now has substantially less alcohol presence then when I first had it back in July, but it still warms the throat as it goes down.

Pours a burn orange/toffee color, with a magnificent head. Smell is dominated by caramel malt with a hint of dark fruit and a bit of citrus hops. Taste is much more hop forward, quite bitter but the malt sweetness comes through in the middle with a finish that is all hops. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of oluap
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this bottle is part of 2 cases that i bought here in raleigh nc about a year ago.. 2010 vintage

smells of burnt orange/citrus
... cascade hops are present.. its smells delicious!

burnt caramel , brown sugar.. slight earthiness to it... can smell like this beer is an extract of beer.. sounds weird but its incredible.. you can tell that this is a extra special brew..

foamy , rocky head that lingers on and leaves extra sticky lacing on the glass.. if you leave the glass unwashed , you notice that the next day that it crusts and seems to age even more but without smelling like some nasty skunk brew .. its amazing, almost as if i could have my very own yeast culture in a glass..

a thick almost syrup like density.. sweet burnt and mellow.. biscuity , pancakes and syrup.. snmooth cinnamon toast crunch with alcohol.. excellent brew! when i tried some when it was fresh and just released it had a strong bite (alcohol) but after storing a 2 cases and just drinking them over time i noticed how mellow they get ..

love how it has a great aftertaste after the syrupy resiny taste of hops first hits the pallate.. incredible beer!

this is a perfect beer for cold weather!
warms you up real quick

snb ftw!

sorry for review had some case of yuengling before this.. :P

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

Poured ontap, assuming its the 2010 vintage. A rich reddish color with a large off white head and a sheet of lace engulfing the whole glass. A beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Floral hops, hints of malt sweetness.

Taste: Bitter hops mingle with the malt. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and a soft fruityness. The hops are very piney and resinous, and really round out this big beer. Alcohol heat is not noticeable right away, but creeps in later as it warms. Light citrus, pine and earthy tones, brown sugar and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth on a fuller bodied beer. The mouthfeel of the draught Bigfoot is very nice and worthy of note.

Drinkability: Though it is a rather strong beer, I had no problem drinking several 12 oz pours of this. Great beer.

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Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired a 2005 bottle from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a murky, ruddy brown color with a one finger of khaki/light brown colored sudsy head. Head retains nicely and leaves sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat boozy, fruit sweetness, caramel malts, and brown sugar.

T: Taste starts with some big boozy notes before lending to and overload of caramel and toffee sweetness. Citrus hop presence mingle in with brown sugar and molasses and really give the finish a nice bite.
Aftertaste has a slight medicinal quality to it...

M: Medium body, low carbonation, somewhat syrupy with a thin finish.

D: Goes down pretty easily, nice kick, not too filling, nice representation of style. This is a one off beer for me, as the medicinal aftertaste is a bit much for more than one glass.

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

Had a reddish orange color, more deep red than orange. The head was thick, three fingers tall and stayed for a good ten minutes.

had a very bitter scent, lots of hops and a little alcohol aroma in the end. Has a slightly fruity smell in the nose.

spice and fruit in the first taste followed quickly by an alcohol bitterness, the alcohol warms and lingers for quite a while

this is a little thick and very bitter on the mouth.

Seems more suited to colder weather but a great beer if you're really into hops and bitter flavors.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving-2010 vintage, 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Deep amber color, light carbonation. Creamy off white head with great retention and web-like lacing.

Smell- Hops hit real hard and are then balanced by a somewhat roasted malt.

Taste- This beer has so much going on. Piney hop taste explodes as soon as you taste it then you get a hit of roasted and toasty malt flavor and a resiny,leafy hop after taste.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth beer, heavy but creamy.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, can't wait to pour another. An instant favorite, just got to go easy because of the alcohol content.

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

Bottle shared by Matt, the foot on the cap said 2005, I didn't investigate further.

Beer is brown to gray and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is alcoholic slightly, like a liquor, with caramel and mild toffee and perhaps some leather.

Beer is big, chewy, in the mouth. Viscous. Its not hot any longer, its sweet at the lead off and heavy. The flavors of dark fruits and raisins cover the mouth. Its great and highly drinkable. While the beer seems syrupy, its not offputting, its a very nice aged barleywine.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barley wine is an oft-confusing style for me. The moment I think I know what to expect, another throws me for a loop and I'm left unsure I even know how to consider such a beer. That said, Bigfoot, I challenge thee to challenge me to understand you.

Pours a brilliant scarlet red with head that is just itching for another swirl. Aroma is exactly what I wanted, malted-over citrus rind simply bursting with brown sugary booze.

Wow what a taste! Nothing I could have expected, very smoky (in a good way), woody, and complex. The mouthfeel really adds to this experience, creamy but dry, exploding in a million different directions of flavor. To emphasize, this DOES NOT taste like charcoal or mesquite, but rather like a perfectly peat-y cognac dipped cigar. Tobacco leaf and pine needle.

I think I may go back and buy every last bottle of this, so happy to find it still on the shelf! Definitely a beer to drink with Santa. Thank you Chico.

(So many A's from me lately but don't worry, those are just the beers I'm reviewing...)

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code 9-036-2-14:37=So, bottled on February 5th 2009, if I'm not mistaken. About 1.66 years on it. Have had many previous vintages, mostly fresh. But this one is in my glass tonight.

[L] Pours a murky, oily orange, with tan head, and sticky film. Hazy through the sides, yet clear from a bird's eye.

[S] Wallop of caramel, wet wood, citrus, and slight herbal tea quality.

[T] Has a very nice chocolately tone. And although it is not at all wood aged, I sense a woodiness here as well. Could be the mellowing. There is also a grapefruit, citrusy rind. And a very present caramel malt, as expected for a solid barleywine. Probably enough hops for a DIPA. Though malty, it does kind of skew the line.

[M] I'm always impressed as to how well the hops in the Bigfoot verticals stand up. Biting, dry, lengthy lingering prickly bitter. Big citrusy hop. Still very well carbonated, though on the fuller side. Chewy at times, but not extremely heavy.

[D] There are probably more drinkable barleywines. But I enjoy this one very much, and COULD prolly do 3 or 4 on a cold evening. This is a prime example of a hopped up American rendition IMHO. And always a great candidate for aging.

I always know what I'm getting when I buy Bigfoot...

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Photo of wessells
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first beer review that I have posted, despite following Beer Advocate for quite some time. I recently participated in a sufficiently rare tasting event to justify writing up my experience.

A year ago I received a gift of the 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2002 vintages of Bigfoot. They were procured at Stuffed Sandwich in LA. More recently I acquired the 2008 and 2010 (Sadly, 2009 was missed) vintages as well. Last Saturday (100210), the nine vintages were tasted vertically, from oldest to youngest. No alcohol was drunk beforehand, and only small amounts of each vintage were consumed until after I finished taking notes on each. Several palate rinses over a few minutes were performed between vintages.

A few general comments: the 2010 and 2008 vintages are both a rich red-brown color and have at least 1/2 inch of robust head from a strong pour. Vintages 2001 and 2002 form and retain a small head. Vintages 1998 and older show virtually zero carbonation. The 2001 and 2002 vintages are brown, while the 1990 to 1998 vintages are extremely dark, opaque brown.

Tasting notes by vintage:

1990:
Nose: Raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup.
Taste: A burnt, woody finish after hints of toffee and dried fruit.
Mouth feel: Smooth and syrupy, much like better barrel-aged barleywines.
General Comment: Nearly 20% of the bottle was dark brown (tasteless) sediment.

1993:
Nose: Initial sour/rotten smell, suggesting the bottle had gone over. After the volatiles dispersed, a nose of caramel was present.
Taste: Sour, rotten wood. Sadly, this vintage had gone over.

1994:
Nose: Very weak nose of caramel. Hardly anything here.
Taste: vaguely sweet dried fruits. Nearly flavorless.
Mouth feel: Fizzy and watery. Not nearly as syrupy or smooth as the other older vintages.

1995:
Nose: Again, raisins, dried fruit, caramel.
Taste: A distinct but muted raisin flavor. Ashy and bitter finish.
Mouth feel: Smoother than 1994, but does not approach the supple texture of 1990.

1998:
Nose: Caramel, and remarkably, a hint of herbs. Sage, perhaps.
Taste: Tart, with an ashy finish. This bottle had probably gone over.

2001:
Nose: A weak nose of rum and butterscotch.
Taste: Muted flavors of rum and raisins.
Mouth feel: Slight carbonation helps a smooth but watery finish.

2002:
Nose: Warm butterscotch and rum. Remarkably buttery!
Taste: Mild flavors of fruits and caramel. The aftertaste is of earthy wood and leather. After sitting half an hour, a second helping showed stronger flavors.
Mouth Feel: Watery, but smooth. The vintages that are about a decade old are not very syrupy.

2008:
Nose: Rich fruit and caramel. A much stronger nose than any of the older vintages.
Taste: Finally, a classic barleywine– rich fruits, leather, raisins, and caramel. For the first time, the alcohol is detectable.
Mouth Feel: A smooth finish complemented by a robust head.

2010:
Nose: Rum, leather, caramel, and a variety of fruits.
Taste: Syrupy, buttery caramel, raisins, and a hint of hops. Until now, the existence of hops had been all but forgotten. Alcohol is present, yet welcome.
Mouth Feel: Excellent full bodied texture. Wonderfully thick and syrupy, yet not overpowering.

Final synopsis:
Some annual releases such as Anchor Christmas and modern barleywines such as The Perfect Storm, Mirror Mirror, and Abacus can (hopefully) withstand substantial aging. However, Bigfoot has a useful lifetime of only a few years. It was unfortunate that I could not procure a vintage from the middle of the last decade on short notice, as that would have been a good test of this beer's true longevity. The 1990 vintage was reminiscent of some modern barrel aged barleywines. This was lucky, as most of the older bottles were bland and dead, if not outright spoiled. The vintages up to 2002 had twist-off caps, which may not have been sufficiently secure.

If you are lucky enough to own ancient vintages of Bigfoot, they are worth saving for a special occasion, but not worth keeping for the purpose of aging them even more. These beers were not intended to be saved many years, and even if they haven't gone bad, the nose and taste has become quite weak. Only time will tell if recent vintages will prove longer-lived.

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Photo of tewaris
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OG: 23.0 Plato
FG: 6.0 Plato
90 IBUs
12 oz 2010 vintage, bottled December 30, 2009, poured into a wine glass at room temperature.

Appearance 4.5/5
Clear reddish brown with a dense, creamy, tan colored head. The head retention was great with good lacing, but not as sticky as I hoped.

Aroma 3.5/5
Only "downside" of the aroma was its weakness. Otherwise fantastic: first impression was hops, but not of any specific kind. Some caramel malts and brown sugar, with sweetness and richness of a fresh baked rum raisin pie.

Taste 4.5/5
Bitterness is the king here. Starts slightly fruity sweet, but the bulk is a strong and smooth bitterness. Not harsh, but very powerful. Strong and complex hop flavor. The alcohol is felt in breath and in its warmth but not in the taste itself. Finish is dry and long with unyielding bitterness. The malts support the beer pretty well but the balance is decidedly bitter, as is appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Feels more attenuated than I remember, both in the body and the finish. It's perhaps the age on it, almost ten months, but maybe it's because of the temperature too. Low carbonation lets the beer coat the mouth without being prickly. Keep in mind, however, that the finish is quite clean and not cloying at all.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Very good.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,501 ratings.
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