Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress.

Added by kbub6f on 02-06-1998

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

A: Murky orange/amber color; like a light copper. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head with good retention. Sheets of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts. Piney floral hops. Alcohol. Lots going on.

T: Sweet roasted malt up front. Big floral hop flavor quqickly follows; more like an explosion. Fruity alcohol finish. For as sharp as all the flavors all, balance is good

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Sharp, dry and hot.

D: Flavorful. Balanced in an odd way. definitely a sipper.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a glass, 2010 Bigfoot Ale

Appearance - this is a unique looking beer its a dark brown but almost looks purple with off white head that leaves a nice lacing

Smell - has an alcohol smell along with some sweet fruit undertones

Taste/Mouthfeel - I don't know how to describe this taste, its very unique, this is my first barleywine. Right off the bat you get slammed in the face with the high abv which creates a very nice warming feeling all the way down. the taste is very complex its sweet but at the same time it isn't, i really can't describe this beer. its just tasty

Drinkability - not something i could slug back but it is definitely a joy to be drinking it

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

Poured into a large wine glass. The vintage I'm reviewing now is 2010, so this is virtually unaged.

Appearance - Tan and a good couple fingers thick. It settles down, but remains coating the top.

Smell - The hops stick out, but with a certain alcohol presence and some very sweet flavors. There's some lemon and grapefruit here, and a tone of pine. The only thing it loses points on is it's slightly solventy, too.

Taste - Very nice. It is on the bitter side of the scale, but there are nice malt sugar tastes really makng a good balancing act. Also treacle, and an almost plum like fruitiness. Did I mention the hops? Lots of depth here.

Feel - Sits very well. It is heavy but also quite silky. The underplayed carbonation a big plus here, too.

Drinkability - I wondered if it should be this drinkable. It really warms you up, and it's hard to out down, but the alcohol and heft make this a little hard to finish a second (though I usually keep it to one)q

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

Presentation: (2009-2008-2007 vertical) They were poured from brown 12oz bottles into tulip glasses. Each label is different and each cap has the year or vintage of the brew.

Appearance: (2009) Its body has a deep reddish brown color with a slight haze. The head is thin, about one finger, and very clingy. Over time as I slowly sipped this one it gradually settled down to wispy thin covering that makes nice lace rings.
(2008) This one is very close to the 2009 in color, haze, head and lacing.
(2007) The 2007 has the same color as the 09 and 08 but with a little more haze and a little less head.

Smell: (2009) There are lots of wonderful citrus and resiny pine like hop notes in the aroma over rich sweet caramel and roasted malty notes. The alcohol is noticeable and boozy in a good way.
(2008) This one still has big hop notes with some more bready, roasty and caramel notes coming out. The alcohol is still noticeable and boozy.
(2007) This one has the closest balance with hops still most noticeable. The barley malt really comes out here and the boozy alcohol adds its own sweet touch.

Taste/Palate: (2009) Its big full body brings a base of warm boozy sweet malt with strong hops mixed in. There are notes of rich caramel, roasted grain and red lickerish candy covered with powerful citrus and resiny spicy hops. Hop bitterness bites onto the tongue and hangs on long into the finish. The texture has a firm slick feel with nice soft carbonation.
(2008) In this year the caramel notes sweeten slightly, alcohol mellows a touch and roasted notes come out more with bready yeast notes coming in as well. Hop notes are still big but bring some herbal orange and lemon citrus notes the piney hop bitterness.
(2007) With this year all the flavor notes and bitterness mellow and blend together just a bit more.

Notes: All three years were outstanding and very tasty. All were very similar with just a gradual mellowing of character. The hops really held up well with age.

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Photo of BobZ
3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz., 2010 Vintage, Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Golden copper/orange, initial thin head dissipates, decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Hops are very dominant, very little sweetness, in fact very little beyond the piney/slightly citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose almost verbatim. Hop bitterness at the beginning, middle, and finish, no real taste of alcohol, in fact not much malt flavor either. In some ways, a one dimensional beer, there are other flavor elements present but the hoppy bitterness envelops them all.

Mouth feel: Clean and relatively smooth, well carbonated.

Drinkability: A sipper and a bit bitter for my liking.

No real comparisons can be made to a British or even a Belgian barleywine. Color and appearance characteristics are the only similarities.

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

2010 bottle

A - Pours a clear ruby color with 2 fingers thick bubbly off white head.

S - Smell is mostly citrus hops with a slight alcohol scent.Some slight caramel malt is coming through.

T - Huge malt character, caramel, slight roasted flavor. Hops are very present as well. Citrus is still the main flavor, bitterness overpowers the hop flavor though.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Slightly oily from the hops. Finish is mostly bittering hops with a small hint of alcohol.

D - Very good drinkability, ABV isn't too noticeable, very smooth beer with a well rounded flavor.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A Poured a light reddish brown with light lacing. Very little head sticks around for the entire beer to be finished.

S A pleasant floral, hoppy scent with subtle malt undertones. Citrus and grassy are the major scents here.

T Citrusy, piney, grapefruity, and grassy are your big tastes. In the background are tastes of caramel and slight malt.

M There is a heavy, crisp, and bitter mouthfeel here. This beer has a warmth that builds up due to high levels of alcohol.

Overall this is a good beer to have during a cool fall or spring evening. It is refreshing and very strong. One or two of these can certainly help someone go to bed.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage thanks to my buddy Ashton.

Pours a syrupy brown with just a ring of creamy head and a nice lacing.

The smell is certainly sweet malts with almost a wintergreen aroma to it. I find that to be a little odd, but not exactly a bad thing.

Tastes like brown sugar, maple, vanilla and a little bit of raisin.

Very well rounded with age, medium-full body. Slick, oily feel.

This is certainly the oldest vintage of any beer that I've ever had. Wow, does it make a difference. I've got to get on top of aging some more things.

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

2010 BigFoot BarleyWine Style Ale: Pours cloudy blood red with a creamy/foamy 2 finger tan head that lasted a while and left a creamy layer on top as the beer went down; a lot of sediment floating in the beer and great lacing that clings to the glass. Love the artwork on the bottle as well!

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, really sweet malt, caramel, syrup, wheat bread and brown sugar. Very hoppy nose that is also incredibly sweet and inviting even with the alcohol present in the aroma. This beer lets you know from the star that it's got a kick.

Huge sweet malt and hop flavor up front, followed by the alcohol heat that tasted like rum or bourbon; this tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit like plum and or raisin, orange peel, grapefruit, light brown sugar, some vanilla as well as molasses. Very sweet, yet somewhat bitter like an IPA from the hops. This is a strong beer and has a very good balance, with a bitter pucker in the finish which leaves a combo of toasted grains, sweet malt and grapefruit or citrus hops. A real nice beer to sip and savor, I found this extremely enjoyable on the palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and an oily feel; body was heavy and chewy, but still managed to go down easy even with the alcohol presence.

Drinkability was good, especially considering the high ABV, but this is a beer to end the night with or just enjoy slowly. A very tasty beer that I would definitely have again and highly recommend!

2011 BigFoot BarleyWine Style Ale: Pours hazy blood red with brown and orange accents near the edges and a massive bubbly/creamy/foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left excellent lacing with foamy rings going down the glass; the head was so solid it didn't move for a while and looked like a foam cloud and then when it was gone it left a creamy layer on top. A really great looking beer.

Smells of huge hops up front, with the malty sweetness, with caramel, toffee, wet bread, grains, dark fruits, brown sugar and some alcohol that smelled like it was aged in a wine barrel. Just like the 2010 brew, this has a very hoppy nose that's incredibly sweet and inviting even with the alcohol present in the aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with huge hops up front, floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, then followed by the alcohol heat, sweet malt, pepper or hop spices, caramel, dark fruit like plum or raisin, orange peel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses and the wine barrel aging hints. It's sweet, but the hops provide enough alcohol punch to make it like an IPA with just enough spice flavor. A slight bitter pucker in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very low carbonation and an oily feel, a medium body, and some chewyness to it; it's heavy and you can sense the alcohol presence, but it's still a really great beer that goes down easier than it should.

Drinkability was very good, especially considering the high ABV. Not a session beer, but a very tasty beer that I look forward to drinking each winter. Highly recommend again!

2012 BigFoot BarleyWine Style Ale: Spot on and amazing again; had it fresh and just cracked open a bottle over a year later and this beer ages with the best of them. To me the most impressive aspect may be how well the head stands up and sticks around after a year of aging; taste, smell and experience are all equally impressive both fresh and aged.

9/13/2016: Had a 2016 bottle and it was equally malty and hoppy, with sharp piney hops coming off like rye before the citrus and herbal notes resume control. Smooth and well balanced, it goes down easier than it should for a 9.6% ABV brew.

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

First barleywine ever! seems to be a good place to start :)

A: Nice head which leaves islands of foam for quite some time. Cloudy reddish brown color.

S: Smells like the Celebration ale by SN, hop dominated, pine and cirtus smell.

T: Very rich and flavorful beer, seems to have a nice balance. Whereas the beer smelled like an IPA it also has HUGE malt flavors, I was very happy about this. There is a little sweetness hidden under the piles of hops.

M: Very thick in the mouth with a little alcohol kick; I wish the beer had a bit more carbonation, I think it would go down smoother.

D: Ummm 9.6 ABV is not what I would call drinkable but... it does go down easy and tastes great!

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Photo of jmhart
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taco Mac Kennesaw

A- Deep amber with a little maroon shade when held up to the light. A little hazy, but only just a little. Served with no head, but probably not the beer's fault. Had only a remnant of lacing around the glass, but again, probably not the beer.

S- Strong herby hop nose with only subtle amounts of caramel malt and nuts underneath. There was a potency to it, maybe anise or pepper.

T- The first flavor that hits you is intense concentrated hops. Earthy hops with elements of grapefruit. Quickly following the hops are intense caramel and raisin flavors, along with some nuts and the slightest hint of anise in the aftertaste.

M- Pretty thick, in the medium to full-bodied range for a barleywine. It was slightly chewy with a fun amount of carbonation. I would have liked to see just a little more body to it.

D- This was really tasty. A broad spectrum of flavors. Gotta be careful because of the alcohol...it doesn't hit you until you've already ordered you're second one.

Overall, I'd say this is pretty much dead on for the style. A standard from which all others should be compared. That being said, there's always room for improvement no matter how good one does.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Pours a beautiful, rich, reddish colour, with light head which evolves into gentle tracings of infinitesimal surface bubbles. Something about this beer just exudes a warm, glowing, welcoming feel. Very impressive.

S: Magnificent! Strong, strong hops surge upwards, giving incredible force to this pungent nose. What might be lost in a wash of bitterness is instead highlighted -- light notes of citrus, an underlying breadiness, and distant malt.

T: Like no barleywine I've ever come across. Rather than being sweet or sticky, this is the most overwhelming hoppy concoction I can imagine. Slightly carbonated, the hops don't bite, but rather immerse. The tongue, the mouth, the senses, are awash in fresh flavours which cannot obscure the gestures towards balance -- an undeniable underlying sweetness, a citrus background, and a perfect roundness of flavour. The aftertaste is long, dry, and hoppily bitter. To me, this is amazingly delicious. To the non-hop-lover, I imagine this is repellent.

M: Chewy, bready, and good. The bitterness and smoothness mostly cancel one another out, leaving a neutral mouthfeel, edging towards bitterness. Hops leave a trace, but instead of characteristic soapiness, it's a clinging dryness.

D: As appealing as this beer is, I cannot imagine drinking more than one at a sitting. The one I did pour goes slowly, languishing in the mouth. If you like hops at all, this beer is a must buy; highly recommended.

EDIT (11 December 2011): the following review is of a bottle aged in a wine cellar for 14 months (and in my fridge for another month).

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass. Vintage 2010.

4A: A surprisingly amount of head. Half a finger thick and apparently rock-solid. Great retention. The beer is a murky brown that glows auburn in direct light. Translucent, but far from transparent.

4.5S: Time seems to have mellowed the hops considerably, but only in intensity, not amount. This bottle, however, has a balancing brown sugar/caramel sweetness. Notes of citrus and muted pine, along with a noticeably alcoholic twinge. Deep and nice.

4T/3.5M: A bit of a disappointment. The pine is still present in the taste, and it, combined with the high ABV, make for a rather astringent beer. It grows on me, slowly, as I note other interesting features such as the nutty dryness on the endtaste. The maintaste is still predominantly hoppy, but the hops are so enervated that it is rather humdrum experience. A very light carbonation avoids flatness, but lacks pizazz.

I realise that so far, the aged Bigfoot doesn't sound great, but it's still a very good beer; I retract the disappointed judgement. It's a different beer, and less vibrant, but somehow more...mature. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter and feels reminiscent dark chocolate. The maintaste is more balanced and, if there is less fresh citrus, there is a more of a substantially malty backbone.

4O: I wish I'd put down a half dozen and tasted them at various ages. I prefer the fresh hops of this beer, but it was not a total disaster. Try younger, is my advice.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really anticipating trying this beer, since it seems like there is alot buzz around the beer and people like it.

Great pour, very bubbly, sticks around the glass for a while, dark amber in color, doesn't smell much.

Taste is potent, comparable to the only other barleywine I have had (Stone), sticky icky, rich, malty, hoppy, fruity, strong finish in which you can slightly taste the alcohol, but its pretty well hidden. Bitterness is very strong in the end.

Instense beer, not sure how many I could drink in a sitting, but one is just great.

Overall I like the beer, definitely has the stamp from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of VTaler
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

So I finally come face to face with this mighty bigfoot. He looks rather dark maroon with a cloudy appearance. His head was huge. Kind of a yellow-orange color.
As I stare at it I smell a very floral hop aroma straight up. After that comes an aroma of what I first thought to be chocolate but now I realize it was burnt sugar.
I start to battle with the beast. It smacks me in the head with hops and comes around quickly with a sour uppercut. These hits are very strong and honestly it's a little hard to take but I keep up the fight. The malt backbone hits me but it's kind of sour. Overall I was expecting better. I've definitely had much better barely wines.
Very thick
I could only have one

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

Poured into my goblet glass with a nice amber and in some ways slight burgundy hue. Minimal lacing and the head was minimal....but I think that was because the bottle was a wee bit cold.

Smell is better now that the beer has warmed a bit. Sweet malt and hoppy notes that have an orange/citrus note to them!

Taste is wonderful, not to sweet or hoopy. Very balanced!

Mouthfeel is good. Not overly carbonated and not cloying even with it high malt bill.

I could drink several of these, but would be foolish to do so with its high ABV! Alcohol nicely hidden and a GREAT beer overall!

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Photo of imwalle
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 2010 into a tulip.

Look: dark brown with a little orange peaking through.

Smell: a strong hoppy and sweet smell. With a nice blend of florals.

Taste: it taste exactly like it smells. Also i found a bit of carmel flavoring sneaking in. There is a bitter after taste in the back of the mouth.

Feel: great feel with a perfect level of carbonation.

Drink: drinkable, does not feel as heavy as it is. Not a beer I would drink a lot of in a row.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

-2010 Vintage-

Appearance is a dark brown with a hint of orange. There is a strong off-white head, but it doesn't last too long. All in all a decent looking beer.

Smell is strong & sweet malty hops. I think that sums it up best. Hints of herbal aromas and caramel.

This is a very sweet beer. Taste is reminiscent of the nose, the hops and malty flavor are in perfect balance as of now, neither overpowers the other. Not bad but nothing amazing, I'm interested in tasting the yearly progress.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, strong carbonation, the hops are bitter on the tongue and the dessert like maltiness add to the thickness of the beer which is great.

Drinkability isn't bad, tastes like 7.6% not 9.6%. There is a dense sweetness however which is never exactly recommended for drinking large quantities of. And all you need is a couple of these until your taste buds won't even be functional anymore.

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Photo of dnolan36
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage

I poured this into a New Belgium Globe glass. It poured a nice brownish, red color with almost no head or carbonation. The lacing on this beer was amazing, the glass was almost entirely cream colored.

It had a very strong malt, pine aroma to it. Much different than the current vintage.

The taste of this aged vintage was very smooth with very little carbonation.

This is a good barleywine and even better with 4 years on it. If you can get your hands on some older vintages I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend setting aside this anytime you can.

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Photo of STEG
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage so it's fresh, Poured into a Ridel oversized red wine glass. Appearance is not bad dark amber with some orange notes visible. Smell is dominated by hops, phenols, and herbal aromas, maybe some very slight caramel in the back. Taste has a lemon/grapefruit rind presence with a dominant pine overtone. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky like watery resin. I have a bunch of these to age so we'll see what happens

1999 Vintage, 15 years old! Sugar Cookie Dough colored head. Cloudy, amber hue, deep caramel color, similar to fresh maple sap. Aroma's definitely got some sweaty dank feet up in there musty cabinet odors, not super pleasant I'd rate it a 2.5, with the 2010 at a 4.5 We're averaging a 3.5. Taste has quite a bit of lingering hop citrus up front, just slightly bitter with the malt really being able to show it's stuff with some malty raw sugar notes at the back, with some orange peel rounding it out with a slight tartness as well 3.5 in this category. Mouthfeel is super velvety, yet light, 4.25 in this category.

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

Pours a nice brown-amber with a light brown, lacing head. Big aroma, dark fruits, wine, citrus, brandy and alcohol. Big flavor. Starts with a syrup sweetness and dark fruit malts. A little caramel malt as well. Hints of citrus and bold pine and earthy hops kick in next and leave a big impression. The alcohol is very evident and the beer finishes with more pine hops that leave a lingering dry and warm aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel and again leaves the palate warm and dry. Improves with age.

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

A - Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass with 2 fingers of mocha brown bubbly head. Huge amount of visible carbonation in a translucent body. Some sediment swirling around in there as well. Overall, this red amber body looks fantastic.

S - Strong smell. Bready and dark fruits. Some alcohol in there too.

T - Big and spicy taste. Wow. Great dark fruit taste. Molasses sweetness, strong hop bitterness. Spice creeps in at the end. No alcohol taste.

MF - Again, big is the first word the comes to mind. Heavy bodied mouthfeel through and through. Carbonation doesn't come to lighten things up either.

D - I think it's a bit too strong to be very drinkable. Then again, I don't think they wanted it to be very drinkable and neither should the style. That into account, it's spot on.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of tan head. It is copper colored. The aroma is seems balanced between citrusy hops and caramel malt. The taste is frontloaded with hops. They are citrusy and very obvious. The malt that I smelled is overpowered by the hops. I wish I had the willpower to cellar this beer but I'm a needy person. I needed a beer. I think I would prefer it aged with the hops fading.

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Photo of FlyingRabbit
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic pour from a bottle. This is the 2010 seasonal variety. The first thing I noticed was the color, which is a very dark reddish amber. Its probably one of the better looking beers I've seen in awhile. But, as we all know looks are only a fraction of the package. The smell is somewhat sweet, but also a bitterness that definitely comes from the hops. Taste-wise this was just as I've read from previous reviewers--grapefruit hops, with an undertone of sweetness. This one stays on the tongue for a little, and it goes down very smoothly. A bit too smoothly for a nearly 10 ABV :)

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass - 2007 Vintage

A: Pours a super cloudy brownish red with a small creamy tan head that slowly fades to ring leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hops in the first few sniffs but that gives way to a toffee/caramel malty sweetness. The hops have faded quite a bit since this was mainly hops at first.

T: The taste is still full of grapefruit hops but the age has tamed them considerably. There is a good deal of malty sweetness now and a yeasty wine-like quality. The finish is bittered by the hops.

M: The feel is very creamy, thick, and oily. Great stuff...

D: The ABV is high enough to keep this from being a daily drinker but it tastes great. Great beer to age.

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Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2 inch to inch of head with a nice amber color and very good lacing.

S: Hops, honey, barley... the trifecta of awesomeness.

T: Same as smell, hops are pretty strong and barley isn't as strong as I would like, but it's still a really good beer. I prefer this to what I remember of 2009.

M/D: Not overly drinkable and a little harsh, but it sits well in the mouth and is a good beer.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 7,601 ratings