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

BEER STATS
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7,509
Reviews:
3,060
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought the 2009 6 pack from the local liquor store for 12.99. It has a great color, very rich clear brown hue and smells like citrus and spice. It has a good taste, very hoppy and malty with a bitter aftertaste. A decent Barleywine and i like the graphics on the bottle.

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

A rather splendid burnished copper colour, with a thick and frothy head of yellow-beige bubbles. Lacing is phenomenal. Clarity is excellent. This is a damn hell yes looking beer. Just gorgeous.

Oh my and goodness. What a truly lovely American-hopped nose. Full of citrus, fruit and pine, delicious with resin and deliciously good. Oh, this smell always takes me back to San Francisco, a very pleasant place to be, surrounded by delicious beer. If I'm being picky, it's probably not as sharp or pungent as the best highly-hopped American ales, but it does have a pleasant sweetness sitting around that adds some character. Still - this is very, very nice indeed.

Creamy and silky on the mouth, a very fine and slick feel is noticeable from the first sip. Amazingly, it's not as bitter as I would have imagined from the aroma - and for a barleywine, that's excellent. There's a rich sweetness lolling over the tongue, feeling rich, heavy and gorgeous, and the hoppy notes just dance around over the top, never proclaiming their dominance. The beuatiful coupling of the flecks of bitterness and the creamy, sweet backbone make this a really, really excellent beer.

This is an exceptionally good barleywine, in my opinion. The hops remind you of its origin, but the palate is so full, rich and heavy with malt sweetness that you can't mistake this for a DIPA, which is how I feel a lot of barleywines end up. Extremely drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable. Sierra Nevada, I take my hat off.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber colour with frothy cream head that has disappeared, leaving some nice spots of lace around the glass. Little bubbles are formed with tilting, but no other visible carbonation. Looks very nice.

Nose is very hoppy with a tangy citrus character rebounding off some very aromatic floral hops, underlying buttery note and a hint of a watermelon Jolly Rancher element. Very nice indeed. I'm a fan.

Taste is a bit insane. Deep raisiny, treacley sweetness on the front, very thick and full malt, then a quite quick, but increasingly intense, fanfare of hops that start out quite floral and get increasingly bitter and phenolic towards the end, with a roasted, burnt kind of flavour as well. Leaves a very sharp astringency in my mouth, probably killing my palate. Quite a puckering mouthfeel overall.

For all that though, it's very nice, a good complex journey from start to finish. I just think it leans too heavily on the hops, leaves on a very bitter note, like my slut of an ex-wife.

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

Drank from a pint glass. This beer pours a wonderful copperish color with a thin light tan head and subpar lacing. It smells of malt and nature with a mild alcohol presence. Tastes like a well hopped barelywine with a strong alcohol after-taste. Bigfoot coated the mouth during sip but quickly left nothing to be desired. To strong for a session beer but extrodinary flavor.

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

2007 Vintage Tasted on 6/24/09

A: Dark amber in color with lots of red highlights and minimal head.

S: Lots of sweet malt, with still a fair bit of hops/bitterness despite being two years old. Dark fruits are very present in the nose as well.

T: Like any barleywine, the sweet caramel and toffee are the stars. But again, a very noticeable bitterness is still present.

M: Full bodied, smooth, and moderate carbonation.

D: Sort of the quintessential barleywine. This stuff seems to have an infinite shelf-life, and I'm glad I've got several vintages of this sitting around.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this one right now. Pours a hazy, reddish copper color with light beige head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of earthy hops, big malts, caramel and grass. Taste dominated by earthy hops up front, followed by slightly sweet maltiness, finishing with a very light nutty roastiness. Quite smooth, but leaves some bitterness on the tongue. Overall, an easy drink for such a big beverage.

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Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-04-10. Vintage 2008. Cellared for about 1 year.

A: Hazy dark amber with a quite big pale beige head that slowly settles into some lacings.

S: Rich aromas of both malts and hops. Pleasant fruity aromas (gooseberries, red grapefruit, lemon peel) blend with a large amount of sweet chocolate. Hints of raisin and vanilla. A very sturdy malty backbone. All in all, the smell is very powerful, rich and dense. Very complex and very pleasant.

T: Big caramel flavor, sweet fudge and chocolate. Sweet and ripe fruit - citric notes, grapefruit, cherries. Notes of almonds. Vanilla and licorice in the middle. The finish is very bitter with notes of grassy hops and raisins. A well integrated taste of alcohol delivers a spicy layer on top of the sweetness. Very nice!

M: Full bodied, smooth and soft mouthfeel with a slightly chewy finish. Medium carbonation.

D: A very good beer. Complex and well balanced. One year of cellaring is really suitable for this one.

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2005 vintage. Serving date: 2009-04-10. Cellared for about 4 years, parallel tasted with the 2008 vintage.

A: Much darker than the 2008 vintage, and with a smaller head that dissipates faster.

S: Not as impressive as the 2008 vintage, but still good. Not as powerful and not as complex. A similar fruitiness, but with a slightly tart edge and it is harder to pinpoint exact components. A big malty backbone, but not as sturdy as the 2008 vintage. Still plenty of chocolate and raisins. One of two funky notes and a prominent aged character.

T: A prominent taste of dusty cellar, somewhat sweet but mostly funky - not unpleasantly funky though. Sweet fruits (currants, grapefruit and some cherries). Hints of wood. The flavors have in general a very mature character. More sweetness in the form of chocolate and some vanilla. The finish is not as bitter as the 2008 vintage. The hops have faded significantly. The alcohol is not as prominent as in the 2008 vintage, and it is very well integrated. All in all, the flavors in the 2005 vintage are a little edgier than in the 2008, and it is not as complex. The 2005 vintage has some notes resembling sherry, and I did not pick that out in the 2008 vintage.

M: Basically the same as the 2008 vintage.

D: This is still a very good beer, but I think the 2008 vintage was better on almost all accounts (except for the well integrated alcohol and some of the mature notes in the 2005 vintage).

Grades: A: 4, S: 4, T: 4, M: 4,5, D: 4, Total: 4,05 (A-).

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2009 vintage. Serving date: 2009-08-04. Cellared about 7 months.

A: Reddish amber, slightly hazy. Pale beige head that leaves some lacings.

S: Lots of grapefruit and hop resins. Notes of pine-needles. A hint of vanilla. The malty caramel background is noticeable, but muted by the powerful hops. Compared to the cellared 08 vintage, this one is clearly more hoppy and not as balanced.

T: Lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Juicy caramel malts in the background, but clearly overpowered by the hops. Rather sweet. The finish is massively bitter, really aggressive, with lots of piny and spicy hops and sweet and spicy alcohol.

M: Same as the other vintages.

D: A bottle this young is much more hop forward than older ones. The beer is quite different when it's young compared to when it's cellared. The sweet and chewy vinous character of a barleywine is considerably held back in favor of the hoppy flavors. Not as well-balanced as especially the cellared 08 vintage. I enjoyed the latter more than this one.

Grades: A: 4, S: 4, T: 3,5, M: 4, D: 4, Total: 3,8 (B+).

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Photo of ruckus232
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle (2009)

Appearance: Dark brown/red cloudy coloring with light tan head.

Smell: Very nice aroma of fruits and florals. The hops are already present in the smell.

Taste: Strong but pleasant bitter hop flavor. The floral smells appear in the taste as well.

This is actually my first Barleywine and I am still not a huge strong hop fan but this is a really good tasting beer that I would definitely recommend.

Note: Accidentally put this in the wrong beer review, this is the correct one now.

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

2008 bottle,pours a dark red with a nice head that leaves some lacing.smell is of dark fruit and malty sweetness,mild herbal hop aroma,slight nuttiness in the nose.

taste has alot of dark fruit esters,mild herbal hop flavor and slight alcohol burn.a year has done this beer well.

mouthfeel is slight carbonation,fitting for this style.a bit thicker than most barleywines.drinkability is high,especially after a year.

i tucked away three of these bottles,gonna have one on my birthday in october and maybe one on new years eve.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a nice head and great lacing.
The aroma of hops,malts and fruit.
The taste starts off bitter with grapefruit flavor. A good malt backbone and a swift kick of hops.
The brew feels well balanced with a full body,medium carbonation and a smooth feel.

Notes: One particular day the shop was all out of Double IPA's and I asked the stock girl what would be close to the Double and she recommended Big Foot. I really appreciate her suggestion.

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Photo of BenJames1984
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 Release poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- awesome deep ruby color with mahogany tone. This left a nice, thick beige head, leaving a LOT of lacing.

Smell- Hoppy. But not in a traditional bitter sense, but rather in a sweet way.

Taste- a complexity of malts, hops, barely, sweetness, and bitterness. A bit boozy, however.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer is great, don't get me wrong. However, it's a bit aggressive. I could only drink one of these in a session. MAYBE two.

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Photo of animal69
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 2009 vintage, pours a clear deep reddish-copper color w/ a thick slightly tanned head which lasts a good while before settling into a geometric form that leaves a nice lacing in my goblet
S- smell is mostly piney citrus hops with some subtle hints of nuts and whole wheat bread intertwined w/ a bit of a sherry-like booze as it warms
T- at first the bitter grapefruity hops poke their head out before quickly succumbing to the sweet, powerfully complex malt body of this beer, nutty pumpernickel bread, notes of raison & licorice, then finishes w/ a bittersweet slightly alcoholic, though not unpleasant, finish
M- a rich, full mouthfeel with a decent level of co2
D- an extremely drinkable brew, hard to believe it's almost 10% ABV, an outstanding example of the Am. barleywine style, i can't get enough of it...

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

had this one at the clark street ale house in a snifter. i didn't think to check the year i would guess 2009.

A- amber slightly hazy with a thin tan head

S- malty with a good amount of hops caramel

T- i love malt so this beer did it for me. the hops were just right

M- great. thick and marming

D- a sipper but damned good

great beer for a cold chicago early afternoon

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

2009 vintage
Pours a clear, blood amber. A thick lightly colored head. Aromas permeating with malt and hops. Reminds me of walking the woods around Tahoe. Full of wet pine, sweet fruityness, alcohol, and a slight cirus hint. The flavor is hops. This beer is built to last. Big front hops with a smooth middle and a deep bitter finish. Good strong malt perhaps a bot biscuity, but it is hard to pick up with all of the fresh hops. I can't wait to try this after a few years of aging.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

A- Deep violet, crimson red just a beautiful awe-inspiring color and massive towering head that seems to be independent of the beer and an entity all onto itself. There are gobs of this stuff that just seem to form all on their own every time I move my glass.

S - Smells like a thick pine forest. Woodsy. Very oakey and like mother nature herself.

T - Very hoppy and bitter but with a sweet fruit wine explosion in the back. Rich, hearty, and yeasty.

M - Think and very viscous. The taste languishes in my mouth for a long time after there is anything there. This is definitely a complex brew with serious power.

D - Not for the weak or faint of heart. This is a serious beer with some serious punch but delicious and amazing to me.

Overall - Truth be told, I did not know what a Barley Wine was until this beer but now I do and this one definitely sets the bar extremely high and I wonder if it can be topped? An inspirational and uplifting beer that should be shared in large amounts with friends and good times.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. brown stubby bottle into my pint glass to form... oops a 2+" head... (perhaps a bit aggressive on the pour). The head slowly dissipated but remained at about 1/4" throughout... nice lacing and the head is a beige color. The beer is a dark amber and pretty clear.

Nose?... What nose?... very slight.... just a hint of toasted malt and kind of a musty scent.... not in a bad way.... just a little musty.

Taste: Wow!.... nailed me good, right up front! Very well balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops... neither one dominates. The taste is very robust and the alcohol is well-hidden... only becomes aparent at the finish.

MF: Rich, robust and somewhat creamy.... not as creamy as some of the other American Barleywines I have had.... but on the good side.

Drinkability: Good for an American Barleywine. NO, you're probably not going to have more than one of these.... but hey... it's not meant to be a lawn mower beer. It's good for what it is!

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Photo of snpub540
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

Poured a caramel color that was mostly copper, with an eggshell colored foam that was very clingy and left nice lacing the whole session. Nice amount of carbonation.

Smells were yeasty, caramel sweetness, and floral hops. A nice balanced aroma that was very enticing.

Taste was a slight let down compared to the aromas that it gave off. Upfront was a toasted nuttiness, that was slightly sweet, followed by a grassy hop bitterness. There was a slight harshness in the finish that makes me believe this beer will do better with some age. Very dry almost chalky finish, that had a slight peppery taste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Alcohol made itself apparent very early. I believe this beer needs some age. I will put a few down and see how they mellow and blend.

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Photo of CU570M
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

This brew poured an awesome red amber in color, and the head was not too big. Head was an nice froth foam, which reminded me of the foam on a cappuccino.

While pouring this, the fragrant smell of candied flowers caught my nose with a softer note of malty goodness.

When this first hit my lips I wasn't expecting such an amazing well rounded beer filled with a vast complexity of flavors. Balance between hops and malt was perfect! Malt was nice and roasted, but felt creamy in my mouth. The Hops was very sharp with a nice spicy note to it.

Drinkability on this beer is a 4.0 becuase the alcohol is high on this and I don't know if i could even drink three of these in a row. But that being said, I am not a huge Sierra Nevada fan and I think this beer just changed my mind about them. What a great beer!

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Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear deep copper in color with a bit over a finger of pillowy and surprisingly long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is quite good, initially resiny hops are dominant but they seem to recede into the background as a wonderful a slightly bready malt character comes to the fore. Taste is quite good, very hop forward and quite bitter. Malt is present but very much in the background. Finish is a touch sweet and there is a very low alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is good with a moderately full body, moderate carbonation and low alcohol warmth. Drinkability is quite good, very enjoyable. I hope that I'll have the self-discipline to save a few and see how this beer ages.

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Photo of photomike
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

5.5 month old bottle. Pours a nice, clear mahogany with a half inch tan head (poured very cold). Impressive lacing but had hoped for a bit more out of the head. Not much retention at all, with a thin film remaining throughout the glass.

Nose is excitingly complex. Peppery hops are prominent, as are a couple of different malt scents. Very sweet carmelly malts and sourdough bread. Intoxicating alcohol, which is a bit much paired with the intense sweetness.

Flavor is full and complex but easy to pull apart. Peppery, piney hops are prominent at the start, and their presence is felt bigtime in the bitter finish. The middle is full of dark fruits and alcohol, with some spicy pepper that might be coming from the hops. Bready. This is well balanced, but I feel as though the alcohol is a tad too noticeable, and the hops are a bit conflicting in their fruitiness--like the grapefruitiness from the hops doesn't meld well with the dark fruits present. I had to dig pretty deep for these criticisms, though, this is really tasty.

Medium-high body with a lot of chewiness, especially as it warms. Perfectly carbonated, but rather hot. Slick.

This bottle is labeled at 9.6%, and the high ABV is obvious. The alcohol hits you hard and fast, and I don't usually want more than one. Big time sipper.

I generally don't love barleywines, but I know a good thing when I see it. This is a great beer, and one that I would never turn down.

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Photo of blakesell
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 Vintage aged keg poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours tea brown with very little carbonation across the top and light lacing on the sides of the glass. Clarity is nonexistant as there is quite a bit of cloudiness in the beer even after 8 years.

Smell- Dates and a rich nutty character, a bit like cashews, very sherrylike in it's oxidation that I am somewhat surprised to detect considering that it is on tap.

Taste- The nutty sherry flavors really come through on the taste, with the hops having died down over the years, really letting the malt take over and do its thing. Very caramelized and a much smoother drink than the previous bigfoot that it was.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly warming, medium low in carbonation, and medium full in body.

Drinkability- A very easy drinking barleywine, but it could be about a year past its prime. A tricky thing these barleywines are.

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

Pours an amber color with a thick tan head. Good lacing down the glass. Looks great. There is a strong pine/citrus hop aroma coming off this beer. The hop aromas pretty much dominate any other aromas if there are any. Again a strong pine/citrus peel hop flavor and a little alcohol flavor. There was also a caramel and toasted malt flavor in there somewhere when I took my first sip, but by know the hop flavor is too ingrained in my taste buds to detect anything else other than pure hop juice. Good mouthfeel, not too thin. It is very tasty, but I probably would stop at one or two. Of course any other beer after this one will taste like water, so maybe not.

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

2009 vintage, from a bottle into a snifter. The creamy off-white head dissipates at an even pace. It leaves a little lace, but retains a ring around the edge, a film on the top, and with a swirl is easily revived. The liquid portion of the image is a chameleon changing with the light, brown, burgundy, red, and quite clear...limpid. I love this beer. Distinct hops, and malts sweet and grainy and fruity, define the nose. I really don't have the palate to do the beer justice...I'll try, again and again. Wonderful mouth feel creamy and smooth with carbonation enough to keep it lively. Bigfoot, fresh, has distinct hoppy bitterness, and hop flavors, that work really well with the sweet flavor of malt. There are flavors of caramel and fruit, sweet caramel and fruit. The hoppiness and carbonation help the beer to not be cloying, each sip makes me want another.

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

The last of my 2009 sixer from January.

A nice tannic medium brown, with some cloudiness. Head is eggshell-colored and fades quickly to a ring of lace.

Smells heavenly, of biscuity malt and piney hop, with a bit of raisin, hint of vanilla, and some whiskeylike alcohol, but that's muted.

Starts piney and finishes grapefruity, with enough malt backbone to hold it in place. alcohol is present but not overpowering. Some dark fruit is present, but it's mostly hops and a bit of booze against a background of bready malt.

Medium to thin body, with mild carbonation and a clean finish.

Quite drinkable for the style. A fine beer.

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

Vintage 2008

Tasted as part of a Vertical Tasting, this was my first try of the Bigfoot in some time and was very glad I was able to do so under conditions that allowed me to do so while having the '09 nearby.

The choice in glassware (Shaker) and the pouring methodology used (45˚/completely full to the brim!) did not help in this category, but all things aside this is still an incredible beer!

A - Medium-Amber to Deep-Amber in hue (SRM 14) and a thin off-white head. The beer is light enough to partially see some carbonation, though dark enough to struggle in doing so.

S - Malty foreground with hops and slightly boozy in the background. Caramel comes to the nose by way of English Caramel Malt, though Pale Ale Malt seems to make up the majority of it.

T - Sweet caramel flavor with a mild bitterness from the Cascadian hops. Though unaware at the time, Sierra Nevada's website states that Chinook and Centennial were also used in brewing this lovely concoction! It also comes across as more boozy and malty than the '09, so clearly aging this beer has helped to mellow the assertive hops aspect of the beer out.

M - Slightly syrupy and very smooth. A soothing warm feeling rouses the sense with each sip and warmth and time only creates a more dream-like state.

C - This beer can be perceived as very drinkable by some, though I would definitely state this as a sipping beer and one not to take lightly! Aging the beer a year definitely brings about thoughts of a more traditionally brewed English-style Barleywine than the 2009 hop-prevalent vintage does. Dark chocolate, aged cheese, or a crackling campfire would all be lovely pairings with this beer. Enjoy!

Vintage 2009

Tasted as part of a Vertical Tasting, this was the second time trying the 2009 Bigfoot and was grateful for being able to do so soon after having finished tasting the 2008 vintage.

The choice in glassware (Shaker) and the pouring methodology used (45˚/completely full to the brim!) did not help in the appearance, but all things aside this is still an incredible beer!

A - Medium-Amber to Deep-Amber in hue (SRM 14) and a thin off-white head. The beer is light enough to partially see some carbonation, though dark enough to struggle in doing so.

S - Malty foreground with hops and slightly boozy in the background. Caramel comes to the nose by way of English Caramel Malt, though Pale Ale Malt seems to make up the majority of it. Hops also come through a lot more in the 2009 than was the case in the 2008.

T - Sweet caramel flavor with a mild bitterness from the Cascadian hops. Though unaware at the time, Sierra Nevada's website states that Chinook and Centennial were also used in brewing this lovely concoction! In comparison to the aged 2008, this vintage presents a much more bitter hop taste that lingers slightly.

M - Slightly syrupy and very smooth. A soothing warm feeling rouses the sense with each sip and warmth and time only creates a more dream-like state.

C - This beer can be perceived as very drinkable by some, though I would definitely state this as a sipping beer and one not to take lightly! Though still a very respectable Barleywine and true to the American Barleywine category, I would say I preferred the aged 2008, as the beer was more balanced overall. Call me a traditionalist, but I prefer more malts and less hop in something so dark and warming!

Prost!

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 7,509 ratings.
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