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
Ratings:
7,509
Reviews:
3,060
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
418
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1,834
For Trade:
69
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Ratings: 7,509 |  Reviews: 3,060
Photo of GreenMind
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBoneJones
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper pour with sticky thick off-white head, lacing aplenty. Nothing more needed in looks in a glass.
Nose is hops, all pine goodness, and a hint of fruit esters.
Taste is a full-on harmony of hops and underlying malts, the latter of which don't bring forth much sweetness like I usually like in a barleywine, however the balance of this big stuff is very nice given the huge hop presence. Fruit is a far away hint, malts are in check, and with the hops the end result gives me the impression of a Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA crossed with a Sierra Nevada Hoptimum. Nothing complex, but so well-made. Each sip brings more hints of fruit: crisp cherry-apple.
Medium-bodied and some oily/ smooth, bitterness.
Just a bunch of big tasty beer with ample raw hops. I'm certain this would be a perfect 5-across the board on a couple years + of aging, but in my book there's no trouble detecting a high quality beer no matter how early it's cracked open.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Martin194
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear reddish-brown, small light brown head.

Smell: Hops, bready, pine, some citrus, a tiny bit of caramel.

Taste: Very hoppy, woody flavor, some sweet undertones.

Feel: Normal carbonation, dry, alcohol-y aftertaste with a bit of a sticky feel.

Overall: A great beer overall!

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

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Rowsdower
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer of the 2017 bottles to tuck away in the cellar...when I realized I haven't had one of these fresh in over a decade, maybe closer to two. New label looks great and love the six instead of four pack. Pours a garnet, ruby body with a bubbly head. My god the aroma - huge hops (pine, grapefruit, spruce) and doughy malt. Forgot how hop-forward this is. Taste (after it warms a bit) is an upfront burst of pine, grapefruit, blood orange proceeding to candied fruit, honey, dark fruit and roasted malt. Finishes bitter with a good dose of alcohol heat and tobacco-tea like notes. A true beast of a beer that mellows with age.

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Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DBosco
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsteez
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 2014 bottle.

Poured a murky brown with ruby red highlights; a small tan head that dissipated to some sticky lace around the edge of the glass. Smelled of coconut, marzipan, cherries, alcohol, prunes, and almonds. The smell was right down to the nose: cherries, prunes, figs, some slight funk and dry spice, grass, and a grimy tobacco aftertaste; there was even some alcohol in the flavor as well. It seemed off and perhaps it's because it's a 3 year-old bottle. It was chewy and full-bodied. A slight dirty feel. It was okay. Maybe I will only let it sit in my cellar for a year next time.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evilyak
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is comfort food on a cold, winter day. pours ruby red with a touch of lacing. definitely piney notes, and some citrus. mouth has just a touch of lingering bitterness to it, but it's ok. moderate carbonation, but a bit syrupy.

this one does the trick.

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Photo of Terp96
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good American barleywine. Pours a ruby red with not much head or lacing. Smell is off sweet caramel malt, tobacco and piney hops. Tastes of spicey, piney hops and roasted caramel, molasses but not overly sweet. Slight alcohol burn lingers on the tongu and throat. Really well done year after year.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle packaged 12/08/16,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin off white head that does not last very long.Light brown / ruby red in color,with distorted light showing through the glass.Light amounts of carbonation.

On the nose I am getting alot of sweet malts,and fruity citrus hops.Getting some caramel notes as well.

The palate follows the nose with sweet malts,and a strong dose of bitter hops.Also getting a little bit of caramel and alcohol.The alcohol is not that intense,but definitely there.

The body is thin with a dry finish,and slight alcohol warming.

This is a pretty good beer.Not really my style,but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcMPLS
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Bigfoot. Really glad to see this back in 6-pack format! This is everything a non-barrel aged American Barleywine should be. It is tasting just like you would expect, but nice and hoppy since it was just bottled a month ago.

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Photo of Weston64
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikey440
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of atr2605
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a reddish amber color with an ff white head with good retention and nice lacing
S-tons off toffee, dry biscuit, molasses, prunes
T-toffee, roasted coffee, caramel, more dry biscuit, resiny pine finish
M-medium-feel bodied and smooth
O-big, bold, complex brew that is great to sip on. excellent example of the style

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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