Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style AleBigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/6/10 tasting; bottle poured to German stange.

A--dark copper brown, light foamy irregular head, incredible lacing

S--lots of citrus hops aroma and some honey

T--bitter hops and sweet malt taste, really sweet as it warmed, candy sugar and caramel

M--a little sticky and cloying mouthfeel and a little high on the carbonation

D--wouldn't drink a 2nd back-to-back, but this will be nice to enjoy on occasion

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a lovely mahogany brown color, slightly hazy. A light tan head of almost 2 fingers has excellent retention. I poured this beer, took a sip, then ate a plate of spaghetti. Came back maybe 15 minutes later and there is still half a finger of creamy foam left. Leaves practically a solid wall of lace on the glass.

S: A decently potent malt driven aroma. Sweet toffee and molasses are prominent. Pine is nearly as notable as the malt aromas.

T: A strong herbal pine flavor is what a notice on the attack. It quickly is matched and tempered back a bit by warm malt flavors of caramel. Some light fruit flavors, raisin and dark cherry, at a little bit of depth to the flavor. The finish is medium in length with some alcohol heat and a grassy hop flavor.

M: Medium-thick mouthfeel but very creamy and smooth. Carbonation is present but soft.

O: A great, relatively easy to drink barleywine. More bitter hop presence than many in this style, but still smooth.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a ruby-brown with bits of sediment visible at the bottom and two fingers worth of creamy head

S-caramel malt backbone, sweet fruits, with piney hops

T-taste is similar to the smell, caramel malt backbone with piney and citrus hops

M-medium body, moderate carbonation carbonation, sticky bitter aftertaste

Overall a really nice combination of malt and hops makes this very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is from 2006. It pours a cloudy, woody brown with a dense head that rather quickly recedes leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is bitey with nice level of hoppiness. There are distinct characteristics that may improve with a bit more time. For instance the mellow fruity qualities could stand to be enhanced.

Again, the flavor is bitey with some tangy fruit and a bit of smoky warmness. The finish is a bit sweeter with honey and some great malt.

A good welcomed carbonation lightens up the brew and accentuates the sharpness on the tongue. Overall a very nice selection. I would like to give it another year.

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Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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