Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style AleBeer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Colorado's Avery Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada both make American-style barleywine ales verging on the hop extreme. For this collaboration-dubbed "Big Hog" as an homage to the two beers that inspired it-we recreated both barleywine recipes and then blended the beers into a new hop-heavy creation. It features rich, bittersweet malt character with notes of caramel and toffee balanced against a massive wall of hop flavor and is bottle conditioned for longevity.

Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of wisegreensoul
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbakajust1
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aged 16 months, poured into a tulip.

Pours a dramatically clear garnet with an off white2 finger head that maintains a thick cap through the whole drink. Sticky lace clings to the glass in large rings with each sip.

Resinous hops, pine, grapefruit peels, and rich toffee leap from the glass with underlying notes of grape esters and alcohol.

Toffee, resin, pine, and bitter citrus peel give way to a deep bitterness that clears and leaves a tingle on the back of the tongue and a mild alcohol warmth.

Rich and creamy with a medium body that quickly washes away with a dry bitterness and alcohol, leaving the throat warm.

Had this beer fresh when the Beer Camp multi pack released. Was just like Bigfoot... too bitter with charred American C60 notes. Age has done this beer well. Much more rounded as the C60 has oxidized some removing the acridness and elevating the esters from Avery's London Ale yeast. The big resin and pine from the the Columbus dry hopping and large doses of Chinook continue to dominate with the grapefruit from the Cascade and Centennial. Floral notes from these two hops have faded leaving a great beer behind.

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Photo of Psilo
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark orange amber, a finger of dense froth. Good amount of sticky off-white lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, earthy hops and alcohol.

Tastes very bitter still. Brown toast, earthy hops, caramel sweetness, booze, and lingering bitterness. Still quite bitter.

Creamy, resinous, sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth. A nice sipper 

Reminds me of Bigfoot at a similar age. I haven't had any Avery Barleywines, so I can't comment on how this compares to those.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark caramel brown body, two finger thick white head, lots of retention, plenty of lacing. Smell is citrus, grapefruit zest, lots of caramel, touch of toffee. Lemon zest. Flavour is caramel, toffee, less of the grapefruit and lemon zest, fair bit of citrus. Drinks like a very sweet triple IPA. Really not my favourite as far as barleywines go; super hoppy without too much in terms of character and citrus as on the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter than expected, fairly decent carbonation, zesty bitterness on the finish. Not my favourite rendition of barleywine. Too much hops here, to be honest.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed dark copper pour. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Malty and piney. Resinous hops and sweet sugars

T/F: Follows the nose. Big caramel malts/grains. Herbal/pine hop profile... mildly spicy.. earthy. Not much in the way of citrus. Feels like an old school California barleywine... big on the hops. Medium bodied... definitely some oomph with the ABV. Bitter/sweet combo nicely balanced... warming. Sticky on the tongue.

O: A solid old-school style Barleywine. Big flavor... definitely a sipper. Very glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/12/17 (365 days ago) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 9.4% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a cap and ring leaving abundant lacing. The aroma is mild with malt and a hint of hops. There is no alcohol presence in the aroma. The taste is semisweet caramel (toffee) up front with bitterness moving in quickly. The hop flavors tend toward oranges and pine and leave a lasting prickly bitterness that sticks to the tongue, no alcohol in taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. There is some residual hop oil stickiness and shellac, but the beer remains dry. Overall, excellent. I'm enjoying this much more that regular Bigfoot. I was concerned this would be over the top on bitterness, but it's actually very drinkable and well behaved for a 9.4% beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a hazy orange-amber color with a small soapy head. The aroma has a lot of hops...citrus and spring flowers. The taste is dry, warming, and very bitter. Flavorful and full in body. Lingering finish. Interesting, but not exceptional

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap during Mad Fox's Barleywine Festival. A dry hopped barleywine, a blend of Avery Hog Heaven and Sierra Nevada Big Foot Ales. Also called Big Hog or Hog Foot (2017). Poured into a 4 oz fluted taster.

A nice middle of the road BW, but otherwise not very noteworthy except for its clean crisp taste. 3.75

A - Pours a brillantly clear orange amber with a small head and some off white lacing. 4.0

S - Aroma was minimal. (-) 3.5

T - Very clean tasting for a BW. 3.75

MF - Medium heavy with a dry finish 3.75

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Photo of jsmith313
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a blend of Sierra Nevada's Big Foot and Avery's Hog Heaven. Also known as Big Hog or Hog Foot. Brewed for the 2018 Extreme Beer festival in Boston.

Amber colored and clear. Modest but lasting head. Excellent blanket lacing.

Creamy aroma with a mild and lightly sweet caramel touch. Floral and very inviting.

Rich with lots of alcohol warmth and caramel. The carbonation is strong enough to prevent the beer from becoming cloy. Strongly hopped for the style but that makes the balance superb. The aftertaste is very bitter which means this beer transitions through the entire beer tasting palate. In a word, superb.

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Photo of Satsuma
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I decided to save this one for 9-months based on its ABV, I am so glad I did...

This quite possibly is the best beer out of the 2017 Beer Camp 12er. Though I am partial to barleywines, I have come across a couple I would rather never do so, ever again. But this one is special. A hazy tannish-yellowish-copperish color meets your eyes and forms a thick foam for head. The staying power is noticeable and the lacing is some of the best I have seen in some time. The smell was a blend of sweetness, hops, and a touch of barley with some booziness mixed in - another superb aspect. Mouthfeel was my least favorite category with this brew - well carbonated, did it not tamp down much as it warmed, but it at least it had a nice heavy-bodied feel (kinda like some well-endowed...never mind, back to the beer.) The taste was a boozy mixture of the hops a touch of cinnamon, and even some spice giving it an added kick that was thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, this was definitely the best beer (IMHO) out of that 12-pack last year. It'll be interesting to see if they can top this, later this year.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of redbarnbikes
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Had this on 2017-12-21 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Clear amber-brown with a 2.5-finger off-white head and moderate lace

S - Lots of earthy, piney, dank hops and them some caramel malt sweetness. Kind of an odd smell but not unpleasant.

T- Medium-toasted bread, caramel, then a rather monstrous onslaught of one dimensional hop bitterness, which ruined the experience for me. There is some residual sweetness but not even close to being enough to accommodate the brutal bitterness. Yuch.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Smooth and substantial, which I quickly forgot about as the very prickly tongue scrapping hit me.

O - Drain pour for me. Can't think of another Sierra Nevada brew where I did this.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 4/12/17 poured into a snifter
A: Amber with a 1/2 finger head
S: Sweet, cherry, caramel, malts, a hint of bourbon
T: Similar notes to the nose but less sweet, the malt/sugar notes are in front of the fruit; adds a bit of oak
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet, just a hint of bitter
O: A solid if average example of the style

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Photo of Griffin2
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Willi Becher glass.
L - Poured a dark Amber with a white head.
S - Smalls of caramel.
T - Tastes of toffee and caramel.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Pretty easy drinker for the ABV.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 336 ratings