Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Beer Review - Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (2013)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (2013)

Beer Type: American Barleywine - 9.60% ABV

Appearance: 12oz brown bottle with a cartoony bigfoot kinda thing going on. This label needs an update, something more like the Narwhal label which is pure badassery. Beer is a clear copper color with a fizzy biege head.       

Smell: Spicy hops and sweet malt are in the front with something just a bit smokey coming through as well (and then the high ABV).   

First Drink: Malt, hops, yeast, repeat. A very nice balance between the three and you can taste the distinct "cycles" maybe? There is a lingering bitter hops flavor which helps cleanse the palate.     

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with nice carbonation. If you like your beer tacky then you'll wanna try this.     

Last Drink: More sweet malt now and something almost a bit "metallic" but not in a bad way? Probably the alcohol? Big flavors all around!            

Drinkability: Barleywine is not an especially drinkable beer type in my experience. That experience has changed with Bigfoot. I have downed multiple of these in one sitting and didn't regret it.             

Notes: Had this beer last year too but I guess I didn't review it? Took me a long time to get ahold of this here in Michigan this year but I am glad I did! Great stuff.           

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5. Want an introduction to Barleywine? Look no further. Get kicked in the arse by a big foot. 

1 comment:

Mattias Darrow said...

Now that is a barleywine I would be down to try. Thanks, man!