Beer Review: Sierra Nevada - Bigfoot Ale (2012)

  • ABV: 9.6%, Style: American Barleywine
  • Brewed in Chico, CA, USA
  • Best before 2 February 2013
  • Served: 355ml bottle poured into an Achel chalice

Ok, I’m back in the game. I have a computer with internet. I have about 2 months of beer reviews. I’m going to start old and try to get through them and get back up to date before the new year. Wish me luck.

Another big American barleywine. This is the one with that seems to get the better reviews online generally. No idea how it’s going to work for me.

Look: Clear, ruby beer. Surprisingly big head for the style - yellowing and about one finger deep. Good lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Lots of hop spice, even some citrus present. Doesn’t smell too warm, more fresh, with hints of green vegetables and almonds.

Taste: Wow, this is bitter. I didn’t expect this much bitterness in a barleywine since the style is usually known for malt, sweetness and high ABV. It starts quite fruity then bitter coffee tastes I’d usually associate with a stout come in, finally there’s some hoppy spice. Very big indeed. Very complex. Very hard to drink.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, heavy body, very dry finish.


Overall: Yup, this is a big big beer. I think I’ve been nursing this 12oz for over an hour now. It’s pretty safe to say I’ll not be getting it again despite it clearly being a good, big beer. Too much for me! 3/5

- 8th December 2012, Sustainable Alcoholic

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