Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

Beer Review #156

I haven't reviewed a Sierra Nevada product since May (review #116) so I thought I'd rectify that this afternoon with a bottle of Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale.

"Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress."

 Bigfoot gets an 'A' for presentation. The beer pours dark amber with a big head of long lasting fluffy white foam.

Even for an Americanized barleywine, the hop presence is surprisingly strong both in the aroma and taste. Look for loads of pine resin, which here comes across as slightly 'soapy' on the taste buds. There are also undertones of raisin and fig that should that should move forward in the flavor with some aging.

9.6%ABV / 90IBU


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