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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2011



  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada
  • Country: USA
  • Style: American Barleywine
  • ABV: 9.6%
  • Size: 350 ml
  • Bought from: Alko, 4.16€
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  • This infamous barleywine, brewed by Sierra Nevada, is currently available from the Arkadia Alko (‘Lippulaiva’). This is the 2011 version, and I bought two bottles, one to drink fresh, and one to age a couple of years.

    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    The beer has a clear deep amber-ruby color and boasts a massive cream-colored head, that quickly collapes leaving some lacing along the glass. Makes it look extremely tasty.
    There is some citrusy hoppiness in the aroma of this beer, but not as much as I expected (not super fresh, as the beer was released in January), and it is balanced with sweet, caramelly maltiness. The alcohol is detectable from the aroma.
    There is alot of bitterness and resiny flavours from the hops directly from the start (IBUs should lie around 90), that combine with sweet caramel and toffee flavours, that ends in some fruitiness (hops and esters?) and just slight alcohol presence. Surprisingly bitter and dry finish, as I was expecting a sweeter and maltier taste (as in e.g. Anchor Old Foghorn), as this could be mistaken for an Imperial IPA. Tasty nonetheless.
    The beer has a quite full body with a medium level of carbonation. The beer has a relatively harsh bitterness, that probably will fade as the beer ages (can't wait to try an aged Bigfoot in some years!). Quite well balanced, as the strong hoppiness and maltiness cover the alcohol quite well, but not completely.
    A good beer, but not amongst my absolute favorites. Will see how this one changes with age. There are a lot of strong flavours in this one, that combine into a complex flavour experience. If you have never tried this one I recommend you try it out (only 960 bottles are sold at Alko)!

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