Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (2012)

So, last night was pretty low-key. I was feeling pretty crappy, so I decided to stay home and catch up on Netflix. Today, I bottled some of my beer and ended up having a flat tire, which was really annoying. I’m going to end up having Katie come with me to drop off the car tonight and take hers tomorrow. Anyways, so this was the beer last night. I’m surprised that I haven’t gotten to it yet. It was one of those that I’ve walked past about a million and a half times. Let’s get pouring.

ABV: 9.6%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our award-winning barleywine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.”

Random: I haven’t used my Dogfish Head glass in forever. I keep forgetting that I have it. I really do like this glass.

This brew poured with a huge three finger sienna colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color and clear with lots of active carbonation visible throughout. The nose was incredibly pungent with some hop notes, booze and biscuity caramel malt. I let this bad boy warm for about fifteen minutes before drinking. The taste was seriously hoppy with unexpected amounts of grapefruit and sticky pine. The malt seems as if it was going to start to make an appearance and is quickly overtaken by hops. The hops were borderline spicy, which was very interesting for the style. The body was sticky, but on the lighter side of the style with moderate levels of carbonation. The finish was long with some booze warming on the end. This was definitely and interesting barleywine. It was definitely solid and enjoyable, although I’ve had better. I’d definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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