BEER MONDAY REVIEW: Sierra Nevada – 2013 Bigfoot Barleywine Styled Ale

20140328-185457.jpgSierra Nevada is one of the original American craft brewers. Located in Chico, California, they have been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution in the US. Founded in 1979 by Ken Grossman, they continue to blaze a trail for craft brewers around the world.

About Bigfoot from the brewers website:
“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.”

Appearance
Deep amber with a thin, but creamy tan head. A bit cloudy/hazy.

Aroma
Sweet with citrus note. No alcohol to speak of even know its more than 9%. Toffee and caramel.

Taste
Sweet malt and caramel with the balance towards the hop bitterness. Hops, but no more then I was expecting. Citrus, resin, grapefruit. Some alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall
You probably wont drink many of these in a row (or you may fall over – be warned), but very good. Aged a bit since the first bottle I had and the hops have faded a bit (this bottle is 6 month a drinking time). Better as it warms slightly. Though the hops are fading, its not becoming overly sweet and it still very drinkable. It should continue to age well for a long time.

82/100

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