September 25, 2008

Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

Iím sorry that this weekís Beer Review is a night late. Yesterday was, uh, interesting. But thatís a post for a different day. Tonight Iím review another donated beer. Tonightís beer is Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, CA as donated by Shadoglare.

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It came in the standard 12 oz brown bottle. There is a white label on it. The Sierra Nevada logo is on the top in a yellow banner. The name of the beer is in the middle in green lettering. Between the name of the beer and the company logo is a small picture I canít make out. There is a description of the beer on it. They also note that this is the 25th release of the Bigfoot barely wine style ale.

Itís dark brown in color with a nice rich ruby highlights. It poured a thin tan head that faded quickly to a film on the top of the beer. It is cloudy, light passes through easily enough, but you canít see any clear images. There was some lacing.

The smell is of dark fruit with a hint of vanilla. The scent of bourbon from being aged in a bourbon barrel. The bitter scent of hops is present, almost overpowering. The taste is a mixture of roasted malts, vanilla bean and hops. The bitterness from the hops overpowers the scent and the taste of the beer, and leaves a very IPA like aftertaste to it. Iím not sure if this beer is just a little skunky or if it should taste like this as it doesnít taste like any other barleywine style ale that Iíve ever tasted. Although I will say that you canít taste the alcohol in this 9.6% Alcohol by Volume beer.

This is medium bodied beer that is light on the carbonation. There is some coating to it, which may be why the aftertaste sticks around for a long time.

This beer has been sitting in my fridge since June; Iím really thinking that it may have turned. I had two of them and in the non-traditional style of beer, the second one was worse than the first one. Overall I was not impressed and Iím currently giving it a 2 out of 10. Due to the circumstances Iíd be willing to re-review this beer.

Mental note, cleaning out any beer in the fridge that has been in there from before I left for Oklahoma.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at September 25, 2008 07:59 PM | TrackBack

Damn. With a name like that I was hoping it'd be better.

Posted by: Navy CPO at September 25, 2008 08:48 PM

BigFoot Piss?

Posted by: oddybobo at September 25, 2008 09:52 PM

Happy Birthday! ;)

Posted by: Shadoglare at September 29, 2008 05:41 AM

Can't figure out why, but beer never lasts more then a week in my fridge!!

Posted by: bx19 at September 30, 2008 02:19 PM