Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2009

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2009 brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA is not like any of the other Sierra Nevada offerings that I've tasted. It's a high alcohol 9.6% barleywine style beer that if pressed I would compare most to a cross between their Pale Ale (for the hops) and their Celebration Ale (for the alcohol).

The aroma is VERY hoppy and floral, with some malts. First flavors are of alcohol, bitter hops, and some citrus fruits. The taste is all over the place and not as balanced as I'd like it to be, although I must admit as it warms a little and I'm drinking a little more, it is growing on me quite a bit (in a good way). The alcohol is present in the aftertaste, giving a warming feeling. I wish it were a little bit crisper in the taste and finish as that would make it much more refreshing. There is also a very dry finish here.

I could actually go for another right now, but I don't have one. However, I believe two might be the maximum in a row of this guy. How about I go for number 3, but first we need to set up a steel cage match between the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and the Great Divide Yeti with Superhero Rogue as the referee or tag-team partner of one of them? Sound good? Vince McMahon, call me.

In the end, I like this beer. Not an all-time favorite, but I will call on it again sometime for sure.

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