Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2012

Today I'm drinking Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2012 brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. This beer is an annual favorite of many people and will be my fourth year checking it out on this blog. I think I have a few bottles from years past stowed away in my man cave (top shelf in one corner of wife's closet). One day I'll go find that.

The label is the same. A simple mountain scene turns dangerous for a scared ass and nosy mountain dweller. Yep, they are about to meet Bigfoot who is lurking in the nearby forest.

Caramel and toffee aroma, with some hoppy orange swirled in too. Sweet Caramel... Meet Hoppy Pine... You'll be playing together this afternoon! The citrus orange and spicy hoppy flavors are really terrific. And at the same time the thick and chewy caramel and bready malt base coats and sticks to the palate. Bigfoot isn't overly bitter or too sweet. It's also not a neutral balanced beer. Rather, you get great play from both aspects individually, and the interaction is awesome.

Body and carbonation are good. The end shows some of the 9.6% alcohol, a little heat and booze, but very well incorporated and not annoying. Nice flavors throughout which linger long after each sip is gone. This is an excellent beer and a classic to check out year after year.

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