Saturday, July 11, 2020

Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale vertical tasting

Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA)

"Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, packed with bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic brewed in the barleywine style—strong and robust with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for aging in cellars. Under the proper conditions, it can develop enticing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated."

I think I say that every time I have one of these beasts. 
A big initial hit of sweet ripe plum fruitiness followed quickly by an equally large back of throat resinous, hoppy bitterness.
There is so much going on here it's hard to pin it all down. Fortunately, the beers lends itself to being slowly sipped, presenting new characteristics as it warms.
I love this beer!

ABV 9.6%, 90 IBU 
Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
Malt: Two-row Pale, Caramelized malts
Yeast: Ale